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31 Jul 12:45

there-was-no-other-sound: rnultiplayer: wanna know what a cow looks like washed and blow...

there-was-no-other-sound:

rnultiplayer:

wanna know what a cow looks like washed and blow dried?

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that is what a cow looks like washed and blow dried

FLUFFY MILK HORSE

29 Jul 10:56

psych2go: For more posts like these, go visit psych2go Psych2go...



psych2go:

For more posts like these, go visit psych2go

Psych2go features various psychological findings and myths. In the future, psych2go attempts to include sources to posts for the purpose of generating discussions and commentaries. This will give readers a chance to critically examine psychology.

Fact submitted by: bonjourtammy

23 Jul 16:00

Tips From My Forthcoming Medieval Lifestyle Blog

by Mallory Ortberg

decameronPreviously: Lift like a serf, eat like a baron – My Medieval Diet Plan

9 Quick And Easy Dinners That Involve Sewing The Top Half Of A Pig Onto The Bottom Half Of A Peacock [Slideshow]

Fish: Is It Meat?

How To Cook Literally Anything With Buckwheat Groats Because That’s The Only Thing You’ll Be Eating For The Rest Of Your Life, Peasant

Shoving Bodies On A Spit And Turning Them Over A Fire For A Long Time: A Great Way To Serve Dinner And Justice

Water: Only If You Have To (Are You Drinking Too Much Of It?)

DIY Everything Because That Is Your Only Option

Stabbing Your Host And Seizing His Lands: The Dos and Don’ts

Tearing Bites Out Of A Big Old Roasted Turkey Leg And Yelling “More Wine!” With Your Mouth Full: A Primer For The Newly Ennobled

Tomatoes: What Are They, Can We Trust Them, Are They Poison

Breakfast Is A Sign Of Weakness

Fill An Oxen With Quail

Sumptuary Laws And You: Take Off That Hat, Your Grandfather Was A Blacksmith

Put Herring On Everything

How To Make All Of Your Own Clothes Because That Is Your Only Option

Porridge vs. Pottage: The Debate Rages On

The Six Most Common Mistakes First-Timers Make With Fountains Of Spiced Wine

Tired Of The Same Old Weeknight Dinners? Why Not Serve A Rabbit Trussed To Look Like Pegasus?

Miniature Edible Castles And You

How To Make A Cold Supper That Tastes Just As Good After Three Weeks In Your Saddlebag Riding To The Holy Land As It Did Last Night

Salt And How To Use It

Fill A Roasted Bear With Gilded Apples, Then Carve It At Table To Surprise And Delight Your Guests From Nuremberg Who Will Die Of Summer Fever Later That Evening

Read more Tips From My Forthcoming Medieval Lifestyle Blog at The Toast.

24 Jul 15:01

Still waiting for this option. [x]



Still waiting for this option. [x]

19 Jul 12:53

ALL OF THESE.





















ALL OF THESE.

19 Jul 10:05

Cockatiel



Cockatiel

16 Jul 13:28

hungryhungryhiddles: travelingbythoughts: this is the greatest...



hungryhungryhiddles:

travelingbythoughts:

this is the greatest thing i’ve ever seen

THIS GIF LITERALLY JUST MADE MY ENTIRE WEEK A THOUSAND TIMES BETTER

I have always related to Cookie Monster the most.

10 Jul 18:59

Steven Spielberg Criticized for the "Triceratops He Just Slaughtered"

Steven Spielberg Criticized for the "Triceratops He Just Slaughtered"

It's not uncommon for a poacher or hunter to receive harsh criticism and public shaming, but does it count when the animal in question goes WAY beyond the endangered species list?

Click here for a larger view of the top image and here for a larger view of the bottom image.

poacher spielberg

Submitted by: (via Dangerous Minds)

10 Jul 19:38

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10 Jul 01:44

wholesomeobsessive: helenish: overachiever snake: and here I...



wholesomeobsessive:

helenish:

overachiever snake: and here I was feeling pretty good about having pants on.

#i caughted a fish#look at it#i caught it and it is mine

04 Jul 22:00

Bigfoot, Yeti: Meet Science

by SciShow
This week in SciShow News, hard science meets cryptozoology, as biologists reveal the results of their investigation into samples suspected to have come from...
From: SciShow
Views: 270298
9836 ratings
Time: 04:25 More in Education
03 Jul 14:37

flowisaconstruct: chezpicker-uk: A Maldives beach awash in...





flowisaconstruct:

chezpicker-uk:

A Maldives beach awash in bioluminescent Phytoplankton looks like an ocean of stars

bioluminescence is the shit.

miss this ;.;

28 Jun 14:41

sleepydumpling: craftastrophies: therainitraineth: ask-gallows...



sleepydumpling:

craftastrophies:

therainitraineth:

ask-gallows-callibrator:

ecnamor-lacimehc-ym:

gallifrey-feels:

sociopathic-italian-grandmas:

millshouse:

meganiun:

happyvegetable:

kennilworthy-thisp:

derinthemadscientist:

lumoslouis:

soloontherocks:

amour-vengeance:

later-homenuggets:

my friend left her window open in her bedroom and came back to find this

look at his self-satisfied little face, the cheeky shit

motherfucking australia

if there was a post to describe australia, this is it

wait. 

you mean to tell me this isn’t even a pet bird?

that in australia, you have wild birds that just fly from house to house with the express purpose of fucking shit up?

fucking HELL australia, what is wrong with you?

wake up australia 

That’s what birds do

They fly around and fuck shit up

Do you have some kind of mysterious nice birds in your weird foreign country

Do birds in America and England fly into your house and make the bed and tidy up the living room a little bit

It’s cold here, so they just bounce off the windows and lie there and twitch spasmodically while you look for the shovel.

Basically hurling themselves at windows is the worst thing birds do

yeah man a kookaburra literally flew into a classroom at my high school and just sat his smug ass down on top of the desk for a good 20 minutes

why has nobody mentioned the fact that in australia there are 3-4 months a year where everybody just accepts that they’re going to get attacked by magpies. It is literally called “swooping season” and these birds will fly down to peck your fucking face, and people get their eyes ripped out and shit, it’s fucking brutal.

My teacher had to go to hospital and have surgery because of swooping season. It was in the parking lot of school and all the kids would do a mad dash towards the car as the magpies tried to kill us.

no but when you’re 12 years old and riding your bike like mad on the way home from school with an icecream bucket on your head with like branches and shit sticking out if it to scare them off and none of this is considered strange

what the actual fuck australia 

austrailia is the most frightening place on earth 

What is an ice cream bucket?

It’s one of these

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but you eat the icecream first and then you put it upside down on your head.

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Some people draw eyes on them for extra deterrence

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We used to have a magpie that helped himself to a slice of toast every morning.  He’d sit on the window sill until the toaster popped, take a slice and fly away to eat it.

Oh, and cyclists do this to their bike helmets (you use cable ties) to keep magpies from swooping them:

seriously, I’m terrified of you, Australia

26 Jun 23:19

jtotheizzoe: astrotastic: Jesus Christ you guys. If you wish...





jtotheizzoe:

astrotastic:

Jesus Christ you guys.

If you wish to make waffles from scratch, you must first invent the universe.

27 Jun 01:29

Hi Guys, it's looking like it'll be a wet weekend here so it's likely this weeks...

by Fresh Citrus Direct
Hi Guys, it's looking like it'll be a wet weekend here so it's likely this weeks orders will have to be put on hold. I'll post again early Sunday as to whether we can or cannot pick this weeks fruit to give some time to get orders in if we can pick. In the meantime you can keep an eye on our local weather forecast at the link below to see if we'll be likely able to pick or not. Our forecast is for Loxton.



OCF Forecasts for SA : Murray Valley
www.australianweathernews.com
These forecasts are provided by the Bureau of Meteorology Operational Consensus Forecasts system and should be used in conjunction with official forecasts. More information
07 Jun 03:38

The First Edible Bug Farm & The 9 Greatest Minds of 2014

by SciShow
SciShow News gives you the latest developments from the world of science, including some bug-number-crunching behind America's first edible-insect farm, and ...
From: SciShow
Views: 170626
5771 ratings
Time: 04:35 More in Education
06 Jun 16:07

missingrache: varietyshow: These are the best gender neutral...



missingrache:

varietyshow:

These are the best gender neutral new baby greeting cards I have ever seen in my entire life.

Aaaaaa THAT IS SO CUTE AND GOOD

I hereby declare these mandatory at any life event.

07 Jun 00:50

speckofawesome: themcscumblr: mindblowingscience: pickledpenni...





speckofawesome:

themcscumblr:

mindblowingscience:

pickledpennies:

m00nchaser:

If bees become extinct we will have exactly 4 YEARS to live on this planet. I don’t understand how “not giving a fuck” is more important than your life…

okay, I have a thing to say about this. I’m no expert on bees, but I am a biologist (and entomologist) so I think there is something I can contribute that’ll be of worth.

I agree entirely with the sentiment that we must protect honeybees. Obviously they are massively important for biodiversity, as well as pollinating food crops for humans. There is no doubt that if all the honeybees in the world were to vanish in a day that the consequences would be dire.

However, I disagree that the main cause for concern regarding honeybee death is the use of Genetically Modified (GM) crops. I’d be very interested to read a research paper that says ‘GM crops have killed millions of honeybees’, if indeed such a paper exists because in all honesty I find it highly unlikely that this is a true statement.

Let’s start with some facts about GM crops:

1. The development of GM crops is a highly regulated process, bound by strict country-specific legislature. A great number of trials are carried out long before commercial planting of a GM crop is even considered. It is these trials, and accompanying laboratory studies, that ensure a GM crop is safe to non-target organisms (such as honeybees) by investigating direct and indirect effects (Nap et al. 2003).

2. Crops that are genetically modified to express insecticidal proteins (for crop pest control) have a high level of specificity. This means that the insecticidal proteins being produced by the GM plant will only affect a narrow range of insect groups because of the chemical properties of the protein. For example, GM crops expressing insecticidal proteins sourced from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) will only target some Lepidopteran pests (caterpillars; Romeis et al. 2006). Furthermore, a recent meta-analysis of the literature found that GM Bt crops do not negatively affect the survival of adult honeybees or their larvae (Duan et al. 2008).

3. GM crops can be tailored such that the novel gene is expressed only in particular parts of the plant. For example, GM Bt rice plants express the toxin in the stems but not the grains (Datta et al. 1998). This technique means that gene expression can be excluded from the flowers/pollen of the crop plant, so that bees and other pollinators would not be affected. Neat, huh?

So those are a token few reasons why GM crops are safer than perhaps many people believe (as the result of a lot of questionable, non-scientific articles). To come back to our main point about honeybee death, I would like to briefly mention a few alternative explanations for the recent decline in honeybee populations. These are as follows:

1. Many bees have died as the result of broad-spectrum insecticide use. These are pesticides that lack specificity, and can be harmful to non-target organisms. Neonicotinoids are a well-studied example of this (Decourtye & Devillers, 2010). Not to worry, though, because many broad-spectrum pesticides including neonics are well on their way out. Indeed, the EU recently banned a large cohort of neonic pesticides. This is still a topic of controversy, mind (Goulson, 2013).

2. Many bees have died as the result of Varroa mite infestation. Imagine you’ve been bitten by several ticks, except those ticks are the size of dinner plates. That gives you an idea of the severity of a Varroa mite infestation on a single developing bee. The parasitisation of bees by Varroa mites and other parasites is often accompanied by disease transmission. This can result in colonies dying within two years after infestation (Johnson, 2011).

3. Many bees have died as the result of ‘colony collapse disorder’.  This is a phrase that has popped up a lot recently, and is basically an umbrella term for the various causes of bee death including parasite infestation, disease transmission, environmental stresses, and management stresses such as poor nutrition (Johnson, 2011). Colony collapse has been attributed to broad-spectrum pesticide use in some instances. However, it is has still been observed in countries where broad-spectrum pesticides have been withdrawn (in the EU, like I mentioned earlier; Johnson, 2011).

So those are my main points. Please excuse the bullet-point nature of this; I was trying to keep it fairly short. Not sure I managed that haha. But anyway, my take-home message is that GM crops are not the enemy when it comes to honeybee decline. If anything, bees are at much greater danger from the use of broad-spectrum pesticides and from parasites and diseases. Using GM can even help to alleviate some of the problems associated with broad-spectrum pesticides, as they greatly reduce the need to apply such chemicals (Romeis et al. 2006).

A finishing note: Do your homework. Go on google scholar and read some of the literature, making sure it is recent (within the past 10-15 years). Literature reviews are a great way to find out what the consensus is on any given topic. Don’t use popular media as your main source of information where science is concerned; they tend to favour scandal and exaggeration. You want to know what’s really going on? Check out some research articles and see for yourself.

Thanks for sticking it through to the end of this impromptu mini-essay! —Alice

References:

Datta, K., Vasquez, A., Tu, J., Torrizo, L., Alam, M. F., Oliva, N., Abrigo, E., Khush, G. S., & Datta, S. K. (1998). Constitutive and tissue-specific differential expression of the cryIA (b) gene in transgenic rice plants conferring resistance to rice insect pest. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 97(1-2), 20-30.

Decourtye, A., & Devillers, J. (2010). Ecotoxicity of neonicotinoid insecticides to bees. In Insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (pp. 85-95). Springer New York.

Duan, J. J., Marvier, M., Huesing, J., Dively, G., & Huang, Z. Y. (2008). A meta-analysis of effects of Bt crops on honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae). PLoS One, 3(1), e1415.

Goulson, D. (2013). Neonicotinoids and bees: What’s all the buzz?. Significance, 10(3), 6-11.

Johnson, R. (2011). Honey bee colony collapse disorder. DIANE Publishing.

Nap, J. P., Metz, P. L., Escaler, M., & Conner, A. J. (2003). The release of genetically modified crops into the environment. The Plant Journal, 33(1), 1-18.

Romeis, J., Meissle, M., & Bigler, F. (2006). Transgenic crops expressing Bacillus thuringiensis toxins and biological control. Nature biotechnology, 24(1), 63-71.

This commentary is SO important. Succinct and with proper sourcing; beautiful.

It infuriates me when people blame GMO for everything without actually examining the evidence.

The way scientific replies on tumblr should be handled: Sourced and informed.

This is beautiful and very correct. GMO’s have downsides, but those have nothing to do with bees or nutrition.

Best comment. Thank you.

06 Jun 11:54

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27 May 00:04

"Video: How to Poach Eggs, the Foolproof Method (Really!)"

“Video: How to Poach Eggs, the Foolproof Method (Really!)”

- The Serious Eats Field Guide to Asian Greens | Serious Eats - Mobile Beta!”
31 May 02:41

betterbooktitles: someecards: #cosmosPickUpLines I made this...



betterbooktitles:

someecards:

#cosmosPickUpLines

I made this at work today. Thought you’d like it.

See all of them here.

30 May 11:03

awesomefrench: Je vote pour l’utilisation quotidienne de...



awesomefrench:

Je vote pour l’utilisation quotidienne de “Fromidable”, c’est dit. 

26 May 18:31

theskaldspeaks: All bird are bird, but some bird more bird than...



theskaldspeaks:

All bird are bird, but some bird more bird than other bird

I love my psychology textbook, you guys.

22 May 12:49

thoughtsfeelingsandmadness: chubby birds make me so happy look at this precious thing oh my...

thoughtsfeelingsandmadness:

chubby birds make me so happy

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look at this precious thing oh my goodness

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they are a bit cranky but they are just too cute

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don’t talk shit though or it will end you

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this has been a chubby bird appreciation post

good day

22 May 00:56

wilwheaton: via reddit Yeeeeah…



wilwheaton:

via reddit

Yeeeeah…

15 May 04:21

Apparently German Gamers Love Simulators

by Brad
Germany
15 May 00:41

newageamazon: rlbrody: itscarororo: -teesa-: The only...













newageamazon:

rlbrody:

itscarororo:

-teesa-:

The only accurate way to report that 1 out of 4 Americans are skeptical of global warming is to say: A poll finds that 1 out of 4 Americans are wrong about something.

john oliver getting it right

SIGNAL BOOST.

Do owls exist?

_ Yes

_ No

_ The owls are not what they seem.

14 May 03:28

brokensilence137: dynaroo: I think this bird got confused...



brokensilence137:

dynaroo:

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I think this bird got confused when someone told him he belonged in the sky.

He decided to be the sky instead.

02 May 04:04

retrogradeworks: thecatdogblog: The Norwegian Forest Cat is...

claudzim

super fluffy cat!















retrogradeworks:

thecatdogblog:

The Norwegian Forest Cat is known by few outside of northern Europe. It’s a furry breed of domestic cat bred for colder climates. Photographer Jane Bjerkli and her fluffy cat Mille reside in Norway where together they produce some stunning portfolios.

Every time I see one of these posts I feel compelled to add that they’re also called Fairy Cats and have deep seated roots in Norse mythology. They were also companions on Viking ships :3.

Holy crap I just want to bury my face in that.