Evolution of the Desk (1980-2014)
gif: grofjardanhazy, original video via Best Reviews
Why did it take so long to get rid of the rolodex and the calendar? That stuff should have disappeared almost as soon as the calculator.
Home sweet home.
Wait, Mercury’s atmosphere is 42% oxygen and 22% hydrogen? Why doesn’t it just explode? If someone lit a match on Mercury would the whole planet go up in a giant ball of fire?
How old do fish get? Today’s Smarter Every Day Infrographic helps understand!
So I totally missed this infographic when it came out and only just saw someone share it on Twitter, but I have a wee bone to pick with it. Really, it’s great and I know a lot of work goes into these and decisions had to be made as to what to include, but I feel like there are two fish that should be in here from an educational, ecological, and flat out amazing perspective: the slimehead (a.k.a. orange roughy), lifespan up to 150 years and the patagonian toothfish (a.k.a. Chilean SeaBass, lifespan up to fifty years. The slimehead is just an outright amazing lifespan, but both of these are incredibly important because with those long lifespans come late sexual maturity and slow reproductive rates. Combine those with the recent popularity of these two fish for food and you have the recipe for an ecological disaster. And that’s information worth getting in there!
Achrioptera fallax (x)
That coloration is waaay too cool to not reblog. Those are colors I’d expect in a children’s cartoon, not in real life.
Of course this thing is from Madagascar, the island where evolution took LSD. I mean, more like Rad-agascar, amirite?
In all seriousness, Madagascar is a perfect example of the incredible diversity that results from evolution in isolation thanks to about 90 million years of being separated from the African continent. Find out more about where Madagascar’s species came from here.
See those flower-petal-esque wings? While they’re useless for flight, they do make some pretty cool predator-avoidance noises. Check out the video below to hear ‘em:
Btw, are you following endangereduglythings? Freaky fauna can (and often are) just as endangered or threatened as the cute kind. We should celebrate and protect nature’s oddities just as much as its supermodels!
Just when you think you’ve seen it all. Seriously? That’s real?
I don’t really understand how that is a question up for discussion on television news. I mean, even putting aside the gajillion ways that white people are privileged by, for instance, being able to think that whiteness is “normal,” studying world history from Eurocentric perspectives, and etc etc:
- White people are less likely to be arrested for the same crime than black people, and black people serve longer (much longer!) sentences than white people.
- Marijuana use is similar among black and white populations in the U.S., but young African Americans are more than THREE TIMES more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession or use than white Americans.
- Racial bias in hiring in the U.S. is well-documented and persistent.
- African American students are far more likely to be punished in schools, even though they are not much more likely to break school rules than their white peers.
- Even after accounting for reasons like education disparity, geographical distribution, and occupation, there is a persistent wage gap: White people make are paid more than African Americans due to racial discrimination.
- White people in the U.S. on average have lower mortgage rates than African Americans.
White privilege is a fact of every facet of American life. I realize I’m mostly preaching to the choir here, but this is not a political issue or a subject for debate. It is well-documented and irrefutable.
I know it’s impossible to list all the instances in which being white privileges Americans, you missed one that I think is really big and important to point out - outright discrimination in housing, which is proven again and again by fair housing advocates who find black prospective tenants told there are no vacancies while white ones who are otherwise identical are told there are.
(Source: twitter.com, via wilwheaton)
Underrated? Oliver & Company? If you called it a steaming pile of dog shit you’d be OVERrating it.
Who the fuck named the Sahara Desert anyway
Sahara is just the Arabic word for “deserts”
You fucking named it the Desert Desert
way to fucking go
I’ll take “European Imperialists Who Never Bothered To Translate…
Obligatory note on “The La Brea Tar Pits” translating to “The The Tar Tar Pits.” Also pointing out that ‘So Long As It’s Words” put ‘#Moon Moon’ in the tags, which made me laugh.
If you can’t tell…I’ve found a new blog I like a lot. If you love words, follow So Long As It’s Words!
The “paddy” in “rice paddy” is derived from the Malay word “padi” meaning the rice plant. When you say “rice paddy” you’re actually saying “rice rice”.
Emily Graslie, the Chief Curiosity Correspondent of The Field Museum in Chicago. Probably my favorite Chief Curiosity Correspondent of any museum.
Check out her YouTube channel, The Brain Scoop, devoted to exploring all aspects relating to the curious world of taxidermy, zoology, natural history museums, and the culture of animal preservation.
Someday I won’t be the only Chief Curiosity Correspondent.
Can’t you imagine going to an annual “Conference of the Chief Curiosity Correspondents”?! We’d have it in a different Museum or collection every year and talk about discoveries and adventures
maybe we could have themed uniforms with matching hats and vests
and our own handshake or symbolic greeting
c’mon world, let’s get on this
I can see it being a position at other sorts of institutions as well. NPR could use a Chief Curiosity Correspondent. Maybe it already has one in Robert Krulwich. Theaters could have them. Governments. Schools at all levels. That’s just the obvious. Why shouldn’t companies have Chief Curiosity Correspondents? I look forward to the day that Chief Curiosity Correspondent is at least as ubiquitous as Chief Technology Officer and there’s a cabinet level position in the U.S. Government for Secretary of Curiosity.