Whenever a dude says “I hate feminists” what they really mean is “I hate women, especially ones who have opinions that challenge my superiority”
Hate of feminists is just misogyny. Plain and simple. You can spin is however you want, but that’s what it is.
weird at last, weird at last. god almighty, weird at last. welcome to night vale.
“For thousands of years, Judean date palm trees were one of the most recognizable and welcome sights for people living in the Middle East — widely cultivated throughout the region for their sweet fruit, and for the cool shade they offered from the blazing desert sun.
From its founding some 3,000 years ago, to the dawn of the Common Era, the trees became a staple crop in the Kingdom of Judea, even garnering several shout-outs in the Old Testament. Judean palm trees would come to serve as one of the kingdom’s chief symbols of good fortune; King David named his daughter, Tamar, after the plant’s name in Hebrew.
By the time the Roman Empire sought to usurp control of the kingdom in 70 AD, broad forests of these trees flourished as a staple crop to the Judean economy — a fact that made them a prime resource for the invading army to destroy. Sadly, around the year 500 AD, the once plentiful palm had been completely wiped out, driven to extinction for the sake of conquest.
In the centuries that followed, first-hand knowledge of the tree slipped from memory to legend. Up until recently, that is.
During excavations at the site of Herod the Great's palace in Israel in the early 1960's, archeologists unearthed a small stockpile of seeds stowed in a clay jar dating back 2,000 years. For the next four decades, the ancient seeds were kept in a drawer at Tel Aviv's Bar-Ilan University. But then, in 2005, botanical researcher Elaine Solowey decided to plant one and see what, if anything, would sprout.
"I assumed the food in the seed would be no good after all that time. How could it be?" said Solowey. She was soon proven wrong.
Amazingly, the multi-millennial seed did indeed sprout — producing a sapling no one had seen in centuries, becoming the oldest known tree seed to germinate.
Today, the living archeological treasure continues to grow and thrive; In 2011, it even produced its first flower — a heartening sign that the ancient survivor was eager to reproduce. It has been proposed that the tree be cross-bred with closely related palm types, but it would likely take years for it to begin producing any of its famed fruits. Meanwhile, Solowey is working to revive other age-old trees from their long dormancy.”
***Does anyone in the know have any comments?
(Source: Tree Hugger)
#and for the record#tagging this #c: mako mori #because that easy neck slap #pointed out by vrabia#that hand plant #that take down #THAT IS MAKO MORI SHIT RIGHT THERE#AND I WILL KEEP REPEATING IT UNTIL EVERYONE ACCEPTS IT AS CANON#RALEIGH BECKET GHOSTING WITH MAKO#AND CHUCK KNOWS EVERY FUCKING UGLY SECOND OF IT#AS SOON ASTHE FUCKING NECK SLAP COMES#HE KNOWS JUST HOW DEEPLY HE IS SCREWED #MAKO’S TECHNIQUE#RALEIGH’S STRENGTH
I have seen people try to analyze Raleigh’s fighting style in this scene
and I just sit here
muttering to myself
"It’s not Raleigh’s fighting style."
#Even with a ton of training #it just wouldn’t be in the hand-to-hand combat lexicon of a six-foot-tall man #to TUCK HIMSELF INTO A BALL AND SOMERSAULT ON ONE HAND #in order to take down his opponent. #This is the technique of a MUCH SMALLER HUMAN BEING. #Someone who is accustomed to using people’s height and bulk against them #not someone who already has height and bulk to his advantage. #I will give you three guesses as to whose technique it actually is. #HINT: she is standing in the background of the first gif with her fists up #thinking to herself ‘Do the thing Raleigh. Do the thing.’ #DISCLAIMER: Hannah is not a martial arts expert. #But this is no fucking joke legit exactly the kind of thing my mom taught me #about controlling a situation and turning perceived disadvantages into the fucking endgame. #The year I ran rock camp I asked my parents to teach the self-defense workshop #and my mom is 5’2 and my dad is 6’2 and at least a hundred pounds heavier #and she showed every girl at camp how to make themselves into a fulcrum #and bring down big-ass scary dudes #and never in my life shall I forget when she asked what other advantages we have #and a girl held up her drumsticks #and Mom took one and proceeded to jab it into Dad’s pressure point. #A FUCKING DRUMSTICK. USE WHAT YOU’VE GOT OKAY. #This got hella rambly but suffice it to say that I am #and always shall be #stanning Mako Mori 5ever. #OKAY ONE MORE THING #THIS IS THE KIND OF MOVE THAT COULD SNAP A BONE #IF YOU DO IT JUST A TINY BIT WRONG #BUT RALEIGH DIDN’T #HIS ONLY OTHER NON-JAEGER FIGHT SCENE WAS CUT FROM THE MOVIE AND INVOLVED HIM SLAMMING A GUY’S HEAD INTO A BEER CAN
Most of these are from or inspired by Practical Magic
Excerpt from neuroscientist David Eagleman’s Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
Read more from the book here.
Perfection. I may have to produce something like this next Halloween. Courtesy of Tysonism (FB).
My Muslim friend’s Princess Leia Costume
Is there a classic movie bloopers fandom because there needs to be one
OH MY GOD THESE THINGS REALLY EXIST???
I just love the toupee one too much to let this one go
I’m sorry, Hugo, but even if you weren’t in a film with Christopher Lee, your Dracula attempt would still be pretty sorry.
This lamp absorbs 150 times more CO2 than a tree
It’s still in the “so crazy it just might work” stage, but these microalgae-powered lamps, invented by French biochemist Pierre Calleja, could absorb a ton of carbon from the air every year. That’s as much as 150 to 200 trees. [x]
YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. This is ingenious.
The design is a light bulb surrounded by a glass casing. The glass is filled with (water based) media and microalgae. The top is permeable to gasses so that gas exchange can occur. All of the wiring is linked to the grid underground.
Since the light source is inside, it gets scattered and “dimmed” by the water and algae. This makes it less glaringly bright and scatters the light wider, which is good for a street light. It is not longer white light as well, which helps make it easier on the eyes while still providing light.
At the same time, it provides the light for photosynthesis in the algae, so they are continuously exchanging CO2 for O2, not just in the day. It also provides a source of heat, which helps keep the algae from going dormant during cold weather (as in the snowy picture above).
And notice how I did not specify permeability - that’s because NOx’s (NO and NO2) are also permeable and can be used as nitrogen sources to microalgae. In fact, algae are relatively low maintenance. As autotrophs, they don’t require super complex media, not does it really need to be changed/added to. (I’m actually fairly certain that there would still be algae in these tanks a year later; it may need to be cleaned or something, but there would be some living algae.)
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