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I ALMOST CRIED AT THE END
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My qualifications for making this post are as follows: I have a BA in English Literature, and I was once 7.
Now I know this is really subtle literature and it can be hard to tease out the real meaning, so I’ll walk you through it.
At first Sam’s friend, we’ll call him Jeff, is like “fuck green eggs and ham, that shit’s disgusting.”
Now I know it can be easy to get stuck in this part, because there’s all this rhyming, and you get to say “I do not like it” a lot, but I’m going to take you a little deeper into the story.
You see, Jeff had never actually tried green eggs and ham. He just decided he didn’t like them because they looked weird, or because someone on the internet told him they were made from people, or just because he wanted to be an asshole.
Once he stops staying no just for the sake of being a dick, Jeff realizes that green eggs and ham are fucking awesome. He wants to stuff his face with them. Jeff even steals the entire ham from Sam, the greedy bastard.
So can we now please stop reciting and/or rewriting Green Eggs and Ham when we want to be clever as we rant about something we don’t like? Because what we’re actually saying is: I have given no actual thought to this opinion, I’m just scared of new things.
the fact that the real world could have involved dragons, unicorns, magic, time travel and insane adventures but instead has things like taxes is why i read so much
This lizard shoots blood out of its eyes to deter predators
This bird has tiny dinosaur claws on its wings and its chicks can climb like goddamn monkeys
This thing is literally named the Vampire Squid from Hell, and it’s so lazy that it uses optical illusions to trick its predators into thinking it’s running away really fast instead of actually running away
When these ants squabble over territory, instead of fighting they have a dance-off. The winner of the dance-off gets to enslave the other colony
This diagram is of one of many planets made of solid diamond
And here’s a picture of our galaxy in space which, by the way, would taste of raspberries and smell of rum:
This adorable dear is a water bear, a very tiny animal with a weird internal pulley system for movement. It can survive being dried out and rehydrated (in nature it depends on it), and can survive in open space without air, pressure or radiation shielding for at least ten days and be fine.
Naked mole rats are not only the only eusocial mammals, but are also cold-blooded and immune to cancer.
There are a LOT of animals that navigate via electricity
or can “see” through sound echoes
or have the regenerative properties of mythical trolls
These guys live in water between 2C and 464C (35-867F) at 300atm of pressure, sometimes in water as briny as vinegar… and they’re far from the only species to do it
Caterpillars turn completely to goo in their cocoons and their adult forms grow within it. Hundreds of species of parasite mind-control their hosts, including those that affect humans. Wheat as we know it isn’t rightfully a single species; it’s a 2-way hybrid with twice as many sets of chromosomes as it should rightfully have, created by us. Microorganisms genetically engineer plants to change their shape to provide homes for the tiny engineers. If you mess up the mRNA distribution in a newly fertilised fly egg, you can make a fly with two heads and no butt. Fruit flies get drunk in the same way that humans do; they’re a remarkable model for all kinds of human things, even though they shouldn’t be all that similar to us at all. Beavers change entire landscapes to colonise new areas. Bacteria far up in the sky help clouds to form. Diamonds are born not from the bones of dinosaurs, as many believe, but in the hearts of volcanoes. If you capture lightning on a super high speed camera, you can see many little spots of light branch out and seek the ground, calling up positive branches until one tendril from the sky meets one from the land and the energy of the could is immediately discharged in a bright, hot flash. We don’t yet know what lives in magma. We can deduce the heart of a star, but we can’t explore the hundreds of other planets in the galaxy like ours. The trillions and trillions of microorganisms living in your gut act like digestive organs that it’s very hard to live without, and there are 10x as man of them as there are human cells in you; you could argue that you’re 9% human. If you fold a single (hypothetical, infinite) piece of paper 42 times, it will reach past the moon. The eye has evolved independently on Earth at least 40 times, and possibly as many as 65 times. There are no muscles in your fingers. A rhino’s horn and your hair are the same structure. A horse’s hoof and your fingernail are the same structure. Some of your thinking isn’t done in your brain — it’s done at the top of your spine, throughout your spine, in your intestines, and in your heart. Your brain fills in the gaps of what you don’t see, but mentally interpreting what you do see is largely done inside the eyes. A lot of an octopus’ thinking is done in its arms.
But sure, gripe at the universe for not giving us pointy horses. Without them I guess it’s all pretty boring.
(Fantasy novels can be pretty great though)
Allow me to add that this is a world in which human beings have encountered, in one way or another, all of the living creatures seen here: http://camwyn.tumblr.com/tagged/ladies-and-gentlemen-i-present-to-you:-the-ocean - because fantasy writers would be told to sit down and start editing if they came up with animals that patently bizarre.
Plants talk to each other by emitting chemicals that diffuse through the air—you’re walking through their conversations. Sometimes plants talk to the insects that prey on the insects that are eating them. Every cell in your body is powered by tiny machines. The closest cousins to the vertebrates—even closer than the not-quite-fish-thingies the lancelets—are tunicates, little headless, brainless sacks of goo. Some birds (pigeons) have tiny cellular compasses in their heads that align towards magnetic north, allowing them to navigate. Other birds (certain small tube-nosed seabirds) can smell the specific chemical produced by plankton blooms across distances of miles, and follow it to feed—most birds have no sense of smell. Vultures have a phenomenal sense of smell, and kiwi birds have nostrils at the end of their beaks which they use to smell for prey underground. Bombardier beetles aren’t dragons, but they produce two chemicals that they spray out together, which react to form a boiling-hot caustic spray. There are infectious cancers in dogs and Tasmanian devils (the former is an STD, the latter spread by the devils biting each other while mating and potentially going to cause the extinction of the species)—and that means that the animal in which those cancers originated has, in some ways, never died, and tiny pieces of its genetic legacy are alive in countless other animals. Tasmanian devils are struggling so much because they lack much genetic diversity—just like cheetahs, who are all so closely related that a skin graft from one cheetah will be accepted by any other cheetah; their immune systems recognize them as themselves. Slime molds live as individual cells, then conglomerate into a single organism, eventually drying up and turning to a stalk topped with spores—they can farm, carrying bacterial cells uneaten within them to seed the place they land, to ensure they have food in the future.
The world is glorious and strange.
glee meme → eight characters [7/8]
“I don’t feel right in the men’s locker room, but I can’t go into the girls’. And I don’t feel right in men’s clothing, but I can’t wear dresses every day. It sucks to never know your place. It’s just nice, for once, to feel like I found one." - Unique Adams
3x17 // 5x10
Part of that World - plain background.
The first version of this artwork looked quite nice just like this, so I decided to keep a version of it before adding the background layer.
Final version (x)