mentalflossr:

21 Fancy Medical Terms for Mundane Problems
Brain freeze is called sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia

mentalflossr:

21 Fancy Medical Terms for Mundane Problems

Brain freeze is called sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia

sandandglass:

The Jon Stewart vs Chicago Pizza saga continues…

(via cognitivedissonance)

buzzfeed:

Turns out the world isn’t such a bad place after all. 

(Source: BuzzFeed)

pbsthisdayinhistory:

November 18, 1883: Railroads Create the First Time Zones
On this day in 1883, American and Canadian railroads began using four continental time zones. This stemmed from schedulers’ confusion transporting passengers across thousands of local times. Most towns in the United States had their own local times based on “high noon” when the sun reached its highest point in the sky.
The railroad companies created the new time coding system without assistance from the federal government. Most Americans and Canadians embraced the time zones since railroads were the primary link between the two countries. Congress did not officially adopt the time zones until 1918 under the Interstate Commerce Commission.
Check out American Experience’s “Streamliners” timeline of significant events related to the development of American railroads.

Photo: “Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way” circa 1868 (Currier & Ives./Library of Congress).

pbsthisdayinhistory:

November 18, 1883: Railroads Create the First Time Zones

On this day in 1883, American and Canadian railroads began using four continental time zones. This stemmed from schedulers’ confusion transporting passengers across thousands of local times. Most towns in the United States had their own local times based on “high noon” when the sun reached its highest point in the sky.

The railroad companies created the new time coding system without assistance from the federal government. Most Americans and Canadians embraced the time zones since railroads were the primary link between the two countries. Congress did not officially adopt the time zones until 1918 under the Interstate Commerce Commission.

Check out American Experience’s “Streamliners” timeline of significant events related to the development of American railroads.

Photo: “Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way” circa 1868 (Currier & Ives./Library of Congress).

squashed:

think-progress:

A Koch brothers-funded group threw a boozy tailgate party complete with beer pong to convince young people not to sign up for health insurance.
Yes, you read that right. 

My favorite part about it? Creepy Uncle Sam.
"We’re a shadowy political pressure group offering college students alcohol to get them to forego subsidized healthcare for the sake of our long-term political advantage. But we’re pretty sure we’re not the creepy ones.”

squashed:

think-progress:

A Koch brothers-funded group threw a boozy tailgate party complete with beer pong to convince young people not to sign up for health insurance.

Yes, you read that right. 

My favorite part about it? Creepy Uncle Sam.

"We’re a shadowy political pressure group offering college students alcohol to get them to forego subsidized healthcare for the sake of our long-term political advantage. But we’re pretty sure we’re not the creepy ones.”

(via wisconsinforward)

npostlife:

Prancercise explained: Galloping around like a horse may not be the best way to get fitYou can prance if you want to, but the latest fitness trend taking over the Internet might not be the best answer to avoiding the gym.Is Prancercise a viable training exercise to add to your regimen? No. In fact, it is probably not the best idea to parade around like Seabiscuit with ankle weights because a lady on the Internet told you it was a good idea. “But the Prancercise website shows her running with a white stallion,” you protest. “This must be real.” (YouTube)

In public? Hope it catches on.

npostlife:

Prancercise explained: Galloping around like a horse may not be the best way to get fit
You can prance if you want to, but the latest fitness trend taking over the Internet might not be the best answer to avoiding the gym.

Is Prancercise a viable training exercise to add to your regimen? No. In fact, it is probably not the best idea to parade around like Seabiscuit with ankle weights because a lady on the Internet told you it was a good idea. “But the Prancercise website shows her running with a white stallion,” you protest. “This must be real.” (YouTube)

In public? Hope it catches on.

(via nationalpost)

Tags: prancercise

rosalarian:

Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, in case you hadn’t heard. How dare she remove those ticking time bombs from her chest, amiright? Like, hasn’t she learned by now that her body is public domain and we all get to vote on what she does with it? Sheesh, how selfish can ya get.

Breasts: The New Enemy?

(via wilwheaton)

(Source: brooklynmutt)

thefrogman:

Longcat is long, but that wasn’t always the case For when he was born, he was barely a face His body looked shrunk; he was really quite small Longcat was not very long at all

The doctors all worried he may never grow His parents were sad and hoped that wasn’t so But as he got older, his length did not increase And when at the playground, the children would tease Saying: “Longcat’s not long. He’s short as can be! I’ve got hairs on my head that are longer than he!”

The words that were muttered made Longcat quite sad He prayed to be longer, if only a tad Determined to grow, he took matters in his own paws He tried all manner of things to help his lengthy cause He stretched and pulled and took vitamins by the pound He tied weights to his legs and dangled high above the ground

But nothing was working, he was out of get-long schemes He had almost abandoned all of his get-long dreams But while taking a walk, with his head hanging low He noticed a something that might make him grow It looked old and spooky, like some carnival game Inside was a genie. Zoltar was his name It asked for his wish, with its eyes all aglow “I wish to be long. Can you please make it so?”

Zoltar shaked and quaked and rumbled and grumbled Longcat became startled, and to the ground he tumbled Then he came to his senses, and looked down at his feet But they were no further… Zoltar was a cheat! To bed Longcat went, with the grumpiest of moans But the magic was working, tingling in his bones

The very next day he arose with a yawn To his surprise he was looking down at his lawn He had grown out the sides of his home during the night As he basked in his longness, he was filled with delight

Longcat was long! His wish had been granted! Zoltar the Genie was indeed enchanted! But there was a catch to the wish he received… He grew longer and longer each time that he breathed Looking at him before, he seemed just a speck But to look at him now put a kink in your neck
He grew…

And grew…

And grew…

And grew…

When he would stop, no one knew.

People came from all over to see his awesome size And many did faint, they could not believe their eyes

Longcat’s endless length was getting out of hand He had grown much longer than he ever planned “I’m much too long! It’s quite lonely in space. Now I long for those days when I was barely a face.” Longcat held his breath in the hopes to ungrow And to his great surprise, his expansion did slow As he proceeded to shrink his immeasurable girth He began to de-long his long way back to Earth

He realized he could be any length he could wishAs tall as a building or as small as a fish Once Longcat had reached a more reasonable size He realized being too long was really unwise “To be ‘Just long enough’ is just fine with me… Being super long isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” Longcat was grateful to be any size he desired And vowed only to lengthen to the size he required

All was right in the world; the children no longer teased Longcat is long. And for that, he is pleased

thefrogman:

Longcat is long, but that wasn’t always the case
For when he was born, he was barely a face
His body looked shrunk; he was really quite small
Longcat was not very long at all

image

The doctors all worried he may never grow
His parents were sad and hoped that wasn’t so
But as he got older, his length did not increase
And when at the playground, the children would tease
Saying: “Longcat’s not long. He’s short as can be!
I’ve got hairs on my head that are longer than he!”

image

The words that were muttered made Longcat quite sad
He prayed to be longer, if only a tad
Determined to grow, he took matters in his own paws
He tried all manner of things to help his lengthy cause
He stretched and pulled and took vitamins by the pound
He tied weights to his legs and dangled high above the ground

image

But nothing was working, he was out of get-long schemes
He had almost abandoned all of his get-long dreams
But while taking a walk, with his head hanging low
He noticed a something that might make him grow
It looked old and spooky, like some carnival game
Inside was a genie. Zoltar was his name
It asked for his wish, with its eyes all aglow
“I wish to be long. Can you please make it so?”

image

Zoltar shaked and quaked and rumbled and grumbled
Longcat became startled, and to the ground he tumbled
Then he came to his senses, and looked down at his feet
But they were no further… Zoltar was a cheat!
To bed Longcat went, with the grumpiest of moans
But the magic was working, tingling in his bones

image

The very next day he arose with a yawn
To his surprise he was looking down at his lawn
He had grown out the sides of his home during the night
As he basked in his longness, he was filled with delight

image

Longcat was long! His wish had been granted!
Zoltar the Genie was indeed enchanted!
But there was a catch to the wish he received…
He grew longer and longer each time that he breathed
Looking at him before, he seemed just a speck
But to look at him now put a kink in your neck

He grew…

image

And grew…

image

And grew…

image

And grew…

image

When he would stop, no one knew.

image

People came from all over to see his awesome size
And many did faint, they could not believe their eyes

image

Longcat’s endless length was getting out of hand
He had grown much longer than he ever planned
“I’m much too long! It’s quite lonely in space.
Now I long for those days when I was barely a face.”
Longcat held his breath in the hopes to ungrow
And to his great surprise, his expansion did slow
As he proceeded to shrink his immeasurable girth
He began to de-long his long way back to Earth

image

He realized he could be any length he could wish
As tall as a building or as small as a fish 
Once Longcat had reached a more reasonable size 
He realized being too long was really unwise 
“To be ‘Just long enough’ is just fine with me… 
Being super long isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” 
Longcat was grateful to be any size he desired 
And vowed only to lengthen to the size he required

image

All was right in the world; the children no longer teased
Longcat is long. And for that, he is pleased

image

(via shorterexcerpts)

Sixty-five years ago, rich kids had all the fun.

unconsumption:


Here’s how it works: A library card gets you a packet of seeds. You then grow the fruits and vegetables, harvest the new seeds from the biggest and best, and return those seeds so the library can lend them out to others. 

How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank : The Salt : NPR)
Via BoingBoing
Earlier on Unconsumption: seed libraries in Los Angeles, and Richmond.
And semi-related: http://plantcatching.com/en — a site where gardeners can share their extra (or unwanted) plants, seeds, gardening materials (compost, soil, rock). [Thx M.B.!] 

unconsumption:

Here’s how it works: A library card gets you a packet of seeds. You then grow the fruits and vegetables, harvest the new seeds from the biggest and best, and return those seeds so the library can lend them out to others. 

How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank : The Salt : NPR)

Via BoingBoing

Earlier on Unconsumption: seed libraries in Los Angeles, and Richmond.

And semi-related: http://plantcatching.com/en — a site where gardeners can share their extra (or unwanted) plants, seeds, gardening materials (compost, soil, rock). [Thx M.B.!] 

iu2:

Wang Yue, a senior at Dalian Industry University, uses her paintbrush to turn ugly tree holes into lovely views in Shijiazhuang, capital city of Hebei Province.

Wang Yue calls the tree-hole paintings “meitu” which means “beautiful journey.” The paintings on the trees have brightened the city during the dull, grey winter.

(via fallen-angel-of-thursday)

Tags: art

thefrogman:

And why do we fall, Bruce?
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thefrogman:

And why do we fall, Bruce?

[video]

(via thinkupstudio)

Tags: falling

climateadaptation:

I worry about #10.

nevver:

  1. The proliferation of Chinese eugenics. – Geoffrey Miller, evolutionary psychologist.
  2. Black swan events, and the fact that we continue to rely on models that have been proven fraudulent. – Nassem Nicholas Taleb
  3. That we will be unable to defeat viruses by learning to push them beyond the error catastrophe threshold. – William McEwan, molecular biology researcher
  4. That pseudoscience will gain ground. – Helena Cronin, author, philospher
  5. That the age of accelerating technology will overwhelm us with opportunities to be worried. – Dan Sperber, social and cognitive scientist
  6. Genuine apocalyptic events. The growing number of low-probability events that could lead to the total devastation of human society. – Martin Rees, former president of the Royal Society
  7. The decline in science coverage in newspapers. – Barbara Strauch, New York Times science editor
  8. Exploding stars, the eventual collapse of the Sun, and the problems with the human id that prevent us from dealing with them. — John Tooby, founder of the field of evolutionary psychology
  9. That the internet is ruining writing. – David Gelernter, Yale computer scientist
  10. That smart people—like those who contribute to Edge—won’t do politics. –Brian Eno, musician
  11. That there will be another supernova-like financial disaster. –Seth Lloyd, professor of Quantum Mechanical Engineering at MIT
  12. That search engines will become arbiters of truth. —W. Daniel Hillis, physicist

What me worry? I’m with #23.

"In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri."

Douglas Adams

English humorist & science fiction novelist (1952 - 2001)