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Aw Outlander, you tried. But 1940s Inverness had too much Protestantism for all the chicken blood and palm reading you think was going on.

The term “tear gas” is a misnomer. For one thing, “tear gas” seems to imply something innocuous— you would think it’s just a chemical that makes you tear up. In fact, tear gas is a dangerous, potentially lethal chemical agent which is outlawed under the Chemical Weapons Convention for use during wartime. As the Omega Research Foundation argues: “Less-lethal weapons are presented as more acceptable alternatives to guns. But these weapons augment rather than replace the more lethal weapons. Euphemistic labels are used to create the impression that these weapons represent soft and gentle forms of control. CS is never referred to by the authorities as vomit gas, in spite of its capacity to cause violent retching.” NGO Physicians for Human Rights believes that “ ‘tear gas’ is a misnomer for a group of poisonous gases which, far from being innocuous, have serious acute and longer-term adverse effects on the health of significant numbers of those exposed.”

What is tear gas? Facing Tear Gas (via gowns)

(Source: roundedcomms, via dolorimeter)

hookteeth:

krakenqueen:

scales-and-fangs:

Dragon Snake (Xenodermus javanicus)

The sexiest snake that could ever exist in this world. I mean. LOOK AT THIS SNAKE.
*I’ve looked these guys up in previous years when I first came across them, and they haven’t become any less interesting to me.

Precious nubbin covered friend noodle.

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psychicsycophant:

xoutofstepx:

misadventured-piteous-overthrows:

rkherman:

Dandelions are the enemy in the war for the pristine green lawn. However, they are incredibly beneficial to many insects and pollinators, and there are a variety of ways to cook and eat them.

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Sources:

Ode To The Dandelion

http://druidgarden.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/ode-to-the-dandelion/

Taraxacum

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taraxacum

Taraxacum officinale

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taraxacum_officinale

University of Maryland Medical Center - Dandelion

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/dandelion

National Gardening Association - Fall Garden Cover Crops

http://www.garden.org/ediblelandscaping/?page=september_cover

for a-nomadic-thought

reblogging for the links and pictures but i can’t even read the pictures :(

"Dandelions are the first flowers to bloom at the start of Spring. They provide an early source of pollen and nectar for bees and other insects to feed on after the long, cold winter.

Dandelion flowers are edible. They can be eaten raw or cooked, baked into muffins, or used to make dandelion wine.

Buds and leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked. The leaves are a source of vitamins A, B, C, and D as well as potassium and zinc.

Dandelion root can be roasted and ground to make a non-caffeinated coffee substitute or the roots can be dried and boiled to make tea.

Dandelion leaves have a slightly bitter taste and are used to stimulate appetite and digestion.

The long, thick taproot breaks up compacted soil, allowing other plants to establish root systems. Taproots also bring up nutrients from deeper in the soil, which are released in the root zone when the dandelion plant dies.

The common dandelion is a perennial flowering plant that is often considered a week, especially when it grows on lawns. Dandelion plants have long and narrow lobed leaves, and round yellow flowers. The flower heads turn into balls of seeds, each seed having a whitish tuft that allows it to be carried on the wind.

Taracaxum afficinale is native to Euroasia but is now naturalized throughout temperate regions in America, Europe, and Asia.”

i don’t think this is very in-depth. dandelion has a lot more benefits. but i think it’s a nice info graphic.

what i want is to be
aware of the spaces between stars, to breathe
continuously the sources of sky,
a veined sail moving,
my love never setting
foot to the dark
anvil of earth

—Pat Lowther, from “Random Interview,” in Time Capsule (with thanks to a-pair-of-ragged-claws)

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malformalady:

A giraffe gnawing on an impala skull, presumably for the minerals
Photo credit: Rene van der Schyff

malformalady:

A giraffe gnawing on an impala skull, presumably for the minerals

Photo credit: Rene van der Schyff

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euo:

Look how nice the view from my bed is like 😎

euo:

Look how nice the view from my bed is like 😎

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theparisreview:

Wild
When they were wild When they were not yet human When they could have been anything, I was on the other side ready with milk to lure them, And their father, too, the name like a net in his hands.
—Louise Erdrich. Art: Theodor Kittelsen.

theparisreview:

Wild

When they were wild
When they were not yet human
When they could have been anything,
I was on the other side ready with milk to lure them,
And their father, too, the name like a net in his hands.

Louise Erdrich. Art: Theodor Kittelsen.