ghilan:

unexplained-events:

The photo above is the closest humanity has ever come to creating Medusa. If you were to look at this, you would die instantly. 
The image is of a reactor core lava formation in the basement of the Chernobyl nuclear plant. It’s called the Elephant’s Foot and weighs hundreds of tons, but is only a couple meters across.
Oh, and regarding the Medusa thing, this picture was taken through a mirror around the corner of the hallway. Because the wheeled camera they sent up to take pictures of it was destroyed by the radiation. The Elephant’s Foot is almost as if it is a living creature.

Nice photo, surprisingly few actual facts.
1 - Looking at this would not kill you. Hanging out close to it, unshielded, for about three minutes, would kill you, and even thirty seconds of exposure would in all likelihood lead to your eventual death, but it’s not magic.
2 - It doesn’t weigh hundreds of tons. It weighs about two tons, which makes sense, as it’s about ninety percent sand, the rest being uranium oxides and melted metal. Feel free to look up “Corium” on Wikipedia for further information.
3 - The wheeled camera first used to view it wasn’t destroyed. It took some fairly nice video you can watch on Youtube if you look for it. The radiation levels would probably heavily overexpose film if you didn’t take precautions, though. Maybe leaded glass. I’m also not sure how looking at it through a mirror would help, necessarily. You can’t hide from radiation exposure by going around a corner.
Anyway, the Chernobyl NPP disaster was a terrible thing that will leave an indelible mark upon the world, but it should be viewed as a learning experience and an object lesson in the dangers of doing things incorrectly. Not as a myth-shrouded bogeyman to scare us away from doing things at all.
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ghilan:

unexplained-events:

The photo above is the closest humanity has ever come to creating Medusa. If you were to look at this, you would die instantly. 

The image is of a reactor core lava formation in the basement of the Chernobyl nuclear plant. It’s called the Elephant’s Foot and weighs hundreds of tons, but is only a couple meters across.

Oh, and regarding the Medusa thing, this picture was taken through a mirror around the corner of the hallway. Because the wheeled camera they sent up to take pictures of it was destroyed by the radiationThe Elephant’s Foot is almost as if it is a living creature.

Nice photo, surprisingly few actual facts.

1 - Looking at this would not kill you. Hanging out close to it, unshielded, for about three minutes, would kill you, and even thirty seconds of exposure would in all likelihood lead to your eventual death, but it’s not magic.

2 - It doesn’t weigh hundreds of tons. It weighs about two tons, which makes sense, as it’s about ninety percent sand, the rest being uranium oxides and melted metal. Feel free to look up “Corium” on Wikipedia for further information.

3 - The wheeled camera first used to view it wasn’t destroyed. It took some fairly nice video you can watch on Youtube if you look for it. The radiation levels would probably heavily overexpose film if you didn’t take precautions, though. Maybe leaded glass. I’m also not sure how looking at it through a mirror would help, necessarily. You can’t hide from radiation exposure by going around a corner.

Anyway, the Chernobyl NPP disaster was a terrible thing that will leave an indelible mark upon the world, but it should be viewed as a learning experience and an object lesson in the dangers of doing things incorrectly. Not as a myth-shrouded bogeyman to scare us away from doing things at all.

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bogleech:

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It’s amazing western culture finds tarantulas so scary when they’re incredibly fragile, fat wads of fluff with ” :3 ” faces and completely terrified of anything too big to eat.

There are places where it’s normal for little girls to go into the forest and collect buckets full…

yesmissmori:

THINX Underwear:

OH SHIT YOU GUYS THIS COMPANY IS MAKING UNDERWEAR THAT IS STAIN RESISTANT, ANTIMICROBIAL, AND WILL ABSORB UP TO 6 TEASPOONS OF LIQUID BUT STILL LOOKS FUCKING SEXY

AND DID I MENTION THIS PART:

For every pair of THINX you buy, you help one girl in the developing world stay in school by providing her with seven washable, reusable cloth pads.

AND WHY IS THAT SUCH A BIG DEAL? HERE’S WHY:

After doing some research, Agrawal says she found that more than 100 million girls in the developing world were missing a week of school because of their periods, and using things such as leaves, old rags, or plastic bags in the place of sanitary pads.

THE SIZES RUN FROM XS TO XXL AND THE PRICES ARE NOT INSANE, THEY’RE OBVIOUSLY HIGHER THAN THOSE 5 FOR $10 SALES AT TARGET BUT YOU WON’T HAVE TO THROW THEM OUT BECAUSE YOU MISCALCULATED YOUR FLOW AND BLED ALL OVER THEM BEFORE YOU COULD GET TO A BATHROOM

I’M SORRY FOR SHOUTING I’M JUST REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS

LIKE HOLY FUCKBASKET IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME

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There have been many times that I have been referred to as the incorrect pronoun. This usually happens while playing video games online. But, I have also had a waiter call me sir at a restaurant. It has NEVER bothered me. I have NEVER felt the need to correct someone, including the waiter. I don't understand why it's a big deal, unless the person is PURPOSELY using the incorrect pronoun to insult you.
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thefrogman:

I’m hoping there will come a time in your life when you will realize that your personal experiences and feelings are not applicable to every other person. 

"I spent like 10 years of my life pretending to fly around on a broomstick and you’re asking me if preparing for a love scene was ‘tricky’ because the other person also had a penis?"

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tsarbucks:

there’s a huge problem in gaming today where people are focusing more on graphics than aethestic, which is really shitty because it leads to all of these awful derivative modern military shooters and games that have no identity. like i don’t really care if you’re able to render the 374th bead of sweat on a grizzled marine’s face, if you don’t have a unique style nobody will remember your game

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