April162014
ninewhitebanners:

A Mongolian first-grader with a Mickey Mouse backpack walks home from school, against the backdrop of the Altai mountains. Photo by Andrew Cullen.

ninewhitebanners:

A Mongolian first-grader with a Mickey Mouse backpack walks home from school, against the backdrop of the Altai mountains. Photo by Andrew Cullen.

(Source: un.org, via travelthisworld)

12PM
re-examine:

this is actually insanely cool

re-examine:

this is actually insanely cool

(Source: pagantendencies, via championsofbreakfast)

April122014

cellarspider:

twinkletwinkleyoulittlefuck:

purrsianstuck:

During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies. 

A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy. 

Mission fucking accomplished

Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense.

It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long.

You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done.

The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too.

The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use.

Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”.

So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. You also don’t give fleas any really good place to hop onto. That’s actually useful.

Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either.

These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols!

(via bythegods)

April92014

izzylinks:

tastefullyoffensive:

Guys With Fancy Lady Hair by Jessica Saia [via]

Previously: Men Pin-Ups

I can’t even, their hair looks so much better than mine

I really need to figure out how to do some of these styles. I can’t even braid hair!

(via bitchsconsin)

April62014

O Allah! If I worship You for fear of Hell, burn me in Hell,

and if I worship You in hope of Paradise, exclude me from Paradise.

But if I worship You for Your Own sake,

grudge me not Your everlasting Beauty.

Rabia Basri (via mariam-saeed)
April52014
March262014

championsofbreakfast:

askclint:

If you are reading this, you have survived your entire life up until this point.

You have survived traumas, heartbreak, devastation, the elements, different phases of life. And here you are.

You go, motherfucker. You’re awesome.

I feel like this is offensive to ghosts.

Ghosts suffer from intense discrimination and a denial of many basic human rights. This oppression happens to such a degree that many people don’t even believe ghosts exist. Stop Lifest discrimination by raising awareness about the undead.

March152014

hiltshaker asked: Question of the day: What are your six favorite Pokemon?

championsofbreakfast:

You know, somehow I’ve never actually thought of this before! I’ll exclude Gen VI since I haven’t played it yet:

Espeon
Mareep

Kingdra
Celebi
Flygon
Reuniclus

What are yours?

Gotta go with:

Nidorino

Mareep

Garchomp

Hawlucha

Elektross

Raichu

Its funny. If you asked me what my favorite type was, I’d probably say water, yet only one of the pokemon on the list is a water type, while three are electric. A lot of the pokemon here are either on the list because I have a personal connection or because they have awesome designs. I mean, have you seen Hawlucha? 

IT IS A BIRD. THAT IS ALSO A LUCHADOR.

March142014

consulting-schnazzleberry:

So Sophie got a Bonnibel wig…

Reblog for awesome friends doing awesome adventure time stuff.

(via hermit-crab-san)

4AM

Had the urge to post this. Really want to see the Lego movie, but will probably have to wait until Campus films shows it.

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