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zooborns:

Giraffe Calf Enters The World With Keepers’ Assistance

On July 7, Sao Paulo Zoo ( Fundação Parque Zoológico de São Paulo ) welcomed a baby that was over six feet (1.85 meters) tall: a giraffe, of course! The calf is a healthy male, born to parents Mel (‘Honey’) and Palito (‘Stick’). The delivery started around midnight, when security staff noticed and called in the vets, biologists and keepers. Because the mother was having difficulties in delivering, the vets decided to assist by tying a rope to Mel’s front legs and pulling.

See the video of this amazing birth on Zooborns.com

(via lightsaurora)

david-tennants-ass:

I THOUGHT THAT WAS ACTUALLY A GIANT CAT IN A HOUSE UNTIL I REALIZED HOW STUPID THAT IS AND HE’S IN A DOLL HOUSE

david-tennants-ass:

I THOUGHT THAT WAS ACTUALLY A GIANT CAT IN A HOUSE UNTIL I REALIZED HOW STUPID THAT IS AND HE’S IN A DOLL HOUSE

(via lightsaurora)

inothernews:

lafuguedantoine:

basilton:

In the early years of space flight, both Russians and Americans used pencils in space. Unfortunately, pencil lead is made of graphite, a highly conductive material. Snapped graphite leads and particles in zero gravity are hugely problematic, as they will get sucked into the air ventilation or electronic equipment, easily causing shorts or fires in the pure oxygen environment of a capsule.

After the fire in Apollo 1 which killed all the astronauts on board, NASA required a writing instrument that wasn’t a fire hazard. Fisher spent over a million dollars (of his own money) creating a pressurized ball point pen, which NASA bought at $2.95 each. The Russian space program also switched over from pencils shortly after.

40 years later snide morons on the internet still snigger about it, because snide morons on the internet never know what they are talking about.

Bu-huuuuurn!

Aaaaaah, I love this.

(Source: yourresidentginger)

Psychology

tetw:

A Tetw reading list

What Makes Us Happy? by Joshua Wolf Shenk - Is there a formula — some mix of love, work, and psychology — for a good life?

The Possibilian by Burkhard Bilger - How the subtlest shift in perception can create whole a new way of seeing the world.

The Moral Instinct by Steven Pinker - Which of the following people would you say is the most admirable: Mother Teresa, Bill Gates or Norman Borlaug?

Want to Remember Everything you’ll Ever Learn? by Gary Wolf - Meet the inventor of a program that could revolutionise learning.

The Science of Success by David Dobbs - The double-edged sword of extraordinary mental potential.

Caring for Your Introvert by Jonathan Rauch - Are you getting the best out of the introverts in your life?

Mind vs. Machine by Brian Christian - An intrepid reporter takes on the latest in artificial intelligence in a battle for humanity.

The Naked Face by Malcolm Gladwell - The window to your soul may be easier to unlock than you ever thought possible.

Adventures in My Bed by Bucky McMahon - A journey through the emotionally charged world of the lucid dreamer.

TV Makes You Smarter by Steven Johnson - How increasingly sophisticated TV programming may be driving up our IQs.

Mirrors Don’t Lie. Mislead? Oh, Yes. by Natalie Angier - A short but beautiful mediation about the way we interact with our reflection.

(Source: tetw, via tetw)

thedailywhat:

Craigslist Ad of the Day: Marc T. Lewis’ epic, 1,383-word ode to his sad sticks begins like this:

These clubs have been with me since high school, forty pounds ago, when the world was my oyster, long before that oyster was left out in the sun to sour, uneaten and spoiled.

And the melodrama continues:

I bought these clubs before I met the girl who would become my wife. I met her eleven years ago when I was sixteen and had a stomach that no one who knows me now would believe, ripped like a little Rambo. I had these clubs when I was a young bachelor, hair down to my shoulders, tearing up the town in a 1990 Volvo 740 SEL with the sunroof open and the road before me like some great American Dream ready to be snatched, the way candy is from a baby, or a kiss from an easy and drunk woman. These clubs moved from the Volvo to the 1980 midnight blue Chevy Camaro Berlinetta, a thing unlike any other thing, and they watched me fall in love with my wife, a woman who has mastered both looking perfect and a number of delicious casseroles. (She’s heartbreakingly beautiful and comforted me each time these golf clubs kicked me in the crotch.)

The rest of the novel can be found here. The Raleigh, N.C.-based writer is asking $125, but he promises to throw in the Bzaooka driver for $200.
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thedailywhat:

Craigslist Ad of the Day: Marc T. Lewis’ epic, 1,383-word ode to his sad sticks begins like this:

These clubs have been with me since high school, forty pounds ago, when the world was my oyster, long before that oyster was left out in the sun to sour, uneaten and spoiled.

And the melodrama continues:

I bought these clubs before I met the girl who would become my wife. I met her eleven years ago when I was sixteen and had a stomach that no one who knows me now would believe, ripped like a little Rambo. I had these clubs when I was a young bachelor, hair down to my shoulders, tearing up the town in a 1990 Volvo 740 SEL with the sunroof open and the road before me like some great American Dream ready to be snatched, the way candy is from a baby, or a kiss from an easy and drunk woman. These clubs moved from the Volvo to the 1980 midnight blue Chevy Camaro Berlinetta, a thing unlike any other thing, and they watched me fall in love with my wife, a woman who has mastered both looking perfect and a number of delicious casseroles. (She’s heartbreakingly beautiful and comforted me each time these golf clubs kicked me in the crotch.)

The rest of the novel can be found here. The Raleigh, N.C.-based writer is asking $125, but he promises to throw in the Bzaooka driver for $200.

[bi]

(Source: thedailywhat)

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bbook:

Good morning.

bbook:

Good morning.

(Source: noconozcoabandini)

acollisioncoursetohell:

New Vanna shades. ;) (Taken with Instagram)

acollisioncoursetohell:

New Vanna shades. ;) (Taken with Instagram)

(Source: lanielene)