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merengue am i a joke to u
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merengue am i a joke to u

Wtf should I wear to the living room today

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Wtf should I wear to the living room today

Me after finishing an episode of my favorite podcast: oh boy I can’t wait to go on tumblr and see what critical plot information I missed while I zoned out!

7 hours ago

Me after finishing an episode of my favorite podcast: oh boy I can't wait to go on tumblr and see what critical plot information...

If anyone talks with any amount of approval about the potential mass dying of humanity during climate collapse, you can punch that person in the face.

If that person is white, you can punch them twice.

(Technically, unless you are interrupted, nothing is physically stopping you from punching people who trivialize the mass murder of billions of people of color many more times. The ones or twice are just suggestions of what you could do.)

The world wouldn’t be better if a tiny population lived in the forests again.  Don’t fucking romanticize genocide.

Overpopulation is a myth. Resource distribution is the problem.

Humans aren’t ‘a plague’ or ‘parasites’. Capitalism is the problem. Comparing humans to animals or sicknesses has always been used to justify violence against populations. 

You’re not cool and edgy if you’d be okay with mass dying because you ‘hate humanity’.

Each of these statements is paving the way for very real mass murder and genocide. People of color are already dying in large numbers because of climate change and ‘western’ states are already militarizing their borders and getting rid of human rights in preparation for a situation where most of the world dies while the privileged survive. They really wanna do this and every time you say this shit you make it easier for them.

^^ 100% correct

As a Jewish person, let me add that it goes real quick from ‘people are the problem’ to ‘x people are the problem’

We’ve seen it before, we’ll see it again, we’re already seeing it now

Absolutely!

The overpopulation narrative warms people up for genocide in stages

Making you believe overpopulation is a problem Making you believe that depopulation is necessary “Okay, so if depopulation is necessary, let’s make sure the best people survive” “Here’s who I think are not worth saving” Genocide

Shut that shit down at step 1. 

7 hours ago

If anyone talks with any amount of approval about the potential mass dying of humanity during climate collapse, you can punch...

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here’s the qui-gon and obi-wan vs darth maul fight from phantom menace but tracked to gimme gimme gimme by abba

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here’s the qui-gon and obi-wan vs darth maul fight from phantom menace but tracked to gimme gimme gimme by abba

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Let’s say you wanted to glue fabric to wood, but what do you use? What about glass to paper? This to That lets you choose two...

7 hours ago

Let’s say you wanted to glue fabric to wood, but what do you use? What about glass to paper? This to That lets you choose two...

Honestly the biggest disappointment I had researching ABC was that medieval authors did not, in fact, see the creatures they were describing and were trying their best to describe them with their limited knowledge while going “what the fuck… what the fuck…”

Instead all those creatures you know came about from transcription and translation errors from copying Greco-Roman sources (who themselves got them from travelers’ tales from Persia and India - rhino -> unicorn, tiger -> manticore, python -> dragon, and so on).

So unicorns are real

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behold… a unicorn

I always thought animals in medieval manuscripts looked like the result of having to draw say. A Tree Kangaroo, but your only source for what it looked like was your friend who heard it from a fellow who knows a man who swears he saw one once, whilst very drunk and lost, and I am SO PLEASED  to find out this is, in fact, the case.

Questing Beast

- Neck of a snake

- body of a leopard

- haunches of a lion

- feet off a hart (deer)

So is it

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Or….

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don’t forget that some of the legendary creatures they were describing were from other people’s mythos which were passed down in the oral tradition for gods know how long. You know what existed in Eurasia right around the time we were domesticating wolves into dogs?

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these beasties. For a long time, science had them down as going extinct 200 thousand years ago, but then we found some bones from 36 thousand years ago. Which, y’know, is quite a difference. Since you can bet that any skeleton we find is not literally the last one of its kind to live, many creatures have date ranges unknowably far outside the evidence.

In South Asia there were cultures that described a man-beast/troll forrest giant  who’s knuckles dragged the ground, and everybody from the west was sure it was superstitious mumbo jumbo, but you know what used to live there?

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And did you know that some of the earliest white colonizers of the Americas heard accounts that there were natives still alive who had seen and hunted and eaten a great hairy beast, shaggy like the buffalo but much bigger, with a long thin nose like a snake and two giant fangs… so, like, mammoths, you know? but they were totally discounted because europeans of the time were like, elephants live in Africa and aren’t hairy, you can’t fool us, pranksters!

Anyway, the point is between the early writing game of telephone description thing talked about by OP, and the discounting of native cultural accuracy, I’m pretty sure most legendary creatures are in fact real animals one way or another 

It can’t explain every single legendary creature, but yes, this is super important. Because History relies on written sources, it tends to sweep oral tradition under the rug, even if there’s a lot of interesting informations in it.

And it’s not just living animals that were badly described, or which descriptions got exaggerated over the course of centuries or through translation errors. Sometimes, people finding fossil bones of extinct animals might have also influenced some myths!

By now this is pretty well-known but it has been theorised that the Greek myth of the cyclops was started when people found Deinotherium skulls. Now you might say, uh, how is it possible to think a cousin of the elephant is a huge human dude with one eye?

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Well-

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- the big nasal opening kinda looks like an eye if you have no idea what kind of animal had this kind of skull (you can read more about this theory in this old National Geographic article if you like).

Here’s a less well-known one; the griffin is a mythological hybrid with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. The earliest traces of this myth come from ancient Iranian and ancient Egyptian art, from more than 3000 BC. In Iranian mythology, it’s called شیردال‌ (shirdal, “lion eagle”). Now, it’s been the subject of some debate and it’s not confirmed, but there’s a theory that people might have seen some Protoceratops and Psittacosaurus fossils in Asia and might have interpreted it as “a lion with an eagle’s head”:

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Check the “origin” part of the wikipedia page for “griffin” if you want to find more sources for this theory and for the arguments against it! Again, it’s just a theory, but I think it’s super cool.

This is a pretty well accepted theory for why dragons (or animals we group as like dragons, eg wyverns and drakes) are seen in mythos almost worldwide - because people found dinosaur bones, looked at them, and went “oh fuck what’s that? some big…. lizardy thing?” and then created dragons.

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Honestly the biggest disappointment I had researching ABC was that medieval authors did not, in fact, see the creatures they...

8 hours ago

pls tell the story of how a squirrel broke your nose i rly need to hear this

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#james rhodes appreciation life
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#james rhodes appreciation life

i learned that Zookeepers are moving into wildlife parks for 12 weeks to self-isolate with animals and keep them healthy (x)

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i learned that Zookeepers are moving into wildlife parks for 12 weeks to self-isolate with animals and keep them healthy (x)

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before you ask, yes this is the taylor swift stan who went to prison for refusing to serve in the idf

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before you ask, yes this is the taylor swift stan who went to prison for refusing to serve in the idf

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Amtrak + Snow + People = ・゚゚・o(iДi)o・゚゚・。

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Amtrak + Snow + People = ・゚゚・o(iДi)o・゚゚・。

Relationships get so bananas when you start deciphering the other person’s love language.

Like I thought I was just acquaintances with this person because they never told me details about themselves and we just talked movies and writing . But then they made time to have coffee with me and they showed up out of breath because they ran. Like. RAN to be on time for coffee with me?

And I was like “i don’t mind waiting” cause I never want to run

But they said they wanted every minute they could get because I’m so busy usually

Which is when it clicked that I didn’t get how much they considered me a friend because I just straight away didn’t see MY signs of affection in them and went “cool! Casual buds it is.” But now that I’m seeing their signs of affection, I feel a little silly for dismissing them like that even though I felt like we could be best bros.

Anyway, some people show affection through time or intensity or commitment and not vocally. I really have to remember that!

Fyi- just in case you didn’t know.

TOUCH got a bro that likes to give high fives? Back slaps? Are they a hugger? Do they not blink an eye at cuddles?

QUALITY TIME this bro will (as op stated) sprint to spend every minute possible with you. Every second that you guys are together is a declaration of affection.

WORDS does your bro tell you how amazing and great and fantastic and wonderful you are all the time? Guess what…?

GIFTS do they buy you coffee? Snacks, energy drinks, spot you at the restaurant? Did that one key chain remind them of you? Ding ding!

ACTS are they always doing things for you? Ie: Nah bro, I got this, I can do that, need me to get anything for you, I can help with…?

PRO TIP - The way people show love is often how they receive love as well.

Can I just say how much I love seeing this applied to friends / platonic relationships, when I’ve only seen it about romantic ones before?

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Relationships get so bananas when you start deciphering the other person’s love language. Like I thought I was just...

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I haven’t had a single hit in nearly an hour.
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I haven’t had a single hit in nearly an hour.

Hey, if we’re mutuals don’t forget that:

You can ask for my Skype You can ask for my Steam You can ask for my Discord

 You can kill me in one hit

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Hey, if we’re mutuals don’t forget that: You can ask for my Skype You can ask for my Steam You can ask for my Discord

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recently finished my avatar rewatch and felt like drawing zuko with slightly chonky hair
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recently finished my avatar rewatch and felt like drawing zuko with slightly chonky hair

not to get too controversial or anything but i think i should be allowed to set things on fire with my mind

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not to get too controversial or anything but i think i should be allowed to set things on fire with my mind

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slice of life anime. [twitter]
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slice of life anime. [twitter]

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When the bard casts fireball.

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When the bard casts fireball.

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If your ship hasn't attempted to kill each other at least once, is it really enemies to lovers?

9 hours ago

If your ship hasn't attempted to kill each other at least once, is it really enemies to lovers?

we have to put you in the hourglass again im sorry we all had a meeting about it and we decided we hate you and you are going to be put in an hourglass

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we have to put you in the hourglass again im sorry we all had a meeting about it and we decided we hate you and you are going to...

wish they still made you lick stamps todays world is so devoid of intimacy

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wish they still made you lick stamps todays world is so devoid of intimacy

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if RTD 'can't write dialogue' then what is this?

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if RTD 'can't write dialogue' then what is this?

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Owner asks dogs to hide because customer is scared of dogs   (via)

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Owner asks dogs to hide because customer is scared of dogs (via)

1. You are responsible for your own media experience. 

2. There is such a thing as a healthy level of avoidance towards topics that make you feel unwell or even (in a real-life clinical definition of the term) trigger you - but you are the one to actively take care of what you view.

3. Avoiding does not mean policing others.

4. You have no right to tell artists to censor themselves - you may criticize what others do, you may dislike it, that’s fine - but actively asking for censorship when you could easily unfollow or block a person just makes you look incompetent in your use of the internet.

5. Do not give people on tumblr or /any/ website the responsibility for your emotional well-being. Because these people do not even know you so no, you have no right to ask them to take care of you.

6. Content creators are not your parents and owe you nothing, not even a breakdown on why their content isn’t problematic. You don’t get to demand a dissertation denouncing any and everything unhealthy in a piece you don’t like. Move on.

7. Tagging is a nicety but not an obligation. You can message people, politely, and ask them to tag things, and many people will, but understand that it’s their blog and they aren’t obliged to say yes. Unfollow and block when you need to. Circling back to number 1, you are responsible for curating your own experience.

8. Don’t be a jerk. Remember at the end of the day, there are actual living, breathing people behind each screen name. Don’t say anything you wouldn’t say to someone’s face in real life. 

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Stuff kids on tumblr better relearn

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An Unusual Night…

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An Unusual Night…

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this is an insult
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this is an insult

me dramatically reducing my health points to cast blood magic

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me dramatically reducing my health points to cast blood magic

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ahsoka + social distancing
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ahsoka + social distancing