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The Waterfall Fairy Illustrated by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

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The Waterfall Fairy Illustrated by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

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Isamu Noguchi, Nine floating Fountains, World Expo 70′ Japan

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Isamu Noguchi, Nine floating Fountains, World Expo 70′ Japan

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Advertisements for Architecture 0427

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Advertisements for Architecture 0427

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Advertisements for Architecture 0410

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Advertisements for Architecture 0410

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Asia Argento - The Stendhal Syndrome

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Asia Argento - The Stendhal Syndrome

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Yoshiichi Hara  - Tohoku Zanzo  1973
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Yoshiichi Hara - Tohoku Zanzo 1973

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Gérard Schlosser (French, b. 1931), On en voit plus [We see more], 2014. Acrylic on canvas with sand, 130 x 130 cm.

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Gérard Schlosser (French, b. 1931), On en voit plus [We see more], 2014. Acrylic on canvas with sand, 130 x 130 cm.

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She needs her own show. Via https://gif-finder.com

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She needs her own show. Via https://gif-finder.com

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Mauro Olgiati, from JCA Annual 6 (1985)

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Mauro Olgiati, from JCA Annual 6 (1985)

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x’D   :l  x’D

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x’D  :l x’D

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Temple Umbrella, Tamil Madu, photo by Jayaraj T. P.

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Temple Umbrella, Tamil Madu, photo by Jayaraj T. P.

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Japanese Lion. Meihitsu gahō. 1771.  Internet Archive

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Japanese Lion. Meihitsu gahō. 1771. Internet Archive

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Regarding Claudio Willer (A propósito de Willer) - Priscyla Bettim & Renato Coelho - 2016 - Brazil (18min)
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Regarding Claudio Willer (A propósito de Willer) - Priscyla Bettim & Renato Coelho - 2016 - Brazil (18min)

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Eugene Sandow as a model for a diagram of the muscular system. Gentistoria: the new system. 1909.   Internet Archive

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Eugene Sandow as a model for a diagram of the muscular system. Gentistoria: the new system. 1909. Internet Archive

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A thick covering of ivy being pulled off the side of a building.

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A thick covering of ivy being pulled off the side of a building.

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Abandoned somewhere in France   Photo Julien Harlaut 

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Abandoned somewhere in France  Photo Julien Harlaut 

 I always feel like somebody's watchin’ me

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 I always feel like somebody's watchin' me

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Kyrgyzstan Flavored Chicken

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Kyrgyzstan Flavored Chicken

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evening bag by aloisia rucellai c. 1968. enamel, gold, platinum, diamonds and rubies

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evening bag by aloisia rucellai c. 1968. enamel, gold, platinum, diamonds and rubies

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Two Dogs catching a Ride • Unknown Ph

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Two Dogs catching a Ride • Unknown Ph

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Toph through the years

2016 | 2017 | 2018

2019 | 2020

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Toph through the years 2016 | 2017 | 2018 2019 | 2020

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Temple of Augustus  Pula, Croatia     27 BCE   14 m high  Corinthian      Dedicated to the first Roman emperor, Augustus, it was...
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Temple of Augustus Pula, Croatia 27 BCE 14 m high Corinthian Dedicated to the first Roman emperor, Augustus, it was...

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Alex Colville (Canadian, 1920-2013)  Swimming Dog and Canoe, N/D  Oil on canvas

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Alex Colville (Canadian, 1920-2013) Swimming Dog and Canoe, N/D Oil on canvas

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People washing carpets, Tehran, Iran, 1967
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People washing carpets, Tehran, Iran, 1967

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what is this. marvelous. creature.
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what is this. marvelous. creature.

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For juvenile fish, feeding is a challenge. Their small size makes  capturing prey much harder. But size may not be the only...
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For juvenile fish, feeding is a challenge. Their small size makes capturing prey much harder. But size may not be the only...

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Glistening-green Tanager by https://ift.tt/2BtfCTS https://flic.kr/p/2jkk6uW

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Glistening-green Tanager by https://ift.tt/2BtfCTS https://flic.kr/p/2jkk6uW

So I just now learned that museums on Twitter were having a battle over the best bum around! I am delighted!!!

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WHY DID NOBODY FUCKING INFORM ME

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So I just now learned that museums on Twitter were having a battle over the best bum around! I am delighted!!! I mean, just...

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Parrot Toadstool  (Gliophorus psittacinus)

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Parrot Toadstool (Gliophorus psittacinus)

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Josef Albers Grand Pyramid, Tenayuca, 1937,   Governor’s Palace, Uxmal, 1952  Gelatin silver prints Solomon R. Guggenheim...
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Josef Albers Grand Pyramid, Tenayuca, 1937,   Governor’s Palace, Uxmal, 1952 Gelatin silver prints Solomon R. Guggenheim...

If giraffes were predators they would look both hilarious and terrifying while sneaking up on their prey

I’m afraid you’ve missed the predatory giraffes by about 66 million years mate.

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These guys are Azhdarchid pterosaurs, and they were some of the strangest reptiles to ever exist. They were perfectly capable of flight, but their physiology suggests that they may have spent a significant portion of their lives hunting on the ground. 

The largest of them could reach over 5 metres tall while standing, and had a 10-metre wingspan. They varied greatly in body type, from the tall, spindly forms of Quetzalcoatlus and Arambourgiania (images 4 and 1-2 respectively) to the heavy brute strength of Hatzegopteryz, a species that may have used its head to bludgeon its prey (images 2 and 3).

There has never been another flying animal before or since to have reached such incredible sizes, nor any predator so intimidatingly tall. Well, not any that we know of yet.

All of these illustrations are by Mark Witton, a palaeontologist and artist who specialises in pterosaurs. This is his blog about palaeontology and the science of reconstructing extinct species. You can find out more about each of these images here, here and here.

(Oh, and by the way … these are NOT dinosaurs)

What the hell these are so intimidating, why aren’t these in any dinosaur movies

Just imagine it … 

The protagonists and a few disposable minor characters are walking carefully through a forest at night, covered by a thick fog. They know there are dinosaurs everywhere, but they can’t see more than three metres in front of their own faces.

Eventually they stop near a small cluster of trees to rest. As they sit there, exhausted, one of the trees begins to move. Everyone freezes, terrified. They have no idea what this thing is.

Then a massive beak slams down, longer than a person is tall, and plucks one of the minor characters off his feet and into the air.

The small group erupts into movement, frantically running away from whatever those things are. There’s two of them now, and as the fog begins to clear the group are able to make out more of their shape. They are huge, with long, spindly necks topped with a massive, daggerlike head. The long legs that they once mistook for trees have an almost mechanical movement as the giant creatures stalk towards them. And then comes the next terrible surprise.

These things can run.

It’s a short film.

How could those things possibly fly? Could they take off from the ground or did they need a cliff like bats do?

Okay this is really bizarre and awesome but like these guys probably used their giant long wings to pole-vault themselves into the air, from a standing start no less. No run-up or cliffside needed, just some massively powerful arms to launch them skywards like the world’s most terrifying slingshot.

(The pterosaur in the video I linked isn’t an azhdarchid, but it gets the general picture across)

because it wasn’t terrifying enough already….

How does something that big have hollow bones though? Wouldn’t they break under the pressure of pole vaulting themselves?

Basically, azhdarchid bones aren’t just “hollow”. They’re actually full of an incredibly complex network of spongy strands of bone that functions almost like scaffolding to support the bones and make them a lot stronger than they would initially appear. A lot of dinosaurs, including very large ones, had this same sort of bone structure as well.

 It’s a delicate balance between being light enough to fly and strong enough to take off and staying in the air, but they certainly weren’t skinny, lightweight pushovers like they’re often portrayed.

Azhdarchid are ridiculous and terrifying beings, and it tears my heart that the modern image of pterosaurs is “ugly bat with a beak” rather than these awful, wonderful giraffe-storks.

(Incidentally, everything just said about the horror movie potential of azhdarchid is a pretty accurate description of how anything smaller than a rabbit looks at herons. Those things are vicious.)

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If giraffes were predators they would look both hilarious and terrifying while sneaking up on their prey

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Death Becomes Her (1992) dir. Robert Zemeckis
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Death Becomes Her (1992) dir. Robert Zemeckis