photo by james snyder of a cuban tree frog who swallowed a christmas light when a bug landed on it. the bulb was gently pulled from his stomach, and the frog seemed no worse for wear, if however slightly insulted. but that’s probably because he’s so thin skinned.
frog r u serious
Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.
Reminder that records of contraception and abortion exist all the way back to 1550 BCE in ancient Egypt!
This was a really fascinating read. Until the early 19th century, abortion was legal until “quickening,” or when the pregnant person first felt the baby kick - anywhere from 14 to 26 weeks into the pregnancy. Society only began to condemn it when people decided white, middle- to upperclass women weren’t having enough children soon enough in their lives, and when male doctors started taking over traditionally female health care fields, like midwifery.
Yep, shockingly enough, it’s never, ever been about the life of the fetus - only about misogyny, racism, and classism (ableism, too, though the article doesn’t discuss it).
bryan and cherry alexander captured orographic stratus cloud formation in the morning autumn sky over qaanaaq, north west greenland. the alexanders, who have extensively documented the north and its native peoples for over fourty years, noted that “just about everybody in the village was amazed, including an elderly inuit hunter who told me that he had never seen anything like that before in his life.”
You guys really need to understand something. When someone says “I’ll pray for you.” That’s a big deal to them. Even if you have no religion or think it’s total bullshit. To that person it’s huge. They believe they have communication with the one almighty God. The very person who created them and all of life. And they want to talk to him about you. So seriously, don’t laugh at it. Try to respect everyone’s beliefs. Not just the ones you think are cool or cosmetic.
GOTTA READ ABOUT ‘EM ALL: KANTO FIELD GUIDE
The talented illustrator, Kari Fry, has been working hard to create a stunning, new book featuring the original 151 Pokemon. The guide features 158 color pages packed with illustrations, descriptions and even a map of the Kanto region.
welp someone is getting a pretty rad christmas present
Here’s an awesome little piece of history:
Archaeologists in the Burnt City have discovered what appears to be an ancient prosthetic eye. What makes this discovery exceptionally awesome is the striking description of how the owner and her false eye would have appeared while she was still alive and blinking:
[The eye] has a hemispherical form and a diameter of just over 2.5 cm (1 inch). It consists of very light material, probably bitumen paste. The surface of the artificial eye is covered with a thin layer of gold, engraved with a central circle (representing the iris) and gold lines patterned like sun rays. The female remains found with the artificial eye was 1.82 m tall (6 feet), much taller than ordinary women of her time. On both sides of the eye are drilled tiny holes, through which a golden thread could hold the eyeball in place. Since microscopic research has shown that the eye socket showed clear imprints of the golden thread, the eyeball must have been worn during her lifetime. The woman’s skeleton has been dated to between 2900 and 2800 BCE.
So she was an extraordinarily tall woman walking around wearing an engraved golden eye patterned with rays like a tiny sun. What an awesome sight that must have been.
SOMEONE DRAW HER PLEASE
I know this is a long shot but I’m desperate. I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and my Miniature Australian Shepherd got out this evening around 7:30pm. Her name is Mocha, and she’s a red merle (red, tan and white), about 20-25lbs, fully vaccinated, microchipped and was last seen by the lighthouse on Lake Drive around 9pm. She lives on Frederick Ave closer to North Ave and is very friendly but likely scared and skittish. Please if you’re in the Milwaukee area or have followers there reblog to spread this around. Please call (262)305-5212 if she’s spotted or if you have any information.
Please help find Mocha!
The Alnwick Poison Garden is pretty much what you’d think it is: a garden full of plants that can kill you (among many other things). Some of the plants are so dangerous that they have to be kept behind bars. [x]