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a heart of gold and a mind of similar mineral content.
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Sea Pig is weird. Sea Pig can swim. Keep it up Sea Pig. 

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How Tattooing Really Works

1. Tattooing causes a wound that alerts the body to begin the inflammatory process, calling immune system cells to the wound site to begin repairing the skin. Specialized cells called macrophages eat the invading material (ink) in an attempt to clean up the inflammatory mess. 

2. As these cells travel through the lymphatic system, some of them are carried back with a belly full of dye into the lymph nodes while others remain in the dermis. With no way to dispose of the pigment, the dyes inside them remain visible through the skin. 

3. Some of the ink particles are also suspended in the gel-like matrix of the dermis, while others are engulfed by dermal cells called fibroblasts. Initially, ink is deposited into the epidermis as well, but as the skin heals, the damaged epidermal cells are shed and replaced by new, dye-free cells with the topmost layer peeling off like a healing sunburn.

4. Dermal cells, however, remain in place until they die. When they do, they are taken up, ink and all, by younger cells nearby so the ink stays where it is.

5. So a single tattoo may not truly last forever, but tattoos have been around longer than any existing culture. And their continuing popularity means that the art of tattooing is here to stay.

From the TED-Ed Lesson What makes tattoos permanent? - Claudia Aguirre

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Ink this interestingness onto your neurons.

You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want.

S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders  (via ladyofanaturalstate)

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Today, when advocates on both sides of the debate talk about the decision to have an abortion, they preface their statements with adjectives such as “difficult,” “hard” or “reluctant.” For anti-abortion conservatives, the reason for using such language is clear: Abortion is murder, they contend, but characterizing a woman who has one as a murderer is a bit, well, harsh. A more charitable view is to assume that she must have struggled with making this immoral choice. Pro-choice advocates use the “difficult decision” formulation for a similar reason, so as not to demonize women. It also permits pro-choice candidates to look less dogmatic. But there’s a more pernicious result when pro-choice advocates use such language: It is a tacit acknowledgment that terminating a pregnancy is a moral issue requiring an ethical debate. To say that deciding to have an abortion is a “hard choice” implies a debate about whether the fetus should live, thereby endowing it with a status of being. It puts the focus on the fetus rather than the woman. As a result, the question “What kind of future would the woman have as a result of an unwanted pregnancy?” gets sacrificed. By implying that terminating a pregnancy is a moral issue, pro-choice advocates forfeit control of the discussion to anti-choice conservatives.

on today’s episode of me having feelings, a series of tweets about “anti-rape nail polish.”


on today’s episode of me having feelings, a series of tweets about “anti-rape nail polish.”

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Jon Stewart Goes After Fox in Powerful Ferguson Monologue

I been waiting for the daily show to come back so they could cover this

Jon rip them boys a new asshole 

Jon is what more white people need to be like

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An open letter to 'Shark Week' →


Opinion snap… science for the win! 

found and reserved a storage unit over the phone

hooray for doing grown up things

spent about 4 1/2 hours today on the back of a motorcycle

and 2 1/2 hours in a canoe


On babysitting…

Got my cousin’s kids with me today. Austin wanted to watch Sharknado on Netflix, but I was hesitant so I made us watch an old (1995), 40 min documentary first. Tried to make the suggested shark documentaries sound appealing after that but no, he still wanted to watch Sharknado.

That’s what I’m doing right now. It’s just after 11am on a Wednesday and I am watching Sharknado. 

A Response to 'Women Against Feminism.' →

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