Chiroptera Gray Matter

What the hell is happening

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thefabulousweirdtrotters:

A RARE ART NOUVEAU “BUTTERFLIES AND BATS” POCKETWATCH, BY RENE LALIQUE Of gilt-finished jeweled lever movement, the openface pocketwatch of circular outline with blued-steel moon-style hands and applied black enameled Arabic numerals, against the gold ground accented by blue and white enameled fluttering butterflies, within a polished gold case, the reverse depicting numerous flying purplish blue enameled bats, with scattered moonstone accents, further embellished by a sculpted gold serpent bow, circa 1899-1900, with French export marks.

thefabulousweirdtrotters:

A RARE ART NOUVEAU “BUTTERFLIES AND BATS” POCKETWATCH, BY RENE LALIQUE 
Of gilt-finished jeweled lever movement, the openface pocketwatch of circular outline with blued-steel moon-style hands and applied black enameled Arabic numerals, against the gold ground accented by blue and white enameled fluttering butterflies, within a polished gold case, the reverse depicting numerous flying purplish blue enameled bats, with scattered moonstone accents, further embellished by a sculpted gold serpent bow, circa 1899-1900, with French export marks.

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historical-nonfiction:

The Romans were conquering tribes left and right, and this one tribe was next on the list to be conquered. While fighting the tribe, they captured the wife of the chief. She was particularly beautiful, and named Chiomara. The centurion who got her proceeded to violate her. Even though this was a long time ago, rape was still really bad, and he was feeling a bit guilty about it. So the centurion offered to return Chiomara to the tribe if a ransom in gold was paid.
Despite the extremely insulting nature of the request, the tribesmen agreed to pay. The centurion bought her to an agreed-upon spot at a specific time with Chiomara, and the tribesmen came with their gold. While the centurion counted the gold, Chiomara gave a signal and the tribesmen cut off his head. She then took it home with her in her skirt, and gave it to her husband. Reportedly, she declared “Only one man who has lain with me shall remain alive.” Surviving rape, and coming out ahead (pun intended) makes Chiomara a historical badass, in my opinion.

historical-nonfiction:

The Romans were conquering tribes left and right, and this one tribe was next on the list to be conquered. While fighting the tribe, they captured the wife of the chief. She was particularly beautiful, and named Chiomara. The centurion who got her proceeded to violate her. Even though this was a long time ago, rape was still really bad, and he was feeling a bit guilty about it. So the centurion offered to return Chiomara to the tribe if a ransom in gold was paid.

Despite the extremely insulting nature of the request, the tribesmen agreed to pay. The centurion bought her to an agreed-upon spot at a specific time with Chiomara, and the tribesmen came with their gold. While the centurion counted the gold, Chiomara gave a signal and the tribesmen cut off his head. She then took it home with her in her skirt, and gave it to her husband. Reportedly, she declared “Only one man who has lain with me shall remain alive.” Surviving rape, and coming out ahead (pun intended) makes Chiomara a historical badass, in my opinion.

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crimson-creature:

sweet-bitsy:

What if you were dating a moth prince and living in his kingdom and he knew how out of place you felt so he made you dozens of silk dresses and blankets and gave you lots of fuzzy shawls and scarves so you wouldn’t stand out so much and always said you were so beautiful you were glowing and occasionally bump right into your face because it was a little joke and he would pretend you were a light bulb and give you tiny kisses

I’m emothional

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theremina:

Living Wall

These vegetated surfaces don’t just look pretty. They have other benefits as well, including cooling city blocks, reducing loud noises, and improving a building’s energy efficiency.What’s more, a recent modeling study shows that green walls can potentially reduce large amounts of air pollution in what’s called a “street canyon,” or the corridor between tall buildings.

For the study, Thomas Pugh, a biogeochemist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, and his colleagues created a computer model of a green wall with generic vegetation in a Western European city. Then they recorded chemical reactions based on a variety of factors, such as wind speed and building placement.

The simulation revealed a clear pattern: A green wall in a street canyon trapped or absorbed large amounts of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter—both pollutants harmful to people, said Pugh. Compared with reducing emissions from cars, little attention has been focused on how to trap or take up more of the pollutants, added Pugh, whose study was published last year in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

That’s why the green-wall study is “putting forward an alternative solution that might allow [governments] to improve air quality in these problem hot spots,” he said.Compared with reducing emissions from cars, little attention has been focused on how to trap or take up more of the pollutants, added Pugh, whose study was published last year in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

That’s why the green-wall study is “putting forward an alternative solution that might allow [governments] to improve air quality in these problem hot spots,” he said.

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GUYS I JUST FOUND A WEBSITE WHERE YOU GET TO PLAY WITH CATS ONLINE. LIKE REAL CATS IN SHELTERS AND YOU CAN PLAY WITH THEM THROUGH A CAMERA OMG

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thevesselofmichael:

PLAY WITH CATS HERE 

I’M NOT EVEN KIDDING THIS IS THE GREATEST THING EVER.
Ok, guys, so click on the link above and it will take you to a website that allows you to click on buttons and it activates the toys inside the shelter and you get to play with the cats that are waiting for homes!!

Probably one of the COOLEST ideas ever!!!

WHERE HAS THIS BEEN DURING MY FUCKING LIFE

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micdotcom:

Forget the spreadsheet, here’s an easy flowchart to know if a women owes you sex

Microsoft Excel took a turn for the explicit this week when the Internet learned the once-innocuous office tool was being used in a dispiriting new bro-trend: using the software to track of the number of times their partners refuse sex. Yes, #sexspreadsheets are a thing, presumably because some men still believe that owning of a penis entitles them to unlimited sexy times.
Sorry, guys, that’s just not the way the world works | Follow micdotcom 

micdotcom:

Forget the spreadsheet, here’s an easy flowchart to know if a women owes you sex

Microsoft Excel took a turn for the explicit this week when the Internet learned the once-innocuous office tool was being used in a dispiriting new bro-trend: using the software to track of the number of times their partners refuse sex. Yes, #sexspreadsheets are a thing, presumably because some men still believe that owning of a penis entitles them to unlimited sexy times.

Sorry, guys, that’s just not the way the world works | Follow micdotcom 

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