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May 31 2015

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The Meowtrix. [video]

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Don’t know if we can look at Coke every the same way again. Be prepared to cringe when you watch the full video  here. 

sugar caramelizes when heated, more shocking news to follow

It’s like that guy setting coffee creamer on fire and being like “people drink this stuff!” and it’s like yeah, a dry powder suspended in air is flammable, shock horror.

#i saw a video about how hotdogs are made #PORKCHOP LEFTOVERS OH NOOOOO #??? #get it together people

Never show these guys how candy is made, they’ll shit themselves.

*quietly facepalms forever*

I hate when people try to prove foods are unhealthy using properties utterly unrelated to their value as foods.  You can make anything sound gross if you want to.

Did you know that salt is the same chemical we use to defrost sidewalks?!?!

Did you know that water is a major component in pig urine?!?!

Did you know that bread is made of wheat that has been ground into a powder and artificially reconstituted into a loaf shape using a fungus?!?!

Did u know that oxygen is what Hitler used to breathe?????

Bless all this

May 30 2015

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During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.

A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.

Mission fucking accomplished

Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense.

It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long.

You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done.

The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too.

The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use.

Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”.

So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. You also don’t give fleas any really good place to hop onto. That’s actually useful.

Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either.

These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols!

reblogging for the sweet history lesson

Reblogging because of the History lesson and because the masks, the masks are cool

May 27 2015

Science is often flawed. It's time we embraced that.
by Julia Belluz and Steven Hoffman (Vox, May 2015)
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May 25 2015

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May 24 2015

Exponential escalation
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This speaks to me

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May 20 2015

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May 16 2015


Redrawing Taylor Swift - Shake it Off Rotoscoped

49 University of Newcastle Australia animation students were each given 52 frames of Taylor Swift's Shake it Off music video, and together they produced 2767 frames of lovingly hand-drawn rotoscoped animation footage. Thank you to all the students of DESN2801: Animation 1 for your enthusiasm, good humour and terrific roto skills! Compare our rotoscope to Taylor Swift’s original music video here: DESN2801: Animation 1 is a first year subject in the Bachelor of Visual Communications degree at the University of Newcastle Australia. Rotoscopers: Jack Atkinson Catherine Barham Joel Bateman India Beletich Shannon Bellamy Simon Besseny Oliver Blunck Todd Bourke Silje Buxton Soldal Ryan Cheeseman Joyous Colley James Corrigan Tallulah Cunningham Garrettsen Eckerson Amy Ey Jessica Farrugia Sean Fitzpatrick Callum Foot Cristyn Franks Christopher Garth Katarina Gerritsen Eloise Gordon Thomas Hadland O'Jhan Hakaraia Gillian Hewitt James Hodgett Lachlan Keevill Jessica Komene Zoe Lawrence Katie MacLean Jenna Malinowski Zoe Mallett Sarah McDonald Sam McIntosh Renee McIntosh Liam Montgomery Luke O'Donnell Belinda O'Hara Iliana Oakes Jace Prasil Craig Reed Candela Riveros Daniel Smith Kent Spencer Hannah Stroud-Watts Anna Thomas Erin Thompson Sebastian Turner Andrew White Lecturer: Jane Shadbolt

May 15 2015



The line that will go down in history.  

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