Giant squid hanging over Rev. Moses Harvey’s bathtub

The squid that “attacked” the reverend and his companion in their dory was on the smaller end of how large adult giant squids (Architeuthis dux) can be, but was still massive. The mantle (body) of the squid is largely removed in this photograph; only the beak and tentacles remain.

In the late 1800s, an unusually large number of giant squid strandings occurred in Newfoundland and New Zealand. This may have been due to a change in the abyssal waters in those areas, or an increased population simply showing up more often, since sperm whales (their primary predators) were nearly hunted to extinction.

After this “attack” (more likely the flailing tentacles of a dying squid happening to hook onto a boat), Rev. Harvey, already keenly studying the natural history of St. John’s, Newfoundland, found ways to discern some of the habits and behaviors of giant squid, despite not being able to directly observe live specimens. It was through his published accounts that many naturalists in Britain and North America became acquainted with one of the giants of the deep sea.

Logy bay giant squid - 1873” from Wikipedia.en.

psa to those going to school around the los angeles area
There’s a creepy cult going around college campuses advertising about a “fun college party where tons of people go to” either mentioning it being sponsored by a usc professor, being a church event, or just giving out very vague details. They act really friendly and convince you to give them your number, and then call you demanding that you go and that it’s a carpool only event where they will pick you up. They’re mainly targeting asian students and I’ve experienced them advertising to me twice in just a week. Just be suspicious of strangers out there. 

Here’s some extra info from snooping around after they called my friend.
800 Numbers- Scam Number #1
800 Numbers- Scam Number #2
Blogger’s Experience of it in 2005
Website detailing people’s experiences joining it

Edit: Also for people feeling unsafe in general, I’d recommend downloading the Circle of Six app

Dog Food Connoisseur

Customer walks up in a huff, carrying a bag of cans.

Customer: “These are supposed to be venison and they’re not! They’re beef!”

Coworker: *looks at packaging* “I see that it says venison on the packaging, what was the issue?”

Customer: “I opened a can up and it was beef! Not venison!”

Coworker: “I see that the second ingredient is beef broth so maybe that was the source of the smell. Either way, you’re still welcome to swap it out for something else if you’d like or get a refund.”

Customer: “It wasn’t the smell I could just tell!”

We process the return. The customer makes our manager dial the company’s 1800 number so he can complain to them. After he leaves, my coworker turns to my manager.

Coworker: “Ten bucks says he ate it.”

For Sydneysiders needing assistance to get out

The NSW government has requested that people not use emergency numbers unless absolutely necessary.

If you require assistance getting out of the city, or have questions or something to report, the NSW police have set up this phone number:

1800 227 228

Source: NSW Police

I know some folks from Facebook follow me here, so I’m going to repost my status for those who’re affected by Marci’s passing.

With the news going around regarding Marci, please look after yourselves. If you need to talk to someone, you can call Headspace on 1800 650 890. There is also the Kids HelpLine which caters to up to 25 year olds, and their number is 1800 55 1800. There is the Nurse on Call (1300 606 024), LifeLine (13 11 14), and the Australian Center for Grief and Bereavement (1300 664 786). If you’re in school, please consider speaking to your school’s counselor and if you need time away it’s okay to take it. Space is important. If you see a psych professional regularly, consider booking to see them and to talk about what’s happened. And I’m here if you’d like to talk to me. Please take care.
I wasn’t close to you, but I will miss seeing you around at cons and meets. You meant a lot to a lot of people.

don't call the national security hotline. another hotline has been set up especially for the Sydney hostage situation at martin place. the number is 1800 227 228

Grand Prize Winner, by Melissa Groo

Species: Great Egret
Where: Port Richey, FL
Camera: Canon 1D Mark IV with a Canon EF 500mm f/4 IS USM lens and a Skimmer ground pod; 1/800 second at f/4.5; ISO 1600

“A friend took me to a little-known heron and egret rookery. It was dark and gloomy, and the sun would be setting soon. I cranked up my ISO to get more light on the birds flying in for the night. When I couldn’t get enough shutter speed for sharp photos of the birds in flight, I decided to do portraits of the birds that had landed. I noticed this Great Egret and his bright-green lores. He immediately began to fluff out his feathers, then went through the most beautiful series of displaying poses. Later I was struck by how much this portrait reminded me of an Audubon painting.”

Bird Lore: The breeding-season plumes that make Great Egrets attractive to each other were once a little too attractive to humans. In the late 1800s vast numbers of egrets were killed for their decorative feathers. A grassroots effort to stop the slaughter grew into a successful coalition that won legal protection for the birds and founded the Audubon movement; the Great Egret has been a symbol of conservation ever since.

Photo: Melissa Groo/Audubon Photography Awards


Rest in peace, I’m sorry that you were so sad. Suicide is a terrible tragedy that affects everyone, that shakes the world to it’s core and leaves behind questions that only the sufferer could understand. And the fact that one of the funniest people on this planet was broken behind his humor, it goes to show that you can never be sure of anyone. You can be the funniest person in the room and the saddest all at once. I hope you’ve found the peace you needed while you were here.
Suicide is a silent epidemic. Be kind to everyone.. You never know how they are suffering.

“You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

If you are feeling suicidal, call this number: 1800 273 8255. I love you.