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It may have looked like a scene out of a dream, but, for one day last year, a town in Central America was covered in 8 million flower petals. While the rain of petals over Costa Rica was all part of a shoot for a Sony advertising campaign, the beautiful display stood out in its own right for the explosion of color.

The idea was to cover the area near the Irazú Volcano — located in central Costa Rica — with a flower petal for every pixel in Sony’s 4K Ultra HD TV. With the help of local residents, the team collected the most vibrant and colorful flower petals they could find in the region. In all, it took them more than two weeks to pick the 3.5 tons of petals used to flood the streets with color, according to behind-the-scenes coverage posted by Sony UK. (Source)

happy birthday mikey!! // @5sos

Things I Noticed at the Cemetery Today
  • A sort of fluttery feeling in my stomach
  • Instant pressure around my temples and forehead
  • Sense of calm
  • A black butterfly
  • Pulls towards certain graves
  • A really strong ‘No’ from a cluster of graves when I was asking permission to collect graveyard dirt from their site. It wasn’t a “Go Away” sort of no, more like a “Not Now”. So I chose a different spot a few yards away, and I shit you not, less than 5 minutes later a car drives by and parks right in front of the site I was observing and stays there for a good 5 minutes.
  • Tons of yellow Black-Eyed Susan’s
  • This really pretty grave that looked like a tree
  • A really happy feeling when I invited the spirits to walk with me through the grounds.
  • Sense of surprise after leaving offerings at old and forgotten graves.
Language tips!

I’m sure a lot of people have done this already, but I’m going to do it anyways.

1. Don’t make learning a language a chore. Make sure you know the reason you’re studying it so you don’t get discouraged from learning.

2. Use multiple resources. One resource can’t tell you everything. There are tons of masterposts, books and classes out there.

3. Look for corrections. I know this isn’t always possible without a teacher or native speaker but I use an app called HiNative (I’m sure you’ve heard of it) where native speakers or more advanced learners correct you.

4. Everyone was a beginner. Something I’ve seen floating around is “Even babies don’t say a word of their native language until about a year”.

5. Find a ton of music, films, TV shows, etc. in your target language. I even found Spanish covers of Japanese songs I liked. Singing the lyrics can also help with pronounciation and vocabulary.

6. Write things down. If you hear a new piece of vocabulary, an important phrase, etc. write it down so you can go over it. You can even write down stuff you don’t know and look for the definitions. A teacher of mine once said writing it down is like reading it 7 times.

7. It will be hard. My piano teacher told me that if something was easy, eveeyone would be doing it. Keep going (but don’t push yourself to hard), even when it seems like you’ll never learn the language.

Good luck! || Bonne chance! || ¡Buena suerte!

stereotypical zodiac post recipe

• add 5 tons of satanic scorpio
• a dash of crazy sagittarius
• mix in with a cute, bubbly and angelic libra
• add a spoon of emotional but cute fish (pisces)
• stir with a wooden spoon while adding some leo pride
• pour in three cups of alien substance aquarius
• pour in a cup of hungry and lazy taurus
• add two table spoons of gemini (one for each face)
• add one teaspoon of cancer tears
• stir carefully while adding a sprinkle of virgo anxiety and overanalyses
• heat with the warmth of aries rage
• cool down with a cap’s heart

my new favorite train of thought is that there’s another wards war picture (x) except Serena and Bernie can’t be bothered, so they’re in the far left of the picture snogging 

The Tasmanian Globster washed ashore in August of 1960 on a beach in western Tasmania. It was not until 21 years passed that the carcass was identified as a decomposing whale. It had measured 20 feet by 18 feet and thought to weigh anywhere from 5 to 10 tons. The term “globster” was actually created around this creature by Ivan T. Sanderson as he described it in 1962.

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Those boys cannot be left alone in that lab without a few explosions and some webshooter mishaps… So time to Introduce the newest member to the Sciencelings club: Lila Rhodes!

please excuse my disgusting handwriting and click on the images for more legible text

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The Magnificent Himeji Castle by Rekishi no Tabi
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Himeji Castle’s history began when Akamatsu Sadanori, a supporter of Shogun Ashikaga Takauji , was named military governor of the province of Harima (present-day Hyogo Prefecture) and built a hilltop fortification in 1346 where the castle stands today. After Oda Nobunaga’s forces seized control of the province during the sengoku warring states period, one of his top generals, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, started work on a three storied castle, which soon got a major makeover when Ikeda Terumasa was awarded control over the area following the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. Ikeda was a master castle builder and reconstructed the compound into what we see today, constructing the five-storied keep and the walls and structures surrounding the three moats. Honda Tadamasa became lord of the area in 1617 and a year later built the west bailey. The main keep, including the stone foundation, is 46.3m tall and weighs approximately 5,700 tons. 8 of the buildings, including the main keep, are National Treasures and 74 other structures are listed as Important Cultural Properties. Miraculously, Himeji-jō never fell victim to the flames of war or natural disaster and is one of Japan’s 12 original surviving castles. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. The castle underwent major restoration work in 1956 through 1964. However, in order to keep this architectural treasure in pristine condition, a more thorough restoration of the main keep started in October 2009 and it will reopen in March 2015.

Eat like a bird

This phrase is hilariously wrong when taken to mean what it usually means. Birbs are hungry little things, since they have fast metabolisms and they burn a lot of calories when flying. Many birbs eat as much or more than their own weight each day. If humans ate like birds we would die.

The reason I was thinking about this is that was writing a headcanon about how Starscream can eat a hilariously large amount of Energon. I figure all Seekers carry and use more fuel than other frame types, because they burn it so fast and shoot it out the back of their engines when they fly. Military Seekers like Starscream fly a lot and refuel a lot.

So I looked up some numbers. Now the energy content of Energon seems like it would be higher than gas or jet fuel, so Cybertronians could carry less fuel than their Earthly equivalents, but lets just use these as ballpark figures for the sake of proportion. The results were hilarious.

An F16 weighs less than 10 tons, and carries 3.5 tons of fuel! By comparison a truck similar to Optimus’s style weighs over 17 tons without the trailer, and holds less than a ton of fuel. Their weight can more than double with a loaded trailer but at least in TFP, Optimus almost never pulls a trailer and it’s safe to assume most Cybertronian trucks don’t often do that.

It’s worth noting that Starscream is only about 60% the size of an F16, even in jet mode, so he’d weigh like 6 tons and carry 2.1 tons of fuel, fully fueled. Still, imagine him eating more than twice as much as a big bot like Optimus in one sitting.

Even an Abrams tank, which weighs a whopping 68 tons, carries a measly 2.1 tons of fuel, so Starscream could eat as much as Megatron in his old frame before he converted to a flyer. It’s probably safe to assume Megatron can carry a lot more fuel now, but he doesn’t have wings for auxiliary tanks and therefore probably has somewhere in between his old fuel capacity and that of an actual Seeker. Plus I doubt he weighs 68 tons anymore. If OP weighs around 17 tons, maybe Megs weighs somewhere in the mid 20s?

Anyway yeah, these numbers are only vague approximations when carried over into Cybertronian frames rather than Earth vehicles, and I’m sure the high energy content of Energon means they can all carry less weight in fuel, but it’s fun to think about. The gist of it is that Seekers are hungry little dudes XD Also big Seekers like Dreadwing and HUGE Seekers like Jetfire would be like bottomless pits and use so much fuel! I think even though they would eat a tremendous amount, it wouldn’t stand out as much somehow as a little wisp of the Seeker who’s all wings and legs sitting there and downing twice as much fuel as the giants sitting next to him. Somehow I think it also has to do with Starscream’s general shamelessness - bigger, more reserved Seekers like Jetfire might eat a similar amount to other people they’re eating with, and fuel themselves more throughout the rest of the day. Also, if they’re in a lab more and only fly a little, they could make their fuel last much longer than an active Air Command soldier or scout who flies all day, which is why Starscream would often be hungry and eat Jetfire’s food ^^ (The fact that he still did that even when he was working on science and not scouting or sparring is mighty suspicious though)

Big, bad…and feathered. Yutyrannus huali weighed 1.5 tons and was a fearsome predator like its cousin T. rex. It also sported a shaggy coat of the filaments called “proto-feathers.” Birds are the only animals alive today with feathers—but 150 million years ago, it was a different story. Early birds had feathers, but so did dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes. One reason? Feathers are one of the most useful skin coverings that ever evolved. Discover more feathered dinosaurs in Dinosaurs Among Us. 

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Important message from Mermaid Kelly: Ariel is swimming by to encourage you to help protect her home. Even though she collects human “treasures”, other sea creatures and marine life become injured or even die because of human trash, including thousands of sea turtles, whales, and over one million seabirds each year. All of this trash can harm & entangle fish, sharks, and damages coral reefs. In the Pacific Ocean there is even a huge area called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” This is a large area filled with debris, approximately the size of Texas. The debris extend down 20 feet & contains 3.5 million tons of garbage. It is estimated to double size in the next 5 years. A marine biologist & ocean activist, Sylvia A. Earle once stated “If the ocean dies, we die.” Without the ocean, we can’t survive. Around 50% of the oxygen we breath comes from phytoplankton in the ocean. Many Ocean Activists have already taken action to preserve these creatures and our home, now it’s your turn! You can start taking the steps to helping all of the life in the ocean by using fewer plastic products, recycling, doing local beach/ river clean ups, support local organizations working to protect the ocean, influence change in your local community, but most importantly, educate yourself on the ocean & how to protect it.
This video is also up on my Mermaid Kelly YouTube channel as well! Feel free to share the message and video~
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/PY5tR8E8sZk