country-eating

I hope everyone who bitched about Jimin posting in the fancafe while on tour and said he didn’t like intl fans is really proud of themselves. He’s acknowledged intl fans and asked people to translate stuff so many times in the last couple of days; he obviously feels guilty. He even had Hoseok do that live with him so be could understand and interact with the intl fans. You guys really made him feel bad.

Not every idol can read/speak/understand English, languages are hard. Some people really struggle with learning second languages. And honestly I don’t think idols should be required to learn English or Japanese or anything else if they don’t really, actually want to. That kind of expectation is just too much, imo. We should take it as a nice surprise when an idol knows a second language instead of an expectation or a requirement. And on top of that, what is getting upset with an idol for communicating in their own language with fans who speak that language suppose to do exactly? Yelling at him doesn’t make him suddenly capable of understanding everything you guys type at him at lightening speed. It just hurts his feelings.

And of course he would feel home sick. He’s in a foreign country, eating foreign food, surrounded by people he can’t understand. If I remember correctly Jimin was the one who got homesick the fastest on Bon Voyage. He loves his country and there’s nothing wrong with that. He’s a homebody, so sue him.

Anyway it’s like 4am, I’m emotional, and him asking people to translate on ch+ for intl fans made me :/ :/ :/ because he shouldn’t have to worry about that. He’s a good kid and he doesn’t deserve to be spoken to that way by people (his fans) who are suppose to love and support him. I love armys, but honestly I don’t think you guys realize how spoiled we are. Your expectations are unrealistic.

There are fandoms out there that can’t even find an eng sub of a five minute clip of their group months after it’s aired. We get twenty subs uploaded to YouTube in a matter of hours. Armys work hard for each other and it makes BTS seem more accessible than they actually are, but please remember to respect the members in real time when English isn’t always an option. I hope that makes sense?? Like don’t let the ease of accessibility make you forget that, in the moment, you are dealing with real people with feelings who might struggle to understand you.

In short; please don’t be selfish and always remember to respect the members. They love you and they work hard for you. They deserve to be spoken to with care.

Red Velvet deserves to have a showcase to sell tickets for. They deserve to have a show of their own where they can have fun, travel to other countries, eat good food and play in each other’s company. They deserve to have their own v live channel. They deserved to have had their fandom name much sooner, to have it announced in a way much more special way. They deserve to have a solid platform where they can interact with fans easily and frequently. They deserve this and MORE because they’ve been working so hard and they HAVE made so so so many achievements and it is CLEAR that the public loves them. But the truth is that their fucking company cannot even spare them a fraction of the support that they spoon feed to their other artists, to the fans of other artists. It is really frustrating to be a red velvet stan, a REVELUV, because we keep trying and trying for these girls and together with them we make achievements hoping that maybe this time around SM will finally be convinced to do something better for them…but it’s as if nothing is good enough for their own company to give them fair treatment and we keep trying and the cycle continues and I’m just so fucking tired already.

shit my history prof says

some of the bullshit that’s come out of his mouth between my Medieval History and Western Civ 1 transcribed into RP sentence meme form. have a party with it, change pronouns as you need to.

  • “You shouldn’t walk through fire. That’s why God made it so hot.”
  • “Well, I’m ___, so of course I need a GIANT GUN.”
  • “I don’t care what fancy magic armor you wear, if a fat man with no pants hits you with a cleaver, you’re dead.”
  • “He’s like a walking encyclopedia of useless shit.”
  • “___ scared the shit out of everyone back in the day. That’s something that hasn’t changed.”
  • “And it was at that moment I realized there would be no peace.”
  • “YOU’RE THE SHIT!”
  • “At my age, the only thing that scares me is an IRS tax audit.”
  • “You can’t even get me to walk up a block to get a sandwich.”
  • “Come on, it’ll be fun! Do it for Jesus!” 
  • “This is one thing Europe is good at. Exporting violence.”
  • “I’m sorry, I find it a little hard to believe that a bunch of guys smoking hash can attack anything. Unless it’s like, a pie.”
  • “One crossbow bolt later and I learned that toothpaste makes excellent makeshift wall Spackle.”
  • “The question isn’t why or how it could fall, the question is how did it last that long.”
  • “If you haven’t seen a breast yet you need to get out of the house.”
  • “First thing’s first, I’m kind of an asshole.”
  • “And that’s why my girlfriend doesn’t take me out to nice places anymore. Which is good, because I didn’t want to go in the first place.”
  • “Moral of the story? When something isn’t yours, you treat it like shit.” 
  • “I like woodchucks. They’re the fat kids of the forest.”
  • “When the wind blows it’s like Satan’s hairdryer.”
  • “This cognac’s so expensive it’d be cheaper for me to do crack.”
  • “It’s like you know what they’re saying but you’re having a stroke.”
  • “No one likes you when you sleep with their wives and husbands and children.”
  • “Don’t do that. You’ll get warm. Then you’ll get sleepy. Then you’ll get dead.”
  • “This war takes fucking FOREVER.”
  • “It’s like going on a road-trip with Stalin. Like, there are fun times, where you’re in Vegas and drinking together, but then you’re digging your own grave in the desert because he thinks you cheated at blackjack.”
  • “He’s pretty much his sugar daddy.”
  • “Children are like little drunk people.”
  • “If you’re going to go all the way to another country and then still eat McDonald’s, you’re kind of an asshole.”
  • “How many prostitutes can you put in a boat? Let’s find out!” 
  • “I say it’s a dead dog story, but I promise there’s a funny ending.”
  • “It’s like crack, if crack was cheese.”
  • “Picture a Playboy mansion gone wrong.”
  • “It’s like living in some bizarre fantasy porno.”
  • “He smells like something from the X-Files.
  • “There are a lot of ways to die, but not many quite as stylish.”
  • “Why? Aesthetic.”
  • “If you’re looking for a back tattoo this is the one you want.”
  • “Why does he succeed? He has a plan. Sounds stupid, but not many people have one.”
  • Meat industry: *publishes 6,000 billboards around the country telling people to eat more beef and 500 online articles telling people that veganism is bad because field mice*
  • Y'all: That's not propaganda! That's just the meat industry advertising a product and making a honest living! What do you expect? You can't just dismiss that information because it doesn't conform to your bias!
  • 'Vegan propaganda': Advertises vegan ice creams and an article about how cows are just as sentient as dogs and don't like being killed
  • Y'all: This is all part of an insidious worldwide conspiracy to turn people vegan enough with your broccoli-industry funded lies.

anonymous asked:

Hey there, I've been really enjoying reading your blog and have been learning a lot. I'd like to ask about some claims I see being made online about that everyone needs to stop eating meat/animal products imminently to lessen climate change. Is that the full picture? Most articles I see online promote a "plant based" (read: vegan) diet, but is it feasible for everyone to even do that? Would it even help? Thanks :)

This is a very complex question, and a lot has been written on it from different perspectives, but I have to say that it definitely is not the full picture.  To be honest, the question you asked could become an entire paper and/or thesis, but here are some reasons why everyone stopping eating animals immediately is neither feasible nor sustainable for people or the climate. 

The fact of the matter is, we have to feed -everyone- with the land and resources we have.  Climate change aside, that is the problem ag seeks to solve. So a solution is not truly sustainable unless it is capable of feeding everyone and is better for the climate than alternatives. Ok? Here we go!

So, does going animal-free work to feed everyone?

  • Many people (myself included) cannot safely exist on a diet devoid of animal products. Whether it be due to celiac, soy allergies, corn allergies, other gut disorders, many people need at least some animal products to survive. I have celiac. I also cannot eat soy more than occasionally without getting very sick and risking permanent health consequences. The majority of the items on the list of foods I cannot eat without getting sick and/or putting my health at risk are plant-derived. I am far from the only one like this. 
  • Allergies to plant-derived foods are far more common than to animal-derived ones.  Of the top 8 allergens estimated to cause >90% of allergic reactions by the Mayo Clinic, half of them are plant sources, and of the plant sources listed (peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat) those are common sources of protein for vegetarian/vegan diets. If we cut out animal-based protein, where are people with these allergies going to get protein?
  • Saying “everyone can eat vegan” is ableist, and denies the reality of many people, myself and many of my family members included.

Going totally vegan may actually be bad for some ecosystems

  • Grasslands and rangelands need grazing to survive. These lands evolved under pressure from native herbivores, which in turn were kept in check by predators. Humans have largely eliminated those predators from a good chunk of the world, or severely reduced them (see the issue with deer overpopulation in the US due to human elimination of predators). 
  • Even if all the land currently grazed by herbivores was returned to wild populations, we risk herbivore overpopulation issues and long-term environmental degradation. If we just remove all grazing herbivores, we wind up with habitat degradation and in many places, increased fuel for forest fires, which causes its own problems. Removing herbivores also changes ecosystem balance for many other species that rely on herbivores to clear out excess brush, provide manure, or alter habitats.
  • A totally vegan diet for humanity wastes land.  (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/earth/going-vegan-isnt-actually-th/) Most grazing land is unsuitable for row crops without massive inputs of fertilizer and tilling/irrigation, which themselves can have a fairly high carbon footprint, and repeated tilling can be very bad for certain kinds of soil. (http://cropwatch.unl.edu/tillage/structure
  • Have you ever seen the rangelands of California or Montana? It would be extremely difficult to grow row crops there, but we are really good at growing cattle and sheep there!  Since grassland is 26% of the world’s land area, and 70% of the world’s agricultural area, any diet that doesn’t use pasture-produced animal products will be wasting a lot of land that could be feeding people. (http://www.fao.org/ag/agp/agpc/doc/grass_stats/grass-stats.htm)
  • As the world population increases, pressure on existing land usage is going to increase, and so agriculture needs to rise to meet this challenge.

So I think we can make the case that a), a vegan diet will not feed everyone, and b) wastes land that could be used to feed people. So by default it’s not sustainable.

But what about livestock and climate change?

  • Livestock production of all types sum up to 15% of total greenhouse gas emissions worldwide (http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/197623/icode/),and 24% of global greenhouse gases come from agriculture, forestry, and other land use, according to the FAO. That includes plant and animal agriculture. (source: https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/global-greenhouse-gas-emissions-data)
  •  Of this, livestock are a major contributor, but so is soil management, which is needed for growing both human food and feed for livestock.
  • By contrast, electricity/heat, industry, and transport account for 25, 21, and 14% of greenhouse gases, respectively. 
  • In the US, livestock account for just 4.2% of total greenhouse gas emissions. To contrast, transportation and energy production account for 27% and 31% of total US greenhouse gas emissions, respectively. 
  • The contribution of livestock to greenhouse gases is higher in developing countries, partially due to a lot of livestock eating poorer quality feed or needing longer to reach market, and the fact that grass-fed livestock do produce more methane than livestock fed on lower-fiber feeds. 
  • But as discussed above, those grass-eating livestock are necessary for producing food where other crops can’t grow, and keeping ecosystems healthy.
  • So for the US and other developed countries, focusing on livestock seems a bit shortsighted compared to developing cleaner energy and transport, right? (source: http://www.afia.org/rc_files/801/livestocks_contribution_to_climate_change_facts_and_fiction.pdf Disclaimer: the author of this piece is one of my advisors) 
  • The US EPA here lists a lot of good ways we can improve agriculture to reduce climate change https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sources-greenhouse-gas-emissions#land-use-and-forestry but the fact of the matter is, while ag and livestock ag in particular contribute a good amount to climate change, it’s got a big job to do - feeding everyone!
  • Herbivores like cows and sheep and goats are needed to preserve native forage-based ecosystems and provide food, but at the cost of producing methane that contributes to climate change. However, if we got rid of every cow and sheep and replaced their contribution to human diets with chicken and pigs, we’d have to grow extra food for them, which means more greenhouse gases to grow those foods, and we’re back at square one
  • To me, the real benefit of livestock, especially on range situations, is that they turn human-inedible plant protein into human-edible protein. That’s a significant reason why they’re so important to the human food supply.
  • Livestock also eat a lot of byproducts (brewer’s mash, hulls, tomato pulp, etc) that would otherwise go to waste.  This reduces the impact of their feed production and of waste disposal in other industries. We’d have a lot of reject feed/byproducts sitting around if we got rid of livestock, and those would have greenhouse gas production from their waste disposal.

For me, it amounts to priorities - we know a vegan diet won’t feed everyone and it wastes land. We don’t have enough arable land to feed everyone on a vegan diet, even if everyone could go vegan. 

We have researchers like myself and my colleagues working to help farmers reduce greenhouse gas emissions no matter what they farm (greenhouse gas emissions are a waste, remember, and cost farmers money). Livestock, especially in range situations and developing countries, eat a lot of stuff that would otherwise go to waste, and help keep ecosystems healthy. 

So it’s not just the analytical life cycle of the animal and it’s impacts, it’s what would the effect on climate change be by a) removing livestock and b) dealing with the human food needs met by doing so? 

To me, livestock earn their keep, and while it is our job to keep improving livestock systems to be more efficient and help  prevent worse climate change, we also need to remember that livestock are an important part of the sustainability of existing systems. 

So hope that answered your question, anon! For more info, check out this video presentation that you might find neat, as well: http://articles.extension.org/pages/28311/clearing-the-air-on-animal-ag-and-greenhouse-gases

the signs as random snapchats my friends have sent me
  • aries: i'm barely awake and my sister said "clean the damn house" bitch clean ya damn vagina im tired fuck outta my face
  • taurus: *picture of herself with the headband on & a blank face* i realized too late that i was playing headbandz and now i know what i am wow
  • gemini: you ever notice that the inside of your mouth looks like the inside of your vagina wait actually idk what the inside of my vagina looks like
  • cancer: *picture of her teary eyed* i nearly started crying because i realized plankton and karen don't have kids because she's a computer so they can't have sex
  • leo: *picture of her with her hair tied around her chin like a beard* who needs men? i'm my own man
  • virgo: *picture of her looking down at the camera at an awkward angle* me trying to figure out how to record without using my hands
  • libra: *at 2 am* in other countries when they eat hot dogs or something do they call it "american food" like how we call china's food "chinese food" #latenightthoughts
  • scorpio: *picture of herself on the toilet with her legs scribbled out* woah why tf am i constipated (my dick not showin, just my legs)
  • sagittarius: while i was chewing i bit down on something chewy IT WAS A BUG I THINK PLEASE HELP
  • capricorn: *blurry picture of her looking terrified* tell me why i dropped my phone in the fucking brownie mix i hate everything
  • aquarius: *blurry picture of herself* i kicked an ant bed and i think some of the ants went in my pants and are biting me
  • pisces: *picture of her crying* me realizing maddie isn't even real. or maybe liv isn't real. idk they just aren't actually twins. they're the same girl. and she doesn't have some unique connection to her twin sister who'd she do anything for because she doesn't have one.
DEAR FOREIGNERS - FROM A NEW ZEALANDER

Okay, I want to make something very clear. 

THIS IS NOT A KIWI.  

IT IS A KIWI FRUIT!!!!  

I am saying this because when foreigners say “I’m eating a kiwi.” It literally sounds to people in my country like you are eating one of these, a kiwi. And The Kiwi are an endangered bird in our country. 

Also! Us New Zealander’s are referred as Kiwis also. 

So to us when you say “I’m going to eat a kiwi” We legit think at first that 

1) “You’re a sick cunt and are going to eat our native bird that is endangered”

 2) “You’re a cannibal.” 

just a daily reminder that wherever bangtan goes please, respect their privacy. some ppl are always talking about how much they want the boys to rest and all that, and yet, ppl insist in crowding all the places they visit when they go to a country. let them rest, eat in peace, enjoy the country they are visiting, roam around the city, take pictures, treat them just like you would treat someone having a vacation, they want to not only go to a country to do a concert but to get to know more about its culture, just like anyone else would do! they are not animals nor objects to be treated like this, let them rest! if it’s a day before a huge concert, mental and physical preparation are both needed. they don’t owe fans anything when the fans are the ones stalking them, they are in another country to enjoy and have a great time so they can make nice memories when they do a concert. it’s not about “the fans made who they are today” oh yes we did, but that doesn’t give us the right to stalk them when they have at least a little bit of free time. don’t disturb their privacy because guess what, they are human beings just like us, they don’t like being treated like this, we are not close to them and we are not their friends, we gotta know our boundaries. and most important, don’t encourage those armys behaviour.

Disney World with Grayson would include

Originally posted by dolan-twinns

• Running around the park like little kids

• Getting Minnie and Mickey ears

• Taking plenty of pictures

• Vlogging the entire day

• Eating, plenty of junk food

• Going on every single ride together, Even the few big ones, even though Gray isn’t the biggest fan of heights

• Taking pictures With every single character 

• Grayson, getting a little jealous of the princes

• Watching all of the shows together

• Going, to splash mountain when it gets way too hot

• Eating, at the beauty and the beast castle

• Getting, matching mickey and minnie shirts

• Tons of silly, disney snaps

• Taking pictures, at every cool landmark 

• Throwing coins into the fountains together

• Going on all of the little kid rides together

• Laughing, at everything

• Going to the monsters Inc, show. And Grayson having to tell a joke on the spot, and it’s nowhere near funny

• Bumping into plenty of fans

•Making Ethan, the third wheel the whole day

•Literally being children together

•Him, resting his head on your shoulder during long lines

•Hand holding the entire day

•Getting, mickey balloons together

•Gray carrying you, when your feet got tired

•Going on thunder mountain, and Gray getting scared, so he holds your hand

•Going to Epcot, and going to all of the different countries together

•Eating all of the different foods from epcot

•Going on Tower of terror, and Grayson screaming like a little girl, which i mean, is a sight on it’s own

•Going, on the Nemo ride together

•“Y/n! Look! It’s a dolphin!”

•“Grayson, that’s a shark”

•Watching the firework show when it’s closing time

•Kissing under the fireworks

•”Babe, You’re my prince, i love you”

•”Love, you too princess”

•Having the most magical time




Ok, so the request said Disney Land, but i’m personally from the home land of disney world, Aka FL, and i go a lot! I actually just went on Thursday! Hope you guys enjoy! Feel free to send more in! Writing these all day! And a Gray smut is coming out later!

An Interpretive Four Questions

The below is the text of the interpretive Four Questions written by my rabbi & emailed out to our congregation. I thought y’all would appreciate the text of this. Quite a lot to think about in here. 

Again, I didn’t write this - I am sharing it.


An Interpretative Four Questions:
1.  The Torah mentions 36 times that we are commanded to treat the less fortunate kindly because: “Ki gerim hayitem b'eretz mitzrayim - You were strangers in the land of Egypt.”  And therefore: “V'atem yedatem et nefesh ha'ger - Having experienced estrangement, oppression, and discrimination, we are expected to empathize and sympathize with the stranger.” What are our obligations to refugees and immigrants today?


2. Our Hagaddah teaches: “B'chol dor v'dor chayev adam - in every generation a person is obligated to view ourselves as if we ourselves had left Egypt.”  Today there are hundreds of thousands of slaves.  They are the victims of “human trafficking.”  Additionally, in the U.S., due to mass incarceration, there are more African Americans imprisoned today than there were enslaved in 1862.  Many are part of a system that reflects archaic drug-possession laws. How can we apply our religious teaching to help those still enslaved or unjustly imprisoned?


3. As we eat the matzah, we say, “This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. Let all those who are hungry come and eat with us. Let all who are in want share the hope of Passover.”  Consider those who eat the metaphorical “bread of affliction” in present times, and to let all those who are hungry join us at our Passover tables. “Even the poorest person in Israel may not eat until he reclines, and they must not give him less than four cups of wine.” (Babylonian Talmud, Pesachim 99b) What tangible steps can we take to alleviate economic suffering in our country?


4. We eat the Karpas, the green vegetable – and recall our concern for the environment. Jewish tradition teaches us to care for our planet in order to preserve that which God has created. Psalm 24 notes, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,” a dramatic assertion of God’s ownership of the land. What tangible steps can we take to keep our planet green?


the signs based on things my friends like
  • aries: musical theatre and lesbians
  • taurus: doing ballet to nicki minaj songs
  • gemini: red lipstick and opera
  • cancer: bad puns and the trombone
  • leo: flirting and backhanded compliments
  • virgo: cross country and eating french fries
  • libra: being flamboyantly homosexual and cheesecake
  • scorpio: fire and cool lights
  • sagittarius: stargazing and learning languages
  • capricorn: leather jackets and cuddling
  • aquarius: hair gel and sarcasm
  • pisces: buzzfeed and hair dye

For the people who believe in cultural appropriation: how do you think countries developed? Americans eat Japanese food, Japanese eat American food. Countries borrow eachother’s style, and they learn eachother’s language to better their understandings. So how can you literally be so close-minded?

anonymous asked:

Oh come on girl, please don't be spreading false information and false hope about herbs and spices being cancer cures :(

hooooooly smokes

did i say herbs and spices were cancer cures???

I said that i started making juices for a loved one that contain ginger and turmeric because they have fantastic anti-cancer properties

After seeing this person’s body and mind be slowly destroyed through 3 years of chemotherapy and radiation, please allow me to share my thoughts on additional aids in healing their body and fighting tumour growth.

“Curcumin is the yellow pigment extracted from turmeric and is one of three known curcuminoids in turmeric. Curcumin has demonstrated incredible anti-cancer benefits. In countries where people eat turmeric daily at about 100 to 200 mg (roughly 1-2 teaspoons) over long periods of time, research has shown there to be lower rates of cancer. As far as research into turmeric and cancer, over 2,000 published studies have shown curcumin combats cancers of the breast, prostate, liver, colon, lung, pancreas and more. Many of these studies have shown curcumin actually stops cancer cells from dividing. Curcumin has also been shown to trigger apoptosis, or programmed cell death, which is the body’s natural and necessary way of ridding itself from damaged cells.”

https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/turmeric

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/benefits-turmeric-cancer-treatment/

http://preventcancer.aicr.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=17275&news_iv_ctrl=0&abbr=res_

Please come to me when one of your parents is dying and you decide not to look into every possible avenue to help them.

I am not spreading misinformation, I think you missed the original post that the anon is asking me about:

http://agirlnamedally.tumblr.com/post/160548800435/hey-sunflower-i-would-love-for-you-to-elaborate

for a long time now i’ve had the hc that bitty’s secret wasted song is Peaches; he only listens to it when he’s absolutely smashed and it actually took forever for smh to find out

 here’s how i see it going: 

  • it’s bitty’s 21st birthday and he’s never been this drunk before; sure he gets hammered at kegsters but he always stops when he feels like he might black out (because he despises hangovers and hangovers are the WORST post black out) 
    • when bitty gets very drunk he’ll switch from jamming to pop music to belting out country 
    • usually bitty has to be VERY close to blacking out before he switches from pop to country and everyone knows that as a particular alcohol threshold for bitty 
    • “oh bitty’s singing jason aldean… he’s probably about to tap out”

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What do Sicilians eat for breakfast?

When Sicilians have breakfast at home, they eat a variety of things, depending on their preferences. Sicilians like drinking espresso or melk with biscuits, rusks, milk or yogurt with cereals, bread with butter and jam and in some occasions homemade cakes or other sweet snacks.

Not many other countries have sweet food for breakfast. I don’t know why we do so, maybe because nobody really likes waking up early to go to work or to school, so we need a tothsome breakfmeal ast in order to have a sweet start of the day and to be on an happy mood in the morning. 

In Sicily people can have breakfast out in a bar. A bar is a place similar to a café where people usually go in the morning to drink coffee, cappuccino, or to eat pastries, sweets, etc. Sicilians never drink cappuccino after breakfast. 

Breakfast in Sicily is very cheap. In many bars you can pay only 0.50 cents for an espresso or about 1.50 euros for a cappuccino with a croissant, depending on the area.

In some bars, besides the usual croissant with no fillings inside, you can find also some filled with nutella, custard cream, jam, sweet ricotta, white chocolate, pistacho, hazelnut, etc. Other sweets or pastries eaten in the bar during breakfast are Iris (a baked or fried dough filled with ricotta), fried donuts, treccine (a braided brioche with sugar), etc. 

Sicilians have sometimes savoury food for breakfast, like sausage rolls, arancine, calzoni, pizzette, etc. 

In winter it is common to drink hot chocolate while in summer Sicilians enjoy eating a granita or an ice cream with a very soft brioche (like in the picture). 

Usually Sicilians like to sititng in the bar and to take their time to enjoy their breakfast, or if they are in a hurry they drink a shot of cappuccino in the bar and then they leave. Sicilian never drink coffee or cappucino on the way. 

What about you and your country?

What do you eat for breakfast? 

My Palestinian, 
my white, 
my green, 
my red, 
and my black. 
I would give you my body 
as a sacrifice. 
I bet I would look 
gorgeous in a
traditional thobe. 
My eyes in kohl, 
your fingers on my lips,
pronouncing your Arabic.
The ruins of an empire
lives inside you, my love.
And I am your bedouin woman,
I will leave every tribe for you.
I will steal your clothes,
I will claim myself yours,
naked in the desert, my love 
is thirsty. My love is a country 
eating yours. 
I adopt you inside of me, 
your country is mine.
I am a nation,
and I am a war.
And you’ve always 
said you want to die
as a martyr.
—  Palestine Is In Love from The Immigration Series by Royla Asghar 
I JUST FOUND A LIST OF SOME OF THE BEST FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA SO CHECK THIS OUT

1. Australia is as wide as the distance between London to Moscow.
2. The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium.
3. More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast.
4. In 1880, Melbourne was the richest city in the world.
5. Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest woman, earns $1 million every half hour, or $598 every second.
6. In 1892, a group of 200 Australians unhappy with the government tried to start an offshoot colony in Paraguay to be called ‘New Australia’.
7. The first photos from the 1969 moon landing were beamed to the rest of the world from Honeysuckle Tracking Station, near Canberra.
8. Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote (New Zealand was first).
9. Each week, 70 tourists overstay their visas.
10. In 1856, stonemasons took action to ensure a standard of 8-hour working days, which then became recognised worldwide.
11. Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke later suggested that this was the reason for his great political success.
12. The world’s oldest fossil, which is about 3.4 billion years old, was found in Australia.
13. Australia is very sparsely populated: The UK has 248.25 persons per square kilometre, while Australia has only 2.66 persons per square kilometre.
14. Australia’s first police force was made up of the most well-behaved convicts.
15. Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world.
16. There were over one million feral camels in outback Australia, until the government launched the $19m Feral Camel Management Program, which aims to keep the pest problem under control.
17. Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia (mostly for meat production).
18. Qantas once powered an interstate flight with cooking oil.
19. Per capita, Australians spend more money on gambling than any other nation.
20. In 1832, 300 female convicts mooned the governor of Tasmania. It was said that in a “rare moment of collusion with the Convict women, the ladies in the Governor’s party could not control their laughter.”
21. Australia is home to the longest fence in the world. It is 5,614 km long, and was originally built to keep dingoes away from fertile land.
22. Australia was one of the founding members of the United Nations.
23. Melbourne is considered the sporting capital of the world, as it has more top level sport available for its citizens than anywhere else. Narrabri, NSW is Australia’s sportiest town.
24. Before the arrival of humans, Australia was home to megafauna: three metre tall kangaroos, seven metre long goannas, horse-sized ducks, and a marsupial lion the size of a leopard. It is theorised that it was also covered in rainforest before humans applied a burning style of hunting.
25. Kangaroos and emus cannot walk backward, one of the reasons that they’re on the Australian coat of arms.
26. Speaking of, Australia is one of the only countries where we eat the animals on our coat of arms.
27. If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see them all.
28. Melbourne has the world’s largest Greek population outside of Athens.
29. The Great Barrier Reef is the planet’s largest living structure.
30. And it has it’s own postbox!
31. The male platypus has strong enough venom to kill a small dog.
32. And when the platypus was first sent to England, it was believed the Australians had played a joke by sewing the bill of a duck onto a rat.
33. Before 1902, it was illegal to swim at the beach during the day.
34. A retired cavalry officer, Francis De Grootstole the show when the Sydney Harbour Bridge officially opened. Just as the Premier was about to cut the ribbon, De Groot charged forward on his horse and cut it himself, with his sword. The ribbon had to be retied, and De Groot was carted off to a mental hospital. He was later charged for the cost of one ribbon.
35. Australia has 3.3x more sheep than people.
36. Prime Minister Harold Holt went for a swim at Cheviot Beach, and was never seen again.
37. Australia’s national anthem was 'God Save The King/Queen’ until 1984.
38. Wombat poop is cube shaped! This helps it mark its territory.
39. European settlers in Australia drank more alcohol per capita than any other society in history.
40. The Australian Alps receive more snowfall than Switzerland.
41. A kangaroo is only one centimetre long when it is born.
42. Sir John Robertson, a five-time premier of NSW in the 1800s, began every morning with half a pint of rum. He said: “None of the men who in this country have left footprints behind them have been cold water men.”
43. The Box jellyfish has killed more people in Australia than stonefish, sharks and crocodiles combined.
44. Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
45. The average Aussie drinks 96 litres of beer per year.
46. 63% of Australians are overweight.
47. Australia is ranked second on the Human Development Index (based on life expectancy, income and education).
48. In 2005, security guards at Canberra’s Parliament House were banned from calling people 'mate’. It lasted one day.
49. In Australia, it is illegal to walk on the right-hand side of a footpath.
50. Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano.
51. Aussie Rules footy was originally designed to help cricketers to keep fit in the off-season.
52. The name 'Kylie’ came from an Aboriginal hunting stick, similar to the boomerang.
53. 91% of the country is covered by native vegetation.
54. The largest-ever victory in an international football match was when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 in 2001.
55. There are 60 designated wine regions in Australia.
56. Melbourne has been ranked the world’s most liveable city for the past three years.
57. If all the sails of the Opera House roof were combined, they would create a perfect sphere. The architect was inspired while eating an orange.
58. Australia is home to 20% of the world’s poker machines.
59. Half of these are found in New South Wales.
60. Moomba, Australia’s largest free festival, held in Melbourne, means 'up your bum’ in many Aboriginal languages.
61. No native Australian animals have hooves.
62. The performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the 2000 Olympics opening ceremony was actually a prerecording- of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
63. The wine cask (goon sack) is an Australian invention
64. So is the selfie.
65. Durack, Australia’s biggest electorate, is larger in size than Mongolia.
66. The world’s first compulsory seat belt law was put into place in Victoria in 1970.
67. Each year, Brisbane hosts the world championships of cockroach racing.
68. In 1932, the Australian military waged war on the emu population of Western Australia. Embarrassingly, they lost.
69. Canberra was created in 1908 as a compromise when Sydney and Melbourne both wanted to be the capital city.
70. A gay bar in Melbourne won the right to ban women from the premises, because they made the men uncomfortable.
71. In 1992, an Australian gambling syndicatebought almost all the number combinations in a Virginia lottery, and won. They turned a $5m purchase into a $27m win.
72. Eucalyptus oil is highly flammable, meaning gum trees may explode if ignited, or in bushfires.
73. In 1975, Australia had a government shutdown, which ended with the Queen firing everyone and the government starting again.
74. A bearded Australian was removed from a darts match in the UK, after the audience started chanting 'Jesus!’ at him, distracting the players.
75. There have been instances of wallabiesgetting high after breaking into opium crops, then running around and making what look like crop circles.
76. An Australian man once tried to sell New Zealand on eBay.
77. In 1940, two aircraft collided in midair, in NSW. Instead of crashing, the two planes became stuck together and made a safe landing.
78. The male lyrebird, which is native to Australia, can mimic the calls of over 20 other birds. If that’s not impressive enough, he can also perfectly imitate the sound of a camera, chainsaw and car alarm.
79. Some shopping centres and restaurants play classical music in their car park to deter teenagers from loitering at night.
80. Despite sharing the same verbal language, Australian, British and American sign languageare all completely different languages.
81. In 1979, debris from NASA’s space station 'Skylab’ crashed in Esperance, WA. The town then fined NASA $400 for littering.
82. There have been no deaths in Australia from a spider bite since 1979.
83. There currently a chlamydia outbreak among koala species, which has led to a 15% drop in koala populations.
84. In NSW, there is a coal fire beneath the ground which has been burning for 5,500 years.
85. An Australian election TV debate was rescheduled so it didn’t conflict with the finale of reality cooking show Masterchef.
86. Chinese explorers travelled to Australia long before Europeans arrived. As early as the 1400s, sailors and fisherman came to Australia for sea-cucumbers and to trade with Indigenous peoples.
87. The first European to visit Australia was Dutch explorer Willem Janszoon, in 1606. More Dutch explorers visited the country over the next hundred years, plotting maps and naming it 'New Holland’.
88. Captain James Cook first landed on Australia’s east coast in 1770. In 1788, the British returned with eleven ships to establish a penal colony. Within days of The First Fleet’s arrival and the raising of the British flag, two French ships arrived, just too late to claim Australia for France.

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