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The Elephant’s Foot of the Chernobyl disaster, 1986

A monster was born in the Chernobyl disaster - one of the most dangerous things in the world. 

The “Elephant’s Foot” is a solid mass made of melted nuclear fuel mixed with lots and lots of concrete, sand, and core sealing material that the fuel had melted through. It is located in a basement area under the original location of the core. In 1986 the radiation level on the Elephant’s Foot was measured at 10,000 roentgens per hour, and anyone who approached would have received a fatal dose in under a minute. After just 30 seconds of exposure, dizziness and fatigue will find you a week later. Two minutes of exposure and your cells will soon begin to hemorrhage; four minutes: vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. At 300 seconds you have two days to live.

When the above photo was taken, 10 years after the disaster, the Elephant’s Foot was only emitting one-tenth of the radiation it once had. Still, merely 500 seconds of exposure would prove fatal.

He tells you “I have a foot fetish” and you think “oh, he jacks off to feet” but in actuality he wants to fuck The Elephants Foot at Chernobyl and die of radiation poisoning

anonymous asked:

I can't stop giving my quadraped dinosaurs the 'elephant foot/leg' sundrome. Do you have any good references on how quadraped dinosaur foot/legs actually look?

Well, that depends on what kind of dinosaur! Sauropod hands looked like this:

While their feet looked like this:

(it’s not missing a head, that’s the angle)

Ceratopsian hands and feet can be seen very well in Saurian’s model:

While their Ankylosaur shows its hands and feet:

Stegosaurs’ were more like sauropods’.

And styracosternans’ hands were like mittens, while their feet were like chunky theropod feet.

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After the disaster in Chernobyl’s Reactor #4, radioactive smoke was pouring out of the damaged building, suggesting to scientists that the reactor’s graphite core was on fire. To try to quell the radiation emitting from the core and the graphite fire, several thousand tons of neutron absorbers were dropped from helicopters into the reactor building. Despite the sacrifice the helicopter pilots made (most died within days), it was clear that almost none of the material landed in the core. On 6 May 1986, the smoke and radiation emissions stopped inexplicably. 

Scientists now knew something had happened in the core, but weren’t sure what. The explosion in the reactor threw its 2,000 ton lid into the air. It fell on edge and into the mouth of the reactor and sent chunks of the core scattering. Desperate for information, scientists were sent into the basement of Block 4, searching in rooms despite knowing the reactor could very well have exploded again. A crude, wheeled camera was set up to be sent into areas of extremely high radiation, and scientists eventually discovered a huge mass of sand and nuclear fuel that had fused together, but no one knew where it could have come from as it was deep in the basement. The decision to find a way to inspect the reactor was made.

Holes were drilled in a room adjacent to the reactor so workers could have a better look at the inside. Several theories of what they might find were discussed, but they were all certain of one thing: There would be damaged reactor core. What they found confounded all expectation. The reactor was completely empty. The entire structure of the core had seemingly vanished. 

The decision to continue the hunt for nuclear fuel with humans rather than robots was made because the ferocious amounts of radiation beneath the reactor rendered robots sent to assess the damage useless. Scientists first found concrete, steaming from the heat of nuclear fuel below it. It was then that they saw the lava - a molten mixture of portions of nuclear fuel, fission products, structural materials from the affected part of the reactor, and molten concrete called corium.. Scientists now knew that much of the fuel had escaped the reactor in this manner. It had accumulated in a room beneath the reactor until it reached the edge of the relief valves, then migrated downward to the Steam Distribution Corridor. The corium also flowed to several other places, like the Steam Distribution Channels and Pressure Suppression Pools.

Uranium content in the corium is easily identified in the photos above by its yellow color. The 4th photo is of the notorious Elephant’s Foot.

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
—  Desmond Tutu

To Do:

1. Get out of bed. Roll across the sheets before you stand and tangle yourself like a caterpillar because that’ll never go out of style. Seriously, it’s fun as hell.

2. Brew coffee or tea or something else cozy. Drink it hot and in front of a window so you can watch the war going on just past the glass. Wear a blanket across your knees, it’ll be your shield.

3. Make a second cup of coffee/tea/hot drink of your choice. Repeat step number 2. Watch the steam fog up the window and draw shapes in it’s haze. Maybe you’ll see the doodles the next time it’s misty. Consider something magic. You can never have enough time exploring the inside of your own skull.

4. Put on music you haven’t listened to before. Pay attention to the lyrics, you might hear yourself. Then dance until your heart is beating to the time of the song. It’ll make you feel alive.

5. Step outside. Smell the rain and the new life and the melting air, that’ll make you feel alive too. Let the rain hit every part of you. Your finger tips, your eyelids, your teeth. Feel it dance on your skin. Remember it was once inside a dinosaur.

6. Listen to it pound elephant foot pinprick drumbeats on the roof. You might hear yourself, I know I have. Notice the way it crescendos and decrescendos like a choir of a million voices. You might fall in love.

7. Run your fingers across the brail of the clouds. The peaks and the caverns of cotton water. They’ll roar epics like you’ve never heard before. Furious and bright and deep and dark all at once. You might fall in love.

8. Watch your favorite movie, twice. Don’t let the rain distract you. It doesn’t need all your attention all day today. It has work to do, feeding the earth and drowning the heat. You deserve to sit back for a while.

9. Forget it’s raining and let yourself feel the tiny jolt of surprise when you notice the tears still rolling down your windows. Possibly repeat step 2.

10. Go to bed to melody of the droplets in the gutters and the baritone of water rushing through the streets. The storm will battle through the night if it so feels the need. You can sleep now.

—  A.O.A.M || To Do List For A Rainy Day

anonymous asked:

Buri-art, what do you think Ryokuboos would look like? How would they act? And how would the Hakuboos and Seiboos react to them?

I sort of answered this back during the Seiboo arc: 

But now that I’ve been inspired to think about more, here’s some more analysis of the ghosts of dragons long departed. I’m not sure if Kusanagi-sensei ever intended the appearance of the Hakuboos (long since alluded to in building Kija’s character and how others–especially Jaeha–see him) to be anything more than a clear set-up for drama CD arc coming right after it, but as it’s part of the world canon, there’s plenty for those of us in the fandom to think about. 

This is about to get long. More pictures/doodles below. 

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While on holiday in Kenya and walking through the bush a man comes across an elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seems distressed so the man approaches very carefully. He gets down on one knee and inspects the bottom of the elephant’s foot only to find a large thorn deeply embedded. As carefully and as gently as he can he removes the thorn and the elephant gingerly puts its foot down. The elephant turns to face the man and with a rather stern look on its face, stares at him. For a good ten minutes the man stands frozen - thinking of nothing else but being trampled.

Eventually the elephant turns and walks away.

For years after, the man often remembers and ponders the events of that day. Years later the man is walking through the zoo with his son. As they approach the elephant enclosure, one of the elephants turns and walks over to where they are standing at the rail. It stares at him and the man can’t help wondering if this is the same elephant. The man climbs tentatively over the railing and makes his way into the enclosure. He walks right up to the elephant and stares back in wonder. Suddenly the elephant wraps its trunk around one of the man’s legs and swings him wildly back and forth along the railing, instantly killing him.

Probably not the same elephant then.

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Elephant’s Foot Glacier in Greenland. The shape of Greenland’s Elephant Foot Glacier is so distinct that it stands out dramatically from its surroundings when viewed from space. 

everyone is feeling pretty bad tonight it looks like and i am sorry for this…. i am sending u the most pure of happy vibes for real im emitting them like deadly radioactive waves from the elephants foot except they are of healing and love