elephant stand

anonymous asked:

happy 5th of December!!! did you know that besides humans, elephants are the only animals that can be taught to stand on their head?? anyway, how was your day today? i hope it was great!! until next time, your secret santa

aw i hope you have/had an awesome day too!!

also i kinda wanna see an elephant stand on their head now omg

The Elephant

Unit 8 is Y2′s Unit 4, which has been my favorite unit! I love conceptual and critical thinking units, it feeds in my curiosity so much.

Anyway this year our brief was to help the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, which I found out was closing down soon. The soon is a huge variable as people has been saying that for ages now but the Elephant still stands there, almost frozen in time.

I’ve been to the shopping centre before, I can’t remember why I was there but it was probably just in passing.

It’s a tough brief, I don’t know what on earth we can do as a bunch of graphic designers to help prevent the demolition but I’m sure after several observations they will be an idea. 


Whilst we all know that modern elephants are beautiful and remarkable creatures, few may be familiar with the order of which they are from, Proboscidea. Proboscidea not only contains the elephantids, but a whole range of diverse mammals, some reaching magnificent sizes and each one more intriguing than the last.


Deinotherium quite literally means “terrible beast” and they trawled the savannah-like Miocene landscape. Deinotheriums most striking feature is certainly its menacing downward facing tusks, a complete skull found in the nineteenth century measured at just under a metre in length, the skull also showed very deep nasal bones suggesting it had a much wider and shorter trunk than modern elephants. The reason for the unusual orientation of the tusks has been debated, perhaps they were purely for attracting mates or maybe they had a vital role in stripping tree bark to eat. Deinotherium was quite a bit larger than modern elephants standing a whopping 4 metres tall (almost as tall as a double decker bus) and weighing in at an estimate 11-14 tonnes.

Palaeoxodon namadicus 

Palaeoxodon namadicus, otherwise known as the Asian straight-tusked elephant lived during the pleistocene. Little is known about these species and whether it is a species on its own rather than a subspecies within Palaeoxodon antiquus, yet is is known from a thigh bone over 5 foot in length which indicates a possible height of over 4.5 metres which would make Palaeoxodon namadicus the largest land mammal to have ever existed surpassing Deinotherium and Paraceratherium.


Gompotherium is another highly unusual member of the proboscidea. Gompotherium stood around 3 metres high and had 4 tusks extending straight from its jaw, the two bottom tusks are flattened and shovel-shaped leading to suggesting that they were used in digging and finding food. Gompotherium is believed to be the first of the proboscideans to escape its homeland and migrate towards north america, mammoths would eventually evolve from the shovel-tusked creature. Although they are unfamiliar to most, they were very successful and flourished in north america for over 10 million years (during the miocene and pliocene). Their demise coincides with the rise of todays modern elephants, perhaps they were outcompeted to extinction.


Stegodon stood at around 3.5 metres tall and weighing in a 12 tonnes, however it is not this beasts size that is hard to comprehend, but its enormous tusks which could reach a whopping 3 metres in length. Stegodons thrived in the golden age of elephants 11 million years ago, exactly when they died out is a mystery, some believe they contained to roam across north america as little as a few thousand years ago.


Mammoths are amongst the most recognisable prehistoric creatures, they were extremely successful and thrived during the ice age thanks to their masses of fur, migration patterns and small ears. They died out around 4500 years ago when the ice age came to an end, although it is widely thought that humans contributed to their reduction in numbers as we fed on their meat, wore their fur and used their immense tusks and skin for shelter. The largest known species of mammoths could reach 4 metres in height and weigh up to 7 or 8 tonnes and they travelled in herds much like modern elephants. Incredibly well preserved specimens have been found across the world in peat bogs and permafrost preserving skin, hair and some organs in immaculate condition, this has led to multiple projects hoping to bring back the mammoth, although this is still highly controversial.


All modern elephants are the only relic from the glorious evolutionary history of the proboscideans that we have left. They can reach 4 metres in height and weigh up 7 tonnes. Their tusks are used in competing for mates as well as for feeding and the trunks, perhaps the most recognisable feature of any animal, are analogous to human hands, they are used to grab things, communicate and sense their environment. Elephants travel in close herds led by a matriarch and have been shown to display emotions of grief when a valued member dies, their social structure is incredibly sophisticated and complex, when a matriarchs reign is over, their is a specific order of individuals to take her place, usually the eldest daughter. Separate families of elephants have even been known to form bonds with each other and socialise in passing.
Elephants have long been attractive to humans, their skin has been sold, their tusks highly valued for decoration and medicine. Elephants have been relentlessly hunted by humans, so much so that in in the twentieth century their numbers declined by 74% in ten years. Over the last few decades multiple conservation efforts have been put in place to save these magnificent creatures from extinction, their population numbers have shown slight increases since the efforts began.

The proboscideans have been, and are still, one of the most remarkable groups in the animal kingdom. They have been incredibly successful since their first appearance over 40 million years ago, with only the elephants remaining we must save these wonderful animals from extinction for future generations to see and to continue the reign of one of the most spectacular dynasties in the animal kingdom.

me playing pharah on console: sixtuple kill, hitting other pharahs in midair, aware of my surroundings, potg

me playing pharah on pc: can barely stay hovering in the air, can’t hit an elephant standing still, cant control my movements, 0 damage 0 eliminations 50 deaths

The forts in India have seen a major turn of fortune.
There were stories of Eagles flying from the parapet, elephants standing watch on doors. Now it’s pigeons flying high and ASI employees standing guard for 5 -10 rupees (more if a you are a $$ foreigner)
The lesson here,kids, is that no matter what your days of glory, pigeons will someday poop on you.

Mehrangarh Fort
Rajasthan, India
Taken on 11-11-2016 11:33 using a NIKON D5300 with a 18.0-140.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 18mm equivalent to 27mm for 35mm film with settings at f/3.5 ISO 100 1/320 sec

Cosmology by Billy Collins

I never put any stock in that image of the earth
resting on the backs of four elephants
who are standing on a giant sea turtle,
who is in turn supported by an infinite regression
of turtles disappearing into a bottomless forever.
I mean who in their right mind would?

But now that we are on the subject,
my substitute picture would have the earth
with its entire population of people and things
resting on the head of Keith Richards,
who is holding a Marlboro in one hand
and a bottle of Jack Daniel’s in the other.

As long as Keith keeps talking about
the influence of the blues on the Rolling Stones,
the earth will continue to spin merrily
and revolve in a timely manner around the sun.
But if he changes the subject or even pauses
too long, it’s pretty much curtains for us all.

Unless, of course, one person somehow survives
being hurtled into the frigidity of outer space;
then we would have a movie on our hands—
but wait, there wouldn’t be any hands
to write the script or make the movie,
and no theatres either, no buttered popcorn, no giant Pepsi.

So we may as well see Keith standing
on the shoulders of the other Rolling Stones,
who are in turn standing on the shoulders of Muddy Waters,
who, were it not for that endless stack of turtles,
one on top of the other all the way down,
would find himself standing on nothing at all.

Model Doutzen Kroes Takes a Stand for Elephants

Nov. 18 – Supermodel Doutzen Kroes leads the #knotonmyplanet campaign to aid endangered African elephants, just one of her philanthropic efforts away from the runway. Kroes graces the cover of the latest issue of Bloomberg Pursuits magazine and is featured in the debut episode of the magazine’s new show this weekend on Blomberg Television. Bloomberg’s Emma Rosenblum previews both on “Bloomberg Markets.”
Pink Elephant

It was the pink elephant
Just standing in the middle of the living room
Waiting to get noticed
Hoping to one day be the topic of conversation

Some days
I swear it had polka dots
Other days
It just blended into the background of the kitchen walls

We all knew it was there
But didn’t know how to approach it
So we tiptoed around
Hoping not to disturb its slumber

The thought of truth being spoken
Ignited flames to my throat
Choking me
At the sight of honesty’s release

Images of dark blue
Ripe purple and a burden of black
Covering my chest and back

A reminder of my differences
And keeper of my secrets

It’s the slurs
Thick with hate
Thrown across class rooms
Bouncing off walls like rubber balls high off caffeine

Scars so deep
Dignity is nowhere to be found
Barbie’s host their non-fat fraps
with extra whip Whispering

of sissies and dykes
who roam hopelessly
With their elephants in tow
Their whispers so loud

They course through the shallow halls
Kicked up and passed around
By the football team
And slammed into the shadows

The pink elephant
It follows me everywhere

It’s kept on a leash
Like the secrets resting on the tip of our tongues
waiting to one day

slip free

Watch: Indian Army supports injured elephant struggling for more than a month

Sidda, the injured elephant struggling for more than a month in Manchanabele village of Bengaluru, finally got support from the Indian Army on Wednesday. The Indian Army came to rescue the ailing elephant which was lying in the agriculture field for the last 15 days in Ramanagara District. The team was mobilised with large amount of stores, including contraction for lifting the elephant and keeping it standing to administer medicines and assist it for eating the food.

“Trying not to think about you is like trying not to think about an elephant that’s standing on my chest.”

“I can’t decide if that is a compliment.”

“Me neither.” -Carry On.

*finds corner, sobs in said corner* I love these dorks!

Art reference by cloven.

A Guide to Discworld

So you have decided to read Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. Congratulations, you are about to enter a wonderful fictional world with some of the most hilarious and endearing characters I have ever read. However it is a daunting task with 41 books in the main series and 6 sub-series within it. Maybe you have seen a useful diagram on the reading order or something similar. Just to help even more, here is my guide to Discworld:

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Africa’s elephants have just gotten a powerful new supporter –music legend, Billy Joel. Joel’s voice is heard in a series of new ads supporting the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) 96 Elephants campaign – so named for the number of elephants slaughtered each day by poachers.

With the backdrop of computer-animated elephants coming to life from shards of ivory, Joel’s voiceover warns: “We can’t turn back time, but we can reverse this trend. Don’t be the generation that allowed elephants to go extinct.”

The “Take a Stand for Elephants,” campaign was conceived and developed for 96 Elephants by pro bono partner, Steve Harper, founder of ThisisBonaFide.com


♪♫~We stand in the shadows waiting… (¬‿¬ )