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when my brother was born, my mama bought three white cats for my brother and would rotate the first two out so they wouldn’t get worn. over the years she forgot. the one on the left is the one my brother has been sleeping with for five years, the one in the middle the backup, and the one on the right we took out of its packaging today.

(BMC) RichJake first date headcanons

-Jake is obsessed with marine life
-Like
-Really obsessed
-Rich doesn’t know this, but coincidentally happens to take him to an aquarium for their first date
-And finds out that Jake is a sea-fact gold mine
- ‘Yeah, okay so you know step number four of the theory of evolution? Overproduction? Octopi take it to the next. level. They lay like ten thousand babies, then starve themselves watching over them and die. It’s super depressing. I used to have a pet octopus, Amphitrite. She was sort of yellow? The name octopus comes from the greek word octo, which means eight—’
-Rich has a hard time following these rambles
-He doesn’t mind though because Jake lights up like a firework when talking about this stuff, and it’s so precious to watch
-At the end of the tour, he buys him a stuffed narwhale
- ‘To repay you for the teddy bear, y'know’
-Jake goes ballistic
- 'Dude!! Thank you so much!! It’s so cute!!!’
-He names it Richie
-(Rich doesn’t mention that he named his teddy bear Jakey)
-They go buy icecream
-Jake isn’t very good at keeping up conversations past the typical forced high-school talk™
-They talk a bit about soccer, and homework, and teachers
-(Squips and fires are never brought up)
-At some point Rich slips his hand in Jake’s, and laughs as Jake nearly drops his icecream
-After that it’s easier
-They talk about ice cream flavors and youtube videos and weird hobbies
-Rich finds out Jake has a coin collection dating from the 80’s
-Jake finds out Rich played Super Mario in the third grade school play
- 'I couldn’t even prounounce the name. It was humiliating.’
'You couldn’t say Super Mario?’
'Dude, I have a lithp. I’d appear and yell, I’M THUPER MARIO HERE TO THAVE THE PRINCETH!! and everyone would crack up’
-Jake feels bad until he realizes Rich is laughing
-They take a lot of selfies
-Jenna made them promise
-Jake hates selfies, and Rich needles him mercilessly about it:
- 'Y'know, in the beginning you look like an average white jock, but you’re actually an 80 year old 'born in the wrong generation’ grandpa’
'Oh shut up’
-On the way home Jake hugs him and says he had a wonderful time
-That’s the exact word he uses
-Wonderful
-And Rich in that moment decides he wants to be with this old-fashioned ocean geek forever

SUJU: When You’re In A Car Accident

I’m sorry I’m only posting this just now, but I it all written and my browser suddenly crashed, and I lost it all. So I went into a funk, spend more than a week trying to motivate myself to write it again, and here it is. Disclaimer, it’s extremely long.

For the sake of this, I didn’t say if you were a best friend, little sister, girlfriend, wife, etc, so you can just imagine it as you’d like.

I’m going to make different groups for this:      

The “I don’t have any kind of reaction” group would be Siwon, Shindong and Kangin. They would have the least amount of external reaction to the situation (my first thought about this three guys’ reaction was linked to the Spanish idiom “La procesión va por dentro” which doesn’t have an English translation, but means kind of everything that’s going on isn’t shown on the outside, but they’re dying inside)

Siwon would be devastated inside, but would still fetch water and coffee for everyone, try to get them as comfortable as possible for the long wait ahead, and then he’ll probably just sit in a corner praying. I can see him praying nonstop until he knows how you are and what’s going to happen from then on.

Originally posted by parkjngsoo

Shindong, I believe he’d be the one trying to keep everyone thinking positively, making sure to hug the ones that are crying, and get them as calm as possible. I guess I only see him freaking out in private, once the doctor gives them the medical part and he knows what’s going on.

Originally posted by aelitasuju

Kangin I see as the one that wouldn’t stop fuzzing over everyone else, to try and repress the thought of you being hurt. I see him as the one getting food, blankets, hugging the youngsters, trying to calm your family down. I think he’d be the calmest on the outside. He’d only break down once the wait is over and he’s able to see you.

Originally posted by parkjngsoo

The “I’m trying to be strong but this is more than I can handle” group would be Leeteuk, Yesung, Sungmin, and Eunhyuk. They would be the ones that would try to stay calm for others, but wouldn’t manage to fool anyone.

Leeteuk I believe would first make sure everyone else was safe and as calm as possible, and he’d be crying silently while making sure everyone is okay, without worrying about himself until the entire situation has passed.

Originally posted by nitrojins

Yesung I think would be the silent one that doesn’t want to get in the way. He’d just sit in the corner staring at the wall or the floor, and allow his thoughts to take over. I don’t think he would cry until he gets either good or bad news, that’s when I think he’d break.

Originally posted by fyeahyesunggifs

Sungmin I think would be the silent one that’s crying alone. The second he realises he’s going to start crying, he’d go out to the pavement, or maybe lock himself inside a toilet and cry by himself, not letting anyone see that he’s crying.

Originally posted by sayyouwantme

Eunhyuk… I think Hyukkie would have the widest reaction spectrum. I believe at first, he’ll try to get as much information as he possibly can, trying to make sense of the situation, then he’d stay quiet and process everything he was just told, staring at your friends and family members, and then he would break down, and start crying, possibly hugging someone who needed it, but he’d be deeply affected by the situation.

Then, we have the “Crying a river” group, consisting of Donghae and Ryeowook.

Ryeowook, I think, would instantly start crying nonstop until he gets news that you’re okay, and if the news are not good then, I think he would be deeply affected for a really, really long time.

Donghae, I believe, would last a little longer before he starts crying, maybe until he gets to the hospital, but then, the tears just wouldn’t stop. I really do think that he’d only stop crying once he’s able to see you, even if you’re not in the greatest of shapes.

Originally posted by duckflyfly

And finally, I really believe Heechul and Kyuhyun belong in a totally different category.

Although most members have been involved in some kind of traffic accident, I think the ones that have the most traumatic experiences were Heechul and Kyuhyun. Heechul broke his leg in five places, had to endure an eight hour surgery in which doctors placed metal rods inside his legs to help the broken bones align correctly, and suffered from pains because of that for two years, until they got them out; And Kyuhyun, we all know about Kyuhyun: was propelled about 20 meters from the van, and when he got to the hospital they discovered he had a fractured hip, pneumothorax from broken ribs, and facial scratches and bruises. He was on a coma for four days and had 20% chances of making it alive. So I really do believe a loved one being involved in a car accident would break them.

Kyuhyun, I believe, would be in denial at first, trying to convince himself it’s a joke, that you’re actually alright and this is an extremely bad prank. But once he realises it’s actually happening, I think he’d be crying, without a doubt. He’d need to be held and taken care of, would be extremely sensitive to changes in the mood or other people’s reaction. I think he’d be so concerned about you going through what he went through, he’d start crying all over again if he’d calmed down, and would be extremely sad now that he sees what everyone went through when he was the one in your place, which would once again lead him to worrying over you.

Originally posted by blueprincez

Heechul’s first reaction, I think would be to get mad. He’d be extremely pissed, reacting badly to everyone, yelling at nurses and doctor when they don’t give him any information, and overall being extremely sensitive to anyone that speaks to him. But I think there would be a point where he’d snap and break. Although I really don’t picture him as the crying type, I see him as the catatonic type. He’d suddenly go into shock, locking himself inside his head, his mind running a reel consisting in concern over your situation, every single possible outcome, and having flashbacks, reliving his own car accident and the pain he was in. It would take a while to get him out of that state, he wouldn’t listen to anyone, but once he snaps out of it, I can picture him crying softly, not sobbing or doing anything dramatic, just tears falling slowly from his eyes and rolling down his cheeks. I don’t know why, but I picture him trying to learn how to pray, even if he doesn’t believe in God, because he’d want to do anything he can to help you survive, and there’s not much he can possibly do in this moment.

Originally posted by parkjngsoo

That was long, I’m sorry. I try to portrait their reactions as truthfully as I could, this is me trying to guess how each member would react, after almost a decade of seeing the way they act, and how they react to stressful situations. I hope I did them justice. Also, I couldn’t find any gif that matched what I needed for Eunhyuk and Ryeowook in the Tumblr GIF search engine, so I had to Google them. All credit goes to the author of both gifs.

(I’m sorry Heechul’s was the longest, but he’s my bias and I’ve spent so much time the last nine years of my life following his every move, I really believe that’s the way he would react.)

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A/N: Hello! Quick drabble for you guys that I had planned for a long, long, long time and finally remembered to write. Starring Little Nathan, Percy The Dad, and the problem of marrying a daughter of Athena.

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Percy was sitting by the kitchen table, trying to wrap his mind around his bloody taxes, when the scuffling of little stockinged feet distracted him. Nathan had woken up from his nap and dragged his still sleepy self to the kitchen. While he watched, his son climbed the chair beside his and stood on it, leaning on the table with his elbows.

“Hey, buddy, what’s up?” Percy greeted him.

“Daddy…” Nathan started, sounding troubled, “Can I ask you some questions?”

“Sure, son. Go ahead.”

“How does a camera work?”

“Oh, it’s really easy, bug, you hold it up, point it to the thing you want in the photo, and press the button!” Percy smiled at him, but Nate shook his head.

“No, daddy, I know how to take a picture. But how does it work? How does the photo get there?” he insisted.

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Currently in class and daydreaming of my I’M DISAPPOINTED short story… When I pick it back up again (been writing it super on and off since last year), this is all I’m listening to… This album is some good quality angst… I might come up with an angst playlist just for this… I mentioned Surf Curse in yesterday’s Doing the Write Thing post, but if you dig some quality surf punk get this in your life. SO GOOD.
Other songs I love off this album:
- Ponyboy
- In My Head Till I’m Dead
- Goth Babe
But Heathers is my fave. ;)
This is like a mesh of The Strokes’ alternative vibes and Paramore’s angsty punk-ish vibes all smushed into Wallows (The Narwhals). He kinda sounds like punk Braeden Lemasters + Clifford smushed together. SO GOOOOOOD.
Digging it. (What’s The Point viiiiiibes.)

… as Stephen rose to wave and hoot, Jack saw that he was dressed from head to foot in a single tight dull-brown garment; it clung to him, and his pale, delighted face emerged from a woollen roll at the top, looking unnaturally large.  His general appearance was something between that of an attenuated ape and a meagre heart; and he was carrying his narwhal horn…

Jack got him into the after-cabin at last… here he sat on a locker and gazed at Stephen’s garment.  It had been horrible at a distance; it was worse near to - far worse…
‘Stephen, will you for the love of God take off that thing?’
'My wool garment? You have noticed it have you? I had forgot, or I should have pointed it out. Have you ever seen anything so deeply rational? See, I can withdraw my head entirely: the same applies to the feet and the hands.  Warm yet unencumbering; light; and above all healthy - no constriction anywhere! Paris, who was once a framework knitter, made it to my design; he is working on one for you at present.’
'Stephen, you would favour me deeply by taking it right off.’

- Post Captain

This may just be the absolute best part of this book so far, as well as the fact that Stephen at this time reveals he has brought 60,000 live bees aboard the ship.

I think the whole “entertainment spell” thing works really well for Spider with a Top Hat as a potential trans allegory.

How when SwaTH tried to show the Narwhal he could be a fighting spell too, the Narwhal just laughed at it… and he wasn’t even trying to be mean; he really thought it was a joke. But that didn’t make it feel any better.

Basically whenever SWaTH tried to do anything for himself, anything genuine, it was seen as a joke by everyone around him & that is symbolized in the idea drilled into him that the entire purpose of his existence is to be a joke to others.

Which is not unlike the treatment of trans people in a lot of media and especially cartoons.

The Narwhal’s Tusk Is Filled With Nerves. But Why?

For centuries, the purpose of a narwhal’s tusk has eluded explanation. Now, researchers suggest that these small whales use their tusks as sensory organs and speculate that sensing changes in seawater salinity might help male narwhals stay safe, and locate fish or females.

Narwhals are a little bit like Arctic unicorns. At least, the males are. They’re the beasts that swim around wielding giant, spiraling tusks that can grow to nearly 9 feet long. But unlike the mythical horned horse, narwhals are a) real and b) their horns aren’t centered on their faces. Instead, their tusks protrude from the left of their mouths – they’re actually big, twisted canine teeth (the right canine usually remains embedded in the whale’s jaw).

Since at least the 15th century, scientists have been mulling over the purpose of the narwhal’s super-long tooth, proposing roles in defense, attracting a mate, hunting, hearing, breathing, and ice-breaking, among others. Now, it seems clear that the tooth is capable of acting like an enormous sensory organ, says Harvard University’s Martin Nweeia, a marine mammal dental specialist. Nweeia and his colleagues have been studying narwhals in the Arctic for more than a decade, and published a paper describing the tooth’s sensory capabilities today in The Anatomical Record.

“It takes a tremendous amount of energy and devotion to get that thing to grow,” Nweeia says. “To expend that much energy in such a harsh environment – there has to be a pretty compelling reason to do it.”

Nweeia and his colleagues collected narwhal tusks from Inuit hunters near Baffin Island, then studied those tusks for anatomical clues to their function. Turns out, narwhal tusks are filled with a nerve-rich pulp that’s similar to the stuff in human teeth that can sometimes make drinking coffee or eating ice cream a painful experience.

Next, the team looked to see if there were any genes expressed by the pulp that would indicate a role in relaying sensory information to the brain. And there were: two genes expressed in sensory signaling pathways were present at much higher levels in tusk pulp than in muscle or jaw tissues.

Nweeia then decided to test whether the tusks helped convey information about salt concentration in the surrounding sea. To do this, he fitted narwhals with a “tusk jacket” – a clear plastic tube that encloses the tusk, from one end to the other. He attached electrodes to the animals so that he could measure their heart rate. Then he bathed the jacketed tusks in solutions with either high or low concentrations of dissolved salt – a situation that mimics changes to seawater as icebergs form (high salt) or melt (low salt).

He found that narwhal heart rates rose in response to high salt concentrations, presumably because these concentrations normally suggest that the sea is freezing and entrapment is possible. The animals’ heart rates dropped when the tusks were washed with fresh water, suggesting they could detect this change. But, Nweeia says, salt is just one of many environmental stimuli the tusks could be sensing. “Our premise was just to open the pathway for people understand that this is a sensory organ,” he says. “Now the pathway is open for people, including ourselves, to look at other variables it might also detect.”