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attention all chris fans!!!!

hey guys!!! just here to update you all on the official @blofi fanclub id card situation. our laminator is hard at work and well be sending out the ones previously ordered as soon as possible. send all new submissions to chriskittiesxoxo@gmail.com and well get them sent out as theyre made!!!

with love,
leader of the official chris fan club :)

It’s extremely uplifting that we’ve seen two horses recover from laminitis and come back to win Gr.Is in 2017, the two being Bal a Bali and Lady Eli.

Someone give me seventeen-year-old Yakov Feltsman at the 1964 Olympics wearing bell-bottoms and a peasant shirt with a scarf around his head, hair cut into a moptop and skating to The Twist. He landed the first triple flip in competition and, in an interview, announced that his inspiration was the most beautiful girl he’d ever met, his girlfriend of three weeks Lilia Baranovskaya.

Yakov’s coach is banging his head against a wall somewhere just off camera.

Forty years later and Viktor Nikiforov, he of the fae-like looks and waist-length silver hair, wants to wear a bondage costume on the ice and Yakov can’t even tell him not to because when he tries Viktor starts screaming “COME ON BABY LET’S DO THE TWIST” and Yakov is immediately paralyzed with shame.

“I mean, really, you have no room to talk,” Lilia tells him, examining her nails as Viktor announces that he’s engaged to a skater he’s barely known for eight months. Who he’s still actively coaching.

Yuri shows up in his exhibition skate outfit and doesn’t even wait for Yakov to open his mouth before he’s holding up a picture–an actual printed picture where did he find it–in full color of Yakov on the podium at the 1964 Olympics.

“Bell bottoms, old man?” he says, flipping his hair as he skates onto the ice.

(Lilia frames the picture. It hangs in her office underneath a laminated poster reading “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”)

scutellatebooted  asked:

Hi Doc! Love reading your blog, I found you first through the Lucifer story (reminded me of a friend of mine actually) and then again through your mermaid post and have been hanging around ever since. I looked thru your archive but didn't find this question so hopefully it hasn't been asked before: what is it about horse anatomy that makes their legs so (seemingly) fragile? You'd think being as big as they are, they'd be more all-around solid. Thanks for reading, have a good one!

The horse, Equus caballus, is one of my favorite arguments against Intelligent Design. I’ve spoken before about why I no longer see them, but even as a student I would wonder why and how this species existed when there were apparently so many things that could go wrong with its own anatomy, especially next to something tough like a trusty cow.

I don’t know how it’s possible to believe in a benevolent, loving, wise creator when creatures like the horse come to exist.

So I’m going to use your question as an excuse to write a post that had been on my mind for a while:

Things That Are Wrong With Horses

The basic structure of a horse has a few significant design flaws.

  1. Cannot vomit. This means that anything which would make another species sick enough to vomit results in a horse getting s distended stomach and colic, where the stomach can rupture and the horse can die. Also means symptoms of illness are hidden longer
  2. The large bowel (hind gut) of the horse is fricking huge, but can actually displace itself and bend around the wrong way, resulting in obstruction, colic and death without surgical intervention. This can commonly happen after exertion (splenic contraction) and giving birth. Colic due to nephrosplenic entrapment is particularly common after the horse has an adrenaline release, which causes the spleen to temporarily contract, and this seems like a poor design to risk death every time you spook or go for a fast run, especially in a species known for spooking and running fast.
  3. Giving birth is a fast and explosive affair in the horse. The whole pushing business should be over and  done with in about 20 minutes, however this assumes that everything is lined up just right for a normal delivery. Foals are all long legs and necks, which are easy to get tangled or bent around the wrong way. A mare is strong enough to push her foal’s feet through her uterine wall, which is death all round.
  4. Speaking of strength, sometimes horses will kick each other when they have attitude, and they can do so with enough strength to rupture each other’s spleens.
  5. When galloping most horses, best studied in thoroughbreds because they are made to gallop on a regular basis, horses routinely bash their diaphragm with such force against their liver that their liver bruises.
  6. Galloping also often makes their lungs bleed. That’s why racehorses have their head held up after a race, so you don’t see any blood come out their nose and disqualify them. Even horses that you don’t see bleed have evidence of pulmonary bleeding after a gallop if you scope them.
  7. Their leg bones are actually pretty damn tough, but the ends are spindly little things compared to the mass of musculature up top. Their legs are subjected to huge biomechanical forces when a horse runs which can often subject them to ligament damage and lameness. A fractured leg bone can heal like any other, but if a horse can’t bear weight evenly on all four legs for an extended period of time (eg after a fracture) then they are at risk of laminitis.
  8. Laminitis can cause the hoof to slough off. (Aaargh!) They can also get laminitis from eating a bit too well.
  9. Speaking of eating, they can also get colic (and risk death) from eating not enough fiber or the wrong sort of plants or from eating too much dirt.
  10. Oh, and just to mess with you, horses have a space in their head called a guttural pouch which seems to exist for no other reason as far as I can tell (okay, maybe it’s about heat regulation) other than to get fungal infections that eat through the exposed artery and cause the horse to die from blood loss through it’s nose.

And Bonus: Exquisite sensitivity to tetanus and vulnerability to Hendravirus

This list is by no means complete. I haven’t even touched on their anesthetics or drug reactions, but it’s a simple start.

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Pre-sale for the M A  N   I    A Tour starts Monday morning at 10am local time, do you have your alarm set yet? 

pro-tip: pre-order one of the M A  N   I    A album bundles in the webstore for your first shot at tickets/VIP packages during monday’s pre-sale. btw, the bundles are discounted now through this weekend, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.

if you’re not able to pre-order one of the bundles, you can also sign up to our mailing list by monday morning for second dibs at pre-sale tickets on tuesday starting at 10am local.

General on sale starts Friday at 10am local. 

$1 from every ticket sold will go towards the Fall Out Boy fund benefiting charities throughout Chicago. 

p.s. while you wait for all of this to go down, listen to Young and Menace on repeat 😈

p.p.s. a limited number of VIP ticket packages will be available for purchase starting on Monday

M A  N   I    A Package (limited to 280):

- One Premium Ticket (Location given at checkout)
- Access to the VIP Lounge, with complimentary snacks and soft drinks.
- Cash Bar for those over 21 (where available)
- One Exclusive Fall Out Boy Merch Pack (includes items not available
anywhere else)
- One Commemorative VIP Laminate
- Access to the VIP Entry (where available)
- On Site VIP Concierge

Young and Menace Package (limited to 350):

- One Premium Ticket (Location given at checkout)
- One Exclusive Fall Out Boy Merch Pack (includes items not available
anywhere else)
- Access to VIP Entry (where available)
- On Site VIP Concierge

PLEASE NOTE: NO VIP PACKAGES INCLUDE A MEET & GREET

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!!!!PLEASE HELP!!!!

I am severely overdrafted on my bank account & don’t have any money for food until Monday.

I’m going to take a few badge comissions so me and my boyfriend can feed ourselves until my paycheck goes through.

Skull & crossbones headshot badges are $35
Single character dangle badges are $55

Delux multi character dangle badges are $75.

Badges are printed on high quality paper and come laminated with a clip. I will also throw in a few random pinback buttons for free.

Also if you want you can donate to my PayPal directly at Neil.ipatti1@gmail.com but you by no means have to. Thank you so much for your help!

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Stapleton Library in Staten Island

In the words of the architects Andrew Berman Architect:

The New York Public Library commissioned this branch library of 12,000 square feet. We restored the existing 1907 Carrere and Hastings Carnegie Library and designed a new 7,000 square foot building to be located alongside. The library is conceived as a modern public institution that will contribute to the revitalization of the Stapleton neighborhood.

The facility is an assemblage of old and new. The existing Carnegie Library was converted into the Childrens’ Reading Room. The new building, constructed of glue laminated Douglas fir posts, beams, joists and roof decking, houses books and media. The structurally glazed facade invites the public and supplies natural light. The exposed wood structure provides a sense of rhythm, scale and material richness unexpected in contemporary public buildings.

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