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Our Most “Liked” Instagram Posts of 2016

Our Instagram page has over 1,800 images and is lucky enough to be followed by more than 18 million fans.

What images and videos were your favorite from this past year? Great question, and one we asked ourselves too! 

Here’s a look at our most liked Instagram posts* of 2016…Enjoy!

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Colorful “last hurrah’ of a star: The Hubble Space Telescope shows off the colorful “last hurrah” of a star like our sun. The star is ending its life by casting off its outer layers of gas, which formed a cocoon around the star’s remaining core. With 513,672 likes, this image is our 10th most liked of 2016.

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Vivid glowing auroras in Jupiter’s atmosphere! Astronomers are using the Hubble Space Telescope to study auroras – stunning light shows in a planet’s atmosphere – on the poles of the largest planet in the solar system. This image ranks #9 for 2016 with 515,339 likes.

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Astronomers found evidence for what is likely one of the most extreme pulsars, or rotating neutron stars, ever detected. The source exhibits properties of a highly magnetized neutron star, or magnetar, yet its deduced spin period is thousands of times longer than any pulsar ever observed. With 517,995 likes, this picture ranks #8 for 2016.

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Fiery South Atlantic Sunset! An astronaut aboard the International Space Station photographed a sunset that looks like a vast sheet of flame. With Earth’s surface already in darkness, the setting sun, the cloud masses, and the sideways viewing angle make a powerful image of the kind that astronauts use to commemorate their flights. This image ranks #7 for 2016 with 520,553 likes.

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Go floating! Join us for a fly-through of the International Space Station! This footage was shot using a fisheye lens for extreme focus and depth of field. This video ranks as our sixth most liked Instagram post of 2016 with 541,418 likes.

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This #BlackFriday post helped us celebrate our 4th annual #BlackHoleFriday! Each year we pose awesome content about black holes on the Black Friday shopping holiday. A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light cannot get out. With 549,910 likes, this image ranks #5 for 2016.

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A cluster of young stars – about one to two million years old – located about 20,000 light years from Earth. Data in visible light from the Hubble Space Telescope (green and blue) reveal thick clouds where the stars are forming. This image ranks #4 for 2016 with 573,002 likes.

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Supermoon is a spectacular sight! The Nov. 14 supermoon was especially “super” because it was the closest full moon to Earth since 1948. We won’t see another supermoon like this until 2034. Which might have something to do with this image ranking #3 for 2016 with 695,343 likes.

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Supermoon seen from space! Aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson posted this image on Dec. 14 captured by European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet. This stunning image ranks #2 for 2016 with 704,530 likes.

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane…no, it’s a #supermoon! The moon, or supermoon, is seen rising behind the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan ahead of the November crew launch to the International Space Station. This photo was our #1 image of 2016 with 746,981 likes.

Thanks for joining us as we traveled through the space events of 2016. We’re looking forward to all of the interstellar fun that 2017 will bring. Happy Holidays!

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All 9 soviet space dogs, top to bottom:

Laika - Sputnik 2, November 3 1957: First living being to reach space, DIED IN ORBIT.

Belka and Strelka -  Sputnik 5, August 19 1960: First living beings to reach space and return ALIVE.

Pchyolka and Mushka - Sputnik 6, December 1 1960: Reached orbit, DIED ON REENTRY after a malfunction activated the capsule’s self-destruct system.

Chernushka - Sputnik 9, 9 March 1961: First dog to return alive without a fellow companion.

Zvyozdochka - Sputnik 10, 25 March 1961: Last dog to go into orbit before the first human, Yuri Gagarin, did, she was also named by him.

Veterok and Ugolyok - Cosmos 110, 22 February 1966: Lasting 22 days in orbit, it became the longest space flight by dogs, they were also the last soviet space dogs.

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Laural Virtues Wauters - 1: Serpent – Root Chakra – Base of Spine, 2013  2: Islam - Crown Chakra - Top Of Head, 2013  3: Third Eye – Sensory System, 2013  4: Intention of Self – Container of Life – Root Chakra, 2013  5: Soul Body – Sacral Chakra – Caduceus, 2013  6: Soul Sound – Throat Chakra – Sri Yantra Aum, 2013  7: Hinduism  – Solar Plexus Chakra – Stomach Area, 2013  8: Root Chakra – Muscular Skeletal System, 2013  9: Awakened Self – Crown Chakra – Star of Life, 2013  Mixed Media

On the Alleged Ages
  • Literally that one post: Shiro is 25, Pidge is 14 and all other paladins are late teens talked to the writers in PRIVATE
  • Official Dreamworks site: 5 teens
  • IMBD: 5 teens
  • Literally every other sourced site describing Voltron: 5 TEENS
  • People: Shiro is 25, Pidge is 14 and all other paladins are late teens
  • Josh Keaton: No one told us anything about this age thing
  • People: Every ship with Shiro with any of the Paladins is invalid also with Pidge
  • Me:
  • Me:
  • Me: ????
  • Me: *galra grunt voice* Emperor Zarkon, we were scouting system X-9-Y as ordered when we found these primitive creatures. I don't think they know anything useful.
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My 9 Fave Games Meme (original post)

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• Solar System A6 Postcards •

The 9 planets of the Solar System and the Sun as A6 postcards, created using my own personal watercolour pieces.

Perfect for space enthusiasts and especially fans of Pluto.

Each card is digitally printed, A6, 250gsm, and blank on reverse.

Ideal to put in a frames, display on the wall, send to someone as a gift and include a personal message - anything you want!

Available as individual cards, or as a full set of 10.

• Buy now on Etsy! •

9 Novembre 2016 à peu de choses près
9th November, 2016 more or less

Watch Project MC2 on netflix

1. Smart girls in highschool being chosen as spies.
2. Racially diverse
3. Very feminine girly girls who use all the latest media (stuff generally seen as dumb) are intelligent.
4. Talking notebooks that give out compliments
5. Acronyms everywhere
6. Girls being silly while being intelligent
7. New girl being weird? Find out her last name and search for her on every social media
8. Awkward dad repeating totes adorbs
8. Girl breaks through NASA like security systems at 14
9. “That guy must do Pilate’s to look like that” “it might be a woman”
10. New girl not on social media? Maybe she’s the threatening person for the launch?
11. Chemistry and science girl is also pink girl who gets left alone in a lab to do whatever she likes by school
12. Pretty girls being portrayed this way
13. Yeah they gave the wreird new girl a camera pen
14. She works it out!
15. “One of the good guys…girls” is mentioned constantly as an automatic saying then switching.
16. I think she lives alone
17. Because they created robots and inventions to track her and were already on the list to be spies they are now being trained.
18.catchy song!

And this is episode one!

LET ME TALK TO YOU ABOUT PLUTO.

NASA just flew the New Horizons spacecraft by Pluto. PLUTO. 

We’re going to have HELLA pictures of Pluto very soon. P. L. U. T. O. Even more HELLA than the “teaser” picture right before the flyby:

LOOK AT THAT ADORABLE MOTHERFUCKER WITH A HEART ON IT AND EVERYTHING.

You know where that picture was taken from? 476,000 MILES AWAY (766,048 KILOMETERS) You know what the closest approach distance was for New Horizons? 7,800 MILES (12,600 KILOMETERS) FROM THE SURFACE OF PLUTO.

That’s right. That means YOU AINT EVEN SEEN SHIT YET, SON.

It took us over 9 years to get to our solar system buddy 31.9 AU away. 

Do you know how far away an AU is? 93 MILLION GODDAMN MILES or 149.6 MILLION HOLY SHIT KILOMETERS. Multiplied by over 30. With a (dwarf) planet flying around in some CATAWAMPAS ASS orbit.

WE JUST HIT A DAMN NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK AS LARGE AS THE SOLAR SYSTEM.

Because of this distance, the New Horizons spacecraft will take 16 MONTHS to transfer all the data from the encounter back to Earth.

In conclusion:

So every FE (or I guess I should say Awakening fan) fan is complaining about this new character on Tumblr.

 

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I thought I’d post my thoughts on her. First by saying the game isn’t even out yet and people are already bitching about it (really people?). Anyway, I don’t know what class this lady is, is the first thing I’ll say. If she were a dancer, I’d have no problems by her outfit at all because Fire Emblem dancer ladies have always been sexy (in a classy way) I find. I don’t think she is, however, since that role is taken by Aqua. To continue, I’m not going to call this lady a slut just because she likes to dress sexy. There are plenty of gals in real life who are proud of their bods and like to show them off, and I’d never call them sluts. Also, my favorite lady character in Awakening (the previous Fire Emblem game) happened to be THE MOST sexualized lady in the game. This is because I found Tiki to have a lot of depth as compared to many of the other Awakening characters who often felt a little flat to me in comparison to previous FE characters. Her design had little to do with the way I perceived her because I’ve never rested too much on looks. For all I know this character could end up being my favorite as well. Now, my more broad problems with FE Awakening and If designs has more to do with Kozaki himself. The dude can definitely draw and he has a pleasing style, and he even seems to understand female anatomy fairly well (unlike the guy who did Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem which I already bitched about more than I cared for). My problems with him is that almost EVERY female character is over-sexualized. Even the more shy and introverted ones. From the bolder ones, to the shyer ones, to the ones who have good heads on their shoulders. It also bothered me that every female character in Awakening is essentially wearing these shoes that look like lingerie. Let’s take a look at some previous Fire Emblem characters.

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Isn’t this a really nice range of outfits? All of them match their personalities, too. In contrast, let’s look at Awakening’s designs.

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 In Awakening, even a woman like Cordelia, who I think of as a pretty practical and sensible gal is wearing the lingerie boots and a short skirt. I know what I’d be swinging at if I went up against her. But also keep in mind that all of these ladies are different classes. In Tharja’s case, it’s fine that she dresses sexy because she’s a mage and she’s not gonna be in the frontlines risking her life. But with Cherche I definitely have a problem. Wyvern knights (in previous FE games) are usually pretty heavy peeps with heavy armor on, whereas Cherche here has her whole back exposed and has holes cut on her leggings for sexual appeal. Remember Jill in the Ike duology who was fully clothed and armored?

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This is not to say previous Fire Emblem game DIDN’T have sexy characters. They did, and that’s fine because they didn’t ALL dress alike. As it is, in Awakening, it makes me feel uncomfortable that all the male characters get to be fully dressed (well, excluding Vaike) and all the female characters have some amount of skin showing. Even Emmeryn did! In short, why pick on this one character when pretty much every character in Awakening was over-sexualized? (excluding the male characters). It should be said as a last thing that I did like most of the female characters in Awakening, I was just disappointed because previous FE game have always been so cool about a range of lady characters. As I said, for all I know this new lady character could end up being my favorite (probably not) but you never know. It all has to do with personality for me.

Today, in liquidmetalslime’s conspiracies: “DQH and the west”

I know its 100% bullshit, but i like thinking this way: you see, the playable characters in DQH were from games that had been released in the West (with “the West” meaning “both Europe and America”, im aware 7 had an American release): there were characters from 4, 5, 6 and 8. Then they added characters from 7 in DQH2, and between its japanese release and its upcoming western release we got 7 for the first time in Europe. Curious, huh? Almost seems they dont want us, western fans, to play with unfamiliar characters, doesnt it?

There is probably no correlation at all, but please add playable characters from X and XI in an hypotetical third DQH game, SQEX!

She Speaks

(Part 2  Part 3  Part 4)


“Remember team, those are two of our own in there.  Proceed with caution”

As Hotch leads the team into the abandoned apartment building, a voice comes over an intercom system.

“Floor 9. Up the stairs. Take a left.”

Everyone furrows their brow.  Up until this point, no one could pin down the gender of the unsub, so everyone assumed it was male.  After all, the unsub did take down Morgan.

But what they heard was woman.  Which means that the unsub seduced Morgan, and overpowered Reid.

Panic wafting over your face, you wonder what sort of condition Reid is in, praying that the unsub didn’t use drugs.  The last thing Spencer needed was another backslide.

As the team makes their way up the stairs to the 9th floor, Rossi turns to you and says, “Y/N. You haven’t spoken this entire time.  Hell, I don’t think I’ve heard you say 5 words in the 10 months you’ve been here. But you’re incredible.  And I hear you are a good actress. Help us. Please.”

Looking painfully sad at Rossi, you nod your head.  It wasn’t that you didn’t want to talk, it was just that…well…conversation wasn’t your forte.

At least, conversation as yourself.

Slowly walking into the room, you see Morgan and Reid tied to chairs, blood trickling from Reid’s nose, and a blooming bruise across Morgan’s cheekbone.

“Hello, everyone.”

Recognizing that sultry, husky voice, you turn your head to see the unsub.  A short, stocky-framed, pale-skinned girl.  No more than 30. As you assess her frame, you find she is packing on her hip with a knife in her back pocket.

Palm to her nose, Left elbow to her jaw, right jab to the stomach, bend her over to grab the knife, roll onto her back taking gun off of her hip. Right foot to buttocks.  Condition: bloody nose, bruised jaw, mild concussion.  Disarmed.

Running this scenario thru your head, you slowly re-holster your gun.

“And what do we have here?” she asks you, watching you put your weapon away. Raising her gun to your eye level, you realize you didn’t take into account the gun she was already holding. Your emotions, your feelings…Spencer bleeding…it was causing you to slip.

And when you slip, things get bad.

“They’re beautiful, you know,” she croons, tracing the tip of the gun over Morgan and Reid’s cheekbones.  “Such find specimens of men.”

As you listened to her talk, you realized that there was no gloating.  No gotchas.  No happiness or sneakiness.  There was bluntness, with just a dabble of despair. You then realized the unsub’s motivation.

Tilting your head to the side, you release your voice.

“It hurts, you know.  Knowing they look at other women.”

Everyone whips their heads around to look at you.  Not only are they shocked at how delicate your voice is, they are shocked at your seemingly onset of understanding of the unsub.

“Morgan.  His muscles,” the unsub says, caressing her hands over Morgan’s chest.

“And Spencer…oh, his mind,” she moans as she buries her face in his hair. “Oh, his beautiful mind.”

“And yet, they don’t want us.”

As Morgan and Reid look quizzically at you, you see the corners of the unsub’s eyes glisten.

“They never look at us.  The short.  The curvy.  The plain,” you exclaim, slowly taking off your protective vest. “They never consider that what we lack in looks, we make up for in personality.  In humor.  In intelligence.  Hell, Spencer doesn’t even know I rival him in intelligence. All he knows is…well…that I don’t talk.  He doesn’t know about my 6 doctorates and my 189 IQ level and my 19,000 words/minute processing speed.  Morgan doesn’t know about my rippling muscles and my 200 lb squat and my 275 lb deadlift and my numerous years training in the martial arts and stunt work.  They don’t care, do they?”

As the unsub’s face lights up, you slowly move towards her, placing your holstered gun on the ground. “They don’t give women like us a chance.  Sure, we don’t have legs for days.  And no, we don’t have smooth, unrippling skin.  And nope, we don’t even laugh at all of their useless, stupid jokes.  We are real women.  Real women…” you trail off, trying to keep your emotions in check, “…who deserve real men.”

Realizing that Morgan and Reid have tears streaming down their cheeks, you sigh, knowing that hey understand that you are no longer acting.  That you are no longer fibbing.  That this lecture, this…this rant…is coming from a deep, dark, cavernous place of hurt and sorrow and sleepless nights and lonely mornings.

Moving, you’re toe to toe with the unsub, and, with your emotions in check, you continue. “I could love you.”

As Hotch’s jaw unhinges from it’s place, you feel everyone’s eyes on you.

“W-what…” the unsub stutters.

“I could love you.” You repeat. “I can see your beauty.  Your worth.  Your intelligence.  I could hold you at night, make you breakfast in the morning.  I can make your toes curl and your neck hair tingle and your legs shake and your body quiver.”

Lowering yourself to the unsub’s ear, you whisper, “I could run away with you and never look back.”

As you pull yourself back to look in the unsub’s eyes, she crashes her lips into yours.  Wrapping your arm around her lower back, you hoist her up, her legs wrapping around your waist.

Running your fingers thru her hair, you kick your right leg back, forcing Morgan’s chair towards the team.  You spin her around, your back on the wall, and as she pins your arms and brings her ravaging kisses down your neck, you kick Spencer’s chair towards them as well.

Hotch and Rossi cut them loose, and as Prentiss shoots you a wondering glance, you shew them away.

At least my boys are safe, you think.