anonymous asked:

Never Never Never anon here. you asked what particularly made me so upset, so I've got an answer !! as a child (and now even) I always had such a connection with stuffed animals and seeing them mistreated always made me really unhappy. It made me so uncomfortable that dw could even think about giving all of her stuff away like that who she knew wouldn't treat them right. Obviously, she's just a child, and im not anymore. It's just that when I watched this as a kid I knew I could never do that,,

oooh i see, i see!!

haha yeah i feel you on that. i was always really careful with my toys as a kid, too! i had like… eight or nine stuffed toys that i used to play with and i’d sleep with a different one every night (so nobody got jealous) and i thought it was weird that one of my friends at the time was really violent and careless with her toys. so i can defs get why that’d be upsetting to you!

Why do we Hiccup?

What causes hiccups? Doctors point out that a round of hiccups often follows from stimuli that stretch the stomach, like swallowing air, or too rapid eating or drinking. 

Others associate hiccups with intense emotions, or our response to them: laughing, sobbing, anxiety, and excitement.

Let’s look at what happens when we hiccup.  It begins with an involuntary spasm or sudden contraction of the diaphragm, the large dome-shaped muscle below our lungs that we use to inhale air.  This is followed almost immediately by the sudden closure of the vocal cords and the opening between them, which is called the glottis. The movement of the diaphragm initiates a sudden intake of air, but the closure of the vocal cords stops it from entering the windpipe and reaching the lungs. It also creates the characteristic sound– ‘hic’.

To date, there is no known function for hiccups; they don’t seem to provide any medical or physiological advantage.  Why begin to inhale air, only to suddenly stop it from actually entering the lungs? One idea is that hiccups began many millions of years before the appearance of humans.  The lung is thought to have evolved as a structure to allow early fish, many of which lived in warm, stagnant water with little oxygen, to take advantage of the abundant oxygen in the air overhead. When descendants of these animals later moved onto land, they moved from gill-based ventilation to air-breathing with lungs. That’s similar to the much more rapid changes faced by frogs today as they transition from tadpoles with gills to adults with lungs.

Another group of scientists believes that the reflex is retained in us today because it actually provides an important advantage. They point out that true hiccups are found only in mammals, and that they’re not retained in birds, lizards, turtles or any other exclusively air-breathing animals. 

Further, hiccups appear in human babies long before birth, and are far more common in infants than adults. Their explanation for this involves the uniquely mammalian activity of nursing.  The ancient hiccup reflex may have been adapted by mammals to help remove air from the stomach as a sort of glorified burp.  The sudden expansion of the diaphragm would raise air from the stomach, while a closure of the glottis would prevent milk from entering the lungs.

Sometimes a bout of hiccups will go on and on, and we try home remedies. Sipping continuously from a glass of cold water; holding one’s breath; a mouthful of honey or peanut butter; breathing into a paper bag……or being suddenly frightened! 

Unfortunately, scientists have yet to verify that any one cure works better or more consistently than others. 

From the TED-Ed Lesson Why do we hiccup? - John Cameron

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featherofeeling replied to your post “steinbecks: steinbecks: literally what is he talking about …”

Oh, I missed it. When did she say “…okay?” I want to go back and watch that part. :)

The best “okay” was when he was insisting that he opposed the war from the beginning:

HOLT: My reference was to what you had said in 2002, and my question was…

TRUMP: No, no. You didn’t hear what I said.

HOLT: Why is your judgment – why is your judgment any different than Mrs. Clinton’s judgment?

TRUMP: Well, I have much better judgment than she does. There’s no question about that. I also have a much better temperament than she has, you know?


I have a much better – she spent – let me tell you – she spent hundreds of millions of dollars on an advertising – you know, they get Madison Avenue into a room, they put names – oh, temperament, let’s go after – I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament. I have a winning temperament. I know how to win. She does not have a…

HOLT: Secretary Clinton?

TRUMP: Wait. The AFL-CIO the other day, behind the blue screen, I don’t know who you were talking to, Secretary Clinton, but you were totally out of control. I said, there’s a person with a temperament that’s got a problem.

HOLT: Secretary Clinton?

CLINTON: Whew, okay.


nebutomo  asked:

As someone who lives in a mosquito-rich area, is there anything I can do to protect myself without having to coat myself in repellent every time I leave the house? I would also like to conceive within the next year or two, so that being said, is there a vaccine being developed?

We can all take steps to reduce the risk of contracting Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. Whenever outside, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. When indoors, use air conditioning when it’s available and repair window and door screens. You can also help prevent mosquitoes from breeding in and around your home by emptying items that collect standing water or notifying the relevant authorities if you cannot empty them yourself. 

NIH scientists began Phase I trials on a Zika vaccine candidate in August, ahead of schedule. #AnswerTime

The Deputy was lured away from TV this weekend by lots of outdoor events, delaying our Star Trek viewing. Curse you, sunlight. We did catch “Man Trap” before he betrayed us by breathing fresh air and moving around.

He had some trouble keeping track of the monster’s disguises, but he liked seeing Sulu, and he noticed Spock was acting more like his classic self instead of his emotional demeanor in the pilot episode.

Two small thumbs up.

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.

Katrina Mumaw was once the ‘world’s fastest kid’. She earned that title at the age of 11 when she convinced her instructor to let her fly a Russian fighter jet and became the youngest person to pilot a MIG-29. On that same flight, she also became the youngest person to break the sound barrier after reaching the speed of Mach 1.3, then celebrated by doing a series of military-style maneuvers and aerobatics. Source Source 2 Source 3

pearl gets a sword to the gut and her reaction is a mere ‘whoopsie daisy!’ before rushing to reassure steven that it’s totally fine, no cause for alarm, please don’t be concerned – all the way up to when her physical form gives way

and only now am i able to make the connection that it’s because her life never held any weight in her eyes, and every time she died, just like this instance, the only thing on her mind was looking out for rose.


U.S. Army Special Forces snipers, assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Operational Detachment-A and U.S. Air Force joint terminal attack controllers, assigned to the 284th Air Support Operation Squadron, guide AH1 Cobra attack helicopters, assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing conducting a close air support mission during Integrated Training Exercise 2-16 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 16, 2016.