"I'd like to see anybody make me wash, if I didn't wanna."
"What does an actor want with a conscience, anyway?"
"Boy, I wish I'd have gotten his autograph"
"Eating greens is a special treat, It makes long ears and great big feet. But it sure is awful stuff to eat."
"And *what* is the honest way?"
"And I'm so eligible!"
"I have a wonderful idea! Let's change the subject!"
"I hereby banish you forever!"
"Okay okay! He's talking to you!"
"They say if you dream something more than once, it's bound to come true"
"I'm so hungry I could eat a whole elephant!"
"That love business is a powerful thing."
"You told me a lie! You said I could trust you!"
"Ladies don't start fights, but they *can* finish them!"
"Oh, he's so handsome. Just like his reward posters."
"Oh, you ruined my moose."
"Well, after all, waking him up in the middle of the night. Wouldn't you be grumpy too?"
"Forever is a long, long time, and time has a way of changing things."
"Oh, I wish I'd stayed a toad"
"We were like each other's shadows for a while."
"Hey, man, if this is torture, chain me to the wall."
"Never under estimate the importance of body language."
"I didn't make it all the way through third grade for nothing"
"He's not the monster, you are!"
"But you're so old!"
"He would make a very handsome throw rug. And just think, every time he gets dirty, you could take him outside and beat him."
"Ooh, gift baskets!"
"Why is it, whenever we meet, I end up bleeding?"
"My sweet deluded little minion. Aren't we forgetting one teensy-weensy, but ever so crucial little, tiny detail? I OWN YOU!"
"Dishonor on you, dishonor on your cow..."
"Are you sure this water's sanitary? It looks pretty questionable to me!"
"I'm a raging epidemic of romance."
"It's called a cruel irony, like my dependence on you."
"'Course I can drive a truck. Sure, you got your steering and your gas and your brake and, of course, this metal, uh, looking... thing. Okay, so it was a bumper car at Coney Island, but it's the same basic principle."
"She likes your butt and fancy hair."
"That was more fun than I ever want to have again"
"It was probably the fifth or sixth most coldest day of my entire life."
"But who would ever eat a chicken?"
"By the way, I'd like to say I've always found you extremely attractive."
"I'm just not sure how well this plan was thought through."
"That meat lover's pizza is NOT loving me back at all!"
Witches/wizards are very rare when you think in terms of the world as whole. JK Rowling has stated that there are “about 3000” witches/wizards in the UK and there are around 72 million people in the UK. That means magic has a prevalence of 0.0042 in 100,000 people or 42 in 1 million. Given that most genetic diseases have a higher prevalence than magic (cystic fibrosis: 125 in 1 million, sickle cell anaemia 139 in 1 million), we must ask the question: why is magic so rare in humans?
This is series of essays I will explore:
The Demographics of the Wizarding World
Magical Disease and Medicine
War and Dark Lords
The Genetics of Magical Inheritance
In order to discover why the wizarding world is so different from our own and why there are so few wizards/witches.
Demographics of the Wizarding World
JK Rowling originally estimated the number of students in Hogwarts to be around 1000 . Although this seems too high compared to the evidence we have in the books based on Harry’s year in Gryffindor, there is very little point in second guessing these figures because of all the things we simply don’t know.
The low number of students in Harry’s year may reflect a corresponding crash in birth rate at the height of Voldemort’s terror campaign and/or a magical epidemic. Gryffindor may be generally a smaller house than the other three. There is no reason to believe that the sorting hat does proportion students out evenly.
Rowling clearly intended Hogwarts, in the time frame that we see it, to be a big school even by muggle standards and children were supposed to represent a significant proportion of the wizarding world.
Many people will bend over backwards to disprove that Hogwarts is so large and the wizarding population so small because they wish to impose the demographics of modern muggle Britain onto Harry Potter’s world. This is entirely fruitless, as the wizarding Britain is a completely separate society developing along a completely different trajectory.
It may looked like a developed society by muggle standards but one cannot impose the definitions of muggle development: low birth rate/death rate, and long life expectancy, on a magical society. There is no logical reason to believe wizarding society is structured in anyway like muggle Britain.
These seemingly “skewed” figures may be the key to understanding the wizarding world.
last outburst of violence in Central African Republic in 2013, 60,000
Central African returnees sought refuge in Southern Chad. Among them,
17,000 people are still living in the refugee camp of Danamadja where
children can go to school. Yet, girls must overcome many obstacles to
stay in school. The lack of sanitation facilities and basic hygienic
supplies, such as sanitary pads, is one of the main reasons why girls
drop-out of school.
In 2017, thanks to the UN Central
Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), UNICEF was able to distribute “dignity
kits” to school girls living in refugee camps and returnees sites in
Southern Chad. The kits include soap, bleach, water buckets, and
sanitary pads to help them to pursue their education in the best
You’ll meet 6 girls, and hear their stories starting Monday.
I’ll be honest, there’s never going to be a safe place that’s perfect in a apocalypse. No matter how many times I’ve tried to find a place that sounds perfect there’s always going to be problems with it. So keep in mind that the places I list aren’t going to be absolutely prefect and it really depends on many factors. Such as where it’s located, the type of zombies you’re dealing with, the skills you need in order to survive in such a location, the unpredictable weather/mother nature and if it hasn’t already been taken over by zombies (or other survivors – who may or may not be nice).
In no particular order these places are ideal for survival, some of them are even great for long-term survival. But the key for them being good places is how isolated they are, how self-sustain they are might be and if they have a strong structure and walls for any possible attacks.
Listening for the sound of underground running water at night, when background noise levels are at their lowest. From the Illustrated Catalogue of Sanitary Appliances, Water Meters & Fittings, Pumping Apparatus… 18th ed. J. Tylor & Sons Ltd., Newgate St., & Belle Isle, King’s Cross, London. 1906.
I know I’ve said that I wasn’t sure if I could ever write about Quinn and Harry again. Well, inspiration struck, so here’s a glimpse of an afternoon they had together.
Sweat drips down the back of Quinn’s neck—the day is oppressively hot, but that doesn’t stop her from holding Harry’s hand in hers for a bit as they walk
down the highway. It’s kind of a new thing, but also a nice thing, the nicest thing she’s had in years. The most important thing she’s felt in years.
Write a spell inspired by the first fandom or character that made you interested in pop culture magic.
Well, when I first started looking up pop culture paganism and witchcraft most of what I came across was pokémon stuff… So, a pokémon spell it is!
A divination spell to foresee an attack.
-A bowl of water
-A sanitary knife
First, go and fill a bowl with water before sitting it on a flat surface that you can comfortably sit or stand in front of.
Then, take the knife and inflict two small wounds upon yourself just deep enough to draw blood. A single drop from each wound should be enough and you will need to make sure that each drop lands in the bowl of water.
After this place both of your hands on either side of the bowl and close your eyes. Then charge it with your intent, saying…
“Two turns I have waited and blood I have shed, show me now what is to come so that I might prepare…”
Once you feel that it is fully charged, open your eyes again and stare into the bloodied water until it shows you what you asked for.
When the spell is done be sure to clean up after yourself and treat your wounds as necessary.
“What I love about my job is seeing the overall picture of UNICEF’s work.”
Adam Christopher Tibe, Monitoring and
Evaluation Officer at UNICEF Philippines – Tacloban Field Office
If you had to
describe your job to a 5 year old, how would you explain it?
ensure that UNICEF is on track in keeping our promise to as many children as
possible. Do you go to a safe school? Do your parents and neighbours know where
to go or what to do when a strong typhoon or earthquake happens?
Fighting human trafficking through covert design, this week on the Design & Violence blog.
[The Public Practice Studio (Mike Fretto, American, b. 1982; Kari Gaynor, American, b. 1984; Tad Hirsch, American, b. 1970; Josh Nelson, American, b. 1978; Adriel Rollins, American, b. 1976; Melanie Wang, American, b. 1975). Pivot. 2012–present. Sanitary pad, water-soluble paper. Images courtesy of the Public Practice Studio (publicpractice.org)]
The UN compound near Malakal, South Sudan, is now home to roughly 21,000 people. Conditions are terrible: displaced people are desperately short of space and clean drinking water, and sanitary conditions are poor. The overcrowding in the camps brings a risk of epidemics, as well as exacerbating tensions between those sheltering there. In February, dozens of people were wounded in the camp when fighting broke out between different groups, mirroring the armed clashes in town. In total, MSF and ICRC treated 152 people injured in the violence, 32 of them with gunshot wounds.