Gonna Fade Away

If you hate Lawrence Venuti clap your hands

50,878 notes







If you like this list of life hacks, follow ListOfLifeHacks for more like it!

I love how this post is like “Oh, clean up some of the nastiest, hard to clean shit with coke!” but doesn’t mention “Hey, you actually ingest this stuff that can clean CORRODED CAR BATTERIES.”


Heyyy this is because when you put carbon dioxide to make the carbonated water, you get carbonic acid. Carbonic acid varies in how much the pH is, especially in the different coke products. Strong enough to dissolve rust but not steel or any of the metals mentioned here.

But here’s the thing, carbonic acid is not one of the 6 strong acids. You know what is one of those? Hydrocholric acid. You know where you naturally secrete hydrocholric acid? Your stomach. Hydrochloric acid is some nasty stuff and WILL eat away at a screw if allowed to soak long enough. If you ever got just drop of a diluted solution on your skin in chem lab, then you can see where that would happen very easily.

The stronger acid wins. Your tummy is fine when you drink coke. Your tummy makes acid strong enough to fuck that corroded battery up. It can handle a can of coke. Please don’t swallow a screw or something to test this tho, please.

thank you science side of tumblr <3

Seriously. You could probably do all of these with lemon juice (citric acid) or vinegar (ethanoic, or acetic, acid) just because acids work in pretty similar ways. Actually, when you see people recommending vinegar as a household cleaner? This is what it’s doing!

Also, as someone who has accidentally inhaled hydrochloric acid fumes, TRUST ME, THE CARBONIC ACID IS MUCH BETTER.

Every time I see a hysterical post on modern food I just kinda point and laugh

Because dude. Dude.  You know what you breathe in and out every fucking second to survive? Oxygen. An incredibly corrosive gas that is probably responsible for more deaths across the history of the planet than anything else. Not only that, it’s a biproduct of photosynthesis. You literally rely on plant excretions to survive

Do you know what most of your body is made up of? Water. Which, given enough time, will destroy anything.

That morning coffee you like? Well shit, caffeine - lifeblood to many - is actually an incredibly potent nerve toxin (If you’re an insect). Plants actually produce that shit as an insecticide.

That refreshing zing from citrus?  Acid.  That juicy smack of a tomato? Acid and cadmium.  That tart in an apple? Arsenic.  That seasoning you put all over your fish and chips? Acid strong enough to destroy seashells - life that has evolved to survive living in a salt-drenched sea.

Stop being a tit and drink your damned coke.

(via fuckingconversations)

32,117 notes

"Should parents read their daughter's texts or monitor her online activity for bad language and inappropriate content?"



Earlier today, I served as the “young woman’s voice” in a panel of local experts at a Girl Scouts speaking event. One question for the panel was something to the effect of, "Should parents read their daughter’s texts or monitor her online activity for bad language and inappropriate content?"

I was surprised when the first panelist answered the question as if it were about cyberbullying. The adult audience nodded sagely as she spoke about the importance of protecting children online.

I reached for the microphone next. I said, “As far as reading your child’s texts or logging into their social media profiles, I would say 99.9% of the time, do not do that.”

Looks of total shock answered me. I actually saw heads jerk back in surprise. Even some of my fellow panelists blinked.

Everyone stared as I explained that going behind a child’s back in such a way severs the bond of trust with the parent. When I said, “This is the most effective way to ensure that your child never tells you anything,” it was like I’d delivered a revelation.

It’s easy to talk about the disconnect between the old and the young, but I don’t think I’d ever been so slapped in the face by the reality of it. It was clear that for most of the parents I spoke to, the idea of such actions as a violation had never occurred to them at all.

It alarms me how quickly adults forget that children are people.

Apparently people are rediscovering this post somehow and I think that’s pretty cool! Having experienced similar violations of trust in my youth, this is an important issue to me, so I want to add my personal story:

Around age 13, I tried to express to my mother that I thought I might have clinical depression, and she snapped at me “not to joke about things like that.” I stopped telling my mother when I felt depressed.

Around age 15, I caught my mother reading my diary. She confessed that any time she saw me write in my diary, she would sneak into my room and read it, because I only wrote when I was upset. I stopped keeping a diary.

Around age 18, I had an emotional breakdown while on vacation because I didn’t want to go to college. I ended up seeing a therapist for - surprise surprise - depression.

Around age 21, I spoke on this panel with my mother in the audience, and afterwards I mentioned the diary incident to her with respect to this particular Q&A. Her eyes welled up, and she said, “You know I read those because I was worried you were depressed and going to hurt yourself, right?”

TL;DR: When you invade your child’s privacy, you communicate three things:

  1. You do not respect their rights as an individual.
  2. You do not trust them to navigate problems or seek help on their own.
  3. You probably haven’t been listening to them.

Information about almost every issue that you think you have to snoop for can probably be obtained by communicating with and listening to your child.

I can absolutely relate to this. My parents never invaded my privacy. But when I was 11 or 12, I told my parents that people were making fun of me in middle school.

My father’s immediate reply was to shrug, say “boys always bother girls they like, don’t worry about it”.

I didn’t have the words to explain that it must mean the whole school really like me, since they were all telling me I was ugly.

I stopped trying to tell my parents that I was being bullied.

I faced it by myself and never tried to get help from anyone else. It only stopped when I finished middle school.

(via albinwonderland)

Filed under depression parenting bullying and other spiky things

121 notes

Paid Leave Encourages Female Employees to Stay - NYTimes.com





"A series of changes helped women enter the work force in the last three decades of the 20th century, including the Civil Rights Act, the earned-income tax credit, the birth control pill and technology in the home. But then participation began to drop — even as women in some cases became more qualified workers than men (women earn 59 percent of higher education degrees, for instance).

Stalled policy goes a long way toward explaining why women stop working, and new approaches could help women complete the decades-long transition into the labor force. One of the most powerful tools would be to mandate policies like paid leave, according to a report published this month by the White House Council of Economic Advisers.”

So am I getting this right, North America does not offer paid holiday time? Like holiday break aka vacation is unpaid!!!! 

It varies by employer and is sometimes based on seniority.

For example I’ve been at my job for about 8ish years. I have at this point 70 hours of paid leave left after taking some days off here and there. That’s all I will have until the fiscal year restarts.

Previously I didn’t have as much and it was based upon a system inwhich you had so many hours of sick leave and vacation pay.

Other employers may only give you a week or two and it doesn’t always cover when you are pregnant.  We have family leave, but it’s not paid. It’s just a place holder for your job.

dude, this is fucking worrying me. these things we don’t have in america are so normal to the rest of the “1st world” countries that they actually have a hard time believing we don’t have them??

Yeah. In the UK the legal minimum of paid leave is 28 days per year for full-time (40 hours/week) employment.

If you work part-time, you get a percentage of that which is proportional to the number of hours you work.

And if you don’t take paid leave, the equivalent to the number of days you should have taken gets paid to you at the end of the fiscal year, or when you stop working for that company.

744 notes


Series Synopsis:

Anokye, the truth of destiny, is action adventure 2D animation that introduces the world to its first TV African super hero. Our heroes battle to unite the clans with each other and live in harmony with nature. A misunderstood magician and a disillusioned Prince separately battle against fates destined by others, but once they meet they try to use magic and wisdom to, defeat their oppressors and save the sacred forest. The story is based on the creation of the Asante Kingdom in 17th century Ghana. (Via Website)

I stumbled upon this series and I’m very excited about its development and completion. For those of us who loved Kirikou and have been longing for more African animated films and series, here is one I feel has a lot of promise. It’s on Nim Street seeking donations to complete the pilot. We can do much better than the pledge amount I see on the site. So, support. The pictures in the photoset are sketches of some of the series’s characters. The final picture is of the creator of the series, Akua Ofosuhene.

Check out the site, trailer, and donate.

(Source: rememberingmanifesting, via bmoreprincess)

40,083 notes

Hugh Jackman Fought to Show You His Naked Ass



I land back in 1973 - this is what the script says - I wake up next to a girl who I don’t remember, and I get out of bed wearing boxer shorts. I was like, ‘I don’t know about America, but in Australia if you’re next to a really good looking girl, you’re not getting out with boxer shorts on or briefs or anything.’ So yeah, I went commando. […]

They bought a bright green sock for me to wear and I was like, this is kinda drawing more attention than less. They said no, we need bright green, like a green screen, so if you bend over or turn around, and we need to erase anything, we can. I said that’s even weirder. They said please put it on, but the end of the first take I was like ‘Ermm, it’s gone, I don’t know where it is.’”

I just gonna leave this here

Bless this man.

(via love-and-bdsm)