1. sixpenceee:

    The spider catches the bee and the bee stings the spider. Both are dead, with the bee’s stinger still in the spider.  This is a great example showing why honey bees die after stinging something only once. Their stinger/venom sac are attached to other organs inside the bee, so when the stinger’s barbs lodge into something, everything gets pulled out, potentially including gut, etc and leaving a gaping hole in the bees abdomen. (From Here) 


  2. "Once in a while, it really hits people that they don’t have to experience life in the way they have been told to."
    — Alan Knightley (via wordsthat-speak)

    (via ddabb)



  4. hauntinghillhouse said: From what I've heard, both crows and ravens can speak like humans since their tongues are detached from their bottom beaks, which allows them to move their tongues freely. :) Also, crows and ravens are extremely intelligent animals- they learn habits, various words, and understand the concept of play. Ravens have even been known to carry on relationships with wolves in which they aid wolves in finding carcasses and eat the leftovers.


    Oh wow! The more you know!


  5. "Very few of us are born into homes where we see true examples of the artistic temperament, and since artists do certainly conduct their lives—necessarily—on a different pattern from the average man of business, it is very easy to misunderstand what he does and why he does it when we see it from the outside. The picture of the artist as a monster made up of one part vain child, one part suffering martyr, and one part boulevardier is a legacy to us from the last century, and a remarkably embarrassing inheritance. There is an earlier and healthier idea of the artist than that, the idea of the genius as a man more versatile, more sympathetic, more studious than his fellows, more catholic in his tastes, less at the mercy of the ideas of the crowd."
    — Dorothea Brande, Becoming A Writer, 1934 (via austinkleon)

  6. austinkleon:

    There’s a nice 2013 New Yorker profile of Najmieh Batmanglij, a cookbook writer who also happens to be the mother of Zal Batmanglij, a filmmaker, and Rostam Batmangali, one of the members of the band Vampire Weekend.

    Her parenting tips are pretty solid, especially this one:



  7. "The government pays twice for obesity: first for the corn subsidy (to make high-fructose corn syrup), and then for emergency room heart attacks and health care."
    — UCSF’s Robert Lustig talking about how the United States needs to shift its policy on regulating sugar content in foods. (via ucresearch)
  8. sixpenceee:

    123D Catch is an I-Phone and Android App that allows you to create 3D models by taking a bunch of pictures from various directions. These models can later be 3D printed. (Website)


  10. "What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?"
    — John Green (via becomingminimalist)