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The things that fascinate.

beerburritowhiskey:

20th-century-man:

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco / open to pedestrian traffic only, during its opening in May 1937 (top) and on its 50th anniversary in May 1987 (bottom).

In 1987, the weight of the 300,000 people that crossed the bridge caused it to sag by 5 feet.

My dad and I were watching it live on TV and he had to assure me that the bridge wouldn’t break or collapse. 

The weight of the people caused the bridge to sag 5 feet!

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A quiet way to begin the day.

#classicalmusic

inlovewithgeosciences:

Spessartine, Mn2+3Al2(SiO4)3
Locality: New Mexico, USA

Nice!

inlovewithgeosciences:

Spessartine, Mn2+3Al2(SiO4)3

Locality: New Mexico, USA

Nice!

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guardian:

Edible masterpieces: copies of great artworks you can eat

The Art Fund wants you to make edible copies of masterpieces to raise funds for British museums and galleries. Food styling by Kim Morphew, prop styling by Lydia Brun, photography by Maja Smend. See more

Tasty.

WIRED Space Photo of the Day | Feb. 16, 2014: Dead Star DebrisX-ray (NASA/CXC/MIT/D.Dewey et al. & NASA/CXC/SAO/J.DePasquale); Optical (NASA/STScI)  | WIRED.com

WIRED Space Photo of the Day | Feb. 16, 2014: Dead Star DebrisimageX-ray (NASA/CXC/MIT/D.Dewey et al. & NASA/CXC/SAO/J.DePasquale); Optical (NASA/STScI) | WIRED.com

centuriespast:

Sophia Drake, 1784 (oil on canvas), Earl or Earle, Ralph (1751-1801) / Private Collection / The Bridgeman Art Library

1784.

centuriespast:

Sophia Drake, 1784 (oil on canvas), Earl or Earle, Ralph (1751-1801) / Private Collection / The Bridgeman Art Library

1784.

theatlantic:

Indisputable Evidence That Millennials Have It Worse Than Any Generation in 50 Years

Every generation likes to believe that it came of age at an especially trying moment in history. Millennials have the Great Recession to lament. Gen X had the dotcom bust. The Boomers had Vietnam. And the Silents had the early Cold War, complete with the not-so-silly threat of nuclear war. 
But at least when it comes to the job market, I think we can all agree by now that today’s young adults are deserving of at least a few extra pity points. And should there be any doubt, here’s a wonderful, one-chart demonstration of why from a new Pew report. At every education level, the 25- to 32-year-olds of 2013 confronted a higher unemployment rate than past generations did when they were stepping into the workforce. And keep in mind, that’s 2013—four years after the economy was supposed to have started mending.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]



Hope the job market turns around for new grads.

theatlantic:

Indisputable Evidence That Millennials Have It Worse Than Any Generation in 50 Years

Every generation likes to believe that it came of age at an especially trying moment in history. Millennials have the Great Recession to lament. Gen X had the dotcom bust. The Boomers had Vietnam. And the Silents had the early Cold War, complete with the not-so-silly threat of nuclear war. 

But at least when it comes to the job market, I think we can all agree by now that today’s young adults are deserving of at least a few extra pity points. And should there be any doubt, here’s a wonderful, one-chart demonstration of why from a new Pew report. At every education level, the 25- to 32-year-olds of 2013 confronted a higher unemployment rate than past generations did when they were stepping into the workforce. And keep in mind, that’s 2013—four years after the economy was supposed to have started mending.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

Hope the job market turns around for new grads.

(via npr)

explore-blog:

Malaysian artist and architect Hong Yi makes incredible birds out of flowers.

Pair with Tamara Staples’s equally though very differently delightful portraits of championship chickens

(via Coudal)

Flower birds.

(via smithsonianmag)

womeninspace:

Today is the day of Remembrance.  NASA remembers their fallen astronauts, 10 years after the last shuttle disaster. NASA has set up a beautiful memorial site, which can be found here.

(via womeninspace)

todaysdocument:

The Space Shuttle Columbia and its seven member crew were lost 10 years ago, on February 1, 2003.

  1. The space shuttle orbiter Columbia is launched for the first space transportation system test mission, 04/12/1981
  2. Flowers and homemade signs are placed at the front gate of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center at Moffett Federal Airfield (MFA), Mountain View, California (CA) in a spontaneous memorial for the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) astronauts. 
  3. The remains of an American Astronaut are carried by the Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB), Louisiana (LA) Honor Guard to a waiting C-141 Starlifter for transfer to Dover AFB, Delaware (DE).

10 years. Hard to believe.

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Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can.

Thomas Merton, born on this day in 1915 (via thelifeguardlibrarian)

TEL AVIV: Following the death of former Israel prime minister Ariel Sharon – who has been in a coma since 2006 – plans for the 85-year-old’s state funeral have now been released. According to arrangements made by the Israeli government, Sharon’s burial plot is set to displace over 15,000 Palestinians living in the West Bank. The plot, located on the outskirts of Hebron, will take over land lived and farmed by Arabs for at least four centuries and will be surrounded by a five-metre tall concrete wall with armed sentry posts on each corner. It will also be connected to Israel by a four-lane commemorative highway. “It’s what he would have wanted,” said a source.

Displacing 15,000 people for one guy. Something is wrong with that.

Ariel Sharon’s burial plot set to displace 15,000 Palestinians | The Pan-Arabia Enquirer

From the Arab version of The Onion

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Nice pin-pricking.

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The Continued Eruptions of Mount Sinabung

Photos of the continuing eruption of Mount Sinabung in Indonesia. From the In Focus series, the Atlantic.

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ifuckingloveminerals:


Amazonite
Chuck Borland Pocket, Smoky Hawk Mine, near Lake George, Colorado, USA


Nice.

ifuckingloveminerals:

Amazonite

Chuck Borland Pocket, Smoky Hawk Mine, near Lake George, Colorado, USA

Nice.

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The Soldier Who Needed 'Nam

the-feature:

After returning from war with a minefield of memories and a lifelong case of PTSD, Don Blackburn never again found peace — until he made Vietnam home.

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