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August 12 2017

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This damn thread!


August 08 2017

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I learned in a Latin Studies class (with a chill white dude professor) that when the Europeans first saw Aztec cities they were stunned by the grid. The Aztecs had city planning and that there was no rational lay out to European cities at the time. No organization.

When the Spanish first arrived in Tenochtitlan (now downtown mexico city) they thought they were dreaming. They had arrived from incredibly unsanitary medieval Europe to a city five times the size of that century’s london with a working sewage system, artificial “floating gardens” (chinampas), a grid system, and aqueducts providing fresh water. Which wasn’t even for drinking! Water from the aqueducts was used for washing and bathing- they preferred using nearby mountain springs for drinking. Hygiene was a huge part if their culture, most people bathed twice a day while the king bathed at least four times a day. Located on an island in the middle of a lake, they used advanced causeways to allow access to the mainland that could be cut off to let canoes through or to defend the city. The Spanish saw their buildings and towers and thought they were rising out of the water. The city was one of the most advanced societies at the time.

Anyone who thinks that Native Americans were the savages instead of the filthy, disease ridden colonizers who appeared on their land is a damn fool.

They’ve also recently discovered a lost Native American city in Kansas called Etzanoa It rivals the size of Cahokia, which was very large as well.

July 16 2017

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Want more info? Here ya go: 


This Biology Teacher Disproved Transphobia With Science 


Sex redefined

“The idea of two sexes is simplistic. Biologists now think there is a wider spectrum than that.”

More on anti-trans arguments as bad science

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It’s come to my attention that I have not yet made a post about Farmer’s Market Hot™.  

Farmer’s Market Hot is a specific kind of aesthetic that is the result of me watching Orphan’s Black and trying to describe the hotness of Cal to others.


See my point?

Farmer’s Market Hot is a wholesome kind of hot. Rugged but approachable. It’s not the kind of hot where you immediately go, “Oh my god they’re so perfect, I want to take them home and photograph them/tear their clothes off.” That’s for later.

This is the kind of hot for people who would visit the farmer’s market to buy some organic cheeses on their way to pick up their kids from their Creativity Through Music class. It’s the look that says “I’m here to support our local beekeepers.” You see them and it makes you want to settle down. You want to do your taxes with them, raise dogs together.

It’s borderline hipster without the elitism and irony, borderline country without the sound of Tim McGraw. If they’re white, racist shit like dreads automatically disqualifies them.

Guys will most likely be stubbly, or bearded, but not to the point of lumberjack. Think Chris Evans in between Marvel movies.


Pictured: a man who wants to buy artisan bread from a stall and be polite to the merchants.

Imagine a woman with a sunflower tattoo, wearing a high-low dress and clunky dependable boots, holding a dog’s leash while she waits at the knife sharpening booth. Imagine a man wearing flannel and holding a baby while talking about ethical alternatives to quinoa.

Farmer’s Market Hot™.

Add this to your vocabulary.

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July 15 2017



i just saw an ad about how the founding fathers wouldn’t foster safe spaces or trigger warnings and all i can think about is when john adams made it illegal to make fun of him

They literally wrote into the Constitution that Congress couldn’t take action on slavery for 20 years because slave owners wanted a safe space where their actions couldn’t be criticized.

White “identity politics” have always existed. We just made everyone else call them “politics”.

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July 14 2017

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The whole Pepsi commercial thing reminded me that people always mis-remember the famous flower in the gun barrel photo as being a young woman. It wasn’t. The photo, taken by Bernie Boston, is of George Edgerly Harris III better known by his stage name Hibiscus. He was a member of the San Francisco based radical gay liberation theater troupe the Cockettes. He died of AIDS in 1982 at the time AIDS was still referred to by the name GRID which stood for Gay Related Immuno-Deficiency. The photo was taken at a protest at the Pentagon. 

I had no idea who he was, thank you.

This is one example of the Mandela Effect phenomena, where an iconic moment is reenacted with a hippy woman so many times that people think that’s the story and thus another gay man is written out of history. Thanks for the photo.

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June 22 2017

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If your nude photos are posted online without your permission, Microsoft and Google want to know.

For years, most victims of revenge porn — people who have had their nude photos shared online without permission — basically couldn’t do anything about it.

According to one study, over 50% of all adults engage in sexting, and 70% admit to having received a nude photo online or over the phone.

And yet, despite the fact that we all (or at least more than half of us) do it, there’s still this weird, persistent, harmful notion that if your naked pictures get leaked or shared maliciously by an ex online, it’s your fault for taking them in the first place.

It’s completely backward, but sadly, the law seems to at least kind of agree.

As of September 2014, New Republic found, putting someone else’s illicit photos online without their consent was illegal in just 16 states, though laws have been proposed in more states. Not only is it typically impossible to prosecute the perpetrator, they note, it’s impossible to legally compel websites to take the images taken down most of the time.

But thankfully, Microsoft and Google — which operate two of the biggest search engines on the web — don’t think it’s your fault. And they’re finally saying “Enough is enough.”

Here’s how to report a non-consensual image posting on Bing.

And here’s how to do it on Google.


Here’s another way to fight back from your friendly neighborhood law student! If you took these pictures yourself, you owe the copyrights to these pictures so in addition to taking down the pictures you can smack them with a lawsuit not only for intentional infliction of emotional distress BUT ALSO copyright infringement so he has to pay you anywhere from $750-$10,000 per photo posted, x5 damages if there’s willfulness/malice (which there always is). Bleed those creeps dry.

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June 17 2017

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June 14 2017




sending “I hope you get that job” vibes to the people out here tryna get jobs

reblogging for yall bc the shit worked for me lol

Karma will pop me if I don’t

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June 04 2017






I kind of wish disney’s ~weird period~ had lasted longer. Like all of a sudden we were getting these films like lilo & stitch and Atlantis and the emperor’s new groove and treasure planet and they were so fun and DIFFERENT. Just thinking about what the pitches for those movies had to have been like is so surreal?? A little blue criminal alien crash lands on a Hawaiian island and gets adopted by two sisters dealing with social services that teach him about the value of family. An Inca emperor gets turned into a llama and john goodman helps him get back to his palace and one of the bad guys talks to squirrels. Treasure island but in SPACE. Like, on the surface, the premise for these films seem so random but they all TOTALLY WORKED IN REALLY GREAT WAYS??? idk I just really miss that early 2000s spark of offbeat creativity in Disney’s timeline.

Okay but the history behind this is so interesting?

All these movies came from the Florida studio, which for a long time was a backup animation studio that did work the main Burbank studio didn’t have time for. 

Then in 1996 Disney decided to focus all their energy on transitioning to 3D animation. They acquired Pixar and started working on A Bug’s Life. 

They basically told the Florida studio (their only remaining full-time 2D animation studio) – “Eeeeeeh, do what you want.”

And the Florida studio, for the first time, got to produce feature films:

Then in 2004 Disney decided to stop producing 2-D feature films altogether. They closed down the Florida studio and laid off all the Florida Studio animators.

Many of whom then got hired by Dreamworks.

That. Explains. Everything.


And then DreamWorks killed *their* 2D film division (in Jeffrey Katzenberg’s words: “traditional animation is dead”), and focused exclusively on creating franchises, namely Shrek and Madagascar sequels, and most of the Disney animators ended up going *back* to Disney when John Lasseter took over the animation division in 2007, and Lasseter encouraged more 2D animation, and a general aura of “back to basics”, which lead to films like Bolt, The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana. Which would also explain the sudden resurgence in quality from Disney.

May 21 2017

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Things I learnt today: During WW1, MI5 used Girl Guides to send secret messages. They used Girl Guides because they quickly found that Boy Scouts couldn’t be trusted and were’t efficient enough.

At the start of the war Boy Scouts were also used. But it quickly became clear that Girl Guides were more efficient because they were less boisterous and talkative.

the boy scouts were too gossipy, so they used girl guides as spies instead this is probably the best day of my life

Well, this is amazing.

updated (and not dead) link from Uni of Edinburgh: http://www.edinburghs-war.ed.ac.uk/Midlothian/Home-Front-Girl-Guides/Girl-Guides-and-MI5

May 19 2017

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waiting for people to call them the “Friends of Pompeii”

Let them be gay!

It was actually very common for people in Italy, and even Greece, in that time period to be gay or bisexual. The armies would let men find same sex lovers to fight along side during war, because they believed they’d fight harder if they were fighting with the one they loved. Many of those relationships were still kept after battles.


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Meet 63-year-old Lyn Slater, who has, until recently, been an ordinary professor at Fordham University. One day she went to meet a friend for lunch outside the Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week. Foreign journalists suddenly surrounded her, mistaking her for a fashion icon and attracting spectatorsIt was a defining moment that turned Lyn into an ‘Accidental Icon’. Her blog of the same name, inspired by the experience, soon began making international waves. She is now a public voice against ageism in the fashion industry and the world.

“Fashion and my style help me struggle against that invisibility that comes with age.“

She was once asked about the old notion of ‘dressing for one’s age,’ and her response was clear:

“We use language to control people’s behavior. This phrase is a way of putting older women in their place. I’m certain that if you feel comfortable in your own clothes, it’s completely irrelevant how old you are.”

May 10 2017





i wonder if my pets have like a proper language and when i try to speak back to them im just speaking jargon

like for example my cat always speaks to me when I come home and i meow back to her and she’ll meow again & even though i don’t think twice about it to her it’s probably a situation where it’s like

her, meowing: “im glad you’re home”

me, meowing back: “tax benefits”

her, meowing: “why do u always do this”


cats actually have a human-specific language. cats don’t often meow at each other and seem to use subvocal communications that humans can’t hear to chat cat-to-cat. however, cats seem to use what humans would call “shout-until-you’re-understood” to speak to humans. so basically, it’s more like:


“tax benefits”


“waffle iron”


It’s fucking amazing the way cats have adapted to life with humans okay

like they domesticated THEMSELVES because us storing grain created a habitat for rats and they were like ‘why hunt in the wild when I can hunt in one place?” and then it turned out we had these fireplaces with nice warm hearths AND that we were willing to put rugs on floors and cushions on chairs and surrender our body heat if we were properly mollified and cats were like ‘hell fucking yeah’ and just moved the fuck in.

But the above poster is right, cats don’t meow at each other very much.  Feral cats rarely vocalize in our hearing range at all, and when they do it’s because they’re about to do violence.  Not only did cats adopt us, and not the other way around, they developed a method of communicating especially FOR living with us.  They observed that humans make mouth sounds in a specific range and started making their own mouth sounds in that same range in the hopes of communicating their needs to us and if you don’t think that’s the most awesome shit get out.

But it gets cooler.  Obviously cats have variable intelligence - I have met very bright cats and I have met truly stupid ones.  But the species as a whole has the ability to make somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 distinct vocalizations that humans can perceive.  Which means cats can CHOOSE A MOUTH SOUND that means ONE THING and have it consistently mean that one thing.  And humans who bother to pay attention can actually learn what the cat is saying and respond to it properly.

Mine is one of the bright cats who does that.  So far, her vocabulary of distinct and identifiable sounds include: 

  • I want food
  • I want WET food
  • I want water
  • clean my litter box
  • there’s something outside and you should look at it immediately
  • there is an insect somewhere and I intend to murder it
  • Play with me
  • Can I come sit with you/are you willing to pet me
  • Hello Mama (she has a special sound for me)
  • Hello other human
  • Stop making that noise or I will literally bite your face (she hates people whistling)
  • Who are you/What are you doing? (this one can be used with varying levels of suspicion and/or hostility, I’ve noticed)
  • Bird! (or other out-of-reach prey object… this is paired with that teeth-chattering thing they do)
  • And the most amusing one: Mama, it’s time for bed.  She developed this one within the last few years when she started sleeping on my pillow.  Obviously that’s no fun unless my head is also on the pillow, so when she wants to go to bed, she comes and tells me it’s time for ME to go to bed so she can sleep on my face.

And the thing is, I don’t actually think I listed all of them.  We joke constantly about how Sephie bosses my husband around because she can make herself understood very well but the truth is, her vocabulary makes her about as easy to understand as your average toddler who can say ‘milk’ when she wants milk.  Cats are cool as shit and brilliant when they want to be and I will never get over it.

May 06 2017

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he lived with a man for a good decade so

newton was a gay sugar daddy pass it on

my physics teacher in highschool and college physics prof both talked about how he had a forbidden love w his pal fatio lmao

wow physics and calculus are gay pass it on

May 05 2017

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May 04 2017

"Heterostraightphobia doesn't exist"


Me, an innocent heterostraight: Good macklemorning to you

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