theradioghost

    my favorite genre of photo is “excited scientist lying down next to a very big fossil/animal/object/etc they have found to show off how big it is”

    theradioghost
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    for as long as humans have taken photos, some of those humans have wanted to be photographed next to the really big cool thing they found

    frequently those cool things have been sauropod femurs as it turns out

    [ID: a collage of four images. moving clockwise from topmost left they are: a black-and-white image from 1900 of paleontologist Harold Menke in Colorado lying next to the femur of a Brachiosaurus, which is longer than he is tall; a 2014 photo of paleontologist Jose Ignacio Canudo in Argentina lying in a similar pose next to the femur of the titanosaur Patagotitan, which is also longer than he is tall; a 2021 photo of biologist Jennifer Johnson lying in the bottom of a boat next to a seven-foot-long lake sturgeon tagged in the Detroit River; a 2018 photo of a paleontologist in the Gobi Desert lying next to a pair of enormous three-toed dinosaur footprints.]

    knitordeath

    if I had a nickel for every time I have read a field report along the lines of “we couldn’t find the measuring tape, but the wall segment was 3 and 3/4th Jeremys long” with a quick math scribble for the approximate length and an annotation added in later of the actual measurement, I would have about a dollar ten. A person is a valid unit of measurement when all else fails.

    theradioghost

    OH SO THIS IS WHY PEOPLE KEEP TAGGING MY POST ‘CARLOS FOR SCALE’

    archaeologistproblems

    Can confirm, “scientist for scale” is something that I use in probably 80% of my reports. Photos tend to flatten/distort/de-contextualize archaeological sites. At least one “human for scale” shot is both important, and fun.

    darkcania

    I NEEED IT

    nvm the big moon on that site is literally

    $100 :(

    THIS IS WHY WE CANT HAVE NICE THINGS

    coffeeandnovels

    I wanna hold the moon but $100?! brb crying

    causingchaos

    PSST- they’re over half off for the lunar eclipse!

    The biggest moon lamp is only $44 ($100) and they have 3 smaller sizes if you want a smaller moon that’s just as detailed.

    leahwerner

    I HAVE ONE !! BEST. NIGHTLIGHT. EVER.

    I really love how it’s rechargeable so you don’t have to keep it plugged in when you’re using it.

    It easily lasts the night and gives off a soft light that illuminates the room just enough without being glaring like other night lights.

    It’s so comforting to look at while falling asleep & really does seem like the moonlight.

    cameronturner

    I love my moon light. It doesn’t look like much when its not lit up but its MAGICAL in the dark

    hazelheavens

    THANKS @causingchaos happy total eclipse! im gonna watch it with MY MOON by my side

    shesnake

    “Privately (Hans Christian Anderson’s) relationships with men were far more heated, heartfelt affairs… most significantly of all, Edvard Collin, the stand-offish son of his benefactor Jonas Collin. “I long for him daily,” Andersen wrote at the height of his whirlwind romance with Scharff. Of Carl Alexander he wrote: “I quite love the young duke, he is the first of all princes that I really find attractive.” Theirs was an intense, intimate and unusual relationship; in his diary Andersen almost makes it sound as if he is the heroine who finally gets her prince in one of his stories: “The Hereditary Grand Duke walked arm in arm with me across the courtyard of the castle to my room, kissed me lovingly, asked me always to love him though he was just an ordinary person, asked me to stay with him this winter… Fell asleep with the melancholy, happy feeling that I was the guest of this strange prince at his castle and loved by him… It is like a fairy tale.””

    Michael Booth, biographer, on Hans Christian Anderson

    Have A Gay Day

    In 1968, several months after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated, Mister (Fred) Rogers quietly did something at that time that was quite unthinkable - he not only hired a black man to take on a regular role in his children’s television program, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” - and asked him to play a police officer. He would also regularly invite Officer Clemmons to cool his feet in the same pool - together. 

    Years later, in 1993, Officer Clemmons would make his last appearance on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. In a touching moment, Mister Rogers once again invited Officer Clemmons, to join him at a pool in the front yard. Two friends, one white, one black, soaked their feet together and discussed the the importance of friendship and being kind to one another. 

    As they said their goodbyes, Officer Clemmons emotionally thanked Mister Rogers and said, “I like being a human being right here and now.” A great reminder that wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.Ht / Frank Byers