i-was-today-years-old-when

    i learned that in August 2014 Women’s Voices for the Earth commissioned testing of four types of Always menstrual pads, manufactured by Procter & Gamble. The certified laboratory STAT Analysis Corporation analyzed the products for volatile organic compound.

    “The results of the testing indicate that both scented and unscented Always pads emit toxic chemicals, including chemicals identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the State of California Environmental Protection Agency as carcinogens, and reproductive and developmental toxins. None of these chemicals are disclosed on the product by the manufacturer. (x)

    moonimbued

    I switched to dye free fancy cotton pads, after years of having periods so fucking bad I would sometimes faint, and now i just get like. regular cramps occasionally, they’re not even that bad anymore.

    27ojos

    i switched back to these after using fancy organic cotton pads during my most recent period & they caused PROBLEMS out of the blue - 100% confirmed, these are not good to use

    beyoncescock

    been using thesereusable menstrual pads since november 2019 and im never going back to these commercial pads. commercial pads like these always gives me skin rashes which is so annoying. switch to reusable i swear you’ll not only be period-ready but also rashes-free!

    psa they also have a starter pack in case you want to switch and you dont know what to get and an xl size for plus sized women!

    thestormalwayscalms

    EXPLAINS ALOT. WOULDVE BEEN NICE TO KNOW AWHILE AGO. COOOOOOL.

    bea-sayan

    Plus, there’s a study that showed that vagina are highly vascular so, basically, every chemical you put down there is absorbed by your body real fast and really well. In short, ditch tampon too.

    automaticdestinydelusion

    TAMPONS are dangerous frequently the direct cause of TSS  TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME

    vidramon

    Yeah, reusable pads were one of my first major eco-friendly changes but my body has been way happier that way. They are infinitely more comfortable and effective, and I just throw them in my washing machine on the hand wash + extra rinse and hang dry. I can’t say being on your period is ever pleasant, but it’s way better than before - ESPECIALLY in situations where you can’t change as often - and I don’t feel like the harbinger of the end of the world when I look at my restroom trash can anymore :)

    chaos-and-cookies

    I always buy generic brands but wasnt “always” the ones who were sending fucked up pads to women in africa just a few years ago too???? Fuck always brand.

    moonlightmarathon

    PSA!!!

    they now have a budget-friendly trial pack so you no longer have to worry which pad fits best for you. you can just buy the pack to get one pad of each size!!

    catdragonunicorn

    Could the fact that i use Always brand be the reason i get such bad cramps?? I must test this theory…

    celestialwitchitch

    Also, pads can take up to 800 years to decompose. Yikes.

    maybeitsfinallytime

    Cariona pads (link above) are AWESOME. Don’t knock it til you try it - I’ll never go back to always pads. My period is, like, manageable, for the first time in my life. It is no longer a struggle with excruciating cramps, heavy bleeding, leakage, and looooong periods, but like, mild to medium cramps, and I HAVE A CYCLE AGAIN for the first time in years. Try it. The upfront cost is daunting, I understand, because I was worried I wouldn’t like them, but I’m SO GLAD I got them. Just toss them in bottom of your shower when you take them off, shower as usual, and then squeeze them out. That basically rinses them for you, and then they’re all set for the washer and dryer. You’ll thank yourself later; give it a try.

    if-yuri-plisetsky-wasnt-gay

    Why isn’t anyone talking about how cute the Cariona pads are? They look adorable tbh

    panaceatthediscos

    Cariona pads are amazing and they are SO cute. Like @maybeitsfinallytime was saying, they’re really easy to rinse out, and I usually hang them over my shower rod to dry so I can reuse them during the cycle, then give them a proper wash in hot water with a little sanitizing detergent afterwards.

    irishsong

    Here’s to trying some. I even bought the animal crossing variety! Maybe I’ll never worry about running out of pads again? Who knows? I’ll update when I’ve tried them.

    madronasky

    For people who menstruate 🩸….

    peridottea91

    UPDATE: I just ordered the trial pack. I personally have a lot of problems with excruciating cramps my cycle being consistent, especially in recent months after losing weight and medications and such. Hopefully these work well/help because I always feel guilty about the amount of waste normal pads create

    didsomebodysay-kat-aesthetic

    Due to when the reusable pads I ordered arrived I ended up switching literally in the middle of my last period and the difference was instant, I’ve gotten really bad cramps for as long as I can remember and still did the first half this time around but I didn’t cramp at all wearing the reusable pads. I highly recommend the switch.

    greymouser13

    I bought the cariona pads too and oh my gosh. The difference. I went from painful cramps and headaches to just mild cramps for like a day. They are so easy to use and so comfortable.

    angel-0ver-you

    Been saying this for years and people thought I was crazy, it definitely affects us women and we should have a say in how these things are manufactured.

    gandalfs-mommy-milkers

    hi these are the reusable pads i use and while they do slide around a little bit, i haven’t once gotten throbbing sensitive skin around my vulva or shooting pains down my legs since using them. i used to think that was a part of having my period but now i’m convinced it was from the pads and tampons i was using. not to mention i save tons of money on disposables.

    wallflower-bunbun

    I’m definately going to try and save up for some of the reusable pads. My cramps have been terrible all my life and all I’ve ever used is always pads so that could very well be the reason for my bad cramps :/

    zerogouki00

    I’ve been on reusable pads since I had my child four years ago and they have been a game-changer! No more rashes or irritation, no more sweaty grossness, way fewer UTIs, no “it’s stuck to my pubic hair again” moments… My girl down there can just breathe and do her thing. 1000% recommended.

    dankmemeuniversity

    Not just for women but for all people who have periods 💕

    socially-a-moth

    Okay but like, this would be nice to know MUCH SOONER. I hate how ignorant we (people who menstrate) are unaware of crap like this.

    spaceace5834

    I’ve had cramps so painful I’ve been unable to go to work or school all because people can’t make pads without adding chemicals.  I’m buying reusable ones once my paycheck is in.

    kakashis-kunoichi

    I bought em. They work well.

    ajarofpickledtears

    oh well, here goes nothing

    cyanide-latte

    Been using these Cariona reusable pads for about two years now and even if it’s an expensive start-up cost, it’s worth it. No more spending money on pads and tampons at the store, no more cramping, smell or rash/irritation, they’re easy to take care of and the designs are awesome! So much more comfortable and healthier. I genuinely cannot rec these enough, PLEASE at least give these a chance.

    edmensch

    A really harrowed-looking man who was probably in his 60s came into the shop today. He was wearing a gold-colored tie that kept sliding down the side of his neck because it was tied very poorly, and a rumpled light blue dress shirt. I did not see his legs or shoes. Part-time cashiers are sometimes just not afforded the luxury.

    We said hello to each other as I scanned his items (diet coke and a nature valley granola bar- $2.69), me sounding more interested than usual just because he sounded so out-of breath and very engaged in his purchase. Also maybe because I could not see his shoes.

    “How’s your life going?” He suddenly asked, swiping his card, not casually but almost pleadingly curious.

    “Uhm, all right I s’pose” I said, too startled to think of a more cheery lie. 

    He nodded somberly. “Me too… I guess.” He paused and looked at me for a minute and then just said “it’s a Monday, ya know.”

    “Mondays are like this sometimes” I supplied, feeling like we were having a really weird conversation hidden under the one that was actually taking place.

    And then he left. I forgot to look at his shoes.

    skippercifer

    PART II 

    Honestly I had no idea that I would ever have the privilege of writing a sequel to this post. I considered it an odd moment, an interaction that changed me in a way, but a fleeting one. I automatically assumed our paths would never cross again, there was such a finality to that window of time on Monday August 22nd of 2016. And yet.

    He returned.

    I didn’t truly notice him come in, glancing up from whatever menial and already forgotten task I was busy with, but not registering who it was or why he seemed to put out an aura of familiarity. It had been weeks and I haven’t even caught a glimpse of him; the memory of Monday August 22nd of 2016 had faded like a dream. But lo he appeared before me, dressed in exactly the same fashion that made him look like he had just crawled out of carwash (albeit with a pink shirt and purple tie this go-around.)

    His face lit up when he saw me, again holding a diet coke and a nature valley granola bar. ‘How is your day going?’ He asked earnestly.

    ‘Pretty well.’ I said, professionally containing myself, “how are you?”

    “I’m good, I’m good” he said, sounding more cheerful than before but just as harried. When I handed him back his change and items and he looked like he was going to cry. 

    “Thank you” he whispered with a look of reverence I have only seen on the faces of ancient church members receiving the eucharist.

    “It’s no trouble,” I promised, trying not to look perplexed.

    He bowed (LITERALLY BOWED) and then made a hurried exit stage left, reminiscent of Lear just before the second act, halfway into madness.

    A Lear I had again forgotten to note the footwear of.

    skippercifer

    PART. 3. 

    Okay I’m not even bothering with the pretentious Hemingway style for this one; I’m still reeling over the fact that he came back after four months AND on a Friday instead of a Monday no less.

    Notes:

  • He was wearing literally the exact same shirt and tie he had on from part one, only with an orange sweater and fancy jacket over the ensemble to indicate that it was winter
  • He bought Lay’s sour cream and onion potato chips this time instead of his standard granola bar, but the diet coke was as usual
  • He told me that he always felt guilty for buying snack food but ‘you have to do what you have to do’
  • He then smiled sadly at me and said ‘enjoy your weekend… If you can.’
  • I sat in stunned, unblinking silence for about six minutes until a customer came up and looked me over worriedly
  • Who is this man
  • WHY DO I KEEP FORGETTING TO LOOK AT HIS SHOES
  • skippercifer

    Part Four

    First thing’s first,

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    Probably about two years of wear on them but otherwise well cared for. Socks were white, which I was only able to notice because this human being has zero clothes that fit and his pant cuffs were hovering about 3 inches away from his shoes. I keep thinking his outfits can’t possibly get any better, but this one takes the cake:

    Crumpled white dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up, gigantic scarf that looked as though it were made out of mouldy carpet, neon orange striped tie, and a matching neon orange plastic digital watch that probably came out of a box of honeycombs back in 1988.

    He did not grace me with his odd conversational charm today, but I received something better. A clue. 

    Today he was buying a red notebook and three ballpoint pens instead of snacks (which was questionable but this is a Thursday we’re talking about; the day that falls on the chaotic spectrum and which I am known for my overzealous distrust of), and when he pulled out his luxury black Mastercard to pay for his items he said eight words which shook me to my very core.

    “I do get a staff discount on these.”

    This has never come up before because discount plans don’t apply to food items. I have no need to ask the identity of a man buying a granola bar and a diet coke. But now.

    I didn’t speak as I handed him his receipt, just nodded courteously. Only staff members know about the specific discount so I had no real need to ask for an ID for proof, and I was cursing my mistake in not asking for it anyway. 

    I must find this man. I have been here for three years and yet have only seen him within the confines of the store at odd intervals. I’ve never even seen him step into the store, or leave (another customer is somehow always in line behind him and demanding my attention.) I spent half an hour going through the college’s entire staff directory this afternoon… and may have found something. I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up, I am not yet certain and will have to gather a few more items of information, but for the first time I can promise a part to follow. Perhaps, an ending.

    skippercifer

    Cinq

    Not an ending of any sort, but a very brief update from the field. My work schedule has changed since January and I was honestly beginning to wonder if I wouldn’t see the man again until the fall, as it’s been more than two months now. He startled me quite a bit when he literally blew in as if by a gust of wind right as my shift was ending. 

    He was in quite a hurry and only bought a diet coke ($1.50) before blustering(?) off, giving me no chance to run an investigation or perception check, but if fashion checks were a thing…

    Please imagine, if you will, a man wearing a yellow polka-dot tie that was not even tied, an orange scarf, the watch mentioned in my previous entry, khakis, a bright periwinkle shirt… and an impeccably matching woolen periwinkle cape. He was also carrying a very large black satchel with tartan lining, every single pocket of which was unzipped.

    He looked like a hedge wizard.

    I want answers.

    skippercifer

    6.

    I found him.

  • Masters in theology from Harvard 
  • Distinguished professor of philosophy
  • God-tier identification photo; I cannot believe that I have not been hallucinating this man for the past 12 months and 41 days.
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    baharv89

    I could have sworn I’d reblogged this before, but I took Aesthetics from this man which started my art philosophy journey. He is a wonderful human and I’m not surprised by anything in this post, but I was VERY surprised to see a familiar face at the end of it.

    August 24, 2022

    There's a new recall that I would like to spread awareness of: Great Value Shredded Hashbrowns have been recalled for possible contamination with listeria. Listeria can cause food poisoning and flu-like symptoms in healthy adults, but it more commonly affects infants, pregnant people, senior citizens, and the immunocompromised. In these groups it can also lead to more severe infections including sepsis, meningitis, and encephalitis, and symptoms of listeriosis can appear up to 2 months after a contaminated food item has been consumed. This recall currently only includes 64 oz bags with the following date codes and UPC, but if you're seeing this on any date other than the one listed above please make sure to check if the recall has been expanded:

    Description: Great Value 64 oz Frozen Shredded Hashbrowns

    UPC: 7874215557

    Dates: 7/25/2023, 7/26/2023, 9/14/2023

    This recall hasn't yet been reported by the FDA and at the moment this information is only being communicated by email to people that Walmart has records of having ordered Great Value Frozen Hashbrowns within the past 6 months, so if people wouldn't mind reblogging to spread awareness (especially among disability and parenting circles) I would greatly appreciate it. The current direction from the company is to discard affected bags and request a refund from the store, but I would caution against accepting any compensatory gift cards from the store in addition to your refund because they may try to claim it as a settlement if you need to sue for medical bills or damages later on

    carzinization

    you need to have 3 drinks with you at all times:

    drink one: water. this one's water. can't beat the og

    drink two: fun drink. this is a drink with colors or perhaps bubbles in it.

    drink three: substance drink. on weekdays this is usually a caffeine drink. for the agonies. on weekends it may be an alcohol drink instead. also for the agonies. sometimes you can combine fun drink and substance drink into one. not always though

    carzinization

    please drink water thers a little fish in you and you’re killing her

    reallyreallyreallytrying

    “average person eats 3 spiders a year” factoid actualy just statistical error. average person eats 0 spiders per year. Spiders Georg, who lives in cave & eats over 10,000 each day, is an outlier adn should not have been counted

    doubleca5t

    An actual World Heritage Post

    protectcosette

    how does this post not have a million notes but anyone online can quote it

    A Line That Shouldn’t Have Been Crossed

    What. The. FRAG, Hasbro?!

    Within the past year, it has come to my attention that Hasbro and Paramount are collaborating on a new Transformers series, this one dubiously dubbed Transformers: EarthSpark. While most of my friends - and perhaps even my followers - on this site are aware that I’m a huge fan of the franchise, I have actually lost severe interest in the more recent adaptations for the Transformers. The reason for this, as discussed here, is that Hasbro themselves have taken to hiring non-union voice actors for the productions.

    Why is this a problem, you might ask? The problem resides in that two of these men in particular, Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, who are not only the sole reason the Transformers franchise has survived the past almost forty decades, are still INVESTED in their characters. They continue to appear at conventions, they still do the voices for their characters, and have repeatedly expressed a desire to continue to play Optimus Prime and Megatron respectively.

    But Hasbro, in their obscene greed, vanity, and hubris, have thrown dirt in their faces for almost five years by hiring low-level talent from up in New York. These people, whom the shallow company has procured for the last two abominable animated projects that somehow passed as television shows, are outside the Screen Actors Guild, which means they are free to pick up any work for a low price, often at half the talent of the SAG voice actors. By seeking these people out, Hasbro is telling Mr. Cullen and Mr. Welker that they’re not worth the paycheck and are easily replaced, not to mention insulting their acting abilities.

    But that’s not the problem for EarthSpark. Below is a link to the Wikipedia article for this travesty of media entertainment:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transformers:_EarthSpark

    If you stuck around long enough to read that page, you may have noticed some familiar names. That’s because these people are actually from the SAG. By selecting this group of people, Hasbro’s Freudian Excuse to “save money” falls completely flat on its repugnant face because these actors are as expensive as any other name in Hollywood. And if they have the gall to use the above financial defense, then how in the Pits of Kaon are they able to afford Sandor “the Hound” Clegane from Game of Thrones fame, and not longtime VA Frank Welker for the Leader of the Decepticons himself?

    Hasbro has pulled a lot of BS the past few years. Heck, they were even doing it when the original Transformers film came out in 1987 when they first killed Optimus, as it was never in the original script.

    But this? This is an entirely new level of underhandedness. It’s cheap, it’s dirty, it’s despicable, and downright disrespectful. It’s disrespectful to Peter Cullen and Frank Welker; it’s disrespectful to Mr. Cullen’s late elder brother Larry, who inspired Optimus’ voice; it’s disrespectful to the characters, lore, and history; and more to the point, it’s disrespectful to me and every other fan of the Transformers. Because by telling Mr. Cullen and Mr. Welker that they’re old news and unimportant, they’re telling me and everyone in the fandom that we don’t matter, and that we must move on for “progress”.

    Well, Hasbro, you conniving creature that would make a fox turn its nose up in disgust, I’m telling you that you’re a bunch of selfish, greedy backstabbers who have lost any lingering support that I might have had for your treacherous company. I am done with your ideas for Transformers, G.I. Joe, and all of your other properties, because you are denying me and the men who have given me nothing but joy for years the remaining opportunities to tell more stories with the characters. And considering that you still haven’t given Mr. Cullen a standalone Optimus film, which, in his own words, “…[I] want to do before I’m [Peter Cullen] gone”, I will most certainly not be supporting you. Because we all know that neither him nor Mr. Welker is getting any younger, as much as it pains me to say it, and by taking these chances away from two wonderful men who are so kind to their fans, you are showing just how detestable you really are.

    I refuse to have anything to do with the support of this or any other product Hasbro churns out in the coming years. To anyone who feels the same way, please, I beg of you, boycott this monstrosity and anything else of Hasbro’s. The sooner Hasbro’s budget is hit, the sooner they’ll get the message that our voice tips the balance in the flow of entertainment. Mr. Cullen and Mr. Welker have spent decades helping us through any trial and tribulation we’ve faced, regardless of how large or small it was. By doing this, we can pay back the hours they spent making us happy, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll be able to get them another series before their time is up.