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2018-06-30 03:36:39

    Honestly, Rick Rolling is the best practical joke ever. Like, there’s nothing offensive or mean  spirited about it. It’s just like “Oops you thought there would be something else here but it’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’.” which isn’t even a bad song. It’s fairly enjoyable to listen to. There’s no jumpscares, no screaming, no ill will. Just Rick Astley telling you he’s never going to give you up. I think that’s great. “You fell into my trap! Here, listen to this completely benign song that will have no negative effect on you.” 


    Very interesting. I never thought about that and now I feel bad.


    Srsly signal boost.


    what if i told you that a lot of “Americanized” versions of foods were actually the product of immigrant experiences and are not “bastardized versions”


    That’s actually fascinating, does anyone have any examples?


    Chinese-American food is a really good example of this and this article provides a good intro to the history


    I took an entire class about Italian American immigrant cuisine and how it’s a product of their unique immigrant experience. The TL;DR is that many Italian immigrants came from the south (the poor) part of Italy, and were used to a mostly vegetable-based diet. However, when they came to the US they found foods that rich northern Italians were depicted as eating, such as sugar, coffee, wine, and meat, available for prices they could afford for the very first time. This is why Italian Americans were the first to combine meatballs with pasta, and why a lot of Italian American food is sugary and/or fattening. Italian American cuisine is a celebration of Italian immigrants’ newfound access to foods they hadn’t been able to access back home.

    (Source: Cinotto, Simone. The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City. Chicago: U of Illinois, 2013. Print.)


    here’s another podcast about Chinese food from Gastropod: The United States of Chinese Food

    and there’s also that beef thing that Irish American immigrants adopted from their Jewish American neighbors but no one actually eats it in Ireland. I’m blanking on the name

    also California sushi roles were made by a Japanese American


    Corned beef! England imposed a bunch of anti-Catholic laws to drive native Irish people into poverty while consolidating land ownership in the hands of English or Anglo-Irish Protestants. Beef raised in Ireland was for export back to England, and it was corned (salted) to keep it from spoiling in transit. Your typical Irish-Catholic tenant farmer had to make due with a tiny plot of land, and the main way to turn that plot into enough calories to keep your family alive was planting potatoes. The only meat most of these folks had access to was pork and bacon, since pigs can be raised on less land and with cheaper fodder than cows. But then Irish immigrants in places like New York and Boston discovered kosher butchers and kosher delis, which didn’t sell pork products for obvious reasons – but they sold corned beef brisket at an accessible price. So this “luxury” food replaced bacon and salt pork in Irish immigrant cooking, and Americans came to think of “corned beef and cabbage” as the Iconic ™ Irish Dish.


    The Perfect Explanation of Privilege – In One Powerful Punchline

    “The Pencilsword” is a comic strip by Toby Morris, an illustrator from New Zealand. His most recent comic, “On a Plate” hits hard at the heart of the issues of concerning wealth and privilege.

    How many times have you heard the “I’ve never been handed anything on a platter” argument in regard to social security and other social benefits?

    Toby wrecks this argument by showing how two children can grow up, be loved and supported, and yet still have two very different outcomes.

    Make sure to follow all the way to the end for the powerful punchline. This comic is an increasingly sad reality for far too many of this nation’s children and families.


    Reblogged from the source since someone deleted the text at the bottom.


    this is so amazing


    Not gonna lie this got me a bit emotional.


    “they” (1 word) is shorter than “he or she” (3 words)

    “they” is more inclusive than “he/she”

    “themself” flows more naturally than “him or herself”

    “they” is less clunky than “(s)he”

    it’s time to replace the awkward “she or he”


    “hey can you go ask they what does they want for dinner, and when is they coming over to watch movies with they?”


    “Hey, can you go ask them what they want for dinner, and when they’re coming over to watch movies?”

    Step one is learning how to talk like a human person.


    Friendly reminder:

    “I shouldn’t like to punish anyone, even if they’d done me wrong.” —George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (1860)

    “A person can’t help their birth.” —William Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1848)

    “But to expose the former faults of any person, without knowing what their present feelings were, seemed unjustifiable.” —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)

    “Every Fool can do as theyre bid.” —Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation (1738)

    “So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.” —King James Bible, Matthew 18:35 (transl. 1611)

    “God send every one their heart’s desire!” —William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing (~1600)

    “Now this king did keepe a great house, that euerie body might come and take their meat freely.” —Sir Philip Sidney, the Arcadia (1580)

    “If … a psalme scape any person, or a lesson, or els yt they omyt one verse or twayne…” —William Bonde, The Pylgrimage of Perfection (1526)

    “And whoso fyndeth hym out of swich blame, / They wol come up and offre a Goddés name” —Geoffrey Chaucer, The Pardoner’s Tale (~1380)

    “þan hastely hiȝed eche wiȝt on hors & on fote, / huntyng wiȝt houndes alle heie wodes, / til þei neyȝþed so neiȝh to nymphe þe soþe [Then hastily hied each person on horse and on foot / hunting with hounds all the high woods / ‘til they came so near, to tell the truth]” —William and the Werwolf (transl. ~1350-1375)

    “Bath ware made sun and mon, / Aiþer wit þer ouen light [Both were made sun and moon / Either with their own light]” —Cursor Mundi (~1325)


    We’ve been using they/them/their pronouns to indicate a person with unspecified gender for a long ass fucking time. The only reason it’s become a big issue lately is because it can be used as a semi-respectful term for trans and non-binary folks and we can’t have that can we

    These fucks are literally trying to change our language to hurt trans/nb folks, and claiming that’s just the way its always been


    once at dinner this lil kid was sitting in the booth attached to ours and she kept standing up and looking over the back of the bench and I made faces at her and she’d start jumping up and down and laughing and so I’d bob my head up and down and she’d jump more and lose it and her mom would have her sit down but she’d pop back up every few minutes and this went on for like 45 minutes and when they were leaving her mom told us “thanks for being so patient with her jumping around and looking over at you” and I was like “haha I was making faces at her the whole time” and her mom was like “OH THAT’S WHY”


    Making faces at small children in public is one of the great joys on earth.


    Can you believe 14 year old azula delivered the best line of any villain ever “don’t flatter yourself. You were never even a player” iconic


    Actually the best line of any villain ever was, “Maybe you should worry less about the tides, who’ve already made up their mind about killing you, and worry more about me, who’s still mulling it over.” Also spoken by Azula, age 14.


    Azula was scary af, and about 50% of that was her smooth delivery and amusement in her voice.


    what they say: cats are evil and unable to love

    what they mean: i dont know how to handle small animals and consider them lashing out in SELF DEFENSE an insult


    Usually what it boils down to is “I’m mad because the cat didn’t act like a dog”.


    Pushing fragile things off tables and breaking them: Self defense. 

    Destroying Christmas Trees: Self defense, I mean the tree attacked them. 

    Scratching their owner’s eyeball: Self defense. 

    Scratching their sleeping owner’s face: Self defense. 

    Jumping on their owner’s back and clawing into their spine: Self defense. 

    Admittedly yeah 

    A dog doesn’t do those things because a dog’s version of self defense is to be a good animal who loves you and doesn’t attack you unless you attack them first. 

    I mean if a cat feels that threatened by everything in their owner’s household maybe the owner shouldn’t have gotten a cat. 


    Pushing fragile things off tables and breaking them: Playing. Cats are well-known to like to play with small objects. Your cat does not know what “fragile” means and does not understand the distinction between toy and not-toy objects. Place fragile things out of a cat’s line of sight and reach, and if you don’t provide them with enough enrichment items that they go looking for them, that’s on you.

    Destroying Christmas Trees: Cats like to climb things. They’re not doing it to spite you.

    Scratching their owner’s eyeball: Probably an accident, due to overstimulation when playing. It wasn’t trying to hurt you. Don’t anthropomorphize animals by attributing spite to them. Animals don’t do spite the way that humans do.

    Scratching their sleeping owner’s face: Trying to rouse you with its paw, probably gently, because it loves you and wants to play with you.

    Jumping on their owner’s back and clawing into their spine: Come on. If a cat is jumping on you, it loves you and wants to be close to you. Digging in with its claws is how it balances itself on an unstable surface and is purely a reflexive reaction. It isnt intending to hurt you.

    99% of cat behavioral problems stem from bored cats. Cats need to climb, need to scratch, and need small objects to play with. I only recommend adopting cats in pairs, so that they can keep each other entertained. Cats are not purely solitary. They get lonely, and lonely cats act out. Once again, your entire problem with cats as a species seems to stem from the fact that you don’t understand how cats express affection and it upsets you that they don’t do so the way that dogs do. Cats aren’t small dogs and cannot be expected to behave as such.




    This is why I want another cat! My cat is a bit of a bum, but it’s mainly because it’s bored! He’s got nobody to play with while I’m reading!