The Roberts family knew they had to put their beloved dog, Duke, to sleep after the cancer began to take over his body. So, they decided to make his final day on Earth his most special.

See more photos from Duke’s last day that will bring you to tears here.

Shit 😭😿💔

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turtle riding capybara (pursued by swan)

this is intense

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Do you have photos that are too hard to keep?

We will take them.

Since 2009, artist Jason Lazarus has been collecting photographs that are too painful or irrelevant for their original owners to hang on to.

These photos become part of large art installations that are exhibited internationally, including a show at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. If you feel your photographs are too private to show in public, they can still be donated and they will only be exhibited face-down.

How you can participate:
1) Submit photos through this Tumblr, then delete the originals
2) Mail photos and photo objects to:
Jason Lazarus, 1516 N. Kedzie Ave, #3, Chicago, IL 60651
3) Email photos to and then delete originals

We will be posting photos from the archive for the next few weeks, so follow to look into the archive.

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thank you, peter jackson!

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New from J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore’s Army Reunites At Quidditch World Cup Final

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Anonymous Asked: Why do you think Arthur loved Merlin more than Merlin loves Arthur? (And the past tense on the first one hurt to write. Still.)



(I hate you for pointing out the past tense.)

The post was inspired by this gifset. Because Arthur… just the fondness and just pure adoration in his eyes…

Okay, I’m going to try and put this as coherently as possible because what I feel seems to be quite difficult to say (this is my third rewrite of an answer). We know how Merlin loves Arthur. We know how he protects him, risks his life for him, guides him. We see it in every episode. He suffers and exploits himself in order to keep Arthur safe, both because Albion needs him, and as a friend. Merlin’s personal life and his destiny flow together to create a powerful mix.

But we kinda forget about Arthur. We forget that Arthur doesn’t know the same Merlin we know. Arthur hasn’t seen Merlin’s greatness or power - and that’s a huge part of Merlin. He doesn’t know about their destiny, their shared link. Merlin’s just…. there. And Arthur loves him. It is that simplicity of emotion, that although Arthur is just as devoted to Merlin (as we’ve seen time and time again) as Merlin is to Arthur, Arthur loves him purely for himself. No great destiny, no prophesies, nothing. Just for his smile and his sassy jokes and the fact that he seems to spend most of his time in the tavern.

Merlin is wisdom and magic and love, but Arthur is simply love. If the roles were reversed, then Arthur would follow Merlin to the end of the earth like a puppy purely out of devotion - I literally do not think he’d care about destiny in the slightest. I’m not saying Merlin’s love was any less valid, only that although he was a prat at times, Arthur was also all heart. And we always seem to forget how much of it he gave to Merlin despite not knowing all the amazing things about his best friend, manservant and (in my personal opinion) soulmate that we did. Forget that he constantly listened to Merlin, forget how much influence a simple manservant had over a king.

Everyone accepts the song “King and Lionheart” as a perfect fit for Merlin and Arthur - Arthur the king and Merlin the lionheart. It’s strange, but over time I’ve come to think it was the other way round: Arthur was the lionheart and Merlin was his king. Arthur was royalty, but he was always at the knees of a man he thought was just a commoner. And that’s why I think that maybe, just maybe, Arthur loved Merlin that little bit more.

//I’ve always said that Arthur loved Merlin more and longer.

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But okay listen: 7 years ago today, MILLIONS. LITERALLY MILLIONS. of Potterheads from all over the world were sitting with their brand-new copies of the Deathly Hallows and taking their final journey with Harry. It’s amazing when you think of the sheer scope of it-that many people in a sense united by this one book, riding the same emotional roller coaster simultaneously. 


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His name is Liui Aquino, a filipino cosplayer. And I think, by far, he’s the greatest Hiccup cosplayer I’ve seen.

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interspecies friendship by hendy mp (similar posts)

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The other day, my friend and I went to the owl cafe in Osaka, called Owl Family Osaka. We had a 60 minute time slot, the beginning of which we were given detailed instructions about the manner and way of handling the owls. After the instruction, we were able to play with the owls.

The women running the establishment were really friendly and were so loving to the owls, they really helped us to understand the owls that we interacted with!

There were a few owls we were allowed to handle in our allowed time, while some others were in an area where they rested.

It was a really great experience!! The owls were very well behaved and were incredibly friendly. There is also a really cute little owl goods shop in the cafe~!

You should definitely visit someday if you have the chance!

Here’s their blog:

oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my gohhhdddddd


hijacking an old post but holy crap I’m on their blog entry haha.

Visited them and I have very mixed feelings about the shop…will blog about it another time when I get to recapping about my Japan trip.

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anon or not.

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If bees become extinct we will have exactly 4 YEARS to live on this planet. I don’t understand how “not giving a fuck” is more important than your life…

okay, I have a thing to say about this. I’m no expert on bees, but I am a biologist (and entomologist) so I think there is something I can contribute that’ll be of worth.

I agree entirely with the sentiment that we must protect honeybees. Obviously they are massively important for biodiversity, as well as pollinating food crops for humans. There is no doubt that if all the honeybees in the world were to vanish in a day that the consequences would be dire.

However, I disagree that the main cause for concern regarding honeybee death is the use of Genetically Modified (GM) crops. I’d be very interested to read a research paper that says ‘GM crops have killed millions of honeybees’, if indeed such a paper exists because in all honesty I find it highly unlikely that this is a true statement.

Let’s start with some facts about GM crops:

1. The development of GM crops is a highly regulated process, bound by strict country-specific legislature. A great number of trials are carried out long before commercial planting of a GM crop is even considered. It is these trials, and accompanying laboratory studies, that ensure a GM crop is safe to non-target organisms (such as honeybees) by investigating direct and indirect effects (Nap et al. 2003).

2. Crops that are genetically modified to express insecticidal proteins (for crop pest control) have a high level of specificity. This means that the insecticidal proteins being produced by the GM plant will only affect a narrow range of insect groups because of the chemical properties of the protein. For example, GM crops expressing insecticidal proteins sourced from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) will only target some Lepidopteran pests (caterpillars; Romeis et al. 2006). Furthermore, a recent meta-analysis of the literature found that GM Bt crops do not negatively affect the survival of adult honeybees or their larvae (Duan et al. 2008).

3. GM crops can be tailored such that the novel gene is expressed only in particular parts of the plant. For example, GM Bt rice plants express the toxin in the stems but not the grains (Datta et al. 1998). This technique means that gene expression can be excluded from the flowers/pollen of the crop plant, so that bees and other pollinators would not be affected. Neat, huh?

So those are a token few reasons why GM crops are safer than perhaps many people believe (as the result of a lot of questionable, non-scientific articles). To come back to our main point about honeybee death, I would like to briefly mention a few alternative explanations for the recent decline in honeybee populations. These are as follows:

1. Many bees have died as the result of broad-spectrum insecticide use. These are pesticides that lack specificity, and can be harmful to non-target organisms. Neonicotinoids are a well-studied example of this (Decourtye & Devillers, 2010). Not to worry, though, because many broad-spectrum pesticides including neonics are well on their way out. Indeed, the EU recently banned a large cohort of neonic pesticides. This is still a topic of controversy, mind (Goulson, 2013).

2. Many bees have died as the result of Varroa mite infestation. Imagine you’ve been bitten by several ticks, except those ticks are the size of dinner plates. That gives you an idea of the severity of a Varroa mite infestation on a single developing bee. The parasitisation of bees by Varroa mites and other parasites is often accompanied by disease transmission. This can result in colonies dying within two years after infestation (Johnson, 2011).

3. Many bees have died as the result of ‘colony collapse disorder’.  This is a phrase that has popped up a lot recently, and is basically an umbrella term for the various causes of bee death including parasite infestation, disease transmission, environmental stresses, and management stresses such as poor nutrition (Johnson, 2011). Colony collapse has been attributed to broad-spectrum pesticide use in some instances. However, it is has still been observed in countries where broad-spectrum pesticides have been withdrawn (in the EU, like I mentioned earlier; Johnson, 2011).

So those are my main points. Please excuse the bullet-point nature of this; I was trying to keep it fairly short. Not sure I managed that haha. But anyway, my take-home message is that GM crops are not the enemy when it comes to honeybee decline. If anything, bees are at much greater danger from the use of broad-spectrum pesticides and from parasites and diseases. Using GM can even help to alleviate some of the problems associated with broad-spectrum pesticides, as they greatly reduce the need to apply such chemicals (Romeis et al. 2006).

A finishing note: Do your homework. Go on google scholar and read some of the literature, making sure it is recent (within the past 10-15 years). Literature reviews are a great way to find out what the consensus is on any given topic. Don’t use popular media as your main source of information where science is concerned; they tend to favour scandal and exaggeration. You want to know what’s really going on? Check out some research articles and see for yourself.

Thanks for sticking it through to the end of this impromptu mini-essay! —Alice


Datta, K., Vasquez, A., Tu, J., Torrizo, L., Alam, M. F., Oliva, N., Abrigo, E., Khush, G. S., & Datta, S. K. (1998). Constitutive and tissue-specific differential expression of the cryIA (b) gene in transgenic rice plants conferring resistance to rice insect pest. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 97(1-2), 20-30.

Decourtye, A., & Devillers, J. (2010). Ecotoxicity of neonicotinoid insecticides to bees. In Insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (pp. 85-95). Springer New York.

Duan, J. J., Marvier, M., Huesing, J., Dively, G., & Huang, Z. Y. (2008). A meta-analysis of effects of Bt crops on honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae). PLoS One, 3(1), e1415.

Goulson, D. (2013). Neonicotinoids and bees: What’s all the buzz?. Significance, 10(3), 6-11.

Johnson, R. (2011). Honey bee colony collapse disorder. DIANE Publishing.

Nap, J. P., Metz, P. L., Escaler, M., & Conner, A. J. (2003). The release of genetically modified crops into the environment. The Plant Journal, 33(1), 1-18.

Romeis, J., Meissle, M., & Bigler, F. (2006). Transgenic crops expressing Bacillus thuringiensis toxins and biological control. Nature biotechnology, 24(1), 63-71.

This commentary is SO important. Succinct and with proper sourcing; beautiful.

It infuriates me when people blame GMO for everything without actually examining the evidence.

The way scientific replies on tumblr should be handled: Sourced and informed.


If you want to avoid GMOs because the companies that make them are unethical as hell with their patenting seeds and driving people THEY cross-pollinate out of business? Go for it.

If you want to avoid GMOs because you think they’re poison, read this again. And again. And again until you get it. GMOs are the only reason SOME of our foods are even edible in the first place and they have a huge limiting effect on world hunger and they actually protect bees.

applause for knowledgeable people who do proper research in order to keep people informed

This reminds me of a great discussion that biologizeable had regarding this issue.

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I’m back in Singapore!

… and, just nicely, my queue ran out.

There’s a lot I want to share with all of you about the trip! I have a busy week ahead but hopefully I can find some time to write about my long trip.(:

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Sea Slicks

Whenever there is an oil spill in the world’s oceans, a sea slick is “born”. Countless animals lose their lives to the thick, clinging clutches of oil, dying miserable, wretchedly drawn-out deaths. Sea slicks are born of the lost souls of those animals and the sludge that bound and choked the life from them. As such, sea slicks are always referred to as “they” and “them” rather than “it”, and it’s said that if you chance upon a sea slick near the surface, their soft, melancholy vocalisations carry the haunting remnants of sea birds and the whispers of shoals of fish.

Despite their fearsome appearances, they are very much docile creatures, preferring to near-constantly swim through the depths and the quiet of the sea they were robbed from. Sea slicks are amortal, being unable to die, as they were never truly what we would call “alive” to begin with. Over time, however, sea slicks do disintegrate, usually over the span of several years, losing pieces of semi-sentient oil to the surface waters.

Ambitious wixes track sea slicks to gather these pieces, as they make especially valuable, durable invisibility cloaks capable of protecting wearers from even the deadliest of spells.

I love this! Modern, industrial fantasy creatures. Wow, so cool!

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