There is just Somethin ’bout a truck!

They keep saying the right person will come along, I think mine got hit by a truck.”

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“You may be a redneck if . . . you have spent more on your pickup truck than on your education.”
~Jeff Foxworthy

BOSS Gif – Mother Nature At Work, Edition!

Ice calving is how glaciers became icebergs. 

Mother Nature makes cool stuff like this.

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A tourist from Australia came to my uncle and asked if she could get a ride to the glacier just north of Ilulissat, Greenland, so he asked me if I wanted to be his translator. I am from another town where glaciers are fairytales, I was as much of a tourist as the Australian tourist, so I decided to join the crew.
The beautiful scenery was amazing, but the nature doesn’t care about anyone. That day almost became our last day.

 

Like a BOSS!

Poetic Celebrity Parody – God Save The Queen, Edition!

God save the Queen
Cause Queen saved the Olympic Games
The Olympic Games were in danger
Of losing the spectators
The opening ceremony put many to sleep
The rest of us scratched our heads
And thought were the creators on some meds
Bizarre  and weird
Or just British
The opening ceremony looked like a feverish dream
But
The Queen and her loyal servant Bond, James Bond
Dropped with the parachutes
Into the stadium with farm animals not lions
And
Saved the day
Your majesty,
You were majestic!
God save the Queen!

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BOSS Gif – Here Comes The Rollerman, Edition!

Move over Batman and Spiderman

Here comes Rollerman!

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Inventor of France’s 31-wheel roller suit Jean-Yves Blondeau has successfully rolled down the 99 curves and zigzags of central China’s Tianmen Mountain on Sunday. Blondeau, 42, is known as the French “Rollerman” for his skating speed record of 110 kilometers per hour. Blondeau’s roller suit is comprised of 10 parts, including a helmet, protective wear, kneepads and armguards. He specially prepared two suits for the Chinese mountain challenge to ensure its success. One blue-colored suit features 32 wheels for increased speed, while another golden variation boasts broader wheel treads for better control. The Tongtian (sky-ascending) Avenue where Blondeau drifted down the mountain extends only 10.77 kilometers in length. However, 1,000 meters separate the elevations of the starting point and the finishing line. The avenue is also composed of 99 sharp bends, with most paths stretching along steep cliffs

Like a BOSS!

Poetic Celebrity Parody – Show White Not So Pure, Edition!

Rumor has it
Show White is not so pure anymore
She cheated on her sparkling boyfriend
When nobody was looking
Except the army of paparazzi
She and her imprinted partner in cheating
Broke the sparkling boy’s heart
Publicly he removed all his glitter and sparkling confetti
From the little house of vampires
Publicly
She cried I love him, I love him
Publicly
The brooding boy looked depressed
Very well played
Publicly!

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News Mash: The SRY gene sometimes makes one ‘sorry’ to be female!

A single trigger gene, SRY…

Is the inherent determinant of sex.

In fact it is NEEDED if one is to be born male, for there is no equivalent ovaries forming gene.

You see, everyone starts out female.

[via Cosmos Magazine] Having two sexes is vital for sexual reproduction. This may seem an obvious fact to most of us, but it’s not such an obvious fact for biologists. Since discovering the ‘trigger gene’ more than 20 years ago that turns a developing human embryo into a male, there’s been a series of discoveries, each more surprising than the last, to show that the genes that determine sex vary wildly across the tree of life and evolve quickly.

In humans, sex is determined by the presence of a single trigger gene, called SRY, found on the diminutive Y chromosome in males (who have one X and one Y chromosome). A single dose of the SRY gene triggers a cascade of events that result in the embryo developing testes.

There is no equivalent ovary-forming gene. However, when the SRY gene is not present, as with females who possess two X chromosomes, the embryo develops ovaries and the rest of the female reproductive system.

Two groups of researchers discovered SRY independently in 1990. Then, when they looked at mice, they found a very similar trigger gene. For a while, it was almost a forgone conclusion that there was a single gene that triggered the differences between the sexes in most, if not all, vertebrates. [Read More]

And yet…

Despite this startling fact that everyone starts out female and that genes are needed to be added to make males?

Females are still seen as less.

And by ‘less’ I mean as the sum of parts…

If not less.

[via Scientific American] Our Brains See Men as Whole and Women as Parts

A glimpse at the magazine rack in any supermarket checkout line will tell you that women are frequently the focus of sexual objectification. Now, new research finds that the brain actually processes images of women differently than those of men, contributing to this trend.

Women are more likely to be picked apart by the brain and seen as parts rather than a whole, according to research published online June 29 in the European Journal of Social Psychology. Men, on the other hand, are processed as a whole rather than the sum of their parts.

“Everyday, ordinary women are being reduced to their sexual body parts,” said study author Sarah Gervais, a psychologist at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. “This isn’t just something that supermodels or porn stars have to deal with.” [6 Gender Myths, Busted]

Objectification hurts
Numerous studies have found that feeling objectified is bad for women. Being ogled can make women do worse on math tests, and self-sexualization, or scrutiny of one’s own shape, is linked to body shame, eating disorders and poor mood.

But those findings have all focused on the perception of being sexualized or objectified, Gervais told LiveScience. She and her colleagues wondered about the eye of the beholder: Are people really objectifying women more than men?

To find out, the researchers focused on two types of mental processing, global and local. Global processing is how the brain identifies objects as a whole. It tends to be used when recognizing people, where it’s not just important to know the shape of the nose, for example, but also how the nose sits in relation to the eyes and mouth. Local processing focuses more on the individual parts of an object. You might recognize a house by its door alone, for instance, while you’re less likely to recognize a person’s arm without the benefit of seeing the rest of their body.

If women are sexually objectified, people should process their bodies in a more local way, focusing on individual body parts like breasts. To test the idea, Gervais and her colleagues carried out two nearly identical experiments with a total of 227 undergraduate participants. Each person was shown non-sexualized photographs, each of either a young man or young woman, 48 in total. After seeing each original full-body image, the participants saw two side-by-side photographs. One was the original image, while the other was the original with a slight alteration to the chest or waist (chosen because these are sexualized body parts). Participants had to pick which image they’d seen before.

In some cases, the second set of photos zoomed in on the chest or waist only, asking participants to pick the body part they’d seen previously versus the one that had been altered.

Objectifying women
The results showed a clear schism between the images of men and women. When viewing female images, participants were better at recognizing individual parts than they were matching whole-body photographs to the originals. The opposite was true for male images: People were better at recognizing a guy as a whole than they were his individual parts. [Read More – Read Whole Article Here!]

How is that fair?

I tell…

It’s not.

Not at all.

News Mash: Neocapritermes taracua termites explode when in danger…Why can’t spiders?

THIS (below)?

Just one more reason why I hate freaking summer.

Black Widow spiders lower the BOOM.

Especially this year!

Wonderful.

[via Daily Mail]Hot steamy summer in the U.S. leads to a boom in infestation of BLACK WIDOW spiders

The number of Black Widow spiders is rapidly increasing in New York as a result of a mild winter and scorching summer.

Although not common in the Tri-State area, there have been reports of a boom in spider activity which experts believe is down to the weather.

Spider exterminator Bernie Holst said he is seeing more of the Black Widow spider and that homeowners should be on the lookout.

‘Be aware that the Black Widow spider is around,’ Holst told CBS news, ‘It can be dangerous.’

The weather has led to an increase in insects which has seen the predator spiders follow.

Holst warns to keep an eye on any areas which would be rich in the insects the spiders eat such as storage areas or open areas under porches.

He added that Black Widows ought to be dealt with by professional due to the danger of their bites.

BLACK WIDOW SPIDER

Black Widow spiders, also known as Latrodectus spiders, are famous for their red hourglass pattern on their black body.

They are named after their violent mating ritual, which takes place once a year, after which it is common that the female eat the male.

They are only 1.5in long – not much bigger than a paper clip – and spin large cocoon-like nests. In which the female can lay up to hundreds of eggs.

Its venom is reportedly 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s and its bite produce muscle aches, nausea, and a paralysis of the diaphragm .

Not all bites are lethal and most people suffer no serious damage after a bite.

Reports of death from Black Widow bites are commonly elderly people and small children.

Fortunately these are rare as the spider will only bite in self-defence if they feel they or their nest is threatened. [Read More]

Dear Science,

You know who I love you, right?

And because I do, I love you so…

I don’t suppose you can GM spider to have this wonderful little inheritable idiosyncrasy, can ya?

Pretty please?

[via Physorg]An international team of researchers, led by Robert Hanus and Jan Šobotník of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague, looked at Neocapritermes taracua termites, native to French Guiana, and discovered that many of the workers had varying sizes of blue spots on their backs. The blue spots are external pouches containing copper-containing proteins secreted by specialized glands located on top of the salivary glands. When the researchers picked up the termites using forceps, they were surprised to find they burst, releasing a toxic sticky droplet along with fragments of intestines and internal organs. [Read More]

Oh, come on…

Exploding spiders in self-defense?

A whole LOT better than biting spiders.

I’m just sayin’…

You know it’s a good idea.

So give it a try, for me, OK?

Don’t make me beg…

Because I will do it, so please gawd don’t make me.