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- It’s a vis of protein movement in a white blood cellGnash
- That green thing its carrying is a weed moleculeGuyFawkes
- That's transport *within* a cell, along a microtubule. Not even a brain cell: any cell, in any animal, plant or fungi. Nothing to do with endorphins.NonEntity
- And it can strut like a muthaNonEntity
- Haters gonna hateNBQ00
- Amazing....think about it....dkoblesky
- when u vape...neverscared
- Ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin alivejagara
- 5 minutes and 32 seconds? Just tell me the trick! Paper towel and rock salt works fine.sarahfailin
- settings ? speed playback > 2xKrassy
- just tell me the goddam secretsarahfailin
- Hot pan + Hot water = steam & easy cleanakiersky
- always season your shitGuyFawkes
- WATER? no thanks. it's clean enough w/ salt.sarahfailin
- Look at the size of that hectocotylus! Her siphon stands no chance.ideaist
- Wait, so every time we eat octopus there’s a 1 in 8 chance that we’re actually eating penis?_niko
- Next Level Skull Fuckutopian
- @niko ok so I actually know this one without googling it. The sexy arm is called the spermatophore, and it's literally "just the tip".garbage
- All the sea-jizz is right on the end, and it is cut off and discarded before going to market. But also this entire process seen here? Takes about 4 hours.garbage
- They have a dedicated fucking arm, and a dedicated submission arm. It's yeesh, but they are still delicious ocean aliens.garbage
- I have a dedicate fucking arm too.monospaced
- What a head fuckChimp
- well hungKrassy
^and another one:
"Your Old Radiator Is a Pandemic-Fighting Weapon
Turn-of-the-century faith in ventilation to combat disease pushed engineers to design steam heating systems that still overheat apartments today. "
"The Spanish Influenza, which caused just over 20,000 deaths in New York City alone, “changed heating once and for all.” That’s according to Dan Holohan, a retired writer, consultant, and researcher with extensive knowledge of heating systems and steam heating. (Among his many tomes on the topic: The Lost Art of Steam Heating, from 1992.) Most radiator systems appeared in major American cities like New York City in the first third of the 20th century. This golden age of steam heat didn’t merely coincide with that pandemic: Beliefs about how to fight airborne illness influenced the design of heating systems, and created a persistent pain point for those who’ve cohabitated with a cranky old radiator. "
"Health officials thought (correctly) that fresh air would ward off airborne diseases; then as now, cities rushed to move activities outdoors, from schools to courtrooms. When winter came, the need for fresh air didn’t abate. According to Holohan’s research, the Board of Health in New York City ordered that windows should remain open to provide ventilation, even in cold weather. In response, engineers began devising heating systems with this extreme use case in mind. Steam heating and radiators were designed to heat buildings on the coldest day of the year with all the windows open. Anybody who’s thrown their windows open in January, when their apartment is stifling, is, in an odd way, replicating what engineers hoped would happen a century ago. "
The Space Shuttle and the Horse's Rear End
Say friend, did you know that the US Standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8 1/2 inches.
That's an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used?
Because that's the way they built them in England, and the US railroads were built by English expatriates.
I see, but why did the English build them like that?
Because the first railway lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.
Well, why did they use that gauge in England?
Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.
Okay! Why did their wagons use that odd wheel spacing?
Because, if they tried to use any other spacing the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads. Because that's the spacing of the old wheel ruts.
So who built these old rutted roads?
The first long distance roads in Europe were built by Imperial Rome for the benefit of their legions. The Roman roads have been used ever since.
And the ruts?
The original ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagons, were first made by the wheels of Roman war chariots. Since the chariots were made for or by Imperial Rome they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.
Thus, we have the answer to the original question. The United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8 1/2 inches derives from the original specification for an Imperial Roman army war chariot.
And the motto of the story is Specifications and bureaucracies live forever.
So, the next time you are handed a specification and wonder what horse's ass came up with it, you may be exactly right. Because the Imperial Roman chariots were made to be just wide enough to accommodate the back-ends of two war-horses.
So, just what does this have to do with the exploration of space?
Well, there's an interesting extension of the story about railroad gauge and horses' behinds. When we see a Space Shuttle sitting on the launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are the solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at a factory in Utah. The engineers who designed the SRBs might have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site.
The railroad from the factory runs through a tunnel in the mountains. The SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than a railroad track, and the railroad track is about as wide as two horses' behinds.
So a major design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was originally determined by the width of a horse's ass.
The Mayans were the first people to use (or invent) the number 0.
They als invented corn with selective breeding.
- Concept of zero goes back to Sumerians. Mayans developed it independently thousands of years laterGnash
- The more you knowNBQ00
- And it's "Maya" not "Mayan" TMYK.sarahfailin
- ^ I bet you say, octopi, instead of, Octopussies :)Gnash
- ^octopie works too, also Mayazgrafician
- Only the Indian dot that would eventually go on to gain true number status, first described in 628 AD by the Indian astronomer and mathematician Brahmaguptasted
- Gnash, grafician pls join NBQ00 on the failboat for a divested
- there is a difference between the concept of zero and number 0.sted
- The Sumerians had a symbol for zero, and used it. It wasn’t philosophy, it was utility. It was a numberGnash
- They needed it for trade. That they were the first to articulate the concept of zero is huge, but they also gave it a symbolGnash
- @sted /sgrafician
The Strangest Ship in the World - RP FLIP
- Fun Post Krassy!utopian
- Ui vs UX
I wish the sink just had one faucet mounted at an angle so it flowed into whichever sink was belowakiersky
- @imbecile tnxKrassy
- Do they lower the anchor with dental floss?CyBrainX
- Opperation Hennesee's sea lab?GuyFawkes
- "Sinks for a Cause"sted
- philips sonicareAQUTE
- Godzilla’s toothbrush.maquito
- "they needed a more quiet and stable place than a research ship to study how sound waves behave under water. Ships were unsuitable as they bob up and down"Chimp
- This is really wild.Continuity