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Animals, Apparently, and Children: 4G 19:47 nonomella-deactivated20171016 Coraline is a masterfully made film, an amazing piece of art that i would never ever ever show to a child oh my god are you kidding me cthullhu Nothing wrong with a good dose of sheer terror at a young age whatthecurtains "It was a story, I learned when people began to read it, that children experienced as an adventure, but which gave adults nightmares. It's the strangest book I've written" Neil Gaiman on Coraline greenbryn @nightlovechild lierdumoa This is a legit psychology phenomenon tho like theres a stop motion version of Alice and Wonderland that adults find viscerally horrifying, but children think is nbd It's like in that toy story period of development kids are It's like in that 'toy story' period of development kids are all kind of high key convinced that their stuffed animals lead secret lives when they're not looking and that they're sleeping on top of a child-eating monster every night so they see a movie like Coraline and are just like "Ah, yes. A validation of my normal everyday worldview Same thing happened to me last Tuesday night. I told mommy and she just smiled and nodded redgrieve Stephen King had this whole spiel i found really interesting about this phenomenon about how kids have like their own culture and their own literally a different way of viewing and interpreting the world with its own rules that's like secret and removed from adult culture and that you just kinda forget ever existed as you grow up it's apparently why he writes about kids so much 12drakon An open-ended puzzle often gives parents math anxiety while their kids just happily play with it, explore, and learn. I've seen it so many times in math circles. We warn folks about it gokuma Neil Gaiman also said that the difference in reactions Neil Gaiman also said that the difference in reactions stems from the fact in "Coraline" adults see a child in danger - while children see themselves facing danger and winning rosymamacita i never saw so much push back from adults towards YA literature as when middle aged women started reading The Hunger Games. They were horrified that kids would be given such harsh stories, and I kept trying to point out the NECESSITY of confronting these hard issues in a safe fictional environment. jewishdragon Also, in an interview, he said that Coraline was partially based on a story his not yet 6 year old daughter would tell him SAGAL: No. I mean, for example, your incredibly successful young adult novel "Coraline" is about a young girl in house in which there's a hole in the wall that leads to a very mysterious and very evil world. So when you were a kid, is that what you imagined? GAIMAN: When I was a kid, we actually lived in a house that had been divided in two at one point, which meant that one room in our house opened up onto a brick wall And I was convinced all I had to do was just open it the 4G 19:47 And I was convinced all I had to do was just open it the right way and it wouldn't be a brick wall. So l'd sidle over to the door and l'd pull it open SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER) SAGAL: Right GAIMAN: And it was always a brick wal SAGAL: Right GAIMAN: But it was one of those things that as I grew older, I carried it with me and I thought, I want to send somebody through that door. And when I came to write a story for my daughter Holly, at the time she was a 4 or 5-year-old girl. She'd come home from nursery. She'd seen me writing all day. So she'd come and climb on my ap and dictate stories to me. And it'd always be about small giris named Holl SAGAL: Right GAIMAN: Who would come home to normally find their mother had been kidnapped by a witch and replaced by evil people who wanted to kill her and she'd have to go off and escape. And I thought, great, what a fun kid wetwareproblem "Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey O4G19:47 Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon." - G. K. Chesterton 571,703 notas TF te wtf-fun-factss WTF fun fact #8976 A group of sperm whales adopted a bottlenose dolphin with a spinal deformation, after it was lost from its own dolphin group. Different ages, different fears.

Different ages, different fears.

America, Beautiful, and Blood Moon: SUPER BLUE BLOOD MOON JANUARY 31st!!! . Have you heard?!? If you live on the western coast of North America, Asia (including the Middle East and eastern Russia), Australia, or New Zealand, you might be in for a lunar treat Jan 31st! But before we tell you how early you might have to wake up to see this, @science.sam explains what a Super Blue Blood Moon is below: . A SuperBlueBloodMoon is the combination of 3 different lunar events that RARELY coincide. . A SUPER moon is when a full moon occurs when the moon is at the closest point in its elliptical orbit to the Earth, called the perigee. Though it’s hard to distinguish with the naked eye, the moon appears about 14% brighter than usual. . A BLUE moon refers to the 2nd full moon in a month, and doesn’t really have anything to do with colour. While the phrase, “once in a blue moon” is used to describe something that’s rare, blue moons actually occur about once every 2.7 years (there will be another blue moon in March, but it won’t be fully eclipsed)! . A BLOOD moon happens when the moon is in full eclipse - meaning that the Earth is blocking direct light from the sun from getting to the moon. Because of the lack of direct sunshine on the moon, the only light hitting it is refracted through the earth’s shadow, giving it the reddish look we also see at sunset. Due to the tilt of the moon’s orbit, not every full moon results in a total eclipse, though there are 2-5 lunar eclipses a year (though not always where you can see em). . The exciting thing about the SuperBlueBloodMoon is that all 3 of these things are happening at once! South America, Asia, and Australia got treated to this back in 1982, and the last time North America experienced this phenomenon was 1866. . The eclipse (peak awesomeness) will happen at 1:30pm UTC, meaning those in Asia + Oceania will be able to see it in the evening of Jan 31st, and those in western North America before dawn. . Regardless of rarity, it’ll be a gorgeous opportunity to gaze up, and even more beautiful if viewed through binoculars (a lunar eclipse is less dangerous to your eyes than a solar eclipse). . Tag a buddy you want to watch this with! . (image credit: @NASA)

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Dude, Funny, and Jedi: <p><a href="http://airyairyquitecontrary.tumblr.com/post/170085734372/indigobluerose-thathighclassbitch-tienriu" class="tumblr_blog">airyairyquitecontrary</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="http://indigobluerose.tumblr.com/post/170085190711/thathighclassbitch-tienriu-katiekomics" class="tumblr_blog">indigobluerose</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://thathighclassbitch.tumblr.com/post/170083368947/tienriu-katiekomics-euphrates75-no-harm" class="tumblr_blog">thathighclassbitch</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://tienriu.tumblr.com/post/169939711838/katiekomics-euphrates75-no-harm-to-any" class="tumblr_blog">tienriu</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://katiekomics.tumblr.com/post/166120106451/euphrates75-no-harm-to-any-religion-its-just" class="tumblr_blog">katiekomics</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://euphrates75.tumblr.com/post/165284446008/no-harm-to-any-religion-its-just-a-lamp-ads-by" class="tumblr_blog">euphrates75</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>No harm to any religion. It’s just a lamp ads by an Australian company. However, it’s funny!</p></blockquote> <p>I’m going to cry 😂😂</p> </blockquote> <p>Ahaha, the reason why Mohammad is specifically mentioned as not being able to be there is because in Islam, portrayals and portraits of Mohammad are forbidden.  But they didn’t want to be seen as either hand waving him as at the table but not shown <i>or</i> as explicitly omitted.</p> <p>Very smart move there advertising script writers.</p> </blockquote> <p>This is so wholesome</p> </blockquote> <p>was that last dude a frikkin Jedi</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jedi_census_phenomenon#Australia">In Australia more than 70,000 people (0.37%) declared themselves members of the Jedi order in the 2001 census.</a>  Now granted, many of them were taking the piss but that is if nothing else a lot of piss-takers.  An even greater percentage of the New Zealand population self-identified as Jedi in the 2001 census - 1.5%, which to put it in perspective is 0.3% more than said they were Buddhists.  We’re due for another census this year (the normal five year pattern got thrown off by the Canterbury earthquake in 2011 so the most recent one was 2013) and due to popular demand <a href="https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/90845887/How-many-Kiwis-are-Jedis-Stats-NZ-update-will-better-reflect-NZ-religions-in-2018-Census">it appears that on the new forms, <i>there will actually be a box you can mark for Jedi,</i> rather than it being a write-in option.</a>  (They’re also going to include things like identifying more denominations of Christianity and Judaism and more recently formed systems like Falun Gong, but obviously it’s the Jedi who make for a fun headline.)<br/></p> <p>So including a Jedi at the table of religious figures reflects an actual cultural (if not sincerely religious) phenomenon in this part of the world.</p> </blockquote> <p>I got a chuckle out of this one.</p><p>“Christian rock?“<br/>“This one’s about me!”<br/>“They’re all about you!” 😂</p>

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Gif, God, and Oh My God: RIP Bunny <p><a href="http://sorairo-deizu.tumblr.com/post/168528446952/valiantlyrainybouquet-tinysaurus-rex" class="tumblr_blog">sorairo-deizu</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://valiantlyrainybouquet.tumblr.com/post/165984686336/tinysaurus-rex-saffarren-dinnermess" class="tumblr_blog">valiantlyrainybouquet</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://tinysaurus-rex.tumblr.com/post/165967308370/saffarren-dinnermess-hiyokoifish" class="tumblr_blog">tinysaurus-rex</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://saffarren.tumblr.com/post/165966770662/dinnermess-hiyokoifish-thered498cp" class="tumblr_blog">saffarren</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://dinnermess.tumblr.com/post/165960729374/hiyokoifish-thered498cp-celticpyro" class="tumblr_blog">dinnermess</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://hiyokoifish.tumblr.com/post/165935092780/thered498cp-celticpyro-vividroute" class="tumblr_blog">hiyokoifish</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://thered498cp.tumblr.com/post/165931777444/celticpyro-vividroute-jurvektheblogsmer" class="tumblr_blog">thered498cp</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://celticpyro.tumblr.com/post/165831549754/vividroute-jurvektheblogsmer-nooooo" class="tumblr_blog">celticpyro</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://vividroute.tumblr.com/post/165412823241/jurvektheblogsmer-nooooo" class="tumblr_blog">vividroute</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="https://jurvektheblogsmer.tumblr.com/post/165315729003/nooooo" class="tumblr_blog">jurvektheblogsmer</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>NooOOO</p></blockquote> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="309" data-orig-width="500"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/7b7a613ccf50a90d339cf800236e2816/tumblr_inline_owe6pjiWIE1qic1sa_500.jpg" data-orig-height="309" data-orig-width="500"/></figure></blockquote> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="611" data-orig-width="540"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/6b3b35640861fd2e2d9523dec8d42735/tumblr_inline_owzvqmwWyw1t1foa1_540.jpg" data-orig-height="611" data-orig-width="540"/></figure></blockquote> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="281" data-orig-width="500" data-tumblr-attribution="kixianth-blog:fJPn4wAdD6XTYY4zU3jQlg:Z7l1nvwYsN1q"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/2533077ceae7acb3d58ad5026c73f419/tumblr_mu0pnwGwVm1rrpj39o1_500.gif" data-orig-height="281" data-orig-width="500"/></figure><p> Those appear to be bird tracks rather than bunny tracks! Ergo, it was a bird hopping and then taking off, not a bunny getting taken away!</p> </blockquote> <p>oh my god thank you phoenix wright</p> </blockquote> <p>yeah those aren’t bunny tracks.</p> </blockquote> <p>Forgive my sceptism, but why would a bird with a supposedly wide wingspan hop around in the snow in the first place when tree branches would suffice in the beginning?</p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="192" data-orig-width="256" data-tumblr-attribution="oddgert:Fc431R2DBtBWpSIEIuvulQ:ZACrOt1QI764r"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/f43171b88b5185e309ec0cbc9a381589/tumblr_nbkbgoPAf31s2410lo1_400.gif" data-orig-height="192" data-orig-width="256"/></figure><p>Feel free to explain that.</p> </blockquote> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="180" data-orig-width="177" data-tumblr-attribution="mitsuruges:fgyUxIp6jZIrEL_5s7xKKA:ZAeDCk2PfA1iN"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/98a2eb9f4d8b38fa9e756460028bfcc6/tumblr_ovrfuzvmIt1uym9ezo1_250.gif" data-orig-height="180" data-orig-width="177"/></figure><p>I’ll be real I don’t know much about Phoenix Wright. But! I do know a lot about birds. </p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="217" data-orig-width="332"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/0ba543df065f38f84e807967a4decf24/tumblr_inline_ox70qm4OIo1ta40au_500.jpg" data-orig-height="217" data-orig-width="332"/></figure><p>The mighty ptarmagin! Practically a feathered rabbit, these magnificent creatures are built for the snow. </p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="993" data-orig-width="1280"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/4bc882e3fefb5ab2fd29b74148d754c3/tumblr_inline_ox70qmgneR1ta40au_500.jpg" data-orig-height="993" data-orig-width="1280"/></figure><p>Look at those boots! Wonderfully feathered. They spend most of their time as little snow lumps.</p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="480" data-orig-width="640"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/2df43b71ce8383b71b946ea3cdf7ddc6/tumblr_inline_ox70qniqRJ1ta40au_500.jpg" data-orig-height="480" data-orig-width="640"/></figure><p>In fact, they’re very well known for the above phenomenon. </p> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="360" data-orig-width="620"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/0e31c8e1ceb66d60488948bceb51d8a6/tumblr_inline_ox70qn5FC01ta40au_500.jpg" data-orig-height="360" data-orig-width="620"/></figure><p>These ptarmagin trails are a pretty common sight!</p> </blockquote> <p>Reblog for the little snow lumps ✨</p> </blockquote> <figure class="tmblr-full" data-orig-height="611" data-orig-width="540"><img src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/8ed25d0ba1db5624603c091a6dff362b/tumblr_inline_p0xtke83Oc1szd9fm_540.png" data-orig-height="611" data-orig-width="540"/></figure></blockquote>

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Ass, Beer, and Comfortable: Brandorn Follow @brandonlgtaylor In a fantasy novel, how come everybody can afford high-grade wool? Also, how come everyone eats the same soups and drinks the same beer? 5:03 am - 21 Aug 2017 362 Retweets 1321 LikesO 50ti 362 1.3K Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Replying to @brandonlgtaylor How come in a fantasy novel, if the winters are so hard and cruel, you end up with all those pages of huge ass thick oak trees????? 2t25 276 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 IF THE WINTERS ARE SO HARD AND THE SOIL IS SO CRAGGY AND ARID, THEN HOW COME YOU GOT ALL THESE FORESTS?! IT DON'T MAKE SENSE 5 t28 325 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 How come nobody invents anything. How come all your carts look the same? WHY ARE THERE NO SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE?! 05 t: 21 292 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Your middle class. Where is it. Like, where is your merchant class, fam. Your realm has an economy, surely, where are they 07 t: 20 317 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 You're probably doing feudalism wrong 93 ti 17 256 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Oh, yes, tell me about how all of the nobility have been in power for the same duration and they all recognize each other as legitimate tl 16 263 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Your cadet branches. Where are they 4 196 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Why do you think agnatic primogeniture is remotely interesting? GIVE US COGNATIC GAVELKIND 99tl 23 316 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Why are you so afraid of science. Why. Why. How boring Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Oh, a literate woman who must hide her intelligence and scheme behind the scenes. How groundbreaking. Wow Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 More gay sex. For everyone 91t24 369 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Gender. Get rid of it. 2t3 332 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Oh, a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight as a warrior. How feminist of you 93 ti 30 284 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 You want to be realistic when it comes to patriarchy, but your characters' teeth aren't rotting out and everyone wants to kiss them. Okay ti 74 468 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 You devised several schools of magecraft, but you expect me to believe that the kingdom's laws are applied uniformly throughout the realm Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 You spent the entire book telling us about the succession of the king, but forgot all the succession laws in the individual fiefs. Oh. Okay 93 ti 13 188 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Why is your king not worried about his dukes consolidating power via marriages and alliances? Idk. Seems important. 93 t5 260 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Oh, your main character is a religious cynic so you don't have to worry about creating a system of faith for your world. How convenient. 5 tl 22 269 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Who domesticated the wheat that you're using to make that bread? 4 t 217 Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Who invented the process of making all that ale your characters are drinking. And why are they drinking it year round? How???? Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Uhm, also, who is breeding all of these horses? And where did they come from originally? Like, how did they end up here? Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 How did they agree on a systematized measure of time? Or of anything for that matter? Distance? Weight? Volume? Are there time zones? Brandon @brandonlgtaylor Aug 21 Epic fantasy reads like the notepad doodlings of the laziest history nerds on the planet. <p><a href="http://friendly-neighborhood-patriarch.tumblr.com/post/164974800512/thespectacularspider-girl-poorpoorpitifulme" class="tumblr_blog">friendly-neighborhood-patriarch</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://thespectacularspider-girl.tumblr.com/post/164974727869/poorpoorpitifulme-boyonetta-sunderlorn" class="tumblr_blog">thespectacularspider-girl</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://poorpoorpitifulme.tumblr.com/post/164974366977/boyonetta-sunderlorn-finally-someone-said" class="tumblr_blog">poorpoorpitifulme</a>:</p><blockquote> <p><a href="http://boyonetta.tumblr.com/post/164960162684/sunderlorn-finally-someone-said-it-all" class="tumblr_blog">boyonetta</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a href="http://sunderlorn.tumblr.com/post/164487606354/finally-someone-said-it-all-of-it-all" class="tumblr_blog">sunderlorn</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>FINALLY 👏 <a href="https://twitter.com/brandonlgtaylor">SOMEONE</a> 👏 SAID 👏 IT. 👏 ALL OF IT.  👏ALL AT ONCE. 👏</p> <p>(Thank you <a>@fallingawkwardly</a>​ for bringing this to my attention.)</p> </blockquote> <p>if u tell me u would read three hundred pages detailing the extensive process of domesticating the wheat that made the bread that the main character is eating ur either lying or ur really into wheat in a way i’m not entirely comfortable with</p> </blockquote> <p>Besides, in the real world, wheat was domesticated around 8000 years ago in the Middle East and spread to Europe (assuming the kinds of fantasy stories he’s complaining about are set in Fantasy Europe) long before the medieval era, so it’d be completely realistic for people to just act as if wheat were always domesticated and not think about it. </p> <p>Also, there really weren’t many entrepreneurs during the feudal era given that limited liability wasn’t a thing and getting stuck in debtor’s prison for a failed business venture was basically a death sentence. There would have been craftsmen and merchants and suchlike, but not really the culture of “small business owners” he seems to be envisioning. Equally, the middle class as a large-scale phenomenon wasn’t so much of a thing until the decline of feudalism in the late fifteenth, early sixteenth century.</p> <p>And all the nobility being established at the same time and all more or less recognising each other’s claims was basically exactly how the history of England went after the Norman Invasion. All the major noble families of the feudal era (and most still around today) could trace their lineage directly back to the first group of conquering nobles that came over with William I, and this difference in their origins from the common people would have been immediately obvious even after hundreds of years.</p> </blockquote> <p>Pedantic:  The Twitter Screed</p></blockquote> <p>Pedantry without true knowledge</p></blockquote> <p>I mean if you want to get pedantic and specific on a fantasy world you could always read the entire appendixes for LOTR.</p>

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