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savetheplanarians said: I was actually talking about a book I love more than pretty much anything, but just generally, relationships where the girl cuts off the guy’s hand are a big plus in my mind.

I must know more about this book

Do not ask me that.  You will get more information than you ever wanted.

There’s nothing more to tell, though, really, unless you want out-of-control spoilers.  You have to read The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, and then you have to read the sequel, The Queen of Attolia.  This is where the hand removal comes in (about which I get overwrought EVERY TIME, and which part I tend to skip on re-reads because I can’t handle it emotionally).  The best book of the series, by far, is The King of Attolia, which is the third book, but if you read the first one I can almost guarantee you’ll be so charmed that you’ll want to read all the others of your own volition.  

They’re somewhere between children’s and young adult fantasy novels (They were in the children’s section of my library, and I read the first one when I was 12 or so, but they’re sophisticated enough that I still enjoy them).  They’re an easy read (like, 2 hours, tops).  The protagonist is smart (also, impossibly dumb sometimes, but that’s ok).  And they’re all told from limited first person or limited third person, so when you get to the end you’re like, “WHAAAT??  That was what was happening this whole time?!  Oh my gosh.”  And then you read them again before you return them to the library because it’s not fair that such a huge amount of foreshadowing could slip by undetected.

Basically, if I could only bring one book series with me to a deserted island, it would be this one (or maybe LoTR, just because there would be so much more reading material, it’s hard to say), because: Witty dialogue.  Intelligent plot.  Political intrigue.  Pseudo-Ancient Greece. Gods who might be mythological and might tell you to stop whining and go to bed. Unconditional love.  Forgiveness.  Complicated relationships.  Trickery.  Horses.  Sword fighting.  Torture.  Revenge.  Beautiful queens who cut off people’s hands if they’re lucky.  Seriously the best characters you will ever meet.  If you (you, specifically) read these books and do not end up flailing around going GEN MY PRECIOUS BABY, then I know nothing.  

I would give serious consideration to paying you to read these books, just so I could have someone to flop about with enthusiastically.

kvothetheraving:

fuck-benedict-cumberbatch:

thewhisperinglady:

flowerfistandbestialwail:


In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.
The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn’t the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive — which is a lot to expect of a rat.
The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy — and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.
“A New Model of Empathy: The Rat” by David Brown, Washington Post


OH MY.

this just in: rats are more humane than humans

yo dude i’m PRETTY SURE if you were right next to a stranger in an unpleasantly restrictive cage you would let them out.

Yeah, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t save them a chocolate chip.

kvothetheraving:

fuck-benedict-cumberbatch:

thewhisperinglady:

flowerfistandbestialwail:

In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.

The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn’t the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive — which is a lot to expect of a rat.

The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy — and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state.

“A New Model of Empathy: The Rat” by David Brown, Washington Post

OH MY.

this just in: rats are more humane than humans

yo dude i’m PRETTY SURE if you were right next to a stranger in an unpleasantly restrictive cage you would let them out.

Yeah, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t save them a chocolate chip.

The Cutest Thing You Will Learn Today

A baby camelid (alpaca/llama/camel/etc) is called a cria (pronounced KREE-ah)

As a result, when a mama llama gives birth to a baby llama, it’s called criation.

agentskyward:

THIS FUCKING SHOW I SWEAR TO GOD

Muppets Try Out For Star Wars

tomiswatching:

peaceypanic:

fearisdead:

missythemermaid:

Moss Graffiti: A How To Guide

are you fucking for real

Oh man, i was actually looking for this the other day.

Yay it’s back to remind me of something awesome I haven’t gotten done yet

this is fucking sick

goldenwallen:

Xua Lei Porcelain crushed Cans

That moment

pickenspocketses:

when you tell your friend, “Dude, I just found you the single best birthday present of all time. Omg. I’m so excited. Wait until you see it!!”, and your friend is like, “yeah, yeah, ok, whatever”, until she gets the package. And then she understands. :-)

Yeah, but, ok, in my defense, that’s not the kind of present any normal person would ever dream of expecting.  book, sure.  Even, like, two books.

No one expects their friend to do an impression of the Beast from the Disney movie and get them a whole freaking library full of all their favorite books for their birthday.  That is a fairy tale thing, not a real life thing.

(Except, just kidding!  It turns out real life and fairy tales occasionally intersect.  If you ever need me to cry on you after the last petal falls off of your flower, let me know.  I’m all over it.)

policymic:

Doctor saves child’s life by practicing heart surgery on 3D-printed model

Heart surgery is an extremely difficult procedure. Even more so when the tiny anatomy of a small child is involved. When 14-month old Roland Lian Cung Bawi’s heart was failing him, his surgeon Erle Austin knew that he had to prepare meticulously for an intricate operation. Initially he consulted other surgeons, but this yielded conflicting advice. So Austin turned to 3D printing for help.

Using the facilities at the University of Louisville’s engineering school, Austin and his medical team produced a three dimensional model of little Ronald’s heart. Pediatric operations are difficult because the interior structures of a child’s organs are small and hard to see clearly. This model allowed the surgical team to come up with a precise plan to limit the amount of exploratory incisions, reduce operating time and prevent the need for follow-up operations.

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