memorable lines: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors
Memories may be passed down through generations in DNA in a process that may be the underlying cause of phobias
Memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of their ancestors, according to new research that may explain how phobias can develop. Scientists have long assumed that memories and learned experiences built up during a lifetime must be passed on by teaching later generations or through personal experience. However, new research has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA. Researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, found that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences – in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom – to subsequent generations. The results may help to explain why people suffer from seemingly irrational phobias – it may be based on the inherited experiences of their ancestors. (via Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors - Telegraph)
Misa on Wheels
Cosplay: We’re all geeks wearing costumes. ALL of us.
If we learned anything from the Mayans, it’s that if you don’t finish something, it’s not the end of the world.
|—||Yui, asking the realest questions (via thousandhandbrightskycannon)|
Woah, these episode titles, if read in order, read like a sentence:
Not losing to the rain, not losing to the wind, not losing to the storm; never losing that smile. That’s how I wish to be, beautiful and strong.
It’s from Kenji’s Miyazawa’s poem, “Ame ni mo makezu”
EDIT: Since this is a Gintama post, you guys might be interested hearing Sugita reciting this whole poem 8D Just look under Kenji Miyazawa tag
And this is only part of the original poem. the whole translation by Roger Pulvers is
not losing to the rain, not losing to the wind, not losing to the snow nor to summer’s heat, with a strong body, unfettered by desire, never losing temper, cultivating a quiet joy, every day four bowls of brown rice, miso and some vegetables to eat, in everything, count yourself last and put others before you, watching and listening, and understanding, and never forgetting, in the shade of the woods of the pines of the fields, being in a little thatched hut, if there is a sick child to the east, going and nursing over them, if there is a tired mother to the west, going and shouldering her sheaf of rice, if there is someone near death to the south, going and saying there’s no need to be afraid, if there is a quarrel or a suit to the north, telling them to leave off with such waste, when there’s drought, shedding tears of sympathy, when the summer’s cold, wandering upset, called a blockhead by everyone, without being praised, without being blamed, such a person, I want to become
japanese original here ( Miyazawa Kenji 1896～1933 )
do you have those memories that are really cringey and you never speak of and something triggers the memory and you want to fucking wash your brain out with bleach
Tired swimmer rescued in Finland
During the first weekend of November, a Finnish man was kayaking on a lake in a thick fog. He saw something floating in the water, and when he got closer he saw that it was a Northern Hawk-Owl. It was clearly exhausted and the man lifted it out of the freezing water onto the tip of his kayak. The owl then crawled to his lap for warmth and burrowed under his lifejacket.
Since his original destination was too far away, the man decided to head for a nearby art museum on the lake shore. Once there he was eagerly assisted by both visitors and a museum guide, who took the bird in to rest and dry up next to a warm stove. At the end of the day the owl had recovered and was released back into the wild.
How the owl ended up in the lake in the first place remains a mystery. It may have got lost in the fog, or have been driven out to the lake by Hooded Crows (if a flock spots a predatory bird they tend to chase it away quite aggressively).
(This is my summarized translation of the article which is only available in Finnish. No copyright infringement is intended, only sharing this to celebrate the brave little owl and all the people who helped him.)