I know I make fun of Pliny the Elder a lot, but I genuinely can’t stop thinking about this approach to taxonomy:


[There is a fish called the tursio, which bears a strong resemblance to the dolphin; it differs from it, however, in a certain air of sadness, and is wanting in its peculiar vivacity.]

Like, imagine someone describing an animal to you, but the only information they’ll provide is that it’s sort of like another animal, but much much sadder.

okay so apparently the word “Tursio” is what people in Pliny’s time called the porpoise. for reference, here is a dolphin:

A Dolphin with it's head above the water, mouth open to look like a smile.

and here is a porpoise:

A porpoise, underwater, mouth closed.

anyways long story short Pliny was entirely correct stop bullying him



so I think that the whole vampires vs christians thing is really more of a rivalry. cause like, think about it, who are the two main groups of blood drinkers? vampires and christians. really they’re not that different in their most defining activity. so it’s more a matter of these two groups being closely related yet so different.

I guess the central argument is ‘whose blood are we allowed to drink?’ christians say we can only drink gods blood but vampires, who are more egalitarian, believe we can drink anybody’s blood.



More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Design Award 

The AuthaGraph map is the most accurate map you’ll ever see. You probably won’t like it.

You probably don’t realize it, but virtually every world map you’ve ever
seen is wrong. And while the new AuthaGraph World Map may look strange,
it is in fact the most accurate map you’ve ever seen. 

The world maps we’re all used to operate off of the Mercator
projection, a cartographic technique developed by Flemish geographer
Gerardus Mercator in 1569. This imperfect technique gave us a map that
was “right side up,” orderly, and useful for ship navigation (because it
kept longitudes consistent and the angle from any point to the North
Pole constant) — but also one that distorted both the size of many
landmasses and the distances between them.

To correct these distortions, Tokyo-based architect and artist Hajime
Narukawa created the AuthaGraph map over the course of several years
using a complex process that essentially amounts to taking the globe
(more accurate than any Mercator map) and flattening it out…

Read more: https://allthatsinteresting.com/authagraph-world-map

I was fine until I noticed Brazil. 

What the fuck man?

Finally able to really visualise how HUGE Alaska is because it’s like, right there