God bless you, melatonin.
"This alarm is set for 6 hours and 37 minutes from now."
African bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus) by Ian White [flickr]
#look at how dumb he is
I think you mean MAJESTIC
God bless you, melatonin.
Australian Endangered Species: Largetooth Sawfish
By Peter Kyne, Charles Darwin University
Sharks and rays are some of the world’s most threatened animals, with a quarter of all species at risk of extinction. Among the sharks and rays, sawfish are some of the most threatened, with all five species listed as Critically Endangered or Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The Largetooth Sawfish (Pristis pristis), previously known locally as the Freshwater Sawfish, is one of the planet’s largest fish, growing to over 6.5m in length.
The Largetooth Sawfish is a “euryhaline” species: capable of moving freely across a range of salinities from pure freshwater to the oceans. Its life cycle is complex and fascinating, encompassing a wide variety of habitats – floodplains, billabongs, creeks, rivers, estuaries and marine waters.
Young Largetooth Sawfish are born in estuaries before migrating upstream to spend their first 4-5 years of life in river systems. Locally they have been recorded up to 400 kilometres from the coast in the Fitzroy River. Upon nearing maturity they move back to coastal and marine waters.
Read the full article here
I love these. Some of the most improbable animals. Every time I pass them, I just go “WHYYYY”.
So the internet just gave my tumblr name a whole new (literal) meaning. I was alerted to a photo of me gathering massive attention via a friend who linked me to a Reddit post titled “Don’t worry guys, I’m taking hipster to the next level.”
Apparently some guy on the train uploaded this photo to twitter it has been spreading like wildfire since. Surprisingly when I read the thread on Reddit a lot of it was positive/supportive. I’m surprised by how unfazed and genuinely funny I find the negative comments. People’s theories as to why I am dressed like this, and who I really am are also really interesting.
I’m dressed like this for a number reasons. Firstly, and fore-mostly, I genuinely like the clothes I am wearing. I’ve described my look as “anywhere from hipster chic to kawaii gangsta Harajuku princess”. This is the epitome of the latter. I love sailor moon, I love pink, those converse are kawaii as fuck and yeah fuck you I’m wearing Prada sunglasses. I don’t really dress like this all the time, but I wish I did more often. I mostly don’t because I want to keep the look fresh. I wore this outfit because I had an art exhibition at my college and wanted to express myself.
I also find men’s fashion extremely limiting in both types of clothes, cuts of clothes and colours. Women have so many beautiful options. So I pillage their aisles a lot because I wanna look pretty.
This was also a statement. As an artist I think fashion is incredibly important. This day, I wanted something that not only reflected my personality and artistic sensibilities but also have some social commentary. A lot of my work, or what I want my work to speak about, is sex and sexuality and notions of gender and gender roles. How many of you knew pink actually use to be associated with boys, not girls? Personally I think the idea of “This is a boy colour”, “This is a girl colour” or “Barbies are for girls”, “Power Rangers are for boys” is dumb as fuck. Creating social and cultural boundaries does nothing but limit the potential of a person. By dressing like this I am breaking that boundary for myself and attempting to reflect that sentiment.
Keeps getting better. Rock on, man.
Yesss this is awesome! I would love to see more of this.
Pop-Science’s Penis Fixation
Earlier today [4/17/14], scientists announced they’d discovered an insect with a new kind of female sex organ. It looks a bit like a penis, and is called a gynosome. But almost every news outlet covered the story by describing the insects as “females with penises.” This isn’t just painfully wrong — it’s bad for science.
From reading the science news today, you’d assume that we’d found female bugs with penises, or organs that penetrate and inseminate their partners during sex. “In this group of insects, females wear the penises!” Discover magazine trumpeted. “In this insect, females have penises and males have vaginas,” National Geographic elaborated. The Verge declared that scientists had found a “female penis,” while Scientific American informed us that this female insect uses her “spiky penis” to “take charge.” Even the original scientific article’s headline included the phrase “female penis, male vagina.”
Except the gynosome isn’t a penis. As Jason Goldman explains in an article about the gynosome, this is a hitherto unknown form of sexual organ in the animal kingdom. When female members of the Brazilian bug species Neotroglamate with males, they insert their gynosomes into the male’s sexual organ. Once inside the male’s body, the gynosome inflates and grows spines, then absorbs both sperm and nutrients from the male for several days.
I’m sorry, but does this sound like a penis to you? When was the last time you found a penis that grew spines, absorbed nutrients, remained erect for 75 hours, or allowed its owner to get pregnant? Pretty much the only thing this organ has in common with a penis is that it’s used to penetrate a partner during sex. (continue reading)
* I highly suggest you all read the entire article I linked above as it is a splendidly executed editorial piece, the like which I have not seen in quite some time. *
I’ve seen a number of posts on this topic going around. All proclaiming the awesomeness of this female penis. The thing is, Neotrogla has a gynosome and not a penis. So why should you care?
- New things don’t always fit into the old boxes, and that’s ok.
The gynosome is new. We’ve never seen anything like this before and that is a BIG FRICKING DEAL! So when we change the language from gynosome to penis, we essentially strip this discovery of its fascinating new-ness. Instead of encouraging readers to learn more about this new type of sex organ, this penis talk allows readers to cling to their preconceived notions regarding sexual selection and sexual behavior.
One penis to one vagina.
Safe. Familiar. Normal.
Science is all about understanding the world around us and sharing that knowledge with others. Science isn’t about encouraging (inadvertently or not) misconceptions because new language / discoveries might make some people a bit uncomfortable.
- Chicks with dicks. How original.
You’re making a dick joke. I get it, but I’m not laughing.
The whole basis of this joke is that it is funny because it is different. I mean, why on earth would a female animal have a protruding genital organ?
It’s not like spotted hyenas have an enlarged clitoris and fused labia to produce what is commonly referred to as a pseudo-penis. Oh wait…
Geoffory’s spider monkeys have enlarged labia which form a pendulous, which is larger than the male’s flaccid penis.
And let’s not forget the seahorse females who use an ovipositor to deposit her eggs into the male’s brood pouch for fertilization and gestation.
The animal kingdom is filled with structures that may look and function differently than our own. If you’re stuck snickering over a penis joke you won’t find out what natural and sexual selection forces lead to this astounding variety.
- Stop trying to qualify animal behavior along human-centric perspectives.
Sexual selection is a weird branch of Ethology. An awesome one, but a weird one, and courtship behaviors/ mating systems/ sex organs you find in the animal world rarely line up with human textbook notions of reproductive sex.
Now this isn’t any surprise to those of us in the scientific community, but what about the average person? Are they going to want to conduct some further research or will they simply take the pop-sci version as fact? These are the same type of people who believe in domineering and aggressive alpha males, in timid females, and in animals that are strictly business when it comes to sex. (HAH! Tell that to the bonobo!).
With so many media sources jumping on this ‘female penis’ train (snicker), why would the average person have any reason to doubt this claim. After all, the internet never lies.
Sexual “roles” (which may also be referred to as gender roles in humans) are incredibly complicated when we’re discussing our own species… So why would we ever try to apply such binary logic to EVERY ANIMAL IN THE WORLD? It just doesn’t make sense. I’m not saying that every article that used the penis terminology is guilty of this, but a lot of them are.
Of course, not everyone agrees with this perspective. Ed Yong of National Geographic wrote a response to the article above defending his use of the term “female penis”. What do you guys think? Is this this just a metaphor used for simple explanation, or a penis game that has gone too far? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
You took all the words out of my mouth, and then some.
Personally, I see this as more “penis is normal, anything else is a variation” stuff. Also the “chicks with dicks” thing. Why not just say that these females have an interesting way of retrieving sperm? Nope, has to be a version of a penis.
I’m just not even going to touch on sexuality, human or otherwise. That’s like… A year’s worth of discussion.
thejunglenook asked: I do not like this latest roommate of yours. He and I... we would have words.
I have tried. After he announced to me that some animals are untrainable, I made a silent vow. And, 4 months later, I seem to have been successful in training him to not talk to me.
I have many more stories. Including the time he lamented that he earns too much to get a second job. Right after I told him I was working 55 hours between my 3 $8/hr jobs.