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misandry-mermaid:

Today in my linguistics class we watched the final episode of “Do you speak American?” There is a segment in it where they talk about how BMW chose the voice for its voice activated computer system. The first cars they released had a female voice, but BMW had to recall them almost instantly because men couldn’t handle being told what to do by a woman. The voice they use now is male, but younger and not too masculine-sounding, so as not to sound threatening to male customers.

Apparently male egos are so fragile that they can be threatened by a car GPS system. But of course women are okay with being told what to do by a man, because society has programmed us to think of that as normal.

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"Apparently male egos are so fragile that they can be threatened by a car GPS system"

…….

*Masculine computerized voice*: Turn right at First Street.

Dudebro: Wait, did that machine just tell me what to do?  DID THIS FUCKING F****T-ASS COMPUTER JUST TELL ME WHERE TO TURN??  Nah, man, I RULE THE ROAD!  This is MY fucking car!  Stand back babe, I gotta defend your honor.  Tell me where to turn again, you little shit!  Come at me bro!  COME AT ME, BRO!! 

liftheavy-hithard-movefast:

sixpenceee:

Krista and Tatiana Hogan are craniopagus twins, meaning they’re connected at the head.

They share a structure that connects Krista’s thalamus to Tatiana’s. The thalamus is a double-lobed organ that plays important roles in processing sensory input and creating consciousness.

Since Krista’s and Tatiana’s thalami are connected, scientists and members of the Hogan family think the girls might view the world differently than the rest of us do.

For example, Dr. Cochrane believes the girls can see through each other’s eyes. He came to this conclusion after covering Krista’s eyes, placing electrodes on her head, and watched Krista’s brain respond after shining a light in Tatiana’s pupils.

Other times, one girl will be watching TV while the other is looking somewhere else. Suddenly, the twin not watching TV will start laughing at what’s happening onscreen.

Their “thalamic bridge” also affects their sense of taste. Krista is a ketchup fiend, but Tatiana hates the stuff. Once, Krista was eating ketchup, and Tatiana furiously tried to wipe it off her own tongue even though she wasn’t eating any ketchup herself.

Perhaps the strangest phenomenon of all is that the twins sometimes use the word “I” to describe both of themselves at once.

As of 2011, no one had run any conclusive tests on the girls and their odd condition. However, scientists who have observed their behavior and brain scans are flabbergasted and excited. While no one can say for sure at the moment, it really does seem Krista and Tatiana can share private thoughts and perceive what the other is sensing.

As someone who wants to study consciousness in the future, I can say this is one of the most extraordinary cases I have ever heard of. 

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MORE WOW SCIENCE

Well.. this is … really fucking cool.

My first instinct is to think of all the cool studies that would teach us so much about normal people, not just this case…

to the fMRI!

86timewarp:

fatalfabian:

justlolalldaylong:

fullcollapse:

I officially take back everything I ever said about completely hating all sports

i would play the shit out of this

the guy on the floor trying to get up 

I’m sure we can resolve all world conflicts with this game

86timewarp:

fatalfabian:

justlolalldaylong:

fullcollapse:

I officially take back everything I ever said about completely hating all sports

i would play the shit out of this

the guy on the floor trying to get up 

I’m sure we can resolve all world conflicts with this game

twinkleofafadingstar:

white girls can’t wear bindis because in sixth grade one time i was dropped off at school by my aunt who was wearing a bindi at the time and some girl’s mom whispered to her friend how she would never let her daughter play with me because my family had probably been happy about 9/11 and then four years later that daughter showed up to school wearing a bindi as part of her “”“boho”“” look

fight me

niki-van-awesome:

spring-loaded-jesus-candles:

fireghostshigher:

A quick PSA, because working in a New Age store I realize a lot of people don’t know this.  Keep in mind this is the simple version.

The fella on the left-hand side, that’s Gautama Buddha, the Buddha, the central figure in Buddhism.  Note that he is not considered a god, but a teacher and spiritual leader, the first to attain Enlightenment in his era.  Note also how thin he is.  This is because the Buddha fasted a lot.  He was born Siddhartha Gautama.  Buddha is a title, and not actually his name.

The fella on the right-hand side is not Buddha.  This is a common misconception in the West.  That is Hotai (or Budai or Hotei depending on the language), a Buddhist monk from China and folkloric hero.  Hotai is thought by many to be a Buddha, but he is not the Buddha.  Unlike Buddha, Hotai actually is revered as a god in Chinese folklore, although not in Buddhist practice.

This post is based on things I’ve been taught by my Buddhist coworker but if I forgot or mixed up something important and you are Buddhist and you notice, please let me know.

This has been an informational post.  Have a nice day.

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD EVERYONE READ THIS. READ IT. LEARN IT. PREACH IT.

I AM SO TIRED OF EVERYONE BELIEVING THIS MISCONCEPTION.

(Source: internetdoashouting)

roarkshop:

aqueousserenade:

coledownlow:

I love this quote. I love this movie.

This scene impressed me so much when I first saw it. It still fills me with… idk something. I love it.

Still one of my favorite lines from a movie ever. 

(Source: moistowlettes)

sonianeverlime:

sleepy-tanuki:

A few weeks ago my japanese class did a gift exchange with our penpal class in japan and their box of stuff came in today. All of the gifts had really cute messages on yellow notes. This one was my favorite..image

LETS BECOME DIABETES

lordeddardstark:

sansa stark flips over a table shouting my how the tables have turned, grabs the grey wind head and jet packs into the sky