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markscherz:

hyacynthus:

stirfriedgiblets:

What species of snake is that? It’s stunning! hyacynthus @markscherz

Looks like a bush viper of some sort (Atheris spp.).

This is Atheris squamigera, the variable bush viper.

markscherz:

hyacynthus:

stirfriedgiblets:

What species of snake is that? It’s stunning! hyacynthus @markscherz

Looks like a bush viper of some sort (Atheris spp.).

This is Atheris squamigera, the variable bush viper.

(Source: mychestpainwantsacigarette)

Reporters: stop asking about my dating life

ehmeegee:

We’ve started placing non-monetary bets on the likelihood that I’m asked about my personal life during publicity interviews.

So far I’ve been correct 100% of the time.

I can’t completely understand the fascination with my dating life; maybe I just really do a stellar job of keeping it ambiguous and therefore compellingly mysterious, such that it warrants questioning during professional interviews. But more often there’s this awe-like oscillation between “It must be really hard for you to date because your job is so unique and you do gross things sometime” and “You must get dates all of the time.”

Like today. I mention how I find standing in the dermestid colony room is comforting; it’s an area I wander to when I need to clear my head. It’s quiet, save for the gentle crackling of the busy beetles, hungrily going about their lives while they eat and breed and die amongst eviscerated fauna. Pretty soothing. Believe me, there is no quieter place in the Museum. But the minute I being this up the response is “oh giiiirrrrlll we’ve got to get you a date.”

I get that I’m this quirky paradox of a woman: how is it possible I’m pretty, articulate, and also smart? and kinda weird? Gosh the solution to those problems must mean I only got this way because I didn’t have a man in my life to keep me boring and level-headed. Ignore the fact they assume I am also straight.

It comes up again: “do you work with any hot, Indiana Jones scientists?” Hey here’s one for you: are you going to ask my male colleagues these same questions? Going to imply they need to get a date instead of publish so many compelling papers about their research? And I’ll have you know that I’m infinitely more attracted to someone’s wit and candor, and the quality of the work they publish in reputable scientific journals and the eagerness they have to explore our world than whatever physical form they ended up taking. I would marry a gorilla if it were so sophisticated.

Sometimes I feel the most sexism occurring in these fields comes in the form of awkward publicity. I’ve also been asked by reporters if I would pose for Playboy if approached - and what I would charge to accept. If you want to ask me about natural history, or museums, or social media, or science literacy - be my guest. But don’t expect a straightforward answer if you derail the conversation to pry into my personal life.

shadyufo:

Quick, someone buy this cute little twerp before his listing expires! Roadkill squirrel skull for sale HERE in my Etsy shop! Only $4.50!

shadyufo:

Quick, someone buy this cute little twerp before his listing expires! Roadkill squirrel skull for sale HERE in my Etsy shop! Only $4.50!

kathtea:

straggletag:

s-eyfert:

princessandtheprep:

This is one of the most insulting things that I have ever seen, it makes me so mad I actually want to cry. I can’t believe magazines think that they can just dip a woman in brown paint, give her clothes from my culture to put on for a couple hours and then have audacity to call her an “African Queen”. Growing up I heard every joke about Africans and saw the negative stereotypes portrayed by the media that tried to make me feel so bad about where I come from. Yet Ive noticed when fashion magazine want to do spreads portraying poise and exoticness they often turn to Africa ( and many other foreign continents/nations) proving time and again that Africa is more than the negative images you see in the media)  but this time, to try and take parts of my beautiful culture just to have white women play the role of an “African Queen” proves that beauty cannot be seen in our countries/cultures unless it is represented by White people. 

what. the. fuck???

It’s really really offensive- but… I also just think it’s astoundingly ridiculous. There are _SO MANY_ gorgeous gorgeous black models out there. It’s incomprehensible for me. Like- If you’re going to be a white washing prick- why would you paint her in black face? I just… what? What? 

DISGUSTING. Denying blackface is STILL blackface.

clockwork-serpent:

Jaw-dropping het caramel albino sumatran short tail python - Matt Turner @ Curtusforum.org

Just gonna go get a mop for this puddle of drool …

mypocketshurt90:

Girl orders pizza
Boy delivers pizza
Dog pulls girl’s pants down
I am girl
Why puppy why
Fuck my life

Oh god it sounds like the start of a bad porno…