Ruins, northwestern France, summer 1944, after D-Day.
American troops clear wreckage in Saint-Lô, Normandy, 1944.
Destroyed town in northwest France, summer 1944.
American troops in courtyard of ruined building, northwestern France, summer 1944.
Ruined tank near St. Gilles (or perhaps Hambye), France, 1944.
American troops, northwestern France, summer 1944.
Ruined building and sign in French and German, northwestern France, summer 1944.
Jeeps (including a press vehicle) in the town square, Marigny (Manche), Normandy, 1944.
Ruins of a town in northwestern France, summer 1944.
Unloading vehicles and supplies from an LST (landing ship, tank) at Normandy beachhead, summer 1944. (source)
fot: Frank Scherschel
Life presents us with choices all the time: salad or pizza for lunch? Tea or coffee afterward? How we make these everyday decisions has been a topic of great interest to economists, who have devised theories about how we assign values to our options and use those values to make decisions.
"The Gift" by Raymond Carver (via flaowww)
Oh, Anon- no, no! You’re thinking about it all- wrong!
First off, stop comparing yourselves to ants. I mean, ants are magnificent creatures, who’ve lived for millennia with barely any necessity for evolving because their way of life is so efficient, don’t get me wrong— but you- you are not ants! You are human- beings! You are- people!
Alright. Look, say I have a pebble, and I’m standing by a pond, and I want to skip the pebble along the water. Pretend, in this scenario, that the pond represents the larger universe, and the pebble represent a single person - you, even, if you’d like.
So I ready my skipping arm, twist my wrist a little, let loose! And look, there you go!— skipping along the surface of the universe three or four times before finally plopping down.
Pretend, for a moment, that that’s your life span. Birth to death. You think, “Oh, but I only hopped across it three times. A hop, skip, and a jump, Doctor! That’s not significant at all.” Except wait! What happened every time the pebble hit against the water? There was a bit of a ripple effect there, wasn’t there? Branching out away from the centre point of each skip in a circumference that keeps widening and widening, expanding over the surface of the pond.
That is your effect on the universe. You see the results of your immediate actions — the pebble skipping on the water — but you don’t always get to see the broadening effects. You are shaping the world around you. You have a much larger effect on the way time and space contort and form than you could ever realise.
Like the TARDIS, people are so much bigger on the inside. So much bigger than they ever could realise and most of the time ever do realise, and certainly as vast as, if not more vast than, the universe you live in. Blimey, you create entire universes inside yourselves, with your magnificent imaginations and your ability to dream of things so much larger than what your species was originally built for.
Don’t besmirch that. When I say I’ve never met anybody that wasn’t important before, I mean it. And I know for a fact I will never meet somebody unimportant in the rest of my life to come. It’s one of the only things I can absolutely say with complete surety.
Because you’re not ants — you’re giants. Standing tall. And you are, oh!
—You are magnificent.
(THIS DID NOT MAKE ME TEAR UP I SWEAR)
Sword Pommel with the Arms of Pierre de Dreux
- Dated: circa 1240–50
- Culture: French
- Medium: Copper, gold, enamel, iron
- Measurements: Horizontal diameter, 2 5/16 in. (6 cm) Vertical diameter, 2 7/16 in. (6.1 cm) Thickness at center, 7/16 in. (1.1 cm) Thickness at base: 1/2 in. (1.2 cm) Weight, 8 oz. (226.8 g)
This sword pommel is decorated with the arms of Pierre de Dreux, Duke of Brittany and Earl of Richmond (circa 1190–1250), who was captured during the Seventh Crusade at the Battle of al-Mansurah in Egypt on February 8, 1250. He was later ransomed and released, but died during his return to France.
The eyes sometimes have it, beating out the tongue, nose and brain in the emotional and biochemical balloting that determines the taste and allure of food, a scientist said here today. Speaking at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest…
#jesus christ this has a cure for everything
That Gatorade one is real talk.
When my rats had skin mites I’d cover them in cooking oil. However trying to wash an oily rat was much more of a challenge than washing a dry rat. One drop of advance between the shoulder blade like on a cat or dog works much more effectively and faster.
These are all great but quick note: DO NOT USE THE DRYER SHEET TRICK FOR CATS. It is cool for dogs, but very bad for cats.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Toothpaste only works on CHEMICAL burns, since toothpaste is a base that cancels out the acid. If you get a heat burn, toothpaste will dry it out and make it worse. So only put toothpaste on a chemical burn!!!
Okay, these are cool. I know the Gatorade one is because of the whole elctrolyte business. And with the dryer sheet thing: I wouldn’t recommend it. It has been proven to be quite toxic for pets, especially if your pet licks themselves or something.