humansofnewyork:

This was so funny. I ran into this Mexican couple on a trail in Central Park, and they were lugging around all these balloons. I asked what the balloons were for, and the guy told me that he’d brought them all the way from Mexico. He said he’d concocted this elaborate plan, where he’d given balloons to different people around the city (starting with the hotel concierge), and sent the girl on a scavenger hunt to find them."Just because?" I asked."Just because," he said.
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When I got home, I had an email. It said: 
Brandon,
I couldn’t tell you, but I was about to ask her to marry me.
She said yes!

Rodrigo

humansofnewyork:

This was so funny. I ran into this Mexican couple on a trail in Central Park, and they were lugging around all these balloons. I asked what the balloons were for, and the guy told me that he’d brought them all the way from Mexico. He said he’d concocted this elaborate plan, where he’d given balloons to different people around the city (starting with the hotel concierge), and sent the girl on a scavenger hunt to find them.
"Just because?" I asked.
"Just because," he said.

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When I got home, I had an email. It said: 

Brandon,

I couldn’t tell you, but I was about to ask her to marry me.

She said yes!

Rodrigo

bobak:

sci-universe:

On 27 November 2012, a hurricane  was identified at the heart of Saturn’s hexagonal jet stream at the planet’s north pole by the international Cassini spacecraft. The eye of the hurricane spans about 2000 km (1,250 miles) and the clouds at the outer edge are travelling at 540 km/h (330 mph).

(Credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI)

The hexagonal shape of the storm is due to some very fun fluid dynamics. See here: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2010/2471.html

This will always make my head explode.

In the best way.

codepoint:

Rockets for military and recreational uses date back to at least 13th century China. Significant scientific, interplanetary and industrial use did not occur until the 20th century, when rocketry was the enabling technology for the Space Age, including setting foot on the moon. Rockets are now used for fireworks, weaponry, ejection seats, launch vehicles for artificial satellites, human spaceflight, and space exploration. - Wikipedia

codepoint:

Rockets for military and recreational uses date back to at least 13th century China. Significant scientific, interplanetary and industrial use did not occur until the 20th century, when rocketry was the enabling technology for the Space Age, including setting foot on the moon. Rockets are now used for fireworks, weaponry, ejection seats, launch vehicles for artificial satellites, human spaceflight, and space exploration. - Wikipedia

Men who want to flirt with women have to realize: Women live in a state of continual vigilance about sexual safety. It’s like having a mild case of hay fever that never goes away. It’s not debilitating. You’re not weak. You’re not afraid. You just suck it up and get on with your life. It’s nothing that’s going to stop you from making discoveries, or climbing mountains, or falling in love. Sometimes you can almost forget about it. It doesn’t mean it’s not there, subtly sucking your energy. You learn to avoid situations that make it worse and seek out conditions that make it better.

If a female stranger is wary around you, it is not because she suspects you are a rapist, or that all men are rapists. It’s because a general level of circumspection is what vigilance requires. Don’t take it personally.

If this frustrates you, try to remember that women are blamed for lapsed vigilance. If a woman does get raped, everyone rushes to see where she let her guard down. Was she drinking? Was she alone? Was she wearing a short skirt? Did she go to a strange man’s room for coffee at 4am?

A woman must be seen to be vigilant as well as be vigilant. If she is deemed insufficiently vigilant, she will be at least partly blamed for any sexual violence that befalls her. If she’s regarded as downright reckless, that “evidence” can be used to completely exonerate her rapist. If it comes down to a he said/she said dispute over whether sex was consensual, as so many rape cases do, the dispute becomes a referendum on whether the woman seems like the sort of reckless person who would have sex with a stranger.

If a woman does go back to a strange man’s hotel room at 4am, even if she only wants a coffee and conversation, she’s more or less given him the power to rape her. No jury is going to believe she went up there for anything but sex. So, don’t be surprised if a stranger reacts badly to that suggestion.

Attention, Space Cadets: Do Not Proposition Women in the Elevator  (via kayleyhyde)

(via theashleyclements)

humansofnewyork:

He said: “Do what makes you happy.” I said: “And what makes you happy?”He said nothing, but patted his son on the back.

humansofnewyork:

He said: “Do what makes you happy.” 
I said: “And what makes you happy?”
He said nothing, but patted his son on the back.

humansofnewyork:

"Why are you wearing a pilot’s outfit?""I wear it every day.""Do you want to be a pilot when you grow up?""No, I want to be a teacher.""Why aren’t you wearing a teacher’s outfit?""I don’t have one."

humansofnewyork:

"Why are you wearing a pilot’s outfit?"
"I wear it every day."
"Do you want to be a pilot when you grow up?"
"No, I want to be a teacher."
"Why aren’t you wearing a teacher’s outfit?"
"I don’t have one."

laur-ly:

Louis C.K. on the importance of being present.

I used to take issue with some of his comedy, but the more I open myself up to him (and agree to disagree on certain bits), the more I am impressed by his overall decency as a human being. And his ability to be raw, embrace vulnerability, and say hey, sometimes life sucks. But you know what? That’s what makes it awesome.

kennyjb:

 The Government Shutdown explained in the best way.  

(via wilwheaton)

measuredvoice:

Here’s an update of our graph showing the number of Tweets sent by the federal government during the week of the shutdown.

sarabenincasa:

This is what a health insurance denial letter looks like.

I was denied twice in 2012 by two different companies for my pre-existing condition (depression and anxiety). It was kind of depressing and anxiety-making.

Thank you, Democrats, for the Affordable Care Act of 2010.