earthstory: Incredible opal When forests are…

earthstory:

Incredible opal

When forests are buried by hot volcanic ash their existence is sometimes preserved through geological history for our joy and wonderment by a process of replacement, whereby silica from the ash is remobilised by mineralising waters and infiltrated into the spaces where the trees used to be before the ash burned them up. Sometimes the process is so perfect that individual cells can be made out in the microscope, or the ridges of the bark.

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“This is my cat Missy. It’s short for Missile …

satirizing:

i just want to say this is 1) excellent and 2) not uncommon…i work at a vet clinic and some of the names are so fuckin weird but i love it???? clients will be like “we call her stevie. it’s short for death metal steve” or “this is turkey but his LEGAL name is scarecrow jones” thank u

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sindri42:

fliting:

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eggcup:

tilthat:

TIL there is a species of fungus that only exists in Texas and rural Japan, and is thought to have been in both places for 19 million years

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turns people into cowboys or samurais depending on which place you’re in 

That explains why cowboy movies and samurai movies are so similar.

Cowboys are Alolan form Samurai

So in Japan it’s called Kirinomitake while in Texas it’s called either Texas Star (because after releasing spores it’s unfolded into a star shape) or the Devil’s Cigar because it starts out as a long oblong mushroom but then it unfolds with an ominous hissing noise and releases a big smoky black cloud of spores.

It only grows in these two places, and people did genetic testing and a bunch of math to determine that the two populations started diverging from each other nineteen million goddamn years ago, so it’s not possible for humanity to have moved it from one place to the other. They’re at the same latitude, but 11,000 fucking kilometers apart not to mention the goddamn ocean in the way.

“this is only another illustration of the unusual and unpredictable distribution of many species of the fungi. It would be difficult indeed to account for it, and we merely accept the facts as they are.”

So apparently it’s pretty common in the mycological world to find some bullshit that can’t be explained and would probably drive men mad to look at too closely, and just sort of shrug and move on with your day.

The species is also the only example of its genus.

Your daily reminder that anyone who devotes their life to studying fungi is not to be trifled with because their brain is full of things humanity was never supposed to notice.

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i-am-a-fish:

hey government,

give lesbians money, give lesbians free hats. do it right now

incessantlyphlegmatic: samefeels: you skate A…

incessantlyphlegmatic:

samefeels:

you skate AND you die

My cousin Throckmorton the skateboarder could shred that

tredlocity: teathattast: Throckmorton Your co…

tredlocity:

teathattast:

Throckmorton

Your cousin Throckmorton, the skateboarder.

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yeahponcho:

poncho says Give Me That Right Now

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sometimes it’s wednesday but most of the time it’s not

25 Facts about Bees for World Bee Day. Here …

25 Facts about Bees for World Bee Day. Here is our jpg version…we also have hi-res poster printable pdf and ppt versions along with original individual posts from last year at: ftp://ftpext.usgs.gov/pub/er/md/laurel/Droege/25%20Facts%20Bees/
Pass along and do 1 good thing for bees today.