the way things are

khaleesiofhale:

deanckles:

I want a story about a gay girl disguising herself as a guy to get into an all boy school. When she meets her roommate, he happens to have a banging personality and a very pleasing face. The girl has a sexuality crisis because she starts to fall for the roommate but in reality, the roommate is actually another girl disguised as a guy so that she can attend the school

#the entire school is just gay girls dressed as guys in hopes of attending the school (via buttergin)

the-mishapocalypse-is-coming:

As you can see here, the Potterheads are ever so slowly going insane for lack of new material to fangirl over.

the-mishapocalypse-is-coming:

As you can see here, the Potterheads are ever so slowly going insane for lack of new material to fangirl over.

svaggity-svat-i-can-do-zat:

THIS IS THE ONE GIF SET I HAVE WAITED MY ENTIRE LIFE FOR

tastefullyoffensive:

Yer a hazard, Harry! [ferribitch]

tastefullyoffensive:

Yer a hazard, Harry! [ferribitch]

If the signs were mythological creatures:
Aries: Werewolf
Taurus: Hell hound
Gemini: Doppelgänger
Cancer: Banshee
Leo: Fairy
Virgo: Angel
Libra: Nymph
Scorpio: Siren
Sagittarius: Ghost
Capricorn: Mermaid
Aquarius: Vampire
Pisces: Shapeshifter
ariturl:

OVEN BAKING. HEAVY BREATHING. DONT GIVE A FUCK IF ITS CARBS THAT  IM EATING.

ariturl:

OVEN BAKING. HEAVY BREATHING. DONT GIVE A FUCK IF ITS CARBS THAT  IM EATING.

smitethepatriarchy:

greenthepress:

smartercities:

Meet The 14-Year-Old Girl Who Developed A Low-Cost Water Purification System | FastCompany
The next generation of scientists is already hard at work solving our biggest problems. Take Deepika Kurup, a 14-year-old high school student from Nashua, New Hampshire. After seeing children in India drinking dirty water from a stagnant pool, she decided, in her words, “to find a solution to the global water crisis.” And then she actually made some progress towards that goal, developing a solar-powered water purification system.

She is the future

Ever notice how it’s always brilliant teenagers making stuff that will actually solve the world’s worst problems, like what do adults even do?

smitethepatriarchy:

greenthepress:

smartercities:

Meet The 14-Year-Old Girl Who Developed A Low-Cost Water Purification System | FastCompany

The next generation of scientists is already hard at work solving our biggest problems. Take Deepika Kurup, a 14-year-old high school student from Nashua, New Hampshire. After seeing children in India drinking dirty water from a stagnant pool, she decided, in her words, “to find a solution to the global water crisis.” And then she actually made some progress towards that goal, developing a solar-powered water purification system.

She is the future

Ever notice how it’s always brilliant teenagers making stuff that will actually solve the world’s worst problems, like what do adults even do?

dr-archeville:

teaandbrimstone:

intheindigo:

sourcedumal:

note-a-bear:

ooooooh

OOOH LOOK AT THAT HISTORICAL ACCURACY THO

I think he’s the man that The 13th Warrior was loosely based upon.

Viking and Islamic trade and cooperation is very old and It’s believed much of the Norse steelforging techniques were taught to them by Arabic scholars and smiths.

This is from The Viking World, a compilation of scholarly papers on various subjects relating to the Viking Age, compiled and edited by Stefan Brink & Neil Price.  This is from chapter 39, “Vikings and Islam,” by Egil Mikkelsen (which you can read for free here).  Here’s the stuff above in text form:

The most famous Arabic source concerning the descriptions of the Vikings is Ibn Fadlan who wrote an account of a journey from Baghdad to the Volga Bulgars in 921-2. His main task was to spread the Muslim faith to this people (Wikander 1978).  He tells that he saw among these people 5,000 men and women, who had all converted to Islam.  They were called al-baringȃr, which is interpreted as an Arabic rendering of the Old Norse name væringar, another name for Vikings (Lewicki 1972: 12; Wikander 1978: 21).  Ibn Fadlan built a mosque of wood for them to perform Islamic service and he taught them to pray.  There are some difficulties in interpreting this part of the Arabic

And, yes, elements of Ibn Fadlan's account were used in Michael Crichton's novel Eaters of the Dead, which was adapted to film in The 13th Warrior with Antonio Banderas as Ibn Fadlan.