Ever Wondering

A blog dedicated to sharing random pieces of information I come across. The world is fascinating and there's a world of knowledge at our fingertips.
xysciences:

Wallace-Bolyai-Gerwien theory is the theory that any two polygons are equidecomposable. 
That is that one can be cut into finitely many polygon pieces and be rearranged to obtain the second polygon. 
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xysciences:

Wallace-Bolyai-Gerwien theory is the theory that any two polygons are equidecomposable. 

That is that one can be cut into finitely many polygon pieces and be rearranged to obtain the second polygon. 

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Asker chead Asks:
hey what's up with the "!" in fandoms? i.e. "fat!<thing>" just curious thaxxx <3
ever-wondering ever-wondering Said:

nentuaby:

hosekisama:

michaelblume:

molly-ren:

stevita:

molly-ren:

molly-ren:

I have asked this myself in the past and never gotten an answer.

Maybe today will be the day we are both finally enlightened.

woodsgotweird said: man i just jumped on the bandwagon because i am a sheep. i have no idea where it came from and i ask myself this question all the time

Maybe someone made a typo and it just got out of hand?

I kinda feel like panic!at the disco started the whole exclamation point thing and then it caught on around the internet, but maybe they got it from somewhere else, IDK.

The world may never know…

Maybe it’s something mathematical?

I’ve been in fandom since *about* when Panic! formed and the adjective!character thing was already going strong, pretty sure it predates them.

It’s a way of referring to particular variations of (usually) a character — dark!Will, junkie!Sherlock, et cetera. I have suspected for a while that it originated from some archive system that didn’t accommodate spaces in its tags, so to make common interpretations/versions of the characters searchable, people started jamming the words together with an infix.

(Lately I’ve seen people use the ! notation when the suffix isn’t the full name, but is actually the second part of a common fandom portmanteau. This bothers me a lot but it happens, so it’s worth being aware of.)

"Bang paths" (! is called a "bang"when not used for emphasis) were the first addressing scheme for email, before modern automatic routing was set up. If you wanted to write a mail to the Steve here in Engineering, you just wrote "Steve" in the to: field and the computer sent it to the local account named Steve. But if it was Steve over in the physics department you wrote it to phys!Steve; the computer sent it to the "phys" computer, which sent it in turn to the Steve account. To get Steve in the Art department over at NYU, you wrote NYU!art!Steve- your computer sends it to the NYU gateway computer sends it to the "art" computer sends it to the Steve account. Etc. ("Bang"s were just chosen because they were on the keyboard, not too visually noisy, and not used for a huge lot already).

It became pretty standard jargon, as I understand, to disambiguate when writing to other humans. First phys!Steve vs the Steve right next to you, just like you were taking to the machine, then getting looser (as jargon does) to reference, say, bearded!Steve vs bald!Steve.

So I’m guessing alternate character version tags probably came from that.

(( ►: What are your top 3 favorite types of goat?))
ever-wondering ever-wondering Said:

the-spark-in-space:

I hate you for this question… because this is an extremely hard question… goats are like dogs there are over a hundred breeds and you want me to juST PICK THREE?!

Fine.. yes fine… hmmm…. in no particular order, I can share three of my favorites.

1) Nubian

Not Anglo-Nubian, those are a different, smaller breed but I’m talking about Nubian, the big ones, the fun ones. Nearby zoo had a Nubian goat, Tino (may he rest in peace now after not surviving last winter), who was about 4.5 feet tall and weighed near 200 lbs.

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They have a very distinct face you won’t find in many other goats. Long arching nose, round nose, and of course those big floppy ears that are adorable.

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They flop flop flop all over the floppin’ place when they run. Because they have such large ears unlike most breeds, Nubian’s typically get the nickname as the Rabbit Goat, Greyhound Goat, and Lop-eared Goat.

2) Bilberry Goat

Possibly the most endangered goat you will ever love. They were found in Ireland by a place called Bilberry Rock and you all know about the sandcats that floated around? Saying sandcats only have like a hundred left in the world? Bilberry goats number 47 as of 2008 andonly due to conservation efforts. Back in 2000 there were only 7 recorded to exist up in Ireland.

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They are a feral breed, surviving on the range by Bilberry Rock and thriving quite well considering the state they were in early 2000s.

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Guess what makes them unique. That fur.. those horns.. thAT FUR! Possibly the most majestic wild goats that will trample the life out of you if you get too close to their young. I love these babies and their name is just as cute as they are.

3) Markor Goat

Who is this goat you might ask?

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NATIONAL ANIMAL OF PAKISTAN BITCHES!

They are found in the mountains of Asia in Afghanistan, Pakistan (of course), Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It’s a wild breed as well and it’s most distinctive trait are those magnificent horns!

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LOOK AT THEM!

And let me tell you this goat even has folklore to it. With it’s name being derived from the words snake “mar” and khor “eater” this guy was believed to be able to kill snakes and then eat them afterwards despite the vemon within the serpents. Today, when the Markor chews it’s cud, a foam forms at the edges of it’s mouth and when it drops to the ground it dries. The foam is sought out by local people believing it can help extract snake poison from bitten victims.

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Look this goat has a stamp. IT’S ON A STAMP! In Finland actually (Zhoid if you find one send it plz.. plz I need this).

Unfortunately, this species is also endangered… but does not have the same protection as the bilberry goats.

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It’s a popular hunting trophy. People travel to the Asian mountains just to find this feral beauty and kill him to hang on the wall even though currently there are less than 2000 remaining in the wild and it’s a NATIONAL ANIMAL of a country. But you know, whatever, I’m sure it’s popular to hunt the bald eagle too right? No? Why not? WHY NOT?!

So yeah. Sorry for the long post but here is a little education lesson on three of my favorite goat breeds.

blujayart:

This is one of the craziest things I’d ever heard of, and I spent the entire rest of the day after learning this being super excited (and slightly terrified) about it.

If you can’t read my handwriting, this is Epomis dejeani. There are all kinds of crazy videos of these things taking down frogs and toads (you might not wanna watch if you’re squeamish, they get a bit gruesome). In that last link, the frog eats the larva, which continues moving around inside it until the frog spits it up two hours later, at which point the larva turns around and eats thefrog HOLY CRAP

Also did I mention the adults actually paralyze their victims? Scientists aren’t even sure how they do it— they bite the back, but the spinal cord is actually intact

So yeah, that’s freakin nuts. Here’s an article with more information on this ridiculous species. I STILL can’t get over this.

(via hohniebear)

Origin of the Name Saskatchewan: The name for the province of Saskatchewan comes from the Cree, who called the Saskatchewan River “Kisiskatchewani Sipi,” meaning swiftly flowing river. (x)

Now you know who to blame for making it difficult to label maps nicely.

takentoglasgow:

la-hire-ships-it:

lokistimetravelingassbutt:

tomatomouthkisser:

sodamnrelatable:

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why hasn’t the scientific side of tumblr responded to this yet guys we are waiting here

When your hair soaks up water, the overall density of your hair increases. This increase in density causes your hair fibers to be arranged more tightly, which allows less light to shine through your hair fibers.

thank you

shine bright like less dense hair fibers

(via lunalynnlovegood)

"The Zapper really only consisted of two working parts: The trigger, and a photodiode. When the trigger is pulled, the photodiode kicks into gear, recording light levels from your television screen (usually, at least.) Once the NES realized you were firing, the entire screen would go black for a single frame. On the next frame, the area your target duck was in flashed white. If the photodiode registered the change from black to white, that meant you were pointing the gun in the right direction. For multiple targets, multiple target frames flash in sequence, telling the game which target was hit."

Sources:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/26875/how-did-duck-hunt-gun-work
http://kotaku.com/5719971/ever-wonder-how-the-nintendo-zapper-light-gun-worked

Aphids are small insects that suck sap from leaves, twigs, stems, or roots.  Because of this they are sometimes called “plant lice.  Woolly aphids prefer to suck sap from the woody stems of plants, rather than the foliage.

Aphids are a garden pest and can cause some damage to plants.  This is caused by their sap-sucking and also by their secretion of “honeydew.”  This can attract other pests (ants, flies, wasps), stunt plant growth, transmit plant viruses, and cause the deformation of leaves, buds, flowers, etc.

Fast facts:

  • Females reproduce without fertilization through a process called “parthenogenesis" and produce live young
  • When a plant becomes overcrowded, some of the aphids develop into adults with two sets of wings with which they can fly to a new plant

Sources:
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/669046/aphid
http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?PID=724
http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/environment-environnement/pesticides/aphid-pucerons-eng.php