However loving his parents may have seemed, he [Simon] knew that, scratch the surface, and they’d scream and run away. And here he’s confronted with a guy who is just everyting he thinks is wrong about a person, who comes back for him when the chips are down because he’s on his crew. To me, that’s a real parent, and that is an extremely beautiful thing to get to, and I think it’s very real… But the most important thing about ‘Safe’ was that relationship.
—Joss Whedon, Firefly: The Official Companion, Volume One
YES to all of this! The always inspiring Laverne Cox on the VMA red carpet talking about how she’s breaking stereotypes.
science side of tumblr please explain why ice water tastes better than regular water
Because ice is water, and water is water. So if you put ice in water, it’s like… double water.
god damn it science side of tumblr
If anyone’s actually curious:
It’s because you taste cold things less intensely than you do hot things. Water does not have a flavor by itself, so when it’s warm, you taste the bitter impurities or metallic compounds or chlorine or sulfur or whatever is in your water.
When it’s cold, the chemical reactions that occur between the stuff in your mouth and the receptors in your taste buds are inhibited, so you get more of the clean, refreshing sensation of the water and less of the impurities.
This is also why beer tastes better cold. In fact, “tastes better cold” can often just be used as shorthand for “is pretty unpalatable at room temperature”.
*SHOUTING TO THE HEAVENS*
OKAY THAT WAS KIND OF A FUCKING TWIST.
Here is a side by side comparison of how The New York Times has profiled Michael Brown — an 18 year old black boy gunned down by police — and how they profiled Ted Bundy, one of the most prolific serial killers of all time.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME
A snippet from an article on Huffington Post about what it means to be working poor.
Pretty spot on…
I got into an argument today with someone who is a landlord, and they were outraged, outraged, to find that their evicted tenants owned an Xbox 360. Never mind that the console was ten years old and worth perhaps $50 on Craigslist, they were outraged that their evicted tenants did not sell it, along with the very clothes on their back, to pay their back rent. I tried to explain to him that when you are $1800 in back rent, $50 isn’t even a dent in that debt. Why bother? Why bother selling that $50 item if it isn’t going to get you any less evicted? If it’s not going to save you, you’ll hold on to it. Money becomes meaningless when you’ll never have enough to hold onto. You just let it flow like water through your hands. It’s all gone anyways, no matter what you do. It was gone before it ever touched you.