life is more true than reason will deceive
(more secret or than madness did reveal)
deeper is life than lose:higher than have
—but beauty is more each than living’s all
multiplied by infinity sans if
the mightiest meditations of mankind
cancelled are by one merely opening leaf
(beyond whose nearness there is no beyond)

or does some littler bird than eyes can learn
look up to silence and completely sing?
futures are obsolete;pasts are unborn
(here less than nothing’s more than everything)

death,as men call him,ends what they call men
—but beauty is more now than dying’s when

e.e. cummings, 1x1 (1994) - Poem LII  (via merrybaozi)

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Do not try to be pretty. Don’t let anyone ever simplify you to just ‘pretty.’ You have galaxies inside your head, darling. You were meant to burn down the earth and graffiti the sky.
Things I wish I had learned when I was younger (via thinkskinnylovely)
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not mine; adding posts to queue  so i’ll check out people who follow
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Bag of Bones
Humans have probably been and pondering rocky fossils and tripping over dinosaur bones since prehistory. The ancient Greeks certainly knew of marine fossils as far back as the 6th century BCE, which they used to make (mostly incorrect) theories about the origin of the Earth, and old bones had been falling out of the Earth on beaches and in quarries from England to China for centuries.
Bone-a fide dinosaur fossils weren’t scientifically described until more recently, though. Megalosaurus, the first dinosaur officially named and classified, was confirmed in 1824. But Megalosaurus’ was first written about long before that.
In 1676, natural historian (I don’t know what you call a pre-paleontology paleontologist) Robert Plot published the illustration above, showing a portion of a fossilized femur bone of then-unknown origin that was unearthed in an Oxfordshire limestone quarry. Completely unaware that dinosaurs had ever existed, he chalked the bone up to the remains of Roman war elephant, which are obviously the baddest kind of elephants.
In 1763, though, paleontological history almost took a very juvenile turn. When Richard Brookes reproduced Plot’s original drawing in a natural history collection, its bulbous form…rang a bell, so to speak. So in the caption below it, he added what some historians think was an attempt to provide a proper Linnean genus-species name for the extinct bone donor.
That name? Scrotum humanum.
Luckily (or unluckily?) that name failed to sway scientists of the time, and eventually it became clear that Plot had, unbeknownst to him, drawn the first illustration of a dinosaur fossil: Megalosaurus. Several scientists fought for the superiority of the name Scrotum humanum over Megalosaurus until the 1990’s, but they could never prove that Brookes meant it as a species name rather than just a label. 
Ultimately, this tidbit of paleontological history has been (slightly) left to the dark underbelly of paleontological history.Special thanks to Brian Switek (@Laelaps) for helpful discussion on this post
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The Main Reading Hall at the Old Cincinnati Library is lined with cast-iron book alcoves. 1900.
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The original Beautiful Mind, right here – a page from Sir Isaac Newton’s notebooks, courtesy of the Cambridge University Library.
Though Newton considered “making pies on Sunday” one of his 48 self-professed sins, he clearly had no reservations about making pi’s. 
Peek inside more famous creators’ notebooks here, and also see Van Gogh’s never-before-revealed sketchbooks.
(via @erik_kwakkel)
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US Marine carrying two children in Hue, Vietnam.
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