"'[D]isabled is a misnomer. 'Disabled' implies that you are broken beyond use. No longer functional. I'm quite abled… I refuse to be defined by which functions my body can or cannot perform well."
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
Anonymous said: Does my cat actually love me or is it a farce?
I don’t know about your specific cat, but yes cats (like all animals with a developed mesocortex) are almost certainly capable of love. Recent MRIs of dogs showed very similar neural activity in response to seeing ‘their person’ as humans experience when seeing someone they love, and cats share all of the same brain structures. If your cat is always hanging out around/on you, and wants your attention, and pets, and to play with you, and purrs when you visit them and when you cuddle up together, then yes, I expect your cat loves you very much. Go give it a hug.
Nine Wonderful Words About Words
Denominalisation…a sesquipedalian’s word for “verbing.”
This is great except that isn’t the definition of lacuna.
These snails are zombies. They have been hijacked by a parasite that controls their brains and movements.
what the fuck (video)
That’s not exactly what’s happening? The snails aren’t dead (which is kind of a requirement for being a zombie) and their brains have not been “hijacked” (because snails don’t have brains). The video in the link describes the parasite as having ‘hypnotized the snail into walking into the sunlight,’ which is by itself pretty misleading. The presence of the parasite makes the snails less sensitive to light, so they simply do not know where they are safe and where they aren’t. This is certainly to the parasite’s advantage, because their life cycle continues in the guts of birds.
A parasite that inflates the snails’ eyestalks with its broodlings so the stalks look like delicious, squirmy maggots is disturbing enough, I think. They’re called leucochloridium paradoxum.
If you’re wondering how we find writers for SciShow…it’s seeing posts like this on Tumblr.
EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE NOT CAT
YOU ARE STILL GOOD
WHEN HUMANS THINK YOU ARE GOOD THEY DO THIS
AND I THINK YOU ARE GOOD
(PET PET PET)
"According to the UN only 25 per cent of women with disabilities are in the global workforce.
Literacy rates for women with disabilities globally may be as low as one per cent.
Mortality rates among girls with disabilities are much higher than for boys.
Women with disabilities face significantly more difficulties in attaining access to adequate housing, health, education, vocational training & employment, & are more likely to be institutionalized. They also experience inequality in hiring, promotion & equal pay, access to training & retraining, credit & other productive resources.
According to the UN disabled women rarely participate in economic decision making."
The cats of Trek.