The photo above is the closest humanity has ever come to creating Medusa.
If you were to look at this, you would die instantly. End of story.
The image is of a reactor core lava formation in the basement of the Chernobyl nuclear plant. It’s called the Elephant’s Foot and weighs hundreds of tons, but is only a couple meters across.
Oh, and regarding the Medusa thing? This picture was taken through a mirror around the corner of the hallway. Because the wheeled camera they sent up to take pictures of it was destroyed by the radiation.
I wonder if they could get pictures in colour now or maybe get an accurate heat reading off of that thing, if it’s still all there.
It’s crazy to think that something can be that strong that it would kill you by just looking at it. Though it’s understandable. I’d like a heat reading off of it.
Oh my god
I have such a science boner right now
Do you know how fucking dense that must be to weigh hundreds of tons?
Pretty fucking dense.
I found this video for anyone who wants to see a video of the thing (although it’s not the best quality). This thing is a serious monster. I have a little trouble deciphering this Wikipedia article, but from what I gather, this thing weighs 1,200 tons (2,400,000 pounds - a number I cannot even begin to fathom) and is only losing about 22 pounds of uranium per year. It resists its environment and if the shelter is improved, that loss is expected to drop.
I am simply astounded by the sheer power and properties of radiation and nuclear power plants. This is seriously scary stuff. Not to mention its effects on humans. i find deformed humans very, very unnerving. The mutations that radiation cause are the worst, in my opinion, than say, genetic mutations. This video shows some of the mutations from the Chernobyl meltdown (warning: these are very disturbing images, so view at your own risk).
Here’s another website with a collection of Chernobyl pictures, mostly of the building itself (no mutation pictures, so unless you’re upset by major destruction, this is a really cool look-through). This is my favorite picture because it really shows the dripping of the radioactive fuel/debris lava out of the valve. I just find it so absolutely terrifying that something like this could ever happen. Radiation is seriously scary stuff. What I want to know is how they took that picture.
Oh holy shit this is terrifying. The color just makes it worse. It’s like a volcano erupted indoors. Which is probably a pretty accurate analogy, plus tons of radiation to go with it. “”Corium” is only formed during a reactor meltdown as a product of the solid fuel fissioning uncontrollably. This super-hot fuel turns into a liquid and melts its way through steel, concrete, and whatever else that might be in contact with it. So it’s a mixture of fuel and various building materials,” the admin says in the comments.
This article says that Chernobyl will stay radioactive for 100,000 years.
Radiation is just unfathomably scary stuff.
here’s a list of interesting~ (in my opinion) wiki/cracked articles (mostly cracked) made rebloggable because vivian said i should so ok
- list of common misconceptions
- list of people who disappeared mysteriously
- urban legends (this one has a bunch of subcategories so it should be able to keep you busy for a while)
- list of unusual deaths
- list of inventors that were killed by their own inventions
- the 5 creepiest unsolved crimes that nobody can explain
- the 5 creepiest disappearances that nobody can explain
- 7 movies that put insane detail into stuff you never noticed
- 5 terrifying things found in the place you’d least expect
- the 6 creepiest places on earth (i think there’s a part 2 of this article that can probably be found in the related links if you’re so inclined~)
- 6 true stories about disneyland they don’t want you to know
- 6 real islands way more terrifying than the one on lost
- 6 most creative abuses of loopholes
- 6 crackpot conspiracy theories (that actually happened)
- 7 terrifying creatures you’ll never see coming (THIS ONE MADE ME REALLY PARANOID OMG. there’s also one that’s titled something like “deadly animals that can fit inside your shoe or something” but i can’t find it at the moment D:)
- the creepy scientific explanation behind ghost sightings (one of my faves)
- 5 most spectacular landscapes on earth (that murder you)
- 5 absurd but mind-blowing pop culture conspiracy theories
- 7 horrifying moments from classic kids movies
- 8 classic movies that got away with gaping plot holes
- 7 basic things you won’t believe you’re all doing wrong
- 6 famous unsolved mysteries (that have totally been solved)
- 6 adorable cat behaviors with shockingly evil explanations
The human body is fascinating
I keep telling people this shit in real life and they don’t believe me.
I’ve seen it from multiple sources, and this just adds another (albeit usually unreliable) source.
This is actually legit, guys. This is how your eyes move when you’re thinking about something. It’s actually a good way to tell if someone is lying or not, because they’ll look to their left (your right, durr) when they’re constructing false memories, and to their right when they’re actually remembering them.
HOLY CRAP. SAVING THIS FOR FUTURE REF.
Lalochezia - the use of abusive language to relieve stress or ease pain
Cataglottism - kissing with tongue
Basorexia - an overwhelming desire to kiss
Brontide - the low rumbling of distant thunder
Grapholagnia - the urge to stare at obscene pictures
Agelast - a person who never laughs
Wanweird - an unhappy fate
Dystopia - an imaginary place of total misery; metaphor for hell
Petrichor - the smell of dry rain on the ground
Anagapesis - the feeling when one no longer loves someone they once did
posting as a link because it’s literally the best website ever. you just tell it what ingredients you possess and it flings recipes at you!
well there goes my dinner plans
A tip from your favorite nurse
(that’d be me)
Always have eggs in your fridge
You just never know when someone will split their head open
Or cut their finger while cooking
And so on
See that membrane there?
While the blood is gushing - hold pressure and crack open an egg
Peel that there membrane off and put it on the wound (continue holding pressure)
The membrane will harden and keep the wound closed until you can get to the ER for stitches
If you even need them that is
Nature: 1, Band aids: 0
Good to know!
My friend actually used this on me when I cut my hand open
I thought he was just making stuff up
Good thing there literally are eggs always in our house
Great question, and you’re very smart to ask me, because before I became an author, I worked for many years as a professional dentist.
Is an example of a lie.
But I have had many cavities and root canals, all of which are due to poor oral hygiene when I was younger, so: When dentists tell you that brushing your teeth is important to your physical well-being, they are not scamming you. Brushing your teeth:
1. Saves you money, by making it less likely that you will have to get a $2,000 root canal in the future.
3. Improves mouth freshness.
My guess—and I might be wrong—is that in fact it’s not just that you keep forgetting, but that there’s some, like, little mental block that makes it difficult for you to actually begin the process of brushing your teeth. (This is a pretty common thing, actually. It happens to me a lot.)
So here’s the best way to overcome this block in my experience: You have to acknowledge that the thing you are about to do, even though there is nothing technically difficult about it, is extremely hard for you to do at this particular moment. You know that it is extremely hard because you have failed to do it on many previous occasions.
You don’t need to think about why it is so difficult; you just have to accept that it is difficult.
(I have to do this all the time when it comes to doing the dishes, which is not a hard chore, but I get very anxious about it and overwhelmed and my brain just says THE DISHES WILL BE THE HARDEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED, and I have to tell my brain: Okay. You are right. The dishes will be very hard. But I am going to do them! I am going to do this very difficult thing!)
So then once you have accepted in a non-judgmental way that for whatever reason this thing you have to do is very difficult for you, you can then psych yourself up to do it, and then you do it: You’re brushing your teeth, and you spend a solid minute or two brushing all the surfaces, and then you spit and rinse your mouth out, and you have just done a really difficult thing.
Maybe the world does not recognize it as difficult. But you know! You have just done something really significant that was not easy for you. And in my experience, if you go through this process—acknowledging the difficulty, psyching yourself up, doing the thing—for a while, you will find that it gets easier and easier and the mental block gets easier to live with.
So that is my advice.
(Many people asked for this in rebloggable form. So here you go.)