He’s just mad because he can’t acquire all the apple juice that I’m acquiring. (x)
I need to go back.
Last month we shared photos of a fantastic Tauntaun rocking horse and today the latest in Star Wars-related rocking horses is this awesome AT-AT Rocker. It was designed and made by Jen Yates, creator of EPBOT and Cakewrecks.
If I ever had a baby-
Anonymous asked: Have you any opinions on whether vaccines contribute to autism?
They don’t, and that’s not an opinion, that’s a fact.
The dude who promoted that shitty claim has since lost his medical accreditation. Since then not a single study has found any correlation between vaccines and higher autism rates.
OK, everyone keeps talking about Dr Wakefield losing his medical accreditation (that is, he was struck off the register in the UK which is the equivalent to losing your license in the US - it is illegal for him to practice medicine in the United Kingdom now), but they don’t really go into detail about why. The Wikipedia article has an enormous wealth of knowledge and I would recommend reading it to get a proper overview, but here’s the TL;DR:
Andrew Wakefield (and colleagues) took 12 autistic children, 8 of whom presented with “behavioural symptoms” after being given the MMR vaccination, the onset of these symptoms reportedly occurring within 2 weeks of the vaccination.
Now, already a scientist reading this is probably scoffing at the statistical irrelevance of such a study - but note that Wakefield fully admitted that no link had been proven. He simply wished to use the study to block the triple vaccine until further research could be conducted - sounds pretty noble, right?
But the issue is his motivation. He wanted to give his patients three separate single-virus injections over the course of three years, instead of administering a single triple-virus injection in one shot. He manufactured his “research” in order to stir up controversy surrounding the triple shot virus, so that it would be blocked and he could go back to what he was familiar with (which was by this point deprecated due to obsolescence).
A bias of this magnitude was enough for his hospital to ask him to leave, which he said was because his results were “unpopular”, but the fact of the matter was that there was an undeclared conflict of interest in the results.
So far, we’ve got some guy who’s trying to push an agenda and is being a bit of a dick about it, and lost his job over it. Pretty bad, but not exactly the next Stalin. It gets worse.
The 12 kids from the study were subjected to invasive medical procedures - a colonoscopy and a lumbar puncture (the latter of which is an excruciatingly painful injection into the spine with an enormous needle, as anybody who’s watched House will tell you) each.
It gets worse.
He was in the process of applying for a patent for the single-virus Measles injection before his campaign against the MMR injection began.
He unsuccessfully sued for libel when Channel 4 brought this all to light, along with allegations of a third-party paying Wakefield over £400,000 to build a case against the MMR vaccine, which may or may not also be true.
Nobody has been able to reproduce his results in the 16 years since all this began.
Many people have conducted much larger studies and found no link whatsoever between autism and the MMR vaccination.
The stupidest thing about the entire debacle is that Wakefield was fucking pro-vax and probably still is to this day. He just wanted people to use his (patented) vaccine instead of the MMR triple vaccine which was vastly superior, so he invented a problem with the MMR vaccine in order to put people off it, inadvertently putting people off not just the MMR vaccine but also other vaccines that are entirely unrelated to the MMR vaccine. There’s a sort of sad irony in that, I think.
FUCKING THANK YOU. As a NICU nurse I want to scream at people who don’t vaccinate their kids. First off, totally ridiculous anecdotal evidence. Secondly, if it were true, is autism worse than death? Worse than spreading potentially fatal diseases to the immunocompromised population? If you think so then you don’t deserve to be a parent.
Chinese design studio One & One design, tea packaging work.
Massages and facials with the bestie today? I think yes.
They were so gooooooooooooood
Makeup and booze.
Wedding makeup practice + angry orchard & fireball tonight + a massage & facial tomorrow = yayyyyyyyyyyy
babies are naturally able to swim hello they just spent nine moths in amiotic fluid this is instinctive so no, parent is not shitty, parent is re-enforcing baby’s natural instinctive behaviour.
parent is good for doing this because parent is basically saying “yes the behaviours you were born with are great!”
Yup, if babies are ‘taught’ (allowed) to swim before they are six weeks old, they never lose the instincts they were born with that lets them hold their head above water and hold their breath when they need to. SCIENCE, man.
What’s really cool is, humans are the only primates known to have this instinct at birth. Other ape babies would just freak out and drown. So I don’t think it comes from being in amniotic fluid for 9 months (since it’s not like they have room to actually swim in there). It’s been speculated that humans evolved in the ocean at some point, which is a really cool theory that I recommend checking out.
Also, SWIMMING BABY IS ADORABLE.
And there was a caterpillar smoking a bong but w/e
it was a hookah actually but w/e
And Alice in wonderland was based off her opiate trips her uncle forced her to take. And he wrote down her stories and experiences and made it into a book.
You ever find a post that’s so wrong your eyes roll out of your skull? Let’s begin:
First off, most of what it says about the Mad Hatter is true. Hatmakers in the 19th century were exposed to mercuric nitrate vapors when felting animal furs to make their hats, which resulted in severe health problems. These issues included tremors, emotional instability, and physical weakness. However, by most historian’s accounts, the Mad Hatter was based mainly on Theophilus Carter, a furniture salesman whose odd affectations Carroll was well acquainted with.
The Cheshire Cat's section is where this gets maddening(pardon the pun). First off, Toxoplasma gondii and the disease it causes, Toxoplasmosis were fully unknown at the time Carroll wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. T. gondii wasn’t discovered until 1908, 43 years after the book was written. The side effects of T. gondii were absolutely never considered ‘harmless’, the first confirmed case of a T. gondii infection in a human being left the dead with lesions on her eyes and brain. T.gondii can be linked to schizophrenia and suicide, but causal evidence is severely lacking. And for the love of god, schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder/disassociative identity disorder are NOT THE SAME THING.
Alice In Wonderland Syndrome is actually a real thing. It’s experienced mainly by migraine sufferers or people who have ingested hallucinogenics such as the Fly Agaric mushroom or LSD. Considering that the mushroom Alice ingested in Alice in Wonderland was not a Fly Agaric, and LSD wasn’t synthesized until 1938, AND that Lewis Carroll suffered from chronic migraines(in his diary he mentions the visual effects he commonly experienced), we can deduce that Carroll used his own experiences as inspiration for Alice’s constant size fluctuations. Again, this has nothing at all to do with schizophrenia.
The hallucinogenic properties of mushrooms have been known for centuries, any culture found in the same place as psychotropic mushrooms will have a history with them. Unfortunately, the Fly Agaric mushroom is the one that can cause AIWS, and again, it was not featured in the book. Furthermore, Fly Agaric was very rarely used recreationally by anyone, due to the wildly unpredictable nature of its effects. There is little evidence that Psilocybin mushrooms were used recreationally in any significant amount during Carroll time, though the hallucinogenic and spiritual effects would likely be well known by him.
It’s a lot of fun for dumb stoners to read all this drug shit into the story(I should know, I am one), especially since it was written in the Victorian era where basically everyone was off their tits on something or other. That being said, the comment directly above mine is complete bullshit. Lewis Carroll was not Alice Liddell’s uncle. Alice Liddell, the girl for whom the story was written, was not ‘forced to take opiates’ in order to write the books. It’s possible that Liddell did take opiates, as morphine and heroin were popular children’s medications at the time, but she was most certainly not forced into a drug-induced state in order to write a book. Jesus fucking Christ, where did they get that from?
Look, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are very odd, very surreal books, but the links to drug use and mental illness are tenuous at best. I mean, the book was written as a gift to a 10 year old girl. Why the hell would anyone, especially in the incredibly uptight era of the Victorians, write a little girl a story about drug binging and psychosis?
The reason this gets to me is that the books do have hidden meanings. Carroll was an avid mathematician and there are many references to mathematical concepts hidden within the story. The books are also an interesting satire of the Victorian era with many allusions to the politics of the day. Interpretations of the story like those seen in the images above just spread harmful and incorrect information about drugs and mental illness.
anybody who tries to claim to me that Alice In Wonderland is just one giant allegory for drugs and mental illness will get slapped in the damn mouth