“Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.”

Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)

OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.

Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.

Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).

Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.

Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

(via bansheewhale)

There’s no stairs. How do I get onto the stage?

(Source: dailyrecreation)

sketchshark:

aboutmerpeople:

The dapper Benedict Sea Cucumberbatch
(Inspired by this Comic Con weekend)

Jiggle scoot. Jiggle scoot. Ladies, Benedict’s here.

sketchshark:

aboutmerpeople:

The dapper Benedict Sea Cucumberbatch

(Inspired by this Comic Con weekend)

Jiggle scoot. Jiggle scoot. Ladies, Benedict’s here.

Bikinis weren’t just a functionally attractive item you could slap on and go to the beach in, you had to be bikini ready for them. Essentially, this meant you had to look like a swimsuit model, all flat stomach and no body hair, but do you know how hard that is for an average thin-curvy-sometimes-chubbyish person like me? Do you know how many women and people in general fluctuate on the body spectrum and consistently look far from “perfect?” Do you know how hard it is to feel good about yourself when so many people tell you how far you are from that perfection? Do you know how hard it is for a normal human being, such as myself, to look fine in a bathing suit? I’m not talking like “whoa, she fine,” I’m talking “completely passable in a retro tankini.” I’ll tell you: it’s hard. I have cellulite. I have that little bit of fat that bulges out between my breasts and my armpits. There are things on my body that you can’t just photoshop out. It’s not even like I am sitting on the couch like a giant slug, refusing to move until somebody pours salt on me (although momma told me there would be days like this). I MOVE. I RUN. I am a living, breathing person who puts vegetables into herself, and guess what? She likes going to the beach. So what does she wear? A bathing suit. Fuck it. I might look my best in dark lips, a day old top knot, and a sexy gigantic t-shirt, but I gotta feed my calling to the sea.

And not because I’ve been called a manatee, once, in middle school.

The real question I should have asked is..don’t you ever just want to go to the beach? Cuz I know I do.

Working on my 2nd book and getting totally real in the dieting chapter. This first draft is really coming together, guys! (via thefrenemy)
joshpeck:

thesylverlining:

what happened in roughly 1870 though
why was there temporary internet
with a few people searching for pokemon?

joshpeck:

thesylverlining:

what happened in roughly 1870 though

why was there temporary internet

with a few people searching for pokemon?

image

(Source: neilcicierega)

kylewuff:

digi831:

dracze:

jerk-bending:

megg33k:

laceyandthegreatpumpkin:

alfredknot:

Is it possible to be a fan of a fandom?

Reblog every time

I love this so much

I’m not even in this fandom

I made a tumblr to reblog this gif.  Life complete.

ALWAYS REBLOG WATER TRIBE

Reblogging.

I’m trying to cut back on reblogging, but god dammit Avatar…

(Source: hansolus)

Guess who just used the oven to dry her underwear?

This girl!

mi-fanno-bella:

sixpenceee:

walrusex:

fangirlingoverdemigods:

catiescutiecorner:

noplacelikedisney:

mortisia:

1. Frankenweenie (2012)2. Corpse Bride (2005)3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) 



IM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO NOTICED THIS

I’ve been cheated my whole life.

"Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Not necessarily in that order." - Tim Burton.

WHAT

Wait… What?!

mi-fanno-bella:

sixpenceee:

walrusex:

fangirlingoverdemigods:

catiescutiecorner:

noplacelikedisney:

mortisia:

1. Frankenweenie (2012)
2. Corpse Bride (2005)
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) 

IM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO NOTICED THIS

I’ve been cheated my whole life.

"Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Not necessarily in that order." - Tim Burton.

WHAT

Wait… What?!

(Source: pelennors)

Animation movies » Princess Mononoke (1997) 
"You cannot change fate. However, you can rise and meet it, if you so choose."