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sarantium: 23, reluctant astrophysicist, queer, white, disabled. fond of kittens and karen gillan.

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bitesizedhistories:

After a 1949 visit to Moscow, where Mao had felt snubbed by Stalin, Mao decided to get back at the USSR.

He finally got his chance in 1958.  Khrushchev was in Beijing for talks, and Mao insisted that they cool off and continue their discussions in Mao’s pool.

Khrushchev couldn’t swim.  He stood awkwardly at the shallow end of the pool, until Mao asked him to come to the deep end.  Aides suddenly produced a set of water wings for the Soviet leader.

Mao continued the discussions, swimming up and down the pool comfortably, while Khrushchev flailed around with his water wings.

(via Smithsonian Magazine)

ngl, this is one of my favorite historical stories ever.

(via justonesyllable)

aaaand my ex — who I asked for no contact as of Wednesday — has made recent passive-aggressive comments about me on Reddit.

the worst thing is that my main emotion isn’t anger — though I am angry, because fuck that shit — but sadness.

He’s not the man I love; the man I love doesn’t exist anymore.  But damn it, I still miss the person I knew.

goshawke:

schim:

Cats who can’t figure out walls [x]

PLEASE TAKE YOUR CAT TO THE VET IF YOU SEE THEM DOING THIS BEHAVIOR OVER TIME.

It’s called “head pressing” and it occurs in dogs and cats. 

Head pressing is characterized by the compulsive act of pressing the head against a wall or other object for no apparent reason. This generally indicates damage to the nervous system, which may result from a number of varying causes, including prosencephalon disease (in which the forebrain and thalamusparts of the brain are damaged), or toxic poisoning.

http://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/neurological/c_ct_headpressing

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/FHC/health_resources/toxoplasmosis.cfm (head pressing is listed as a symptom)

http://sevneurology.com/patients/clip-multilobular-osteochondroma (About a dog’s brain tumor but head pressing is listed as a symptom)

…Good to know.

(via star-anise)

I think I had family in Greeley, Colorado when Qutd studied there.  I’d say they might have encountered him, except dirt-poor uneducated farmers don’t really socialize a great deal with international university students.

(my mother, Colorado State University ‘80, was the first in her family to go to college.  of my extended family, my cousins and I are the odd ones out in all having/seeking advanced degrees.)

Sayyid Qutd developed his opinion of America partially based on time spent at the Colorado State College for Education in Greeley, Colorado.

Pretty sure I’d hate America too if I based my opinion on Greeley…

(I’d apologize to my grad student from there, except he hated it and ran away to Chicago for undergrad, and then to San Diego.)

best idea for roller derby name so far: Eleanor of Aqui-pain

probably there is something wrong with me.