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Kill it with Fire.

hypnopabinia:

And now that I have your attention with a suitably provocative title.

We’ve all seen this happen running around on tumblr and elsewhere on the internet - and sometimes in real life. This sort of completely irrational fear, hate and general douchebaggery aimed towards certain types of creatures, often demanding the creatures in question be killed.

Keeping in turn with the general ignorance so prevalent among the average human re: ANYTHING involving nature, this particular attitude is nearly exclusively directed at Creatures That Are Not Mammals™ and the irrational reactions are particularly strongly directed towards arthropods - insects, arachnids, crustaceans. Large or small, potentially harmful or utterly harmless. Society seems to have conditioned most of these chucklefucks to flip their shit at the slightest exposure - and as a person with a particular interest in Arthropods, this particular brand of internet stupidity made me realize something… These sad, sad, miserable people are actually suffering from some crushing inferiority complex.

And why shouldn’t they be? After all, arthropods are one of the most successful creatures of the kingdom Animalia, accounting for over 80% of animal diversity on the planet Earth, filling virtually every niche in the ecosystem that can support animal life, some of which utterly crucial for what they do. Arthropods as a group are more successful and crucial to the planet as a whole than these people will ever be.

And not only they are very successful - they are also very ancient. The first mammals - by the broadest definition of the word - appeared about 225 million years ago around the Triassic period (and hominids only appeared approximately 5.4-6.3 million years ago). Arthropods in their modern groupings already existed back in the Silurian period, roughly 430 million years ago, and some of which remain virtually unchanged to the present day from all the way back then. (So really, who is more of an alien?) They may be very different in appearance than what became mammals, and they may have found some very different solutions to certain problems of life than mammals did, and yes - they have their limitations due to the way they solved these problems… but there’s no way around it - they are so biologically efficient that they barely needed to change at all.

Tl;dr - Clearly, these people are so damn intimidated by the sheer fucking badass of what is otherwise mostly harmless creatures (and if you don’t find that badass as hell, you can get out of my face)  that they feel they absolutely must assert their pitiful, broken egos by essentially yelling “THEY’RE SO CREEPY KILL THEM ALL”. There’s nothing creepy about them. Most of them are entirely harmless - and even the ones that are harmful will generally not hurt you unless you harass them, - in which case they will defend themselves, much like any other animals, including your precious mammals - which are more often than not more dangerous and capable of doing more damage to you than any exoskeletal creature on this planet could. More statistically likely to do so, too.The only place where the phrase “kill it with fire” belong near any form of arthropod is when Bug-type Pokémon on an opponent’s team are concerned (because fire moves are super effective against them) or when you’re using a Volcarona, in which case your moth IS killing things with fire - and if you could take some time out of your busy battling schedule to kill a few morons on the internet with fire using said Volcarona, so much the better.
If they’re so threatened by interesting creatures, give them an actual reason to be.

h1ghkey:

rainbowbaptism:

osgiliathisburning:

My Neighbor Totoro house built IRL.

i am going to live in this house. it will happen.

i would buy this house and build a pond for the TADPOLES

steampunkxlove:

gdfalksen:

Wine and Ivory Jacket
Jacket made of heavy wool in wine and cream. Tight fitting, hip-length jacket with stand-up collar. Front attached vest is ornately trimmed with maroon machine embroidery. The same trim is found on the shoulder, bottom of sleeve and on the back. Skirt of the jacket is shaped to fit over a bustle. c. 1890s.

THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. WANT.

steampunkxlove:

gdfalksen:

Wine and Ivory Jacket

Jacket made of heavy wool in wine and cream. Tight fitting, hip-length jacket with stand-up collar. Front attached vest is ornately trimmed with maroon machine embroidery. The same trim is found on the shoulder, bottom of sleeve and on the back. Skirt of the jacket is shaped to fit over a bustle. c. 1890s.

THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. WANT.

kqedscience:

Stunning Images of Rare Albino Hummingbird
See more photography at Discovery.

kqedscience:

Stunning Images of Rare Albino Hummingbird

See more photography at Discovery.

age-of-awakening:

opticallyaroused:

White Northern Lights in Finland

Divine

age-of-awakening:

opticallyaroused:

White Northern Lights in Finland

Divine

typeverything:

Typeverything.com - Form follows failure by @David_Mcleod.

typeverything:

Typeverything.com - Form follows failure by @David_Mcleod.

i-wanna-be-a-klaine-ship-ranger:

prufrocking:

thegestianpoet:

and let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that michaelangelo had probably never seen a girl naked and when he want to sculpt or paint them his mentality seems to be “wow, everyone likes women….they must be like…..buff dudes. i love buff dudes. women are buff dudes but with little chest lumps and no wiener”

image“nailed it.”

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And my personal favorite, Adam and Eve

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he literally painted adam and steve