"the pattern of human population growth in the twentieth century was more bacterial than primate." — edward o. wilson
"we are a plague on the earth. it’s coming home to roost over the next fifty years or so. it’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde." — david attenborough
around ten thousand years ago, there were maybe five million people on earth. two thousand years ago, there were probably two hundred million. today, there are over seven billion people, and that’s almost a billion more than there were just over a decade ago. in 2009, the number of people living in urban areas surpassed the number living in rural areas.
these photos were taken by chris hadfield (on tumblr) while commander of the international space station, showing, in order, (click pic) amman, istanbul, brussels, cairo, manila, london, delhi, boston, beijing, and guadalajara.
aight look i’ve been playing the flute for ten goddamn years. i can play this without the beatboxing. i can beatbox. but the air capacity required to do this well literally nearly knocked me out. this dude has either gotta be an aerobic superstar or have lungs the size of a small elephant’s
photos by mohammad reza domiri ganji in iran of: (1) the dome of the seyyed mosque in isfahan; (2,8) the nasīr al mulk mosque, or pink mosque, in shiraz; (3,4) the vakil mosque in shiraz; (5) the ceiling of the fifth floor of ali qapu in isfahan; (6,10) the vakil bathhouse in shiraz; (7) the imam mosque in isfahan; (9) the jame mosque of yazd
Meet Bertie, the owl who is afraid of going outside… and he loves nothing more than helping his owner make a cup of tea!
Bertie, the three-year-old tawny owl that is agoraphobic. He shares a farmhouse with his owner Peter Middleton, and after his daily bath he likes to dry his feathers by sitting on top of the aga. When he isn’t welcoming guests with a hoot or preening them on the sofa, he’s hard at work letter shredding in the office. Mr Middleton said the domesticated owl, which he adopted after he was left abandoned on the ground, hates the outdoors. He said: “He just doesn’t like going outside, I think he’s agoraphobic. He’s not used it and he’s very comfortable in the house.”