joerojasburke:

But seriously, how quickly could a giant sauropod dinosaur react to an attack on a body part 150 feet from its brain? The excellent blog SV-POW! has the answer:

… sauropods really did have individual sensory nerve cells that ran from their extremities (tip of tail, soles of feet)–and from the rest of their skin–to their brainstems. In the longest sauropods, these cells were probably something like 150 feet long, and may have been the longest cells in the history of life. We haven’t found any fossils of these nerves and almost certainly never will, but we can be sure that sauropods had them because all vertebrates do, from hagfish on up. That’s just how we’re built. So how long does it take to send a nerve impulse 150 feet? The fastest nerve conduction velocities are in the neighborhood of 120 meters per second, so a signal from the very tip of the tail in a 150-foot sauropod would take about half a second to reach the brain…[continue reading]

Cartoon by Ed McLachlan, Punch magazine, 1981


What an excellent little cartoon!

joerojasburke:

But seriously, how quickly could a giant sauropod dinosaur react to an attack on a body part 150 feet from its brain? The excellent blog SV-POW! has the answer:

… sauropods really did have individual sensory nerve cells that ran from their extremities (tip of tail, soles of feet)–and from the rest of their skin–to their brainstems. In the longest sauropods, these cells were probably something like 150 feet long, and may have been the longest cells in the history of life. We haven’t found any fossils of these nerves and almost certainly never will, but we can be sure that sauropods had them because all vertebrates do, from hagfish on up. That’s just how we’re built. So how long does it take to send a nerve impulse 150 feet? The fastest nerve conduction velocities are in the neighborhood of 120 meters per second, so a signal from the very tip of the tail in a 150-foot sauropod would take about half a second to reach the brain…[continue reading]

Cartoon by Ed McLachlan, Punch magazine, 1981

What an excellent little cartoon!

questionableadvice:

~ Modern Etiquette in Public and Private, 1893via Internet Archive

My head itches just thinking about this. And no don’t go all shampoo-free on me. Lordy.

questionableadvice:

~ Modern Etiquette in Public and Private, 1893
via Internet Archive

My head itches just thinking about this. And no don’t go all shampoo-free on me. Lordy.

Reblogged from Questionable Advice
pathadley:

fidgetry:

allthingseurope:

York, England (by Barry Young1950)

Shambles!

Nuh uh. Lady Peckett’s Yard. :)

Busted.

pathadley:

fidgetry:

allthingseurope:

York, England (by Barry Young1950)

Shambles!

Nuh uh. Lady Peckett’s Yard. :)

Busted.

Reblogged from MoodCycles
allthingseurope:

York, England (by Barry Young1950)

Shambles!

allthingseurope:

York, England (by Barry Young1950)

Shambles!

Reblogged from All things Europe

semperannoying:

A friendly walrus on a Russian submarine.

Reblogged from They Call Me the Bees
mpdrolet:

 Anaïs Boileau


How can I go here?

mpdrolet:

 Anaïs Boileau

How can I go here?

Reblogged from Nerd by Nerdwest
mimbeau:

Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir
La Coupole
Paris 1969
Bruno Barbey

mimbeau:

Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir

La Coupole

Paris 1969

Bruno Barbey

Reblogged from Nerd by Nerdwest
onestarbookreview:

“The novel was like Ali Lohan to Lindsay, where as Lindsay is ‘1984’ by George Orwell.”

She’s not wrong tho

onestarbookreview:

The novel was like Ali Lohan to Lindsay, where as Lindsay is ‘1984’ by George Orwell.”

She’s not wrong tho

Reblogged from One-Star Book Reviews
mpdrolet:

Chris Bernabeo
Reblogged from MPD