A spectacular electrical storms light up the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle range after the massive 8.8-magnitude Puyehue volcano erupted in Chile which had laid dormant for over half a century. The eruption belched an ash cloud more than six miles high over the Andes and cause a flurry of earth quakes. Photos by: Francisco Negroni | Flickr | 500px
are you kidding me
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME
"We’re just gonna paint a happy little ocean here."
Over one third of our planet is frozen, and yet the icy worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic are as alien to most of us as the surface of another planet. They are places of superlatives, from ice caps that hold nearly 80% of our planet’s fresh water to frozen forests that encircle the entire globe. These are places that feed our imagination, places that seem to be borrowed from fairy tales. They are dominated and shaped by the ice, both by its coming and by its going. This is out planet’s last true wilderness, and one that is changing just as we are beginning to understand it.
The most difficult one minute of our Elementary childhood.
omg this stressed me out like no other
Quick, do all the zeros and then comeback for the rest.
no you know what it was a goddamn race
it was all about being the kid who flipped their paper over first and then looked at all your peers as they hear the flutter of paper
so much power
In 5th grade I was a beast at these, I had the fastest time in the class at the end of the year ^-^. Then 6th grade math happened and it was all downhill from there lol
are you fuckin joking? i had to do this in second grade, WITH TIMES-TABLES
A GIRL CRIED ONCE BECAUSE SHE DIDNT GET DONE FIRST.
i still couldn’t do all of this in a minute lol and looking at it brings back pain
Going from Spanish to an all-English class, this was the only thing I managed to continually get good at while I felt lost and like an idiot in the other areas of school. This test was my favorite because I managed to show the teacher and the other kids that I was the best at something and that my struggle was language, not my intelligence.
In the rivers of China and Japan dwells a salamander so huge that it positively dwarfs its American cousin, the massive 2.5-foot “snot otter” (which, as it happens, is what they called me in high school). This is the giant salamander, a remarkable human-sized amphibian that has remained almost unchanged for millions of years, hiding on river bottoms and hoovering up fish into its gaping maw. It smells like pepper, it’s astonishingly quick, and it makes noises that sound a bit like a child. A really funny-looking child.
There are actually two species of giant salamander, one in China, which can clock in at 6 feet, and a smaller version in Japan, which grows to 5 feet. But how can an amphibian that typically fits in the palm of your hand get so astoundingly large? By being a big baby.
“They’re what we call neotenic animals,” said evolutionary biologist David Wake of the University of California, Berkeley. These creatures often grow huge because they don’t become sexually mature until they get very large.
“So what happens is that as they grow bigger and bigger and bigger, they approach more and more what you would consider to be a perfect stage, a full adult stage. But they never really get there,” said Wake.