being gay is NOT a choice. it is a game and I am winning.
Hey everyone check out my new monster shark stickers in honor of the new Sharknado movie! Featuring some of my favorite fictional sharks, two-headed shark, sharktopus, ghost shark and dino shark. I haven’t seen Sand Sharks yet but once I do I’ll probably draw him too.
#FossilFriday returns with mene rhombeus, also known as a “moonfish.” This beautiful, deep-bodied fossil may be related to modern carangids, which first appeared in the Eocene, along with many other reef fishes that have survived to the present. Collected in Italy, this mene rhombeus fish lived 40 million years ago.
You can find this and a whole collection of beautiful fossil fishes in the Museum’s Hall of Vertebrate Origins.
see i don’t… i don’t even think what i do is gross and “gross” is an objective thing and i understand that while i don’t find lizards and taxidermy gross, a lot of people do, just like how i think puppies are gross, and how i find clay to be unbearable and disgusting, those are simply opinions about the matter and they can’t be wrong or right bc it’s up to the person saying the things to define what gross is to them.
i was more bothered by it earlier bc i feel so disrespected as an artist and person to begin with in my life and having people outright say x y and z isn’t art or requires skill.
but i don’t like the stigma of how i’m this ill-adjusted human being with similarities to serial killers and pedophiles. that’s pretty much the biggest beef i have with the statement about being creepy or weird… i’ve been told so much that these interests mean i won’t make friends or have a wife or husband or anything and in high school i was told people were scared i was going to be a school shooter or something and it just gets to me because of shit like that lol. plus liking guys and girls is “creepy” and “weird” to a lot of people as well so i mean. shrugs.
oh i like taxidermy i guess i’m no longer just an average person i am suddenly basically ed gein and i’m lucky if anyone will ever love me or feel comfortable around me despite all of my positive qualities and the fact that i am pretty much a normal person who likes taxidermy. i don’t like that my interests should be kept hidden away like some horrible secret when there’s nothing wrong with them… the same kind of goes for my sexuality? like i’m weird and gross and no one will love me or anything you know since i’m so crazy and wild and likely to cheat and how will people know i won’t, since i like both boys and girls? i have 100% more people to cheat on you with!
i’ve just been called weird/creepy/disgusting a lot in my life at this point and it really has worn a hole in my confidence in that one area. it’s probably completely irrational i jusssssssst. i can’t stand it. it’s like the one thing you can say that might actually hurt my feelings if you’re close to me.
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Ugh idk. I mean I understand people being grossed out at taxidermy and stuff? I can’t be mad at people thinking bugs or lizards or bones or whatever are gross. But I just get bothered by people who call me creepy or gross bc of it I guess. I’ve spent my whole life getting mocked for my interests and told they’re gross or stupid and it’s like. We’re adults is it really necessary at this point.
Idk I’m in an annoyed mood bc getting called gross for a job/hobby and “haha better keep THAT out of your portfolio” bc sculpting and shit isn’t an art if it’s taxidermy and also my car broke down again. And the inference by other artists in real life that digital art isn’t real art and using white gel pen in pen and ink is cheating like ughhh idk
Kids seem to be less annoying. A bit blunt and a child humiliated me this morning by blurting out about my self harm scars but like. I don’t expect kids to be entirely respectful but then most of the time they’re more respectful than adults? I dunno
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The ‘Frog Glue’ of the Crucifix Frog
This peculiar frog is an Australian endemic species that occurs in central inland New South Wales and the interior of southern Queensland. Its scientific name is Notaden bennettii (Myobatrachidae), and is better known as the Crucifix Frog or Holy Cross Frog because of the pattern of dark spots on its back resembling a cross.
Notaden bennettii is a fossorial frog, it means that is adapted to spend most of its life underground. They only emerge after heavy rains and breed in temporary pools.
Frogs of this species (and also of N. melanoscaphus and N. nichollsi) produce an exudate, secreted by glands on their backs, that quickly sets into an adhesive and elastic material. They secrete the sticky material when they are provoked, probably in an attempt to deter potential predators.
The frogs typically live 1m underground in dried mud for nine months of the year. When they emerge are vulnerable to insect attacks and so a possible use of the exudate may be to jam the jaws of biting insects like ants, sticking them to the frog’s skin, which it later sheds and eats. The exudate sets rapidly as a yellow-colored tacky elastic solid, and sticks well even in the frog’s moist habitat.
Preliminary studies of this adhesive, which is biocompatible, have shown its several useful potential properties for medical applications.