…because if you can make yourself happy in the rain then you’re doing pretty alright in life.
David Levithan (via observando)
Photo of merging oceans taken during an Alaskan cruise. The two bodies of water merge in the middle of the Alaskan gulf and foam develops only at their junction. Different salt percentages within the waters causes different densities, resulting in a difficulty to mix, similar to oil and water.
Photo credit: Kent Smith
"I had a bacterial infection when I was two that turned into gangrene. People don’t believe all the things I can do. Like write. I have some of the best handwriting in my class." She put her arms together to show me how she would hold a pencil or pen.
"Are you in school?"
"Well I just finished medical school to become a medical assistant." Just then she got a phone call, swiped open the touch screen and effortlessly held the phone up to her ear. I waited patiently as she tried to work out some logistics with a family member. "That was my grandma. She’s on her way to pick me up and take me to my dance studio."
"Yeah, you should come to my performance."
I told her I would absolutely love to.
Naegleria fowleri, the brain-eating amoeba
this happy little guy is the causative agent of primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a highly lethal brain infection transmitted through insufflation of stagnant fresh water — with a 95% case fatality rate, death typically occurs within five days of symptom onset
Naegleria accesses the brain through olfactory nerves, dissolving neural tissue into a hemorrhagic necrotic soup with its ironically smiley feeding structures (as seen above)
symptoms range from loss of smell and stiff neck to seizures, hallucinations, and respiratory failure from brain stem damage
it’s a microscopic horror story
credit: DT John and TB Cole, National Geographic