I’d like to introduce you to a favourite person from history!

poppypicklesticks:

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Consort Zhen (Chinese珍妃pinyinzhēn fēi) posthumously known as Imperial Noble Consort Keshun (Chinese:恪顺皇贵妃), popularly, but incorrectly, known as the “Pearl Concubine”, was a concubine of the Guangxu Emperor(1871–1908) of the Qing Dynasty in China.

Biography[edit]

Known as Lady Tatara (他他拉氏), she was the daughter of Changxu of the Tatara clan and younger sister of Consort Jin (1874–1924) who was also a concubine of the Guangxu Emperor. She was born in the second year of the reign of Guangxu and lived (27 February 1876 – 15 August 1900).

Consort Zhen was the favourite consort of the Guangxu Emperor. She entered the Forbidden City in 1888. Soon after that, on 25 February 1889 she was granted the title of “Concubine Zhen”.

At the beginning, Empress Dowager Cixi very much appreciated Consort Zhen’s talents, and hired China’s top artisans to teach her painting and playing musical instruments. However, Consort Zhen urged the Guangxu Emperor to be “strong and independent”, and encouraged his attempts to reform and learn foreign languages. It was also said that Consort Zhen liked photography, and invited westerners into the Forbidden City to learn more about it. This explains the extant photographs of Consort Zhen, an unusual occurrence for a consort. Her association with foreign customs, in addition to her peculiar habit of dressing in men’s clothes, inspired even more disdain from Empress Dowager Cixi. Once, in response to her arrogant attitude, Cixi teased Consort Zhen by calling her “Grandma Zhen”.

She apparently had also gotten in trouble with the dowager empress when it was discovered that she had abused her influence over the emperor by interfering in regular procedures for civil appointments. The transactions became public in November 1894, during the First Sino-Japanese War, resulting in a series of embarrassing public scandals for the imperial court.[1] In reaction, Cixi, had Zhen, and her sister, Jin, who had also been implicated, degraded, a eunuch collaborator executed, and a courtier named Zhi Rui, a cousin of the concubines, banished from the capital.[2]

Zhen and Jin were eventually restored to their positions, but it seems that Zhen was excluded from court functions by the middle of 1896 and was eventually placed under house arrest.[3]

During the invasion of the Eight-Nation Alliance in 1900, the Qing imperial court fled from the Forbidden City to Xi’an. Empress Dowager Cixi ordered Consort Zhen to be taken out of the prison and brought in front of her. Cixi said: “I originally planned to bring you along with us. But you are young and pretty, and are likely to be raped by the foreign soldiers on the way. I trust you know what you should do.”[citation needed] Realizing that Empress Dowager Cixi meant to order her to commit suicide, Consort Zhen begged Cixi to allow the Guangxu Emperor to stay in Beijing and negotiate with the foreign powers. Infuriated with her, Empress Dowager Cixi finally ordered Consort Zhen to be thrown into a well behind the Ningxia Palace in the north-eastern part of the Forbidden City.

However, according to Sterling Seagrave, this dramatic story was invented by writer Edmund Backhouse, who was responsible for many of the myths about the empress. In actuality, Cixi left Peking before 14 August. Seagrave says Consort Zhen’s fate is unknown, but it is possible that she “was done in by the eunuchs on their own initiative, or flung herself down the well.”

From wikipedia!  One of my entry pieces for art uni was a waterolour painting of Consort Zhen, but sadly the sketchbook was lost on my way home. 

gymleaderkarkat:

If you disqualify every criticism of feminism as people “just trying to save the oppressive male class’ feelings” you are pretty much admitting that you never acknowledged the racist, classist, ableist, transphobic, and sex negative tones of modern, even first wave feminism.

I’m a feminist who wants to make this movement safe for everyone. If you can’t handle my criticism then it looks like you’re the only one who cares about an oppressive class’ feelings.

secretblogthatnobodyknowsabout:

hold on to yr panties, folks.
adirtyshisno:

thrifttreasures:

yourtourhost:

relationship goals

my heart just melted.

LOOK AT HER SMILE THOOOO
tastefullyoffensive:

Who wore it better? [via]
gamzee:

Halfway through this one I decided I didn’t know how to draw so it’s all kindsa static crap but ah well
dumb-science-jokes:

chikaderp:

wildunicornherd:

thinksquad:

Here is a Science fair project presented by a girl in a secondary school in Sussex . In it she took filtered water and divided it into two parts. The first part she heated to boiling in a pan on the stove, and the second part she heated to boiling in a microwave. Then after cooling she used the water to water two identical plants to see if there would be any difference in the growth between the normal boiled water and the water boiled in a microwave. She was thinking that the structure or energy of the water may be compromised by microwave. As it turned out, even she was amazed at the difference, after the experiment which was repeated by her class mates a number of times and had the same result.
It has been known for some years that the problem with microwaved anything is not the radiation people used to worry about, it’s how it corrupts the DNA in the food so the body can not recognize it.
Microwaves don’t work different ways on different substances. Whatever you put into the microwave suffers the same destructive process. Microwaves agitate the molecules to move faster and faster. This movement causes friction which denatures the original make-up of the substance. It results in destroyed vitamins, minerals, proteins and generates the new stuff called radiolytic compounds, things that are not found in nature.
So the body wraps it in fat cells to protect itself from the dead food or it eliminates it fast. Think of all the Mothers heating up milk in these ‘Safe’ appliances. What about the nurse in Canada that warmed up blood for a transfusion patient and accidentally killed him when the blood went in dead. But the makers say it’s safe. But proof is in the pictures of living plants dying!

NO, YOU PIG-IGNORANT ASSWIPES.
SOME KID’S CLASS PROJECT IS NOT REAL SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. YOU’VE HEARD OF “DOUBLE BLIND”, RIGHT? CALL ME WHEN IT’S PUBLISHED IN NATURE.

the structure or energy of the water

what the fuck does that even mean you realize that a water molecule is made up of three fucking atoms and if you rearrange it it isn’t water anymore and you would fucking notice

the problem with microwaved anything is not the radiation people used to worry about

Here is a handy diagram I drew of all the different types of radiation:

Microwaves != nuclear reactors, so calm your tits.

it’s how it corrupts the DNA in the food so the body can not recognize it

…do you understand what DNA is and how eating works? DNA is a jumble of protein in the middle of each cell and it tells the cells in that particular organism how to make more cells. Your body does not care about whether your food has any DNA in it or not. The chemicals it cares about are things like vitamins and sugars, as well as inorganic shit like salt.
(You can denature DNA by heating it or using chemicals like urea. It is like what happens when you fry an egg, which is basically a big glob of protein—the strands break apart and it looks like tiny white strings. Very cool.)

Microwaves agitate the molecules to move faster and faster.

I…just…that is the fucking definition of heat, whether you’re heating something over a flame or in a microwave or using the Sun. The difference is that microwaves mostly affect the water molecules in your food and they don’t need to use as much heat. Water boils at 100°C, which is just about as hot as water can get before it just turns into steam; but that’s like the lowest setting on your oven. Oven- or stove-cooked food tastes different partly because it uses higher temperatures and partly because heat is transferred in a different way.

This movement causes friction

That’s not what friction is.

It results in destroyed vitamins, minerals, proteins and generates the new stuff called radiolytic compounds, things that are not found in nature.

Let’s take these one at a time.
Vitamins are classified as water-soluble or fat-soluble. So cooking things in water will dissolve the water-soluble vitamins (C and all the B’s). Just plain heat doesn’t do that, so microwaving veggies—which keeps the water in—is actually a healthier option.
Proteins: Breaking the chemical bonds in proteins (denaturing) is a part of any cooking. However, denatured protein is still nutritious—that’s why you can meet your protein intake with foods like fried eggs and baked chicken.
Minerals are just chemical elements, like off the periodic table—sodium, iron, potassium. (Vitamins and proteins are very complex combinations of elements.)
Which brings me to the “radiolytic compound” bullshit. When you talk about breaking apart, say, iron—you’re talking about breaking down the iron atoms themselves. Which is a whole lot different than breaking the bonds between atoms. It takes hella radiation. You need shit like gamma rays—the OOOH SCARY NUCULAR radiation—which we’ve already established do not come from your microwave.

things that are not found in nature

What the shit does that even mean? You all know radioactive elements occur in nature, right? In rocks and also in living cells. That’s right, you have this radioactive kind of carbon INSIDE YOU. You get it by eating those delicious plants. We can tell how long ago something died by how much of it is left.
Tons of shit that occurs naturally is horribly bad for you. And tons of shit that never existed until we cooked it up is great for you—like the chemical compounds in a lot of medications.
PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THIS SHIT ARE WHY CHILDHOOD DISEASES THAT CAUSED SERIOUS ILLNESSES AND/OR DEATH THAT WE NEARLY ERADICATED WITH VACCINES ARE NOW COMING BACK AND WHY CONSPIRACY THEORIST TWATS ARE ASKING CITY COUNCIL NOT TO FLUORIDATE THE WATER AND WHY GLOBAL WARMING WILL WRECK OUR FUCKING PLANET.
LERN 2 SCIENCE. Think before you reblog. And microwave your veggies.

This was incredibly amusing to read. Thank you so much for sciencing.

Science achieved
lacertae-dreamscape:

DaveKat AU based on a prompt from THIS post.
Like hell is Dave going to let a vending machine rob him of his hard earned money. He’s going to get that candy bad outta the thing even if he has to leave his arm there.
Well, almost. Karkat walks away from this situation with Dave’s chumhandle and the rest is history.
I actually had this ready for a while but forgot to post it, ooops.
bigger file HERE in case you cannot see it well due to tumblr being shitty.
mcskele:

dick squad
DAVE, NO.
dave yes
doodles <3