Monster" is derived from the Latin noun monstrum, "divine portent," itself formed on the root of the verb monere, "to warn." It came to refer to living things of anomalous shape or structure, or to fabulous creatures like the sphinx who were composed of strikingly incongruous parts, because the ancients considered the appearance of such beings to be a sign of some impending supernatural event. Monsters, like angels, functioned as messengers and heralds of the extraordinary. They served to announce impending revelation, saying, in effect, "Pay attention; something of profound importance is happening.
My Words to Victor Frankenstein: by Susan Stryker (via whatmonstrosity)

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Urnes Stave Church / Urnes stavkyrkje in Norway
Detail Carvings
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Urnes Stave Church / Urnes stavkyrkje in Norway

Detail Carvings

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nelyo3:

Diphylleia grayi petals become transparent when wet with rain

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Anonymous said: HEY I see in your description thing it says you're a fan of Ghost Adventures! As in the show w/ those three silly yet still serious dudes goin after ghosts all night?? I used to watch that show w/ my family hahaha.. You plannin on drawing some fan art for it at some point or no?

chirart:

yeah sure

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Hemingway

literarystarbucks:

Hemingway goes up to the counter and orders one espresso. It’s hot. He drinks it in silence. It makes him remember his father’s cabin. He thinks about the woman he loved once. He does not smile. The coffee reminds him of war - short but painful, swallowed down quickly. One could order worse drinks. He leaves Starbucks and walks out into the rain.

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schmergo:

My anaconda don’t want none until the mating season, which occurs during the rainy season, and can last for several months, usually from April to May. During this time, males must find females. Typically, female snakes will lay down a trail of pheromones for the males to follow, but…

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He’s super fun. Filthy and flirtatious. Unshockable. He could be intimidating and without thought you raise your game around Charles. - Lena Headey

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