23 Times Neil DeGrasse Tyson Was So Sassy It Hurt

Astrophysicist with attitude.

1. On the end of the world:

2. On measuring the length of blood vessels:

3. On intelligent life:

4. On alternative medicine:

5. On professional athletes:

6. On middle fingers:

If we had twelve fingers, there’d be no middle finger to flip at people with whom you’ve run out of words to communicate.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

7. On The Los Angeles Angels:

Does it disturb anyone else that “The Los Angeles Angels” baseball team translates directly to “The The Angels Angels”?

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

8. On “toxins”:

The likelihood that a person uses the word “toxin” correlates strongly with how much Chemistry the person does *not* know

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

9. On Snoop Dogg:

If @RealJeffreyRoss and other comedians honored @SnoopDogg, would that be a “Pot Roast”?

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

10. On July 4th:

July 4 – Happy Birthday USA. Celebrating the day we declared Independence, and not the day we actually achieved it.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

11. On “total eclipses”:

Total Eclipses occur every couple of years or so. If anyone calls them “rare”, ask if they feel that way about the Olympics.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

12. On the state of television:

America 2012: The Learning Channel has HoneyBooBoo, History Channel has PawnStars: and the Science Channel has PumpkinChunkin

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

13. On the “Super Moon”:

Moon Lunacy strikes again: The impending Supermoon is to an average full Moon what a 16″ Pizza is to a 15″ Pizza. So chillax.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

14. On hip-hop:

I’m quite sure that Frogs were into Hip-Hop long before the music industry was.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

15. On soccer players:

I wonder what Rugby players think every time they see a Soccer player crying in pain from being grazed by another player.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

16. On psychics:

A news headline you hardly ever see: “Psychic Wins the Lottery Again”

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

17. On Spanish sportscasters:

Good thing Spanish fútbol sportscasters don’t announce basketball, they’d spend 1/3 of playing time saying “Goooooooooooool”

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

18. On plane cabins:

Flight Attendants say: “Cabin pressurized for your comfort & safety.” What they mean is: “otherwise you’d freeze & suffocate”

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

19. On “Miss Universe”:

Astrophysicists are monitors of extreme adjectives. Which is why “Miss Universe” to us is just “Miss Earth”.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

20. On airport customs:

Had to wait in line to renew a Passport allowing me to visit members of my own species across artificially conceived borders.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

21. On Olympic curling:

I occasionally wonder whether people who are good at Olympic Curling are also good at sweeping out the basement.

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

22. On Red Bull Stratos:

I’m told somebody’s jumping out of a perfectly good balloon from 23-miles up. The theory of gravity no longer needs to be tested in this way

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

23. And on his DJ name:

If I were ever to become a Hip-hop DJ,I think I’d choose the name “MC-squared”

— neiltyson (@Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/astrophysicist-with-attitude

When They Dropped Their Son Off At Daycare, It Was The Last Time They Saw Him Alive

Parents have one goal when it comes to sending their kids to daycare: to feel like the people they’ve trusted to care for their little ones are kind, competent, and caring.

But sometimes, proper daycare research can only do so much. If citations against facilities are kept out of public records, parents have no way of knowing the truth. This is something that one heartbroken family in Oklahoma learned the hard way.

When Derek and Ali Dodd — the wonderful parents of two young boys — dropped their youngest son off at daycare in April of this year, they had no idea that he would never come home.

One of the employees at the facility carelessly let little Shepard sleep in his carseat instead of putting him in a crib. She came to check on him two hours later, and when she touched his skin, he was ice cold. Although she called 911 immediately, the damage was already done. Sadly, the infant died from something called “positional asphyxiation.”

The baby suffocated in his sleep because he was left in his car seat to sleep.

At an early age, babies don’t have the strength to lift and support their own heads. If improperly fastened in a carseat, infants can become slumped over, which makes them unable to breathe. This act of laziness and disregard for Shepard’s safety on the part of the daycare employee is ultimately what took his life.

The most terrifying thing about the situation is that Shepard’s death doesn’t appear in public records.

Parents looking to keep their kids at this daycare center would then have no idea what happened. Fortunately, the facility has since shut down.

To help cope with their grief, Derek and Ali now work to raise awareness for positional asphyxiation so that parents and caretakers can avoid making this devastating mistake.

To learn more about their heartbreaking story, watch the video below:

(via Wimp)

No parent should ever have to endure the loss of their child, especially at the hands of someone else’s carelessness. If you want to learn more about the dangers of positional asphyxiation, check out this Facebook page, which was created in Shepard’s honor. This knowledge could save a child’s life.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/death-at-daycare/

Did You Know Pressing On These Spots On Your Body Relieves Headache Pain?

For most people, the first sign of a headache means a trip to the medicine cabinet to fetch some Tylenol or Advil. But what if you could stop the annoying ache without any drugs?

Sure, you can debilitate an attacker with a well-placed finger on the neck — it’s called pressure point fighting — but those little trigger spots all over your body can actually be used to knock a headache out, too. All it takes is a few minutes.

The best part is that you can do this to yourself! I may just throw or give away all of my Tylenol and Advil — no need for it anymore.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/pressure-points/

Pregnancy Can Be Beautiful…And Amazingly Creepy

If there’s one dream that millions of people around the world share, it’s to grow up and start a family.

Those dreams come complete with white picket fences, sprawling backyards, and laughing kids running around when the weather finally gets warm. And that’s a beautiful thing. In fact, pregnancy itself is pretty spectacular.

But even in the presence of so much beauty, there are a few things about pregnancy that are…well…a little weird. After all, something as hardcore as creating another human life is bound to have its creepy charms.

1. The only scientifically proven way to induce labor without medication is nipple stimulation. It’s a practice known as “the comfort technique.”

2. Pregnant women who suffer from heartburn are more likely to give birth to babies with full heads of hair.

3. Babies develop fingerprints during the first trimester.

4. New mothers and pregnant women can lactate at the sound of babies crying (and they don’t need to be their own).

5. A baby girl is born with all of the eggs she’ll use in a lifetime.

6. Babies pee in the womb and then drink that pee. Yum.

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7. One out of every 2,000 babies is born with a tooth.

8. A full-term pregnant woman can produce more estrogen in a day than a non-pregnant woman can over the course of a few years.

9. A woman’s uterus can expand to over 500 times its normal size.

10. It’s not likely, but it’s possible for a woman to become pregnant through oral sex.

11. If you give birth to a son, you are more likely to develop an autoimmune disease.

12. In the womb, babies are known to cry.

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13. Babies can taste the foods that their mothers eat while they’re in the womb.

14. There are more twins born in Central Africa than anywhere else in the world.

15. The longest pregnancy ever lasted over a year! That poor woman.

16. During pregnancy, a woman’s heart and feet increase in size.

17. Blood volume increases when carrying a child, which leads to pregnant women getting frequent nosebleeds.

18. About 90 percent of women experience changes in skin tone during pregnancy.

19. Pregnant women experience a heightened sense of smell, which is supposed to protect them from eating foods that’d be bad for the baby.

20. Newborns, on average, are getting heavier and heavier every year.

21. After pregnancy, it is common for women to experience hair loss.

22. Pregnant women are more likely to break bones because heightened hormone levels affect bone density.

(via Mom.me)

Pregnancy is a wonderful thing, but that doesn’t mean that the process isn’t a little wacky. Props to all the ladies out there who have endured the miracles of pregnancy and birth! You are tougher than the rest of us.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/creepy-pregnancy/

This Is What Happens When You Light 6,000 Matches On Fire At Once

I can only imagine that when man discovered fire, he was just as amazed by it as I am of this video.

The powerful element is both awe-inspiring and terrifying all at once…that’s why this video of a 6,000 match chain reaction is so incredibly awesome and simultaneously disturbing.

Don’t get any ideas, kids. You should absolutely never try this unless you are a professional and have a safe space to do it. If you are one of those people, though, please make more videos like this because it’s totally rad.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/6000-matches/

Lobotomies Were Brutal Procedures — And Seeing One Happen May Scar You For Life

Lobotomies were brutal procedures that involved doctors sticking metal instruments into patients’ brains and severing connections in the frontal lobe. It may sound medieval, but it actually wasn’t that long ago that lobotomies were being performed regularly.

The following video is a brutal demonstration of the lobotomy procedure that was used on 20,000 patients between 1940 and 1951.

Not only was this the standard procedure for treating mental disorders, but it was also heralded as a great innovation. The man who invented lobotomies, António Egas Moniz, even won a Nobel Prize. Just let that sink in.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/lobotomy/

These 22 Tips Will Help You Read Body Language Like A Pro

At this point in my life, I’m convinced that one of the biggest causes of conflict between people is misinterpretation.

I’ve started countless fights with my loved ones because I assumed that they were feeling a certain way when in reality, I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s really hard to tell what others are thinking, but there are some clever ways you can get inside their heads.

Author Aldis Kalnins created an incredibly helpful poster that’s chock-full of tips on how to read people by looking at their body language. Here are 22 ways you can crack their non-verbal codes.

1. Not sure if your input is wanted during a conversation? Try looking at your friends’ feet.

2. Thumbs out may mean that someone thinks they’re better than you.

3. Chair positioning gives away how you’re feeling about yourself or your current situation.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/body-language

What These Ants Do To Defend Their Colonies Is Actually Pretty Freaky

When you think of an ant that can spray corrosive acid out of its butt while trying to protect its colony from predators, do you automatically assume that it lives in Australia?

Even though this train of thought is accurate (since we all know that the world’s creepiest critters tend to thrive Down Under), this bizarre ant species doesn’t call Australia home.

Wood ants hail from Europe and parts of North America. If you happen to share your neighborhood with these fearsome bugs, stay away. They’ll go to bizarre lengths to protect their homes.

(via Reddit)

I guess ants are better than snakes and spiders. But then again, snakes and spiders don’t typically spray acid at me when I get too close.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/freaky-ants/

This Picturesque Greek Town Is Slowly Sliding Down The Side Of A Hill

Once a bustling town in Thessaly, Greece, Ropoto is now a ghost town. What happened to this locale to make it so desolate? Well, in 2012, a landslide caused homes and buildings to cascade down the side of a hill, displacing 300 families in the process.

The 12-minute documentary Ropoto: Greece’s Sinking Ghost Town details what happened on the day of the landslide, reveals that the sinking continues to happen, and sheds light on the unwillingness of the Greek government to help its own people.

As you walk through Ropoto, you might confuse it with the set of a disaster movie. Indeed, the town is still reeling from the effects of the real-life disaster that changed everything 4 years ago.

Due to poor drainage, townspeople always relied on specialized machines to move the water around. But when the machines didn’t do their job in 2011, it led to a massive landslide that occurred on April 12, 2012.

When the mountain began forming cracks in the ’60s, scientists warned the Greek government that something like this would happen. Sadly, people continued to build on the dangerous land for profit.

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Many people are still left without homes, and to this day, the town has no electricity. Many residents stay in barns with their animals. Since the last landslide, the town has slipped between 10 and 15 centimeters down the hillside, and Ropoto continues to sink more every year.

Here is the entire documentary. It features one of the village’s former council members, Yorgos Roubies.

(via Oddity Central)

The Greek government refuses to send aid to Ropoto. Some villagers say that they still receive bills for taxes on properties that were ripped out from under them years ago.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/ropoto/

This Monster Of The Deep Was Just Caught Off The Coast Of Japan

If you ever find yourself stranded in the middle of the ocean, there are plenty of deadly creatures that you should be afraid of…namely sharks.

While some species may leave you alone, there are plenty of rare shark varieties that will not hesitate to kill and eat you because human flesh is delicious.

One of those species is the elusive megamouth shark. Lucky for us, one was caught off the coast of Japan earlier this month!

Megamouth sharks have only been known to science since the mid-1970s when one became entangled in the anchor of a navy warship near Hawaii. Since then, researchers report that there have only been 60 confirmed sightings.

The most recent sighting came when one was captured by a group of Japanese fishermen earlier this month. The men, who were casting their nets at Mie Prefecture, a few miles away from the Owase Port, managed to reel in the massive 16-foot, one-ton shark.

The megamouth shark gets its name from its giant mouth, which can open up to four feet wide. Typically, they hunt by cruising the depths of the ocean with their mouths open, filtering plankton, jellyfish, and other sea creatures from the water.

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Male megamouths can grow up to 13 feet in length while females can get up to 16 feet and weigh more than 2,600 pounds. They’re most often found in the waters near Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

So what happened to this megamouth? According to Japanese news outlets, this catch was sold to a fish merchant.

(via Mysterious Universe)

As if I needed another reason to avoid the ocean forever and ever. I do wonder what megamouth shark tastes like, though…

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/megamouth-shark-catch/