“Hey, I just realized something!”
“Well, I made these Amazonian frogs so they spawn, right?”
“So the females just lay their eggs out in the water, and the males fertilize them out in the water, and then everyone leaves the eggs alone and they grow.”
“No parental care necessary.”
“That’s the idea.”
“So it doesn’t really matter what happens to the parents, so long as the eggs get fertilized.”
“Technically. Where are you going with this? “
“Well, I gave the females this handy reflex to release their eggs when males squeeze them.”
“But sometimes all the males trying to mate with them crush them to death.”
“So it goes.”
“But reflexes still work a bit after you’re dead, right?”
“So, like, as long as the eggs still come out of their bodies, and no one needs to be around to take care of those eggs, the males can just keep on mating with the dead females and still successfully reproduce!”
“Jesus, evolution. That’s pretty grim.”
“I prefer ‘efficient.’”
“You’re messed up.”
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All photos © Karen Osborn (Smithsonian biologist)
We ran out of plates.
This is possibly the greatest photo on Tumblr.
This is possibly the most disrespectful photo on Tumblr. I am not saying that you have to agree with what the bible says, but to utilize that book ‘as a plate’ knowing what it means to people, is just plain disrespectful to religion.
This is possibly the most disrespectful photo on Tumblr. I am not saying that you have to agree with the fact that pizza is the most delicious thing ever, but to let it touch that book, knowing how people misinterpret it as a reason to hate gays, is just plain disrespectful to pizza.
This is possibly the most disrespectful photo on Tumblr.
My uncle got killed by a falling microwave.
Wow, screw you. Do you know how many cows were BRUTALLY INCARCERATED INSTEAD OF ROAMING FREE to produce the milk for that pizza’s cheese?