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malformalady:

Although there are over 400 types of leeches, the Hirudo medicinalis is said to be the most effective leech used in medical practice. Medicinal leeches have three jaws (tripartite) that look like little saws, and on them are about 100 sharp teeth used to incise the host. The incision leaves a mark that is an inverted Y inside of a circle. After piercing the skin and injecting anticoagulants (hirudin) and anaesthetics, they suck out blood. Large adults can consume up to ten times their body weight in a single meal, with 5-15 ml being the average volume taken. These leeches can live for up to a year between feeding.

I got bit by a leech in Thailand — it was the dry season and leeches weren’t expected during out stay, but we had a rogue rainstorm and they came up from the ground like earthworms.

In Thailand the leeches are about the diameter of a strand of spaghetti pre-meal, and about the size of your little finger after feeding. I was hiking in the jungle - which in my mind would be flat* (*Note: No jungle is ever FLAT), the terrain was rough. For most of the day we were cutting our way through using machetes. I was wearing hiking boots, wool socks under my pant leg, long pants, then wool socks over my pant leg. Still a leech managed to get through bite me and get out unnoticed.

When I stripped down for a shower, my shoe was full of blood which was alarming. You don’t often know what happened but the mark in my case was a perfect circle and every Thai that saw it pointed, nodded and said “leech.”Who was I to question this?

It didn’t hurt, I didn’t feel anything in fact, but it bled for a long time before coagulating. For years afterward I had a scar on my ankle which I thought was kind of cool badge of honor. Sadly, It has since faded away.

I’m curious about the rise in popularity of ‘bleeding’ patients. I have not done the research, but I think I might. I find this fascinating.

sbyswgentlemenscigarsociety:

Amy Purdy, paralympic medalist snowboarder | ESPN

~ I work with a lot of soldiers that I hope this inspires

For several years I worked as contract editorial designer for New Mobility, a magazine for folks in wheelchairs. Bad asses, total bad asses in just about every field and sport. This is gorgeous - takes a minute to see anything other than a beautiful naked woman.

(Source: eidosmontreal)

C’mon that’s E.T.!

rhamphotheca:

TSA Turtle Tuesday: Eastern Short-necked Turtle

The Eastern Short-necked Turtle (Emydura macquarii) is a widespread species found throughout Eastern Australia. They are a type of side-necked turtle, meaning their head is withdrawn under their top shell and pulled to the side rather than straight in like most turtles. These omnivorous chelonians are opportunistic feeders, eating whatever comes their way including plants, insects, frogs, molluscs and even carrion.

(via: Turtle Survival Alliance)

This is Jack and his dog

During my years as a gym rat, Jack and I went to the same gym. I saw him daily. He was a ripped body builder with an un-naturally dark “tan.” He always had a smile on his face and a kind, encouraging word for the people around him.

Seemed like he was ALWAYS at the gym, but I remember a story about him being a horse trainer and another involving working with a bear, he showed me photos of the bear on his phone. Could’ve been “in the industry.”

I was saddened to hear today that he died of cancer.

Fuck cancer.

He was larger than life and such a vibrant person. My heart goes out to his family and I am grateful to be among all of the lives that he touched. I don’t even know his last name, but I wholeheartedly wish him peace.

boundunbound:

hanesonly:

I almost forgot my briefcase!

It’s full of all my doguments.

I laughed when I saw this, as many years ago someone talked a buddy of mine into getting one for his black lab puppy to wear while we were house boating. Within 5 minutes the dog swam out of it, was pulling it around in the water and later dragged it to shore to chew on it.

As an aside, Kev has an electric orange vest for our dog wears when she goes sailing - lots of folks laughed when they saw her (she looked like a buoy) but we had a practical reason, if she was washed overboard, we could use the gaff to grab the handle to haul her back on board.

(Source: awwww-cute)

qdesigninc:

CALIYA - Organic SkinCare Logo 

Design - Laura Quick
Client: Kaylyn Cassar / Carly Brooks
Project: Design a flower-based logo for a line of organic skin care products.

I designed this logo for my boss’s daughter and her friend. I’m 99.9% certain that the project will go nowhere - but I have to admit, I had fun working on it.

teenytinydinosaurfarm:

POLISH CHICK about 1 week old
Not sure of the color - though it might be a buff-laced polish but they appear to be solid white as chicks, could be a red-crested red. From Ideal hatchery. Pretty thing.

First foray into crested birds…chicks are sure cute little buggers.
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Canon EOS REBEL T5i
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teenytinydinosaurfarm:

POLISH CHICK about 1 week old

Not sure of the color - though it might be a buff-laced polish but they appear to be solid white as chicks, could be a red-crested red. From Ideal hatchery. Pretty thing.

First foray into crested birds…chicks are sure cute little buggers.

OLD ENGLISH GAME ROOSTER - Sunday Seven #7
I inherited three of these roosters a two weeks ago. They are Carlisle Old English Games as far as I can tell. The guy who had them had eaten the other three, he didn’t brine or age the meat and then BBQ’d it - a BIG mistake as roostrs have nearly no fat, and need time and brine to make them more palatable / edible. PLUS,these roosters are probably a pound or two — smaller than a Cornish Game Hen that you’d see at the grocery / butcher. Not much meat and these peanuts re only half grown - so a lot of buck, but not a lot of bang. I was glad to take them, despite the glut of roosters I already have.
Zoom Info
Camera
Canon EOS REBEL T5i
ISO
100
Aperture
f/5.6
Exposure
1/60th
Focal Length
50mm

OLD ENGLISH GAME ROOSTER - Sunday Seven #7

I inherited three of these roosters a two weeks ago. They are Carlisle Old English Games as far as I can tell. The guy who had them had eaten the other three, he didn’t brine or age the meat and then BBQ’d it - a BIG mistake as roostrs have nearly no fat, and need time and brine to make them more palatable / edible. PLUS,these roosters are probably a pound or two — smaller than a Cornish Game Hen that you’d see at the grocery / butcher. Not much meat and these peanuts re only half grown - so a lot of buck, but not a lot of bang. I was glad to take them, despite the glut of roosters I already have.

Sunday Seven - #6

I called my Dad this afternoon. It’s hard to reach him as he’s at lunch when I’m heading to work, and asleep by the time I’m off work.

The receptionst had to go and get him, so I waited a good 10-15 mintues. Then my Dad came on the phone. We chatted for 5 minutes then he said I’ve gotta pee, I’m dancing here!

I say okay do you want me to wait - no.

Do you want me to call back - no.

Just come get me out of Mass-a-two-shits.

Click.

I’m guessing that he’s doing okay. I talk to the reception folks more often then my Dad so I always ask how he’s.

His girlfriend in California, called to see how he was doing right after I got off the phone. Lovely woman.

BUFF LACED POLISH (Hen and Chick) - Sunday 7 (#4)
The bottom photo is the picture that inspired me to start raising chickens many years ago. I had never seen a fancy breed before and I just loved the way this bird looks.
The first go-around I bought leftover chicks from a feed store - Barred Rocks, a Cochin, Seabrights, and Cornishes. I still have most of them. Over time I ordered other breeds but Polish never fit into the plan.
Until now…
Ideal Hatchery offered baby chicks at $1 apiece and I bought the minimum. They are all “Top Hat” breeds. Polish, Houdan, Crevecoeur, Sultans. Really pretty birds.
Their prominent crest is caused by a protuberance, or knob, atop the bird’s skull, from which the feathers grow. 
The bottom chick photo is a white Crested Black Polish, and a Sultan. The Sultan will be solid white as an adult. It have all of the poultry bells and whistles - crest, beard, muff, extra toes, V-comb, blue ears (I think), 
The bottom hen is an adult White Crested Black Polish Chicken. Fashionable!
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BUFF LACED POLISH (Hen and Chick) - Sunday 7 (#4)
The bottom photo is the picture that inspired me to start raising chickens many years ago. I had never seen a fancy breed before and I just loved the way this bird looks.
The first go-around I bought leftover chicks from a feed store - Barred Rocks, a Cochin, Seabrights, and Cornishes. I still have most of them. Over time I ordered other breeds but Polish never fit into the plan.
Until now…
Ideal Hatchery offered baby chicks at $1 apiece and I bought the minimum. They are all “Top Hat” breeds. Polish, Houdan, Crevecoeur, Sultans. Really pretty birds.
Their prominent crest is caused by a protuberance, or knob, atop the bird’s skull, from which the feathers grow. 
The bottom chick photo is a white Crested Black Polish, and a Sultan. The Sultan will be solid white as an adult. It have all of the poultry bells and whistles - crest, beard, muff, extra toes, V-comb, blue ears (I think), 
The bottom hen is an adult White Crested Black Polish Chicken. Fashionable!
Zoom Info

BUFF LACED POLISH (Hen and Chick) - Sunday 7 (#4)

The bottom photo is the picture that inspired me to start raising chickens many years ago. I had never seen a fancy breed before and I just loved the way this bird looks.

The first go-around I bought leftover chicks from a feed store - Barred Rocks, a Cochin, Seabrights, and Cornishes. I still have most of them. Over time I ordered other breeds but Polish never fit into the plan.

Until now…

Ideal Hatchery offered baby chicks at $1 apiece and I bought the minimum. They are all “Top Hat” breeds. Polish, Houdan, Crevecoeur, Sultans. Really pretty birds.

Their prominent crest is caused by a protuberance, or knob, atop the bird’s skull, from which the feathers grow.

The bottom chick photo is a white Crested Black Polish, and a Sultan. The Sultan will be solid white as an adult. It have all of the poultry bells and whistles - crest, beard, muff, extra toes, V-comb, blue ears (I think),

The bottom hen is an adult White Crested Black Polish Chicken. Fashionable!

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