Kid on the street: Excuse me, do you smoke?
Me: No.
Kid: Why?
Me: 'Cause I'm smarter than you.

A hand reached out of the pond, grasping desperately.

It only occurred to me after I extended my hand to help that the pond was too shallow for anyone to be drowning in it.

And yet, out clambered a fine lady, dressed in lace and silk, oddly dry. Her hair was blue.

But so was mine.Dye exists.

"Sister!" she cried, embracing me.

I'd never met her before in my life.

But that's how I ended up with a refugee water spirit for a roommate.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy

"There are people who seem to get really offended about gender fluidity or non-binary folks- but those are just people who feel like their gender is is insecure, you know? and in this day and age it *is* important to keep your gender secure. your gender should contain lowercase letters, uppercase letters, at least one number and one symbol"

programmers love to use titles like "architect" or "engineer" or "designer" instead of the more accurate "plumber" or "custodian" or "firefighter" twitter.com/computerfact/statu

The design of the commemorative 50p Brexit coin has been released.

#50p #Brexit

Football fan: a person who gets highly excited by 11 complete strangers doing something utterly pointless.

"How today’s global warming is unlike the last 2,000 years of climate shifts."

Excerpt : " Temperatures across 98 percent of Earth’s surface were hotter at the end of the 20th century than at any time in the previous 2,000 years."

Link - sciencenews.org/article/global

#ClimateEmergency #ClimateChange #GlobalWarming #Environment #Science

Plants can grow branches, leaves, flowers, etc. from many parts of their bodies. So it might seem that mutations that arise in those parts should get passed along to the next generation. Yet, it does not. Similar to animals, plants may have cells equivalent to germline cells in animals which are passed along during reproduction.

An article about research into this topic of plant reproduction.

#Plants #Biology #Nature #Reproduction

[ quantamagazine.org/unexpected- ]

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I never intended to become a thief.

But I had awoken in a strange land, penniless and alone.

I never took too much, an item of clothing here, some handfuls of food there. But I longed for home; so I started to take money, or things I felt I could resell - a foreigner selling local goods got me a few suspicious looks so I moved around a lot; it was difficult to build up any resources.

I often spent my travel money on food or shelter.

#TootFic #FlashFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy

Imagine if unit conversion ratios, such as miles to km, varied like currencies.

"Pound plummets to 420 g over Brexit uncertainty."

Some people believe organic foods may be better than conventional food. But the case for it isn't made by poorly written general media articles, as this post by Steven Novella shows about the suppose benefits of organic apples over conventional apples.

#Health #Food #Apples #Research

theness.com/neurologicablog/in

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"Pardon?"

"I brought you a princess!" the dragon repeated excitedly.

"Pevra, did you KIDNAP her?"

"No! I found her in the bushes."

"And did she WANT to come here?"

"She said 'anywhere would be better than the hell of matrimony' so yes, I guess?"

I leaned on my staff and hobbled out to meet her.

She sat regally, cheeks plump from plentiful meals and glossy hair slightly disheveled. I guessed she was a little older than me.

#TootFic #FlashFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy #LGBT

Parents: are your kids exchanging vi keymaps?

wtf: one word forward, then to the first 'f'

LOL: insert a new line with a single 'L' just above bottom of screen.

fml: move to one character past the next 'm'

tbh: move to two characters before the next 'b'

dtf: delete to 'f'

Should oscilloscopes come with trigger warnings?

Take a product of any kind. Sell it in two kinds of packaging, one featuring the word NEW and the other ORIGINAL.

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