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Fine China Brass Knuckles
Knocking people out with elegance since 19/20**(whenever they were created).
The blood of an icefish isn’t red. Instead, its blood runs white.
Kristin O’Brien is a biologist at University of Alaska Fairbanks, who studies an unusual family of fishes called icefishes. They’re found only in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica. They are unique because they are the only vertebrates in the world that lack the oxygen-binding protein hemoglobin, which is the protein that transports oxygen throughout the body and gives blood its red color. In other words, the blood of an icefish isn’t red. Instead, its blood runs a cloudy white. “I think these animals are among the most fascinating creatures on Earth,” Dr. O’Brien said
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“I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die. First of all, that one second isn’t a second at all, it stretches forever, like an ocean of time. For me, it was lying on my back at Boy Scout Camp, watching falling stars…and yellow leaves, from the maple trees that lined our street. Or my grandmother’s hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper, and the first time I saw my cousin Tony’s brand new Firebird. And Janie…and Janie. And…Carolyn. I guess I could be really pissed off about what happened to me, but it’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst…and then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain. And I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry…
You will someday.”
-American Beauty (final monologue)
reading this gave me shivers