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Of course it’s Australian.

You always see list of deadliest toxins, but almost never lists of least fun toxins. I mean, a bite from a taipan snake will kill you dead, but in a brisk and orderly fashion that will unfold from “Ow, bugger, what was that” to “x_x” in about an hour.

The reaction to the gympie gympie stinging tree, however, can last for months, during which time there is precious little they can do for you except pump you full of steroids and strap you down to a table with a brace in your mouth so you don’t do yourself serious injury. In the 1960s, British military scientists studied the tree for its potential as a biological weapon.

The research was apparently abandoned, for reasons which have never been released to the public; but if I had to take a guess, I’d look to the example of civilian research scientist Marina Hurley, who spent three years studying the gympie gympie, and was forced to abandon her research when, despite using every manner of precaution, her exposure to the plant’s neurotoxin nevertheless led to hospitalization. The hairs on the plant which carry the toxin, you see, are regularly shed, and become airborne, at which point they can be inhaled and cause severe nosebleeds, asphyxiation, and anaphylactic shock.

One survivor of a brush with a gympie gympie described the stinging persisting for over two years, made worse whenever he took a cold shower.

Sources: 1 2 3 

Writers, here’s an idea.  A grim one, but we can always use those, too.




femme fatale - songs for killing boys to because we’re glorious and they suck (◕‿◕✿)

i eat boys like a cannibal, fuck hard howl at the moon like an animal | reel your heart in, run away with it | the sun is out, the day is new, and everyone’s waitin, waitin on you | it might be a prayer, or a piece of conversation, wherever we go we make a sound | winning is my motherfuckin protocol | fine enough to blow your mind | how could you be what i wanna see? | i am gonna come for you with all that i have
first things first i’ll eat ya brains, then imma start rockin gold teeth and fangs | you think you got it all worked out, but you don’t know nothin nothin nothin | the thrill of fear now greatly enjoyed with courage | you see him, he’s so dusty, he’s a m-i-n-g-e-r | i told you i was trouble; you know that i’m no good | sneezed on the beat and the beat got sicka | dj, gonna burn this god damn house right down | you got no power to control how i make you my toy toy toy | hungry for that flesh of mine | i’m kickin ass, i’m takin names, i’m on a flame, don’t come home babe | i wanna see you all on your knees, knees, you either wanna be with me or be me | i’m gonna pop your bubblegum heart | i’m going in for the kill, i’m doin it for a thrill | sitting across the bar, staring right at her prey, it’s goin well so far, she’s gonna get her way | if you still wanted my love, you would still be with me now, so i’m asking you, to get out, get out, get out | you can try to take us, but we’re the gladiators | i’m about to barf, seriously | both of us wanna be the winner, but there can only be one | i sell my paintings to the men i eat | i’m here to give you all my love, so i can watch your face as i take it all away, away, away | if you ain’t got no money take your broke ass home | when i get to where i’m going, gonna have you trembling


Police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun wearing body cameras after weeks of unrest over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white officer and sharply differing accounts of the incident, officials said on Sunday.

Michael Brown, 18, was shot multiple times by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, sparking nearly three weeks of angry protests in the St. Louis suburb and drawing global attention to race relations in the United States.

Law enforcement and witnesses gave differing accounts of what transpired before Brown was shot, with police saying the teen had struggled with the officer. Witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.

The discrepancy has revived calls for officers across the county to be outfitted with body cameras to help capture an accurate record of police-involved incidents.

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