In order to turn off this alarm clock, you have to get up and step on it.

Photo Series of the Day: The first photos of the so-called Fukushima Fifty — the fifty heroic nuclear reactor employees working around the clock to prevent a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant — have finally emerged.

An additional 150 workers have since joined the original fifty, of which five are believed to have died. Many of those inside the plant readily admit that, while they are still alive, they know radiation poisoning will eventually kill them.


We know that wearing revealing clothing, being promiscuous and/or being sexually confident is NEVER an invitation for rape.
There is no such thing as an invitation to rape.
A woman always has the right to decide if and when and how and with who she is sexual. That is her decision and no one elses. No one has the right to rape her. No matter what she is wearing.


This is Hideaki Akaiwa. When the Tsunami hit his home town of Ishinomaki, Hideaki was at work. Realising his wife was trapped in their home, he ignored the advice of professionals, who told him to wait for the army to arrive to provide search and rescue.

Instead he found some scuba gear, jumped in the raging torrent – dodging cars, houses and other debris being dragged around by the powerful current, any of which could have killed him instantly – and navigated the now submerged streets in pitch dark, freezing water until he found his house. Swimming inside, he discovered his wife alive on the upper level with only a small amount of breathing room, and sharing his resperator, pulled her out to safety.

If he had waited for the army, his wife of 20 years would be dead.

Oh, and if that’s not enough badassery for one lifetime, Hideaki realised his mother was also unaccounted for, so jumped back in the water and managed to save her life also. Since then Hideaki enters the water everyday on a one man search and rescue mission, saving countless lives and proving that two natural disasters in a single day, and insurmountable odds can’t stand in the way of love. This man is my hero.

– The Hidden History of the Human Race (click through / very interesting)

An early page of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone containing a plot line which got cut, from

“So this Flamel bloke found the Stone-” said Ron.
“No – he made it,” said Harry. “He was an alchemist, which means-“
“Someone who turns base metals into gold,” said Hermione. She had that old proving-I-know-more-than-everyone-else look on her face, the other two noticed, “Of course. I read about this in ‘Alchemy, Ancient Art and Science’ by Argo Pyrites-“
“I missed that one myself,” muttered Ron.
“-Of course, it’s some of the most difficult magic you can do, and you end up not just with pure gold but with a funny stone thing-“
“Which is what I’m on about,” said Harry “The Philosopher’s Stone, yes. And it works, too. It kept Nicolas Flamel and his wife alive for about five hundred years.
“I know,” said Harry “But it’s true. He was spotted at the opera in Paris in 1762 and he was born back in 13 something.”
Ron whistled.
“But he’s dead now?” he asked.
“Of course,” said Harry. “Someone stole his Stone so he couldn’t make any more Elixir of Life, could he? It takes a while to make another Stone and by that time, I suppose he was just too old to live without his Elixir until a new Stone was ready. And now I’ll tell you something else really weird that I haven’t told you up to now – the Stone was found in my parents’ safe at Gringott’s bank.”
But instead of the interested noises Harry had expected, Ron and Hermione simply stared at him.
“What?” said Harry.
Ron cleared his throat, opened his mouth to speak but shut it again.
What?” Harry said.
“Well, Harry,” said Hermione “I mean…”
“You mean what?”
He stared at them both as they shuffled their feet and tried not to look him in the eye.
“You don’t think,” he said suddenly and angrily “That my parentsstole the Stone?”
“Um…” said Ron.
“Look,” said Harry furiously “That’s like saying they murderedFlamel…”
“Oh Harry, we never thought…”
“Not much, you didn’t,” said Harry “I don’t know how it got in there, but the Stone wasn’t put there by them…
“Right,” said Ron quickly. “I’m sure you’re right.”
“There must be an obvious explanation,” said Hermione.
Harry wasn’t at all convinced that they meant it, but at that moment the bell rang which put an end to the conversation.

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