The Weird, Ever-Evolving Story of Your DNA – [The Atlantic]

Playing God is always harder than it looks.

via The Weird, Ever-Evolving Story of Your DNA – The Atlantic

Zimmer describes a bizarre twist on the free-martin: a girl with different-colored eyes and ambiguous genitals who appeared at a Seattle genetics clinic. Her ovaries proved to have only XX chromosomes—typical female—but her other tissues were mixtures of XX and XY. Further analysis showed that she had started out as opposite-sex twins. But early in development, the two embryos had fused, becoming a single, highly unusual child. Like a verse from the old Ray Stevens novelty song “I’m My Own Grandpa,” this girl was her own twin brother.

Does anyone else find this fascinating yet cool/bizarre?

” Beggars can’t be choosers!” and other such Bullshit.

First off, I’m sorry to use coarse language.
But the statement “Beggars can’t be choosers”, really *really* pisses me off.

It perpetuates the mindset that you are better than the beggar. That you know better than they know. That you’ve made better life choices than they did.

And, you know what? It’s pure bull crap.

Sometimes in life, you hit a low point. Sometimes a point so low that you can’t see a way out of it. So, you need help from others. Someone to lean on while you get back on your feet.. Even if it takes years to break out of the struggle to survive.

You need the kindness of a stranger. Not their pity. Not their ‘I’m better than you’ attitude. Or even the feeling of “I’m doing you a service [so you owe me]”.

Those kinds of attitudes don’t help you or the person you’re ‘helping’.

Just because someone is at a low point, sleeping in the alley, on a park bench, under a bridge does not mean they have to take/accept whatever they’re handed. They do not have to eat the moldy leftovers from your lunch two days ago.

Beggars can choose. They’re sentient beings. They have the same rights, wills, and dreams.. like you have. They deserve to be treated with dignity.

So.. Be Nice! Help a fellow human out any time you can. Don’t wait until Thanksgiving or Christmas.

And, as always: “Do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.”.

Later!

Words that annoy me..

I know. You didn’t ask for this and I don’t much want to write them, but gosh darnit there are just some words that are overused, wrong, or just plain ol’ annoying. I also figure it might therapeutic to list them here. In the hopes that one day, a wise soul will stumble upon them and help spread the light..

So, here is the List of Words That Annoy [me]:

  • Cloud
  • Crypto-anything
  • Cyber-anything
  • Condone
  • Disputed Fact
  • “This.”
  • First!
  • dis
  • i c u r
  • Curated
  • The f-word
  • E-mail (should be email)
  • hashtag!
  • rekt
  • yolo
  • categorically
  • cray cray
  • bro, bra, brah, etc..
  • And finally, the most annoying word: the “Shortly”!

I’m sure more words will come along..
Maybe I should make a “Words I Love” list to counter the karma here.

Lol, later!