I'm twenty-one and I'm crazy. Fangirl, (aspiring) scientist and writer. I'm at college in Boston right now, but New York will always be my home. Likes archaeology, astronomy, space travel, history, superhero comics, general science, the oceans, Star Wars, aviation, exploration/geography, mysteries and Disney. (Which is where my title comes from...)
“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
And now I’m mad that nobody told us we were given cows. Cause that’s really f***ing nice and nobody mentioned it at all.
American media tends to disregard that anyone donates to the US. And then Amurricans complain about money going abroad because “nobody helped the US in our disasters.”
Also, do you know how much a cow costs? O.O
It isn’t just a matter of how much a cow costs, its a matter of considering that Masai life is based around their cattle. Its their wealth, their food, and a significant part of their religion. Here’s a quote from Wikipedia:
“Traditional Maasai lifestyle centres around their cattle which constitute their primary source of food. The measure of a man’s wealth is in terms of cattle and children. A herd of 50 cattle is respectable, and the more children the better. A man who has plenty of one but not the other is considered to be poor. A Maasai religious belief relates that God gave them all the cattle on earth, leading to the belief that rustling cattle from other tribes is a matter of taking back what is rightfully theirs, a practice that has become much less common.”
So its not just “they gave us 14 cows”, its that they gave us something that is very important and significant to them, it is more than just a kind gesture that definitely deserves to be known and its a genuine shame that more people don’t know about it.
When U.S. astronauts make the next “giant leap” launching to Mars, they will bring with them a memento from the first moon landing 45 years ago. NASA is presenting Kennedy Space Center with a mission patch that was flown on Apollo 11 for the first Mars crew.
"Carried to the moon aboard Apollo 11," Collins inscribed across the top of the Beta cloth patch. "Presented to the Mars 1 crew."
"I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is about, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth."—President John F. Kennedy, May 25, 1961
Gus Grissom’s appointment calendar from 1960 is for sale on EBay. It’s worth noting that on his wedding anniversary, instead of writing “anniversary” or the like, Gus drew a picture of wedding bells. If you don’t find this adorable, then we can’t be friends.
Astronaut Charles Duke visited the moon in 1972 as part of the Apollo 16 mission. He left behind a picture of himself, with his wife and two sons. He took a picture of it before he left. The photograph remains on the moon’s surface.
When I visited the Museum of Science late last year with my mother, I told her I was surprised the museum hadn’t revealed the 2013 recipient of their Washburn Award for individuals who advance public understanding of science. (It’s named for the MOS’s late founder, Bradford Washburn, whose awesomeness I have already expounded onseveral times) Usually there’s a huge banquet thing that costs two hundred dollars to get into, but there was no announcement of such a thing and I was worried maybe they hadn’t found anyone worthy and willing to accept the award.
Today I learned that wasn’t the case. They did find someone very worthy, he just wasn’t able to come in person. (Or perhaps he did, and Brad Washburn gave it to him privately…)