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Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is an invasive herb in the carrot family which was originally brought to North America from Asia and has since become established in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Northwest regions of the United States. Giant hogweed grows along streams and rivers and in fields, forests, yards and roadsides, and a giant hogweed plant can reach 14 feet or more in height with compound leaves up to 5 feet in width.

Giant Hogweed sap contains toxic chemicals known as Furanocoumarins. When these chemicals come into contact with the skin and are exposed to sunlight, they cause a condition called Phytophotodermatitis, a reddening of the skin often followed by severe blistering and burns. These injuries can last for several months, and even after they have subsided the affected areas of skin can remain sensitive to light for years. Furanocoumarins are also carcinogenic and teratogenic, meaning they can cause cancer and birth defects. The sap can also cause temporary (or even permanent) blindness if introduced into the eyes.

If someone comes into physical contact with Giant Hogweed, the following steps should be taken:
  • Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and COLD water as soon as possible.
  • Keep the exposed area away from sunlight for 48 hours.
  • If Hogweed sap gets into the eyes, rinse them with water and wear sunglasses.
  • See a doctor if any sign of reaction sets in.
If a reaction occurs, the early application of topical steroids may lessen the severity of the reaction and ease the discomfort. The affected area of skin may remain sensitive to sunlight for a few years, so applying sun block and keeping the affected area shielded from the sun whenever possible are sensible precautions

Extra note: if you live in Oregon, New Jersey, Michigan or New York and see one of these, call your state’s department of agriculture to report it, and trained professionals will come kill it before it can produce seeds and spread.

Frankly, if you see one in general, probably call your DOA and see if there’s a program in place.

Do not burn it, because the smoke will give you the same reaction.

If for some ungodly reason there isn’t a professional who can handle it for you (and please, please use a professional), the DOA of New York has [this guide] for how to deal with it yourself.


Fucking invasives. Signal boost.

Re-reblogging because I checked Snopes, and not only is this shit true, but the text on this is pretty much the same as it is there! Stay safe, kiddos.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, these are currently the states and provinces in North America where Giant Hogweed is present. Even if your state/province is “clear” that doesn’t mean that it is not there. If you see Giant Hogweed in your yard or anywhere please call your DOA! This stuff is mad deadly!

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Shortcut keys using Apple Headphone - iOS Basics


Your Apple headphone comes with three buttons. Volume up ( ), volume down (-) and centre button between and – buttons. Now here are things that you can do with these buttons.

This might be elementary to some. That said, I had forgotten a few of these and learned a couple of new ones.

(via Nathan Hale)

I did not know about the fast forward/rewind actions. Cool!







not just followers, everyone.


I’m here if any of you need to talk<3

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The best part is, this post actually does something, it offers support, unlike one of those useless “reblog if you care” posts.

Exactly. Which is why I’ll reblog this one.

(Source: cali4niadreaming)


Reminder this Easter season that while chocolate is awesome and half-price next-day chocolate is even better, proceeds from Lindt products are going to Autism Speaks, a definitely not-awesome and actually anti-awesome organisation, and they don’t deserve your chocolate money.

Documentation is everything. Straight from the Lindt website.









Georgian First Grader Beaten and Sexually Assaulted by Male Classmates…School Says Boys Just “Rough Housing”

Valdosta - Three first grade boys kept a female classmate outside after recess by hiding in the woods, pushing her face first into the ground. The victim, whose name is being withheld, has suffered scarring to the right side of her face from broken tree branches and rocks that she was allegedly assaulted with both physically and sexually.

The victim was able to escape the male classmates after fifteen minutes of torture, running into a fifth grade classroom and alerting a teacher of what had happened. The principle of the elementary school said he had a “man to man” talk with the boys and their parents, giving them two days of suspension. He neglected calling the local authorities claiming “it did not seem like a police matter, just simple rough housing gone a little too far”.

The parents of the victim are looking to press charges on the boys for sexual and physical assault, as well as a possible law suit against the school district. District superintendent was not available for comment. 

This is called rape culture you guys. The girl was 7 years old and they called it “rough housing” between boys.

Please boost this post! People NEED to hear about this.


This is one of those times where I’d be more than willing to put a bat to the skull of another human. I wish a principal would run some shit like this by me concerning my daughter or son getting sexually assaulted by other children.

As with all other horrific/terrible stories, I looked this one up to see if it was true. And while I can’t say that this situation has never happened anywhere (which makes me sick to even think about), I can say that this particular story isn’t true. You can click here for the story of what actually happened to the girl in the picture. (The poor girl got attacked by a kangaroo.)

And this is why when Tumblr reports something, you CHECK THAT SHIT.

This makes me feel much better.  (Also, kangaroos will fuck you up.)

Bolded important comment because I am glad to know that was false.

I don’t even know what to say about this. I did the same basic investigation for sources (Google, etc) and came up with the same results. I was unable to find a credible news source about a young girl in Valdosta, Georgia being sexually assaulted. Which begs the question (several, actually), is there a real event behind this story? (God, I hope not!) If there is, why not post about that actual event instead of posting a seemingly fabricated story? Did the person who originally posted this story think they were helping further the message that the U.S. has a serious problem with rape culture? They haven’t. Survivors of sexual assault are almost always accused of lying. Stories like this, that are not based on fact, only add fuel to that fire. There are enough actual real life horror stories out there. Stop making shit up.

(Source: CNN)


Manda Cowled, a fellow Harley cosplayer, had her dog STOLEN this week. Please, please, PLEASE, for those of us in the GTA, PLEASE KEEP AN EYE OUT.

From the ad: 

My 4 lb Pomeranian WAS STOLEN!

Might be in possession by an older man, this is NOT his dog.

She needs Medication daily. If found please call ASAP.

The man who has her may live in the Midland and Birchmount region near Kingston Road. He has a rough voice and owns a dog of his own.

#PAIGEPOM Paige is my adorable 4lbs Pomeranian and was stolen on Wednesday March 12th, please help her come home!!


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