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Specifically, when scientists were scouring Sagittarius B2 (a dust cloud located near our galactic center) instead of finding amino acids (a precursor to life), they actually found a large concentration of ethyl formate - the chemical primarily responsible for giving raspberries their flavor and rum its smell.

This led them to conclude that if you were able to travel to that portion of the galaxy, the area would taste vaguely of raspberries, whilst smelling reminiscent of rum. That is, if you could actually capture some of the chemical in your mouth, or carry the smell of the cloud with you to your spaceship without dying first.

*spoiler alert* you *would* die. not only because space is scary and this cloud is really, really far away (you would be dead long before you even arrived), but also because another lethal chemical, called propyl cyanide, was discovered nearby.

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P.S. This smell is preferable to the one described by Apollo astronauts, who landed on the moon. They said the moon smells of seared steak, or spent gunpowder.

The image attached (sans raspberries) was captured by the Spitzer Space Telescope. It took infrared images of hundreds of thousands of stars in the Milky Way’s central region (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech - Larger Image:


Gold [2/4]

The World of Thedas [1/2]

Spirited Away scenery appreciation

"Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you."
- Lao Tzu
TRACK NAME: The Afternoon Of Rainy Day
ALBUM TITLE: Kotonoha no Niwa OST
ARTIST: Kashiwa Daisuke


The Wellcome Library has acquired a gorgeous 15th century manuscript with fold-out illustrations relating to astrology and medicine. Previously unknown to scholars - in fact, it turns out to have been owned by eccentric English poet Edith Sitwell.


Rome sunset (Lazio, Italy) by Ed Younan


Franz Richard Unterberger (Austrian, 1837-1902), “Amalfi, Golfe de Salerne”.