1. Do Intelligent People Drink More Alcohol?

    The next time you’re inclined to enjoy an extra glass of wine, consider that it may be a reflection of your intelligence.

    That is one of the findings from data from the National Child Development Study in the United Kingdom and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health in the United States.

    Childhood intelligence, measured before the age of 16, was categorized in five cognitive classes, ranging from “very dull,” “dull,” “normal,” “bright” and “very bright.”

    The Americans were revisited seven years later. The British youths, on the other hand, were followed in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Researchers measured their drinking habits as the participants became older.

    More intelligent children in both studies grew up to drink alcohol more frequently and in greater quantities than less intelligent children. In the Brits’ case, “very bright” children grew up to consume nearly eight-tenths of a standard deviation more alcohol than their “very dull” cohorts.

    Researchers controlled for demographic variables — such as marital status, parents’ education, earnings, childhood social class and more — that may have also affected adult drinking. Still, the findings held true: Smarter kids were drinking more as adults.

    So why do smarter kids end up drinking more?

  2. bigsmallworld:

    A brittle star, barely as big as a nickel, crawls across the arm of an 18-inch-wide blue sea star.

    photo by Birgitte Wilms (via Photo Tractatus)

    (via issafly)

    Tagged #starfish
  3. The Royal Edward leaving Avonmouth

  4. (via singernotsong, mudwerks) (of course)

    Tagged #propaganda
  5. Tagged #sea monsters
  6. Sailor Jerry Playing Cards


    I want a deck like that o.O

  7. mymyoctopi:

    sooo pretty, one of favorite pictures EVER. 

    (via octopoda)

    Tagged #octopus
  8. Morning Star

    Mabel Rollins Harris; 30’S Pin-Up

    from the Monkeyfist Image Vaults

  9. benjibourne:




    Frank Frazetta (February 9, 1928 – May 10, 2010)


    (via monsterman)

  12. New Category: WTF Wednesday on Thursday


    Utopia Grossband 046 (by Michael Studt)

    (via telephants)

  13. Tagged #swimsuits
  15. The Quays, Waterford. County Waterford, Ireland

    1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color