Kitty Levin

I stalk:
Eastern European nations, particularly Lithuania and Russia
Singers from the aforementioned nations, especially those who've been in Eurovision and/or are ludicrously famous
Languages (stress patterns and all)
Anything cool that has to do with history, international relations, or linguistics.
I obsess over this stuff no end, to the benefit of whoever's interested.
日本語を少し話す, и сейчас я занимаюсь русским языком. Ir studijuoju lietuvių kalbą! Please feel free to write to me in any of the aforementioned languages . . .
More Stuff I Like
Cool Blogs and People

This 1985 USSR version of The Hobbit is GOLD.  I love how Gandalf is a guy with penciled-on angry eyebrows and glitter glue smeared on his face and hair.

littleyaoithings:

Yes I support gay rights.

Yes I would care if you died.

No I’m not going to reblog that post.

Let me say this ONCE and FOREVER.

(со страницы aurellharmonics)

strangeasanjles:

2cutetopuke:

A woman hitting a neo-nazi with her handbag, Sweden, 1985. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor.

Good.

(со страницы ivithedreamer)

spindletrees:

the Irish language has no word for ‘have’.

We do, however, have these.

These rock! :D

And of course, without a word for “have” you can get by just fine.  Russian does—”у меня есть…”

(со страницы ivithedreamer)

Отличная песня <3

frenchie-fries:

vergess:

boltonsrepairshop:

PSA - PLEASE READ AND SPREAD HE WORD!!!

IF YOU SEE THIS PLANT AT ALL, DO NOT TOUCH IT!!!

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
PLEASE, DO NOT JUST READ AND SCROLL! THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AND POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING INFORMATION!!!

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.

OH MY FUCK I HAVE THESE IN MY BACKYARD.

Oh man.  It’s funny, because Lithuania’s national flower, rue, contains the same chemicals and can have the same effect on your skin.  It must be less serious, considering that they make crowns and stuff out of it.  But I also feel I should tell you that the above post sounds rather alarmist.  Yes, you probably don’t want this stuff on your skin, and certainly not in your eyes.  But if you do touch some, don’t get super concerned about cancer or anything.  You know what else has Furanocoumarins in it?  Grapefruit.  (That’s why you can’t eat grapefruit while on certain medicines, btw.)

It’s definitely ideal to remove all invasive species from your property, though, in the safest way possible for each individual species.  They’re nasty buggers.

(со страницы ivithedreamer)

snails-and-swans:

huffingtonpost:

My Beautiful Woman based on a true story. 

Think twice before you judge a parent. 

I watched this at work thinking it wasn’t going to be so sad.

Oh buddy was I wrong.

The story of how she found her daughter actually irritated me when I watched this.  Because even if she’d gotten pregnant and had the child herself, she would not deserve mean rumors and exclusion.  ”Don’t judge a young mom because she might not actually be ~*impure*~” is not the point we want to make here.

(со страницы ivithedreamer)

Asker Аноним Asks:
Could you give an example of the conditional tense in English?
kittylevin kittylevin Said:

historicaltimes:

An East German guard passes a flower through a gap in the Berlin wall on the morning it was torn down. November 10th 1989.