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Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.
Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)

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By request, here is how I made my hobbit feet. I probably should have made this years ago, but better late than never.

Here’s a link to the Funny Feet slippers

And because I’m asked this a lot: My hobbit feet are not hard to walk in. You can see that the toes point upwards a bit and it’s really like walking in clown shoes. Besides, they give me a funny hobbity gait.

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Like fiery eyeball thing, no problem. But don’t even try to imagine a Samoan elf. (x)

Fun fact: In the prologue to The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien explicitly states that the most numerous “ethnic group” of hobbits, the Harfoots, were brown of skin. In fact, the least numerous group, the Fallohides, were apparently unusual in having white skin if their name (meaning “pale hide”) is any indication, so it’s a safe assumption that most hobbits were brown-skinned to some degree. Bilbo, Frodo, and Sam were of predominantly Harfoot descent (Merry and Pippin were more Fallohidish, and Smeagol was from yet another ethnic group, the Stoors), and if Jackson really cared about accuracy to the books (and just look at the movies - he’s not), they would have been played by people of color.

This gifset has been passed around a lot, and I thought I’d reblog my friend’s addition b/c there is stuff in the original text that says there were brown hobbits.  My other friend, summer-of-supervillainy often points this out too, that in the Hobbit, the Hobbits were described as having: “long, clever, brown fingers,”  Even if those descriptions weren’t in the source material though, it still wouldn’t justify rejecting non-white people to play Hobbits, but that it is makes the whole thing even worse and punches a hole through the “but they’re canonically white!” argument too.