The Girl with a Lobster

Bad puns, deep thoughts, late nights.

“I was not too impressed with human language; it seemed absurdly limited. There was so much that couldn’t be put into words. That was one of the saddest things about people - their most important thoughts and feelings often went unspoken and barely understood.”

– Alexandra Adornetto, Halo (via wordsnquotes)

“I don’t owe people anything, and I don’t have to talk to them any more than I feel I need to.”

– Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story (via wordsnquotes)

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.”

– Truman Capote; Truman Capote: Conversations (via wordpainting)

“How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it’s just words.”

David Foster Wallace, from The Pale King (Little, Brown, and Co., 2011)


In the early years of space flight, both Russians and Americans used pencils in space. Unfortunately, pencil lead is made of graphite, a highly conductive material. Snapped graphite leads and particles in zero gravity are hugely problematic, as they will get sucked into the air ventilation or electronic equipment, easily causing shorts or fires in the pure oxygen environment of a capsule.

After the fire in Apollo 1 which killed all the astronauts on board, NASA required a writing instrument that wasn’t a fire hazard. Fisher spent over a million dollars (of his own money) creating a pressurized ball point pen, which NASA bought at $2.95 each. The Russian space program also switched over from pencils shortly after.

40 years later snide morons on the internet still snigger about it, because snide morons on the internet never know what they are talking about.