Launched fifteen years ago, Tumblr is now often viewed as one of these relics of the internet that make millennials nostalgic. Once prominent and innovative, it fell into the shadow of fellow social media giants, but it may not stay like this for long.

In fact, avid Tumblr fans have recently noticed a weird renaissance in their feeds that are getting weirdly active as if it was 2010 all over again. Astonishingly, Tumblr’s CEO Jeff D’Onofrio told The New Yorker that forty-eight per cent of its active users and sixty-one per cent of its new ones are Generation Z. To put it into perspective, this is the exact demographic that Facebook and Instagram are in fear of losing.

And while people are now (re)discovering the miscellaneous world of Tumblr, various posts shared on the platform both years ago and now get dug up into the bright light of social media. They end up on “The Weird Side Of Tumblr” Facebook page that shares the funniest, weirdest and most wholesome findings. Below we selected quite a few of the best for your entertainment, so pull your seat closer.

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Rose Button 🇺🇦
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4 months ago

Same here!

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Toast Ghost
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4 months ago

*marries faster*

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beesechurger elite
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4 months ago

woah that’s…. Beautiful.

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Tumblr was launched around the same time as Facebook (2004) and Twitter (2006), in 2007, so it was not always behind. In fact, it was built to be a simple social blogging platform, but its multimedia approach set it apart. It was about the time when users were getting their cell phones, so they could take a photo and upload it straight on their Tumblr.

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beesechurger elite
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4 months ago

maths

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Jo Johannsen
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4 months ago

I love it! Cat or hat, who cares, I love it!!

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beesechurger elite
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4 months ago

Respect the crocs.

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The appeal of Tumblr also had to do with the fact that users could design their own home pages; post text, images, gifs, or videos; and follow a feed of others doing the same. It became home to endless personalized moodboards that best reflect each user’s personality, whether by music, images or gifs.

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beesechurger elite
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4 months ago

yeah cmon bro crabs need privacy too

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Jojo Armani
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4 months ago

Those ears 💕

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Little king trash mouth
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4 months ago

We walked past a storefront today with mannequins in the window and my two year old was hysterically laughing- "look mommy they no have any heads!" Lol.

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In 2018, the world changed for Tumblr. The passing of the federal SESTA-FOSTA law to ostensibly combat sex trafficking, and issues with Apple’s App Store and its provisions against apps containing adult content, led to Tumblr enacting a ban on NSFW content across the platform. This was followed by an uproar as Tumblr was home to many established communities devoted to real-life and illustrative erotica, so they spoke out against the restrictions.

But since the ban, media coverage of Tumblr focused on the decline of the website. For example, in 2019, Business Insider reported Tumblr’s unique monthly visitors had decreased by more than 20% in the year.

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Dana Holman
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4 months ago

thats great!

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MacKenzie Moore
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4 months ago

it's a rare breed

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MacKenzie Moore
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4 months ago

and then laughed at it

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Meanwhile, Allegra Rosenberg, a writer at Fansplaining, argues that reports of Tumblr’s death have been greatly exaggerated. “While Tumblr was certainly known in some circles for being a haven for NSFW content, that was certainly never all there was to it. For every user that decamped for greener, smuttier pastures when the ban was put into place, there was another user that simply shrugged their shoulders and kept on blogging,” she said.

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beesechurger elite
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4 months ago

:)) good coach

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beesechurger elite
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4 months ago

Someone set up the grandma olympics please it would be awesome

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MacKenzie Moore
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4 months ago

can I live here? just... in the picture please? I'm not asking for much...

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Rosenberg argues that contrary to everyone’s expectations, “Tumblr users have stuck around en masse, making the kind of sardonic posts the platform’s long been known for, all the while feeling like survivors in a post-apocalyptic landscape. And if you know where to look, you can still spot new blogs being started by young teens, a constant injection of youthful activity into the platform.”

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MacKenzie Moore
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4 months ago

I'm sure that will go great with whatever she chooses to wear.

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Jojo Armani
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4 months ago

Lol!

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Zophra
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4 months ago

You go, Satan!

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beesechurger elite
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4 months ago

That’s was the best explanation of any thing ever

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Katie Lutesinger
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4 months ago

You just KNOW an elf or something similar lives under there.

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Grace Austin
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4 months ago

How do you even do that-

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#22

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Araceli Johnstun
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4 months ago

lol

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MacKenzie Moore
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4 months ago

whyd you just post the same picture twice?

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Wolfe
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4 months ago

I got that Coca-Cola bottle shape

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Argle Bargle
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4 months ago

Here it would be a 'cold couch' .... making it just a 'couch'

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Your Neighborhood Alien
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4 months ago

Finally, some more backstory for the first pic! I keep seeing it on BP.

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MacKenzie Moore
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4 months ago

and the bird would be the painting in the backround. also the annoying freind.

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Ellie Rosser
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4 months ago

Grew up in Australia-thought they were a thing Disney made up. SO excited when I saw the first one in real life.

Arik
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4 months ago

Just be happy you don't have them in Australia. They would probably be the size of a cat, poisonous and glowing on a temperature of 100 degrees Celsius...

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Hyde and Seek
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4 months ago

Can confirm first time I saw one of these glowy f*****s, I stared at it like I just discovered the meaning of life (it's 42)

Jacqueline Pie Francis
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4 months ago

Oh I hope everyone who has never seen fireflies gets to see them one night—in the summer, when there are a bunch of them, it’s magical. It’s even more magical if there is honeysuckle growing nearby, and night blooming jasmine.

Shauna Voigt
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4 months ago

You literally describe my childhood. I can still smell the humid dusk air, fireflies, cherry popsicles, and honeysuckle of my summers.

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Snowfoxrox
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4 months ago

Awww It's Ray!!! If your nice he'll tell you about the love of his life, Evangeline! <3

Stardust she/her
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4 months ago

Love that movie

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Sue User
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4 months ago

Please don't downvote me. When we were kids my uncle taught us how to remove the glowy part ( without killing the bug ) . We would then paint ourselves. I thought it was okay that they got to live. Didn't know I was condemning them to a sexless life. I was ten

𝕮𝖍𝖊𝖗𝖗𝖎𝖊
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4 months ago

Did you glow???

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Beck
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4 months ago (edited)

Spiders should do this. So we know where they are.

Chich
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4 months ago

This should be much, much higher!

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Sandy D
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4 months ago

I love fireflies! Not a big fan of bugs, but these and dragonflies are both too cool to not love!

viv
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4 months ago

hello, on behalf of all Aussies... tHEse aRe SOo FReAkIng AmazINg!!

Sheila Stamey
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4 months ago

We have a variety around here that will blink together, synchronized,to attract more females. It's like one shrub lights up ,then another bunch over here,almost like Christmas lights. But what's cool is if using the headlights on a car or even a flashlight ) torch) , you can get them to blink back to you. I pulled up in a place with my three kids and I noticed the fireflies were very active. So I told the kids to watch, that I could talk to the fireflies. I flashed the headlights on and off one two three, quickly, and everything went dark. I did it again. On my third blink blink. I got the most amazing synchronous light show! The whole area just lit up! I guess it takes a bit for them to get the pattern. But it was amazing. them my youngest asked me what I'd said to the fireflies I told him," I said hello. And they say hello back"

Alessa Gillespie
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4 months ago

These were so common when I was a kid. I would freak out of excitement if I saw one now... But climate change is a hoax 🙄

Quiltin Mammar
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4 months ago

I don't think we have them here in Australia

Jessica Julian
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4 months ago

Probably not, as they don't want to kill you...😁

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B Teddy
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4 months ago

If you lay in a field on a clear starry June night when the lightning bugs are out, it can feel like you can’t tell where’s the stars stop and the lighting bugs start. It is like a dome of twinkling lights. So peaceful and amazing.

HarriMissesScotland
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4 months ago

Our local hospital is run by 7th Day Adventists. In the Medical Records Office is a poster that said, " If God can light up a bug's butt, just think what he can do for you." I finally found a religion that can make me laugh, at least for a moment.

Chancey
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4 months ago

We have tons of them in New Jersey

Kathryn Baylis
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4 months ago

Same here in Maryland. Some years we have so many they look like those little flashing Christmas lights.

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UsernameHidden
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4 months ago

We don’t have fireflies/lighting bugs in Hawaii :,(

CJ Slays🇺🇦
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4 months ago

bro places don't have fireflies????

Talon
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4 months ago

I honestly can’t wait to see one myself, born and raised in Canada so I’m hoping one day I can travel somewhere with a field and lightning bugs and I can lay in the grass with them

HarriMissesScotland
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4 months ago

I saw plenty in Nova Scotia and PEI. I used to see lightning bugs every night in Florida when I was a kid. If you are lucky, you might see them in the woods. One thing I will say about Canada, their mosquitos make Florida mosquitos look like gnats.

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Lady of the Mountains
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4 months ago

.....wow, I kinda like that people get to be delightfully surprised though

Jay Will
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4 months ago

One of the few things I miss of living in the Southern US! 🧡

PixelShroom
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4 months ago

Free up in Texas, still never seen one.

Chich
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4 months ago

Sent a wildfire crew back east to a fire in Quebec. Most had never seen lightning bugs and freaked out a little the first night in camp.

Rabbit-Of-ill-Portent️ she/her
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4 months ago

When I moved to Tennessee, I was (and still am) absolutely starry eyed over seeing these beauties

Xenon
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4 months ago

Fun fact: The ones that light up are the females, When the ones in my yard all start to light up at dusk I always say “Good evening ladies”. There’s a place in Tennessee where they are synchronous - they all light up at the same time. There’s video of it on YouTube.

Kona Pake
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4 months ago

If we mix some chemicals on your butt, will it glow

Xenon
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4 months ago

Fun fact: The ones that light up are the females looking for mates. When the ones in my yard all start to light up at about the same time I always say “Good evening ladies”

VolsFan39
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4 months ago

My son called them "blinker booty" bugs.

Nikki Sevven
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4 months ago

I hope I get a cool photo to post here to show my yard in mid-summer. My yard is an oasis of indigenous plants and no pesticides in a desert of overly manicured lawns. We get thousands of fireflies during their mating season, usually multiple types: orange, green, and blue lights. It's amazing. My daughter and I wander around the yard giggling like schoolgirls.

oddly_informed_raven
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4 months ago

they should be coming out soon where I live.They're so pretty, one of the few bugs I'll let crawl on me

Madre_Dr4gnZFly
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4 months ago

It's the bug's butt!

Tamra Stiffler
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4 months ago

In June, at dusk, I'll sit outside and watch the entire yard light up with these little guys, and the bats start to come out, flitting around. It's really nice.

Raven Sheridan
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4 months ago

Another Aussie here! Is Lightening Bug another name for a Firefly? Or are they different animals?

Tamra Stiffler
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4 months ago

Nah, it's the same thing, Raven. I live in the US, and in some states they're called lightning bugs, and some folks call them fireflies.

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ZombieGirl
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4 months ago

There used to be so many in my childhood, but I haven't seen one in decades! (Louisiana)

VolsFan39
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4 months ago

Same here (Louisiana) and my son called them "blinker booty" bugs. Lol

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Kevin Garren
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4 months ago

Lightning bugs light up to find a mate... so now when you see one in kid's animation like Princess and the Frog or that 2nd Tinker Bell movie, you know what's really up lol

Let’s All Just Try And Be Decent
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4 months ago

I have never seen one in all my life in the UK - According to Google we have specific variety of them and they're pretty rare here. Also they only glow like a pale green. But nope, never seen one, was never sure if they were real or not honestly.

APL
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4 months ago

They are but they're pretty rural

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AzKhaleesi
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4 months ago

I have never seen one and I want too soooo bad

AKRaven
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4 months ago (edited)

First time I saw one, thought driver ahead of as tossing his cigarette’s ashes out window

Laura Rodrigues
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1 month ago

Hawaii has no such thing🌺

Jes.the.Mess
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2 months ago (edited)

They don't live in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, or Southern California. At least I never saw them when I lived in those 4 places. Saw them irl when I lived in Virginia and was delighted. The locals were like *wut*

Salty Wild Hair
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3 months ago

They are pretty magical when it starts to get dark and you look back towards the hiking trail you just finished and see them lit up. Its like they are saying "thanks for coming!"

Fran Morasco
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3 months ago

The males light up and fly Around to impress the female lightning bug while the females sit in bushes checking them out

Jaybird3939
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3 months ago

Northern CA. I have never seen one in my life! We only have boring, bitey bugs.

GramDB
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3 months ago

They are all over the u.s. south!

backatya
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4 months ago

don't worry it's an Eveready battery in it

James R Lusk
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4 months ago

I grew up with them. Filled my nights with wonder

Mary Tonningsen
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4 months ago

I'm 68 years old and still have never seen one in person. (I don't think they have them anywhere in California).

Demi Wabisabi
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4 months ago

In the south they're called lightnin' bugs and I'm other places where they're indigenous they're called fireflies. Someone else might have already posted this, but I was too busy lamenting the cancellation of Firefly to scroll through the comments. I'm trying to regain my Serenity.

Demi Wabisabi
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4 months ago

People in the south call them lightnin' bugs, but in the other places where they're indigenous they are called fireflies. Someone may have already made this comment, but I was too busy lamenting that they cancelled Firefly (the best space western ever made) to scroll through the comments. I'm trying to find my Serenity.

Dana Ondráčková
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4 months ago

I remember laughing my a*s off at my sis dog who chased a lightbug, that Tiny mf turn its Light when the dog got too close And Light it up again a more further away

Michelle C
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4 months ago

Used to see them all the time during the summer in Brooklyn...firefly

Micah
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4 months ago

I love staying indoors, but I'll occasionally go outside on summer nights just to see some fireflies.

Joy Hunter
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4 months ago

Different species of lightning bugs flash their lights on and off in different ways as courtship displays. Sometimes the males do them all at once

talieb
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4 months ago

THEY AREN'T TO THE WEST OF THE ROCKIES! I've never seen one.

lisa thomas
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4 months ago

Just watched some last night!

Lisa Valen
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4 months ago

Sometimes called fireflies. But there are parts of this planet that never see snow too.

Nimues Child
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4 months ago

Ohhhhh, lightning bugs! Such a cool childhood memory!

Gina Babe
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4 months ago

My mom used to take the glow part off and put it on my finger like a ring

Jay Dresser
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4 months ago

There were plenty in Illinois, but I haven't seen them in California.

Brenda
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4 months ago

It's actually their butts that light up

LW
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4 months ago

Sadly, their numbers are dwindling because of urban development, pesticides, and light pollution. I don't see anywhere close to the same amount I used to. I didn't see a single one a couple years ago. They're supposed to show up in June. Hope I see them this year. I miss them.

FreshGanesh
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4 months ago

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MacKenzie Moore
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4 months ago (edited)

c r a c k..

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Jo Johannsen
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4 months ago

This is the very definition of determination.

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Jo Johannsen
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4 months ago

Said every man who never gave birth to a child.

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June’s Very Own
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4 months ago

Bae

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Jo Johannsen
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4 months ago

"Take that, you overgrown lizard!"

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MacKenzie Moore
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4 months ago

can this be the new movie cover? can we get Disney on the line??

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beesechurger elite
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4 months ago

I don’t know, and I really don’t like not knowing.

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Brenda Burkemper
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4 months ago

Did she lose her pinky because he couldn't quit smoking?

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MacKenzie Moore
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4 months ago (edited)

inspirational. yet again, science side of tumbler has your back.

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MacKenzie Moore
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4 months ago (edited)

fine. I won't. (2 seconds later) "hear me out guys, what about *scorpions*"

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MacKenzie Moore
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4 months ago

I have so many questions..

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Plenty Pineapples
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4 months ago

I wonder if I should say it came out of the blue and then show myself out immediately

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June’s Very Own
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4 months ago

Is your name catrina? Then no

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Araceli Johnstun
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4 months ago

why do they look like I could jiggle it and it would jiggle back

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beesechurger elite
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4 months ago

ha f**k you crayola

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Your Neighborhood Alien
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4 months ago

What if there's some medical emergency going on inside of a locked room with a doorknob like this?

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DDmaybeandor
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4 months ago

In no way harmless

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Wolfe
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4 months ago

If a dude does this with me, we are getting married. Y'all are invited

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