This graphic by Seth Kadish shows the orientation profile of international borders by continent.
Nothing stays the same, but some of history’s biggest changes have some surprising sources.
Admittedly this is a bit long, clocking in at just over an hour, but I’d save it to listen to when you have the time.
James Chapman’s animal sounds illustrations are so cool!
When I was doing a language immersion program in Japan, I was in a class with people from Germany, Sweden, Taiwan, a few other countries that I’m forgetting at the moment, and another girl from the US. We were having a lazy day so the teacher asked around the room what eating noises in our native countries were; all of our classmates’s sounds were so adorable, then the teacher turned to me and the other American and we just looked at each other before shouting “NOM NOM NOM”
(Spoiler: They don’t. That’s ethnocentrism at work!)
A good read.
"Not too long ago, I created this OkCupid profile for a nude self portrait-themed art exhibition in New York City. The idea was to combine the negativity and honesty that’s generally reserved for anonymous forums and offline conversations with the transparent accountability of a personal profile. I wanted to see how men would respond to this absurd level of intimacy and openness straightaway, and see if my answers would attract any like-minded people. … While I didn’t join OkCupid to find a boyfriend, I am single, so I did begin to seriously consider how men were responding to my profile. …
I’ve yet to determine whether or not operating on this level of transparency is actually productive when it comes to dating and functioning in society, but I do know that it feels really good.”
“…wow. Just wow. I terribly relate with this existential dread but I am able to mask it somewhat. it probably means nothing but thank you for your open honesty. I would enjoy conversing with you some more when the time avails. I can see nothing but the absurdity in that last statement of mine.”
“you seem very well put together but your profile is actually very sad. I read it and wish there was something i could do for you to make you happy. I hope you find someone that can help you see that you shouldn’t be so worried about things and let things get under your skin. I am not white or anything but if you want to chat with someone sometime, just let me know. we can always IM as friends.”
I hesitate to tag this ‘useful’ but quite frankly it’s impressive/a bit terrifying how meticulously researched this is.
are oranges named oranges because oranges are orange or is orange called orange because oranges are orange
The colour was named after the fruit. Before that, people would just use the colour red to describe something that we consider orange now. It’s why we call gingers red-heads and why robins are red breasted, when really they’re an orange colour.
Not all of them look particularly interesting on satellite, but I’ve done my best to pinpoint them all on a map.
“Modern English is a direct descendant of the language of Scandinavians who settled in the British Isles in the course of many centuries, before the French-speaking Normans conquered the country in 1066,” says Faarlund. He points out that Old English and Modern English are two very different languages. Why?
“We believe it is because Old English quite simply died out while Scandinavian survived, albeit strongly influenced of course by Old English,” he says.
The two researchers show that the sentence structure in Middle English — and thus also Modern English — is Scandinavian and not Western Germanic. “It is highly irregular to borrow the syntax and structure from one language and use it in another language. In our days the Norwegians are borrowing words from English, and many people are concerned about this. However, the Norwegian word structure is totally unaffected by English. It remains the same. The same goes for the structure in English: it is virtually unaffected by Old English.”
This is fascinating.