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Five Articles That Made Me More Interested In The World

Have you learned anything new today? If not, now’s your chance! I sure have.

Crowds Climb Slippery Poles for Indonesian Independence Day

Indonesian Pole Climbing

Sometimes the poles lean at an angle over water; other [poles] are placed in muddy fields [and] contain mystery prizes. No one knows which pole has the good stuff.”

This may be old news to some people, but look at this game/challenge that takes place in honor of Indonesian Independence Day! Panjit Pinang “involves shinning up greased-up poles in order to retrieve various prizes from the top.” Prizes include everything from pounds of refined sugar and kitchen brooms to full size bicycles and televisions. (Good luck getting a bicycle down from a giant, greased up telephone pole, though!)

Japanese Gendered Language

Japanese Gendered Language

Formal Japanese tends to be gender neutral, but language is changing fast.

The title may not sound totally interesting, but the content definitely is. Did you know that men and women speak differently in Japanese? The article’s author (and website owner) elaborates:

Now, I should be clear. Gendered language (that’s what this is called) in Japanese is quite different from other languages. First of all, compared to languages like German or Spanish (and many others), it’s not as big of a deal. A big part of this is because Japanese gendered language isn’t a grammatical thing, where there is no choice. Dudes can speak more like gals and gals can speak more like dudes. Depending on how much they do this, they can sound odd, but not grammatically incorrect.

The author teaches Japanese, and he’s got some great programs for learning and retention, so read the rest of the article and check out his website!

9 Tips for Taking Your Kid to Their first Comic-Con

Comic Con Kid

A genderbent Loki (left) and Thor (right) pose with a young girl at a comics convention.

I don’t have kids, but oh my lord aren’t they the just the cutest cosplayers ever? (Cosplay: a portmanteau of “costume” and “play”, meaning: dressing as a character from popular culture.) The author gives a lot of good advice about attending conventions in general, actually, but his best advice about taking the kids is, “Make their first trips about THEM… and, hopefully, if it’s a good experience, they’ll be sharing it with their own geekily anemic kids one day when they’re a stunted nerd parent just like you.”

French schoolboys wear skirts to protest sexism

French Schoolboys

The kids thought up and executed the campaign themselves.

Speaking of kids, how cool are these school boys? Supported by the French education ministry, the ‘Lift the Skirt’ campaign protested sexism in schools in France (and everywhere)… and, of course, picked up a lot of criticism along the way from gender essentialists and anti-gay groups. Hundreds of boys in 27 schools in Nantes, France, wore skirts to school, and girls and those who didn’t want to wear a skirt could wear a sticker reading, “I am fighting against sexism, are you?”

‘World’s biggest dinosaur’ discovered in Argentina

A technician lies next to the femur of a dinosaur at the Egidio Feruglio Museum in Trelew.

A technician lies next to the femur of a dinosaur at the Egidio Feruglio Museum in Trelew.

Scientists in Argentina found the bones of what appears to be a 77-ton dinosaur! (For comparison, the infamous tyrannosaurus rex weighed around 7 tons.) Can you imagine?! This femur (thigh bone, the one connected to the pelvis) is almost 10 feet long. This species of titanosaur is speculated to have been the largest animal known to walk this earth. It’s size is equivalent to that of a 7 story building. Even more interesting, this dinosaur is hypothesized to have been an herbivore! To learn more follow the link above and tell us what you think.

The one thing that all these articles have in common is that they’re really interesting! Tell me about something interesting that’s happened in your life recently, or leave a link to more interesting articles so I can help expand my (and everyone’s) knowledge base!

About V.E.

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One comment on “Five Articles That Made Me More Interested In The World

  1. Patricia
    June 4, 2014

    These are some very interesting facts!! I really like the ‘Lift the Skirt’ campaign”. There are so many people in this world that are sexist against women and men.

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