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