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Language Contact

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p>Definition<p><i>Language contact</i> is the social and linguistic phenomenon by which speakers of different …

Linguistics

The Best Romantic Comedies of the 21st Century (So Far)

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | December 13, 2016 | Comments ()<p>By Dustin Rowles | Lists | December 13, 2016 |<p>Today marks the 20th Anniversary of<i>Jerry</i> …

The Most Hippie Town in All 50 States

Hippies have become kind of hard to define. Once upon a time they were the flower-power counterculture that dropped acid, drove inexplicably …

A Secret Gay Language Has Gone Mainstream in the Philippines

Swardspeak is more than gay lingo—it's a common bridge between the incredible diversity of languages to be found in the nation of islands.<p>Illustration by Lili Emtiaz<p>Three years ago, after Wil Dasovich completed his bachelor's degree at California Polytechnic State University, he did what many young …

Introducing the hammock for your head

SAY goodbye to sleepless hours on a plane. Finally an invention promising in-flight sleep. But there is a catch — you will look ridiculous.

A modern Marvel: The latest hit comics character is the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

Right now, the hottest superhero in the Marvel Comics universe is not male, does not wear a cape and was not bitten by a radioactive spider.<p>The hottest Marvel superhero has a tail, an overbite and wears acorn earrings. She is called the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and her calling cry as she leaps …

Atheism and Agnosticism

This weird trick can free up gigabytes of space on your iPhone

It seems like iPhone storage is always at a premium, especially if you have an entry-level model with just 16GB -- an economic necessity for many an iPhone owner. It's the rare person who doesn't know the pain of trying to download a new app or snap a few more photos and seeing the dreaded "not …

Magic

How cultures around the world make decisions

Is the American obsession with individual freedom really such a great idea? What other cultures know about how to make good choices.<p>Sit down at a …

Northwestern University

Solo Dance to Chill Out Music in Space with this Animation

Marco Puccini’s animated short film is an adorable celebration of dancing on your own. Aww, you can see his spinal column.<p>Sometimes you've just got to feel your oats and dance like nobody's watching. This is easiest to do if in fact, there is no one watching, so dancing alone is an amazingly fun …

Study finds brain's response to social exclusion is different in young marijuana users

A study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers finds that the brains of young adult marijuana users react differently to social …

Psychology

9 Best New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books to Read: April 2016

I don’t know about the rest of you readers, but nothing puts me in the mood to curl up with a book like a little inclement weather. So, with the …

No one could describe the color 'blue' until modern times

It's about the way that humans see the world and how until we have a way to describe something, even something so fundamental as a color, we may not even notice that it's there.<p>Until relatively recently in human history, "blue" didn't exist, not in the way we think of it.<p>As the delightful Radiolab …

Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English

Schools face relentless pressure to up their offerings in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math. Few are making the case for philosophy.<p>Maybe they should.<p>Nine- and 10-year-old children in England who participated in a philosophy class once a week over the course of a year …

Education

Here Are The Nominees For The 2016 Bram Stoker Awards

The Horror Writers Association has released their nominees for this year’s Bram Sroker Awards, highlighting the best of horror fiction for 2015.<p>Here …

Luxurious and Sculptural Designs Change the Look of the Average Chair

Whether they’re stripping the furniture piece to its barest features or creating a decadent version made of gold, these makers explore what happens when you re-design the chair.<p>Making a chair may not seem like a particularly creative task. Most designers use the basic, centuries-old model: a …

If That’s All There Is

by Mona Awad, recommended by Laura van den Berg<p>So one night, on a dead shift, my coworker Archibald casually tells me there are things he’s been …

Ted Hughes on the Universal Inner Child, in a Moving Letter to His Son

<i>“The analogy between the artist and the child is that both live in a world of their own making,”</i> wrote Anaïs Nin in her diary in 1945. Four decades later, 23 years after Sylvia Plath took her own life at the age of 30, <b>Ted Hughes</b> (August 17, 1930–October 28, 1998) wrote to their 24-year-old son, …

100-Year-Old Church Given New Life as Mesmerizing Skate Park with Vibrant Murals

Okuda San Miguel (aka Okudart) has transformed a historic church in Llanera, Spain into a colorful haven for skateboarders. Created in collaboration with La Iglesia Skate park and Red Bull, the artist covered the interior sanctuary in vibrant colors and patterns that match the intensity of the …

Skateboarding

8 Things You Have the Right to Expect From Your Relationship

Sometimes it’s hard to know for sure what you can reasonably expect from your partner:<p>Should she return every text at the earliest opportunity?<br>• Should …

Are you damaging your hearing without realising it?

Many of us use earphones throughout the day to drown out noise in our commutes and at work. But is it prematurely damaging our hearing? Molly Crain investigates.<p>It starts gradually. The guitars in your favourite song no longer seem to sound loud enough, so you crank up the volume. You struggle to …

Headphones

There's a Scientific Reason Why You're Jealous of Other Women

It all comes down to hormones.<p>As much as we might hate to admit it, we’ve all gotten a little jealous around other women. Sometimes you see another chick talking to your partner, and you just can't help but turn green with envy. But then there are times when it doesn't phase you at all. What’s the …

Women have more empathy, but do even we care any more? | Christina Patterson

People are becoming more self-centred, says new research. The shocking death of Louise Wolstenholme suggests this may be true<p>Psychopaths don’t yawn. They might yawn when they’re tired, or bored, or when the conversation switches to a subject that isn’t linked to them, but when other people yawn, …

Top Gear

Why kids — now more than ever — need to learn philosophy. Yes, philosophy.

We hear a lot about things kids “must” learn. Indeed, President Obama just announced he was going to ask Congress for $4 billion to fund an initiative to bring computer science to more students. Here’s an argument that there is a more immediate issue that schools should tackle. It was written by …

The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy

The oldest joke on record, a Sumerian proverb, was first told all the way back in 1900 B.C. Yes, it was a fart joke: “Something which has never …

Love In The Modern Era Is Irrational, Illusory and Superficial, and here's why | Artparasites – How Art you today?

my love letters travel milestones in the blink of an eye<p>this is love in the modern era<p>we listen to the same kind of music and call it ‘shared taste’<p>i …