August 20, 2014
"Old aunts used to come up to me at weddings, poke me in the ribs and cackle, telling me, “You’re next.” They stopped after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals."

— splodgeness at Tim Vine’s Hoover joke, etc.

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August 15, 2014
"The guava has a heady, dense aroma. When overripe, it feels tumescent, exuding a gooey carnality. If such voluptuous, sinful smells of squished guavas are wafting in through your window, it is quite likely that a particularly colourful and loud visitor is the cause."

— Gauram Pemmaraju, Polly’s Larcenies.

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August 14, 2014
If I Reacted to Other People's Careers the Way They React to Me Becoming a Mathematician

August 12, 2014
Fields Medals!

Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to win one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics, the Fields Medal. Congratulations!

August 10, 2014
"Sweet dreams are made of cheese
Who am I to diss a Brie?
I Cheddar the world
And the feta cheese
Everybody’s looking for Stilton."

— (via) Overheard in Waitrose.

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August 9, 2014
"I’m beginning to believe that you … you too … you are a writer!"

— Top break-up line, from Ismail Kadare’s semi-autobiographical Twilight of the Eastern Gods.

August 8, 2014
"Jhumpa Lahiri, Ann Patchett and Louise Erdrich. With three women, you know they will carry the conversation completely, no need for me to say a word, which is exactly how I like it. I love to hear women talk. I’ll make the salad, the seafood risotto, the rhubarb crisp, and clear the dishes, pour the wine, serve the coffee, and sit and smile. Afterward I’ll make it into a novella."

— Garrison Keillor when asked which three writers he’d invited to a literary dinner party. (Via New York Times.)

August 6, 2014
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A linguistics professor walks into a bar and asks for a martini.

"Don’t you mean a martinus?" asks the bartender, who has heard this joke before.

"No," says the linguist. "When a word is borrowed into another language it takes on the inflectional patterns of the target language, rather than the source language."

"

All Things Linguistic.

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August 6, 2014

notallwugs:

Two scientists walk into a bar:

"I’ll have an H2O."

"I’ll have an H2O, too."

The bartender gives them both water because he is able to distinguish the boundary tones that dictate the grammatical function of homonyms in coda position as well as pragmatic context.

April 25, 2014

Sweet Child of Mine as qawwali.

April 24, 2014

Three Shades of Brown. 

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April 23, 2014

Twenty (Indian) Strangers Were Asked To Kiss On Film

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April 10, 2014
In 1893, W. Cade Gall published the “ Future Dictates of Fashion,” in which he speculated as to the garb of years to come, all the way up to 1993. His conjectures were … wildly inaccurate.
From the Paris Review blog.

In 1893, W. Cade Gall published the “ Future Dictates of Fashion,” in which he speculated as to the garb of years to come, all the way up to 1993. His conjectures were … wildly inaccurate.

From the Paris Review blog.

March 11, 2014

Tatia Pilieva’s First Kiss.

March 2, 2014

IN A haunting song that can moisten eyes in either country, the Greek singer George Dalaras describes a Christian compatriot and a Turkish Muslim sitting near the Bosporus, toasting friendship and vowing not to let religion divide two down-trodden sons of toil. He imagines the Turk crooning: “You have Christ, I have Allah, but we both say “ach” and “ah…”

From the Economist Erasmus blog.

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