— splodgeness at Tim Vine’s Hoover joke, etc.
— Gauram Pemmaraju, Polly’s Larcenies.
You’re a doctor? I don’t really know anything about medicine, but can you explain exactly how the endocrine system works in two minutes or less? You’re a writer? I had a terrible writing teacher in…
Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to win one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics, the Fields Medal. Congratulations!
Who am I to diss a Brie?
I Cheddar the world
And the feta cheese
Everybody’s looking for Stilton."
— (via) Overheard in Waitrose.
— Top break-up line, from Ismail Kadare’s semi-autobiographical Twilight of the Eastern Gods.
— Garrison Keillor when asked which three writers he’d invited to a literary dinner party. (Via New York Times.)
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.""
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.
Sweet Child of Mine as qawwali.
Three Shades of Brown.
Twenty (Indian) Strangers Were Asked To Kiss On Film
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.
Tatia Pilieva’s First Kiss.
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.