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This Guy Printed out the Terms of Service for the Worlds Most Popular Apps

Dima Yarovinsky “I Agree” is a project by designer Dima Yarovinsky that visually showcases the lengthy ‘terms of service’ we agree to in order to use the world’s most popular online services like Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Tinder. The project was part of an artist’s showcase on display at the Visualizing Knowledge 2018 Conference earlier this month in Helsinki, Finland. [h/t DesignBoom] Dima Yarovinsky I took the content of the “terms of service†of the leading online services that we use on a daily basis (including Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Tinder…

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The rules of written English no longer apply to millennials on social media

Image: bob al-greene / mashable The spelling and grammar rules do not apply on the Millennial Internet™.  That’s because millennials have created a new rulebook for a variant of written English unique to social media. A rulebook which states that deliberately misspelled words and misused grammar can convey tone, nuance, humour, and even annoyance.  Dr Lauren Fonteyn, English Linguistics lecturer at University of Manchester, told Mashable “something exciting” is happening with the way that millennials write, and it goes far, far beyond our proclivity to use acronyms and “like.”   Fonteyn…

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Homo erectus may have been a sailor and able to speak

A new theory suggests that Homo erectus was able to create seagoing vessels and must have used language to sail successfully They had bodies similar to modern humans, could make tools, and were possibly the first to cook. Now one expert is arguing that Homo erectus might have been a mariner complete with sailing lingo. Homo erectus first appeared in Africa more than 1.8m years ago and is thought to be the first archaic human to leave the continent. Quick guide Evolutionary timeline Show Hide 55m years ago First primates…

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Resistance to changes in grammar is futile, say researchers

Linguists say that random chance plays a bigger role than previously thought in the evolution of language but also that English is weird When it comes to changes in language, theres no point crying over spilt milk: researchers charting fluctuations in English grammar say the rise of certain words, such as spilled, is probably down to chance, and that resistance is futile. Comparisons have long been drawn between evolution and changes in language, with experts noting that preferences such as a desire for emphasis can act as a type of…

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10 Interesting Quotes to Start Your Day

Quotes have a way of provoking thought, summarizing ideas and inspiring action. Below are 10 quotes that gave me pause. Hopefully a couple of them will have the same impact on you! If you enjoy quotes and thoughts like these I highly recommend checking out the subreddits QuotesPorn and GetMotivated! You can also check out our previous quote compilations 🙂 Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2017/10/10-interesting-quotes-to-start-your-day/

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Guy Finds Joke Book from 1940 with a Hitler Reference

Reddit user dragonxp1 recently stumbled across a joke book from 1940 entitled, 10,000 Jokes, Toasts, and Stories, and found this Hitler joke (#5524): Hitler went to a fortuneteller and asked her, “On what day will I die?” The seeress assured him that he would die on a Jewish holiday. “Why are you so sure of that?” demanded Hitler.   “Any day,” she replied, “on which you die will be a Jewish holiday.” [via draonxp1 on reddit] Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2017/10/hitler-joke-from-1940-book/

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The British Library Has Fully Digitized 570 Pages of Leonardo da Vincis Visionary Notebooks

The British Library has fully digitized one of Leonardo da Vinci’s visionary notebooks, ‘The Codex Arundel’, and anyone is free to view and browse the prized historical artifact in amazing high-resolution detail. The British Library has uploaded 570 high-res images of the notebook, which features a collection of papers written in Italian by Leonardo da Vinci (b. 1452, d. 1519), in his characteristic left-handed mirror-writing (reading from right to left), including diagrams, drawings and brief texts, covering a broad range of topics in science and art, as well as personal…

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Forget the environment: we need new words to convey lifes wonders | George Monbiot

We need better ways of talking about nature and our relationships with it, writes Guardian columnist George Monbiot If Moses had promised the Israelites a land flowing with mammary secretions and insect vomit, would they have followed him into Canaan? Though this means milk and honey, I doubt it would have inspired them. So why do we use such language to describe the natural wonders of the world? There are examples everywhere, but I will illustrate the problem with a few from the UK. On land, places in which nature…

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Spain honours Ladino language of Jewish exiles

Royal academy sets up Judeo-Spanish branch dedicated to preserving language spoken by people expelled 500 years ago More than five centuries after King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella expelled Spains Jewish population, the still-spoken language of the exiles is to be formally honoured by the countrys leading linguistic authority. The Association of Spanish Language Academies. Through these nine academics we can now [lay the foundations] for a Judeo-Spanish academy to be based in Israel, just as we did in the 19th century with the Latin American academies. He added: The idea…

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