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The first word spoken on the moon was "okay". (Or not - see comments). Seoul, the South Korean capital, just means "the ca...

The Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize is best known as a U.S. award for achievements in journalism. It was established by American publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. According to the administrators of the Pulitzer Prize.

Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of these, each winner receives a certificate and a US$10,000 cash award. The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal, which always goes to a newspaper, although an individual may be named in the citation. Now The Onion, which is regularly featured on this blog, thinks that it's time they got one.



PS - The correct pronunciation of the name should sound like the verb pull, as in "Pull it, sir".

The hardest languages to learn

This is an interesting little "infographic", whatever that means. So where does your mother tongue fit in?



Via: Voxy Blog

The History of English - A plaque on both his houses

This has to be my favourite:-



PS - Plaque is a play on the word "plague" / Shakespeare would be proud. :)

Biggest Lies 5

3 Biggest Advertising Lies:
  • This product will taste as good as it looks.
  • You really need our product.
  • If you use our product you will look like the kinds of people you see in our ads.
3 Biggest Mail Order Lies:
  • Delivery of your product will occur within 30 days of ordering it.
  • If you're not satisfied with our product we guarantee a no questions asked refund.
  • We will repair your product free of charge.
3 Biggest Beer Ads Lies:
  • Drinking beer is for macho men only.
  • You'll meet lifelong friends drinking beer in a bar.
  • Women think drunken loud-mouths are sexy.

My Favourite Cat

I know there is no text or voice in these videos (beyond a bit of fluent cat speak), but I love them.

Biggest Lies 4

3 Biggest Parent Lies:
  • We're doing this for your own good.
  • You can have that (do that) later (when you're older).
  • We simply can't afford it right now.
3 Biggest Supermodel Lies:
  • Women normally look like that.
  • Women should look like that.
  • Fasting and dieting are good for you.
3 Biggest Life Lies:
  • ...and they lived happily ever after.
  • Dying is painless.
  • Things have gotten so bad that they couldn't possibly get worse.

Biggest Lies 3


3 Biggest Engineering Professor's Lies:

  • Some day this course will come in handy.
  • These tests are more trouble for me than they are for you.
  • This is the way they do it in industry.
3 Biggest Undergraduate Student Starting Physics Lies:
  • There are plenty of jobs out there for physics graduates.
  • You'll make lots of money in your professional career.
  • The general public respect physicists.

3 Biggest Student-Teacher Lies:
  • The school will help and support you all we can.
  • This teaching course is interesting and stimulating.
  • Kids today are just the same as when you went to school.

The History of English - Oh Those Anglo Saxons

The Open University (love those guys) have developed a series of short videos that go a little way to explain why English is so much "fun".  :)



It's good to be a woman

1. We got off the Titanic first.

2. We can scare male bosses with mysterious gynecological disorder excuses.

3. Taxis stop for us.

4. We don 't look like a frog in a blender when dancing.

5. No fashion faux pas we make could ever rival the Speedo.

6. We don 't have to pass gas to amuse ourselves.

7. If we forget to shave, no one has to know.

8. We can congratulate a team-mate without ever touching her rear end.

9. We never have to reach down every so often to make sure our privates are still there.

10. We have the ability to dress ourselves.

11. We can talk to the opposite sex without having to picture them naked.

12. If we marry someone 20 years younger, we are aware that we will look like an idiot.

13. We will never regret piercing our ears.

14. A piece of chocolate really can solve all our problems.

15. We can make comments about how silly men are in their presence because they aren't listening anyway.