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linguistics

How the English Failed to Stamp Out the Scots Language

Against all odds, 28 percent of Scottish people still use it.
September 28, 2018
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flags

Decoding the Unusual Shape of the Nepali Flag

Where did all those angles come from?
September 03, 2018
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summer

The Evolving Ideologies of American Jewish Summer Camp

For decades, these retreats have offered so much more than outdoor fun.
August 09, 2018
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trees

Why Are There Palm Trees in Los Angeles?

Turns out it's an image thing.
July 06, 2018
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linguistics

The Government Campaign to Get Rid of Singapore's Unofficial Language

Singlish, a creole, is spoken all over the country, but politicians want citizens to "speak good English."
June 26, 2018
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linguistics

Where the 'No Ending a Sentence With a Preposition' Rule Comes From

It all goes back to 17th-century England and a fusspot named John Dryden.
June 12, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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tradition

Where Did the Prohibition on Combining Seafood and Cheese Come From?

Fish and dairy can make for a delicious mix, despite popular belief.
May 10, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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linguistics

Why Are Bananas, Nuts, and Crackers the Only Foods That Say 'Crazy'?

An investigation into how three snacks became associated with madness.
April 13, 2018
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bears

The Long Linguistic Journey to 'Dagnabbit'

This piece of pseudo-profanity is what's known as a taboo deformation—a word we say when we don't want to say the word.
March 14, 2018
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aviation

Decoding the Design of In-Flight Seat Belts

Why we buckle up differently in cars and planes.
January 29, 2018
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linguistics

How Australian Nicknaming Conventions Turn an Afternoon Into an 'Arvo'

A thorough explanation for why Dazza ate a sammie at the servo.
January 04, 2018
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plants

Meet the Most Toxic Plant in North America

"Those who eat it will die in two hours."
December 14, 2017
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features

Some Delightful Alternatives to the Post-Sneeze ‘Bless You’

To sneeze is human, to respond "Go away, kitten" is divine.
December 05, 2017
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autumn

Why Does the Season Before Winter Have Two Names?

A look at the history of fall and autumn.
November 03, 2017
Gastro Obscura
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food

Investigating Pennsylvania's Very Particular Penchant for Potato Chips

Turns out there is an unusually high concentration of snack-food producers in this state.
October 24, 2017
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pants week

Oxford Bags, the Ridiculously Wide-Legged Trousers of the 1920s

Many decades before JNCOs, British rowers took their pants to extreme dimensions.
September 22, 2017
Gastro Obscura
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food

Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Is From the Bronx—So What's With the Name?

Examining the phenomenon of the faux-foreign product.
September 05, 2017
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linguistics

The Unsolvable Mystery of the Word 'Hoosier'

No one seems to know how we got this nickname for people from Indiana.
August 22, 2017
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sleep

Why Do We Sleep Under Blankets, Even on the Hottest Nights?

There's great comfort in being covered.
August 15, 2017
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names

Why People From Manchester Are Mancunians, Not Manchesterians

Demonyms are vital to our conceptions of ourselves, but the rules behind them can be pretty messy.
July 06, 2017
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maine

Why Maine Is Mad for This Coffee-Flavored Liqueur

Allen's Coffee Brandy is more popular than vodka or whiskey.
June 21, 2017
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bookstores

How the Owner of the Greatest Mystery Bookstore Pulled the Genre Out of the Muck

"This is literature. It's not just puzzles, it's not just telling a nice story."
May 22, 2017
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water

Germans Are the World's Most Discerning Seltzer Connoisseurs

Don't mess with mineralwasser.
May 15, 2017
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cars

Cracking the Secret Code of Car Names

How a jumble of numbers and letters came to convey fanciness, while cute names came to mean value.
April 07, 2017