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Reading Shakespeare Enhances Your Ability to Think

Do you ever feel mentally sharper after reading high literature? Philip Davis, an English professor at the University of Liverpool, does–particularly after reading works by William Shakespeare. The way that the Bard structured lines–what Davis calls the “functional shift”–seems to prime the mind. Davis wanted to know if this was a scientifically verifiable phenomenon. So [...]

Ride A Bike, Shorten Your Prison Sentence

Inmates at  the Santa Rita do Sapucai prison in Brazil are being offered a deal too good to pass up-put in 16 hours on a bicycle and get a day knocked off your sentence. It’s an interesting way to encourage prisoners to cooperate and literally work towards their freedom, and the stationary bikes are being used [...]

80-year-old woman charged for feeding ducks

Claire Butcher faces a possible jail sentence for bringing food to her local park to feed the animals. Officials had previously warned the 80-year-old…

The Quick 10: 10 Facebook Status Updates Gone Horribly Wrong

Facebook is usually just a running feed of pictures, talk about the weather and inspirational quotes. (Mine is, anyway; maybe your friends are more exciting.) But sometimes Facebook status updates are a little more interesting. And by “interesting,” we mean “criminal.” Here are ten. 1. Anthony Elonis discovered his wife was cheating on him. After she [...]

All HTML Tags Assembled on One Page

If you just look at the link, it won’t make much sense. But if you view the coding (listed as View Source on most browsers), you’ll see what designer Evan Roth has wrought. The webpage consists of a single sentence nested inside every HTML tag in alphabetical order. And that sentence is, appropriately “One sentence [...]

The 10 Most Beautiful Swamps on Earth

The words “swamp” and “beautiful” do not often appear in the same sentence. However, wetlands are a valuable part of the environment, and if you look past the mosquitoes, they can be quite fetching. See a collection of gorgeous photographs of swamps around the world at Environmental Graffiti. Pictured is the Pantanal, which spans the [...]

The Apostrophe Quiz

How well do you use apostrophes? Test yourself with this simple 10 sentence quiz. You can check each answer as you go, which may improve your performance on the later sentences. Yes, I guessed all of them correctly, even if I do make mistakes when I’m writing in a hurry. Link -via b3ta (Image credit: Flickr [...]

Man Filmed Self Blowing Goat

Finally! After waiting all these years, I can use the bleating title sentence on Neatorama. And yes, you can see it in action here: Link [YouTube clip]

William Safire, R.I.P.

Speechwriter, author and famous New York Times columnist William Safire has just died of pancreatic cancer. I don’t always agree with Safire’s politics, but I’ve always found his writings to be intriguing and worth the read (not to mention rib-ticklin’ when he got going with alliterations) In memory of Safire, here’s my favorite “Rules for Writers,” from [...]