It's good to be back and surfing the internet again.
Here is a (very brief) roundup of a few of the new words and exiled words in my old work project, the OED. [The Atlantic]
Stephen Colbert is the next Mormon convert, just you wait. [via BCC]
Muslims living on the upper floors of the tallest building in the world should fast two minutes longer than us peons on the ground, didn't you know? [via Andrew Heiss]
Sometimes I hate movie trailers. They give the ending away, or they show all the best parts, or they show only the best parts but they're all stupid so you know the movie will be stupid, or you don't like the actors in them. The trailer for One Day managed to offend me on every single one of those levels. And I'm not the only one. [The Guardian, via GFY]
Read this sample chapter of Modelland, a soon-to-be-released YA novel by Tyra Banks, and tell me again with a straight face that Twilight is poorly written. If your brain hasn't exploded by then, that is. [B&N, via GFY]
A woman was in active labor during her Illinois bar exam and gave birth two hours after finishing it. OH YEAH. [Jezebel, via WWDTM]
I almost, almost don't believe this story about a team of explorers that tried to reach the North Pole by - wait for it - hydrogen balloon, in 1897. What? [mental_floss, via GFY]
OK, so he's kind of a jerk about getting a ticket for not riding in the bike lane, but at least he was a really clever jerk. (Sorry if I already posted this a few months ago. I don't remember putting it on Outsourced Friday, but if I did, then well, it deserves to be shared again.)
Here is an interesting article (w/video slideshow) about terrible Southern accents in movies. The one showing a clip of Nicolas Cage in ConAir literally made my jaw drop open in horror. However, I have to say that some of their reasoning isn't iron-clad. People can change their registers if they want to, so just because Miss Teen South Carolina talks a certain way on national television doesn't mean that's the way she talks when she's sitting at her kitchen table. Also, I was shocked to see Christian Bale included on this list. I thought he was one of the best accent chameleons out there. This is the guy who gave all his publicity interviews for Batman Begins in an American accent so as not to detract from the image of Bruce Wayne, for crying out loud.