Friday, September 06, 2013

September 6th, outsourced

Here's a close look at one of the adoptions gone wrong between Russia and the US.

The Gulf explained in 20 maps. So cool! [HT Jeremy]

Incredible tourist sites, trapped in countries that are almost un-visitable by tourists.

The trouble with bright girls. [HT Bryce]

Downton Abbey Season 4 trailer!!!!!!!!

Can you guess the language, based only on a spoken sample? Fun game. I got 600 my first (and only) time. I thought Dari was Kurdish. Silly me! [HT Andrew]

That same dialect survey from years ago has popped up in a new fun form - a quiz to see where your dialect is from. My origin is Washington/Oregon (see map, above). Seems legit. [HT Andrew]

The effect of the unrest in Egypt on Americans trying to study abroad there. I know there are bigger issues going on, but you have to feel for these students who have to make other plans, very suddenly. [HT Andrew]

Poll: the majority of Americans are in favor of sending Congress to Syria. From The Onion, of course. [HT Elisa]

Why are you not dead yet? I think I would actually still be alive (mom, correct me if I'm wrong), but Miriam is not dead yet because during a severe bout of Norovirus she was able to go to a hospital and get hooked up to an IV for a week when her body would not accept fluids. [HT Jessie]


Shannon said...

I read the article on bright girls and concluded that I wasn't a bright girl. I have a longstanding belief that A is for "effort." Although I was never called up to be in the accelerated classes in elementary or middle school, I learned how to work hard. In college I outperformed the high performers from my high school . . . and maybe that was partly because I was still peeved at not being called up to the accelerated classes.

Liz Johnson said...

What's up with Yemen being left off most of those Gulf maps? Is it not considered a Gulf state? Or is it just not terribly forthcoming with demographic info?

International adoption is so complicated. I have heard a lot of horrible stories, and a lot of wonderful stories. I have so many mixed feelings on it.

I am concerned by how west-coast my language apparently is. One of my "least common" cities was Allentown, PA - which is where a huge chunk of my extended family hails from. FAIL.

Jen said...

I got a 600 on that downfall was not being able to tell the difference between Latvian and Slovenian. Oops. But fun! Joe's gonna love it.

And MY map had a bright red area centered over northeastern New England. So....good. (Though, I wonder if it's skewed that way because I call a water fountain a "bubbler." Some of those language variations are SOOOOO region-specific!)

Bridget said...

I've wondered about the Yemen thing, too. I think it's probably related to the member countries of the GCC (which does not include Yemen).

Hannah said...

The dialect map was fun. The odd thing for me was that my bright red area was in New England, where I have never lived. I think my results could be skewed from living in several different states and from having both parents from states other than the one I grew up in.

Ariana said...

My language map was pretty right on...dark red blob over Minneapolis. Youbetcha! :) We lived there till I was 17.

Jessie said...

I loved that dialect map. It guessed I'm from Reno, NV (I spent the largest chunk of my life in a little town 45 minutes south of Reno. Crazy!) Jon is from a Mormon town in southern Alberta, and it put him in northern Montana and all of Utah. What's fascinating is that only a couple of our answers were different from each other, yet it still placed us perfectly on our respective maps.

I thought my answers would be skewed because I'm an Army brat, which makes me really wonder about the development of our language patterns. I lived in NV from 12-18 years old.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Why aren't we dead yet? I have read that TB is the single most prolific killer in history, and plenty of our ancestors died of it; just the recent ones are: Bridget Doyle (age 41)/Matthew Ashe (age 53)/Paul Bubnash (age 29), and certainly plenty of their siblings. My Grandpa Ashe had TB in his younger years. Because it's treatable, we've been spared its devastation.

You had a tough time with respiratory from babyhood on. I don't know if it would have killed you in times past, but it probably would have limited your life.

I had annual bouts with bronchitis and sometimes pneumonia until I was a teenager; those might have been fatal at an earlier time. When people complain how tough life is now, I just laugh. They have no idea what it would be to have half or more of your children die before age 5, or to be widowed 3 or 4 times, or be crippled by crude medical care.


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