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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Ten Things of We and Way

A whole new chocolate from the ruby cocoa bean/Barry Callebaut
  1. There's a new type of chocolate in town and it's called ruby, because of it's reddish-pink colour.
  2. Some scientists believe that swearing helps us bond with others, improves our mental health, and makes us less prone to violence.
  3. Words change meaning over time. Long ago, if you were naughty, you had naught or nothing. Then it came to mean evil or immoral, and now you are just badly behaved.
  4. The Scots language has an incredible 421 different snow-related words and expressions, while a nosism is the use of "we" to refer to oneself.
  5. Everyone uses the symbol @ but not many know its official name - the asperand, while emojis were designed by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999.
  6. Did you know the word meme is 41 years old? It was first coined by biologist and author Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene. For him, memes are ideas that spread from brain to brain - a bit like genes, they are replicated many times. Dawkins also provided a handy tip on how to say it: "It should be pronounced to rhyme with 'cream'."
  7. English speakers nicknamed the tomato and eggplant love apple, from their supposed aphrodisiac qualities.
  8. Being a gay man could land you in prison in the UK at one time - leading some to adopt a secret slang as a safe way of communicating.
  9. Starting from the 1950s, the USSR operated a network of secret radio stations to stop what was considered anti-Soviet propaganda from the West.
  10. Sisters Farah and Rafal are restoring Mosul University's library after the Islamic State group destroyed the Iraqi city.

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