How Silent Letters in Words From the English Language Reveal Their Specific Etymological Origins

In an taciturn episode of their incredibly informative whiteboard series for Mental Floss, linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator Sean O’Neill verbally and visually explain how the seemingly unrelated silent letters in English language words actually reveal their etymological origins. Silent letters can make English frustrating but they can also give away connections between related words

13 Inconvenient Truths About What Has Been Happening in Gaza

The cacophony that accompanies every upsurge in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can make it seem impossible for outsiders to sort out the facts. Recent events in Gaza are no exception. The shrillest voices on each side are already offering their own mutually exclusive narratives that acknowledge some realities while scrupulously avoiding others. But while certain facts about Gaza may be

A Modest Proposal for Haim Saban

It’s hard out there for Haim Saban. The billionaire and philanthropist owns a controlling stake in the humor website The Onion. Yesterday, The Onion ran a piece entitled “IDF soldier recounts harrowing, heroic war story of killing 8-month-old child.” Continue reading “A Modest Proposal for Haim Saban” at… Powered by WPeMatico

Midburn, Israel’s Burning Man, Marks Biggest Year Ever

If you know someone in tech, or someone who has a lot of money, or someone who loves bad art, you probably know all about Burning Man, which—as far as I could gather by pretending to listen some years ago to a tech-minded and moneyed bad art lover—is a festival that takes place every year in the