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The Bob Emergency

This video explains that more than 10,000 people named Bob have entered the world of sports. Yet today, only nine remain.

With this video, Jon Bois states that Bobs are special people. I agree. He goes on to explain that losing the few remaining Bobs to retirement, we stand to lose more than we might imagine.

Merriam-Webster Has Added 640 New Definitions

Merriam-Webster is  is now more swole.

The Springfield, Massachusetts-based dictionary added 640 new words, including bug-out baggo-cup, EGOT, buzzy, garbage time, and  omnicide.

The additions include new words and phrases, and also some old words with new meanings or applications.

Unplug has traditionally meant to tug an electric plug from a wall socket, but now, it also now means to disconnect from social media.

And while snowflake is still defined as a beautiful ice crystal that floats from the sky, but it is now also defined as “someone who is overly sensitive,”

The definitions are added to the online dictionary first, before some are later added to print updates of the company’s popular Collegiate Dictionary.

Source: AP

Essential Aretha Franklin

The Queen of Soul passed away this morning at the age of 76.

The following 10 songs are standout examples of her gifts, a starting point in exploring her unrivaled career.

Precious Lord (Take My Hand) [Part Two], 1956

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Nearly 1,000 paintings and drawings by Vincent Van Gogh digitized and put online

Open Culture:

The opportunity to see all of Van Gogh’s bedroom paintings in one place may have passed us by for now—an exhibit in Chicago brought them together in 2016. But we can see the original bedroom at the yellow house in Arles in a virtual space, along with almost 1,000 more Van Gogh paintings and drawings, at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam’s site. The digitized collection showcases a vast amount of Van Gogh’s work—including not only landscapes, but also his many portraits, self-portraits, drawings, city scenes, and still-lifes.

Conservatives were more likely than liberals to use adultery-focused dating website Ashley Madison

Researchers have shown that politically conservative Americans, with more restrictive their sexual attitudes, were more likely to have signed up for the adultery-focused dating website Ashley Madison than we’re liberal minded folks.

Our results provide support for theories arguing that people with stricter sexual attitudes are paradoxically more likely to engage in deviant sexual behavior.

54 immigrant children to be reunited with parents

That’s good news. But not nearly enough. Thousands remain locked up and separated from their parents with little hope of reunification.

CBS News


The Japanese national football team gave the world a lesson in grace


Even after they were booted out of the World Cup, the Japanese national football team gave us a lesson in grace.

Following their heartbreaking loss to Belgium on Monday, the players left behind a note that said “спасибо” (Russian for “thank you”) in their locker room.

Oh, and they cleaned it up.

Happy Canada Day

Photo by Owen Farmer

#CanadaDay 2018 marks 151 years of confederation. Enjoy our natural beauty, friends, family, neighbours, festivals, and  fireworks today! We have a great country.

The story of the zipper shows that even great ideas can fail at first

It’s estimated 4.5 billion zippers are purchased every year in the U.S. That’s 14 zippers for per American, per year.

From QZ:

The technology itself was far from an instant hit. For one thing, other methods for closing things—such as buttons, hooks-and-eyes, and laces—had been around a long time and worked just fine, even if they could be slow and laborious. “There was no general sense that this was an area begging for improvement, much less replacement,” wrote technology historian Robert Friedel in Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty.

It also took decades of different people reworking the basic design of the zipper, finding an audience for it, and figuring out the right marketing to make it as popular as it is today. But the zipper succeeded, and arguably offers a counterpoint to anyone who thinks an idea that has been tried in one form and didn’t immediately catch on is already dead.

The best news we never hear, the world is becoming a better place.

Things are getting better. And if you are interested in understanding there world, here are some facts you might want to know:

  • Fact #1: Since 1960, child deaths have plummeted from 20 million a year to 6 million a year.
  • Fact #2: Since 1960, the fertility rate has fallen by half.
  • Fact #3: 137,000 people escaped extreme poverty every day between 1990 and 2015.

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