You know how certain people can do an uncanny impression of a native speaker of Italian, Chinese, or some other language they don’t speak? Ever wonder what that would sound like in English? Well, this video is the (amazing) answer, starting around the 20 second mark:
Monthly Archives: June 2012
From a great NEJM article on the history of surgery:
Liston operated so fast that he once accidentally amputated an assistant’s fingers along with a patient’s leg, according to Hollingham. The patient and the assistant both died of sepsis, and a spectator reportedly died of shock, resulting in the only known procedure with a 300% mortality.
I’ve been wanting to read a book for foreigners touring America, and sure enough The Atlantic just published an article on it. So neat to see your culture from fresh eyes and to realize all the implicit knowledge you take for granted! For instance:
When invited to a meal in a private home it is considered polite for a guest to ask if they can bring anything for the meal, such a dessert, a side dish, or for an outdoor barbecue, something useful like ice or plastic cups or plates. The host will usually refuse except among very close friends, but it is nonetheless considered good manners to bring along a small gift for the host. A bottle of wine, box of candies or fresh cut flowers are most common. Gifts of cash, prepared ready-to-serve foods, or very personal items (e.g. toiletries) are not appropriate.
An old friend finishing up his PhD in Canada: “I love how Air Canada asks me if any of my checked baggage includes antlers or firearms.”
T. and I saw this at my college reunion a few days ago and had to snap a picture. As T. remarked, it was definitely the smartest spider at Harvard. It had set up shop next to a set of high-powered string lights and its web was literally quivering with the nervous energy of all the trapped bugs. (Click to enlarge.)