A tour of accents across the British Isles performed in a single, unedited take

April 3, 2014 | 11 comments

Professional accent and dialect coach Andrew Jack seamlessly switches between the various accents that are scattered across the UK, demonstrating the subtle distinctions between different varieties of English…

(via Reddit)

40-year-old deaf woman breaks down as she hears another person speak for the first time

March 28, 2014 | 7 comments

Deaf since birth, Joanne Milne was given bilateral cochlear implants at 40 years old that finally allowed her to hear for the first time in her life. As you can imagine, it was a very emotional experience…

(via VVV)

Penguins tripping over a rope…translated into English

March 25, 2014 | No comments

Finally, someone has come along who can let us know what those penguins we saw a few days ago were saying as they attempted to cross a rope in their path…

Dad asks 3-year-old to list all the bad words he knows, kid’s answer is funny…and then absolutely hilarious

March 24, 2014 | No comments

When his dad asked him to say all of the bad words he knew, this tike quickly rattled off an entire list. It becomes obvious that the use of “butt” with any other body part (“butt teeth”, “butt nose”, “butt ear”…) is bad in preschool.

And then at the end he digs within himself to remember the worst word he can think of…

(It probably goes without saying that you likely don’t want your 3-year-old around when you watch this.)

(via Reddit)

“Duck, Duck, Gray Duck” or “Duck, Duck, Goose”? Mapping the controversy

March 18, 2014 | 14 comments

Is the childhood game that involves walking around a circle of friends, tapping their heads, and then finally tagging one to chase you around the circle called “Duck, Duck, Goose” or “Duck, Duck, Gray Duck”?

Many of you don’t even realize this is a question that needs to be answered.

And the rest of you are from Minnesota…

Gray Duck vs Goose

(via Christopher Pollard)

Using complete gibberish to hilariously demonstrate what different languages sound like

March 4, 2014 | 19 comments

This woman’s linguistic skills are definitely funnier than they are practical, but that doesn’t make them any less impressive. Her imitations might not help her order food or find where a restroom is when she’s traveling the world, but who cares? She’ll be making people laugh wherever she goes.

Listen to her pretend to speak languages from all over the world using absolute nonsense…

(via Reddit)

Out-Cumberbatch Benedict Cumberbatch with your own Cumberbatchian name

February 25, 2014 | 1 comment

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Now go get your own. Being without a high-class appellation as magnificent as Mr. Cumberbatch’s is the only thing that’s holding you back in life.

Anti-drug pencils accidentally tell students how great drugs are

February 24, 2014 | 1 comment

Back in the late 90′s, New York’s Bureau for At-Risk Youth sent batches of pencils to elementary schools to remind students that they were “TOO COOL TO DO DRUGS.”

The slogan is ambiguous right off the bat. (Depending on the implied subject and verb, the sentence has opposite meanings — “I am too cool to do drugs” or “It is too cool to do drugs.”) But that’s nitpicking and sort of beside the point. The real confusion set in when students started actually using the writing utensils.

Soon after the campaign began, a 4th-grade recipient of an anti-drug pencil observed that when he sharpened it, it soon read “COOL TO DO DRUGS.” Then simply, “DO DRUGS.” And finally, the simple suggestion, “DRUGS.”

Anti-drug Pencils

A spokesperson admitted the mistake…

We’re actually a little embarrassed that we didn’t notice that sooner.

The pencils were recalled and a new batch was sent out with the same slogan but printed the other direction.

(via New York Times, Dangerous Minds)

What do Indian head shakes mean… It’s much more involved than our head wobbling

February 23, 2014 | No comments

Most of us have a very basic vocabulary of head movements — up and down means Yes; back and forth means No; and sometimes a quick upward motion means What’s up?

It’s a bit more interesting and complicated in India…

(via Tastefully Offensive)