Doctors baffled when Australian wakes from his coma…speaking fluent Mandarin

September 10, 2014 | No comments

When Ben McMahon woke from a coma two years ago, he was just happy to be alive. Speaking fluent Mandarin was just a bonus..

I wasn’t consciously thinking I was speaking Mandarin, it was what just came out and it was what was most natural to me.

The strange part? Ben wasn’t fluent in Mandarin before the car accident that put him in the coma. He had studied Mandarin and French in high school, but he says it never really “clicked.” Most of us who took a foreign language in school can relate. Studying it and knowing it are completely different.

Ben McMahon

But once awoken from his coma, he was able to speak and write Mandarin with near-native fluency.

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How to insult someone like the British

September 9, 2014 | No comments

If you find yourself in an argument with a Brit, you’re going to lose unless you learn to be as creatively cruel as they are. This list of ten British insults from comedian Siobhan Thompson might come in handy…

Previously… Comedian mimics 17 accents from the British Isles using celebrities from each region as examples

Starbucks baristas aren’t dumb… Here’s the REAL reason they spell your name wrong

September 9, 2014 | 43 comments

When you order your fancy coffee drink and give them a name for your order, why does Starbucks always seem to get it wrong? Your first inclination may be to think that they’re being thick, but that’s not it at all…

(NSFW language)

Naive interviewer has no idea she just asked Matthew Crawley an extremely crass question

September 6, 2014 | No comments

Promoting a new movie, actor Dan Stevens (who you may know as Downton Abbey’s Matthew Crawley) sat down with Good Morning Britain. Little did he know how invasively personal and completely inappropriate the questioning was going to get…

This math problem is a limerick when said out loud. (Don’t worry, here’s the translation.)

July 23, 2014 | 16 comments

Here’s a little something for the nerds (of both the mathematical and literary variety)…

In 1948, wordplay master and recreational mathematician Leigh Mercer published this equation in Notes and Queries…

Math Limerick

Read in the right way, it follows almost all the rules of a limerick — an AABBA rhyme scheme with the third and fourth lines shorter than the others. I say almost all the rules, because the foremost limerick scholar maintained that the true limerick is always obscene, which this one is not. Sorry.

So, can you read it?

If not, here’s the written translation…

A dozen, a gross, and a score
Plus three times the square root of four
Divided by seven
Plus five times eleven
Is nine squared and not a bit more.

Amusing guide shows Americans and Brits the different words they each use for the same things [7 pics]

July 2, 2014 | 30 comments

While the English language is spoken by people around the world, they don’t all use the same words for everything. To help address this confusion, illustrator Samantha Sanders created guide to help Americans and Britons understand what the other is referring to…

Brits Americans English 1b

The guide is written from an American perspective, but it could just as easily be used by someone from the UK to understand the American versions of their words.

British English is on the left and American English is on the right. Your opinions on which options are better go in the comments below…

(A few words in the “slang” and “insults” categories are PG-13…)

Brits Americans English 2b

Brits Americans English 3

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