Nobody saw UC-Berkeley’s incredibly ironic typo for years…but now the whole internet is laughing

Jul 30, 2014 By Abraham 2

When Alex Harris and his wife were packing to move recently, she noticed something strange about his college diploma that had been hanging on the wall for a few years. Do you see it?

Diploma Typo

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

Jul 23, 2014 By Abraham 16

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]

Jul 2, 2014 By Joey White 30

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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Things take a sharp, dark turn when a Japanese English student imagines being shipwrecked

Jun 27, 2014 By Abraham 3

Redditor Robimus is an English teacher in Japan. Recently he asked his junior high students to use their burgeoning language skills to describe what they’d do if they were shipwrecked and stranded on an island.

After a few sentences that were more along the lines of the examples in his textbook, one student decided to bring his mini-essay to a close with a healthy dose of reality…

Japanese Student Imagines Being Shipwrecked