Reading air

Wikipedia informs: A common phrase “Ba no Kuuki wo Yomu”, “understanding the situation without words” or “sensing someone’s feelings”, is a very important concept for understanding Japanese culture. […] Sensing and practicing “Bano Kuuki wo Yomu” is considered social manners or social intelligence in Japan. Unlike the individualistic and expressive cultures in Western countries, people …

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Gotta go hoover the talking seal!

Wikipedia informs: Hoover was a harbor seal who was able to imitate basic human speech. […] On the British comedy panel game show QI, host Stephen Fry asked the question: “What is meant by the expression “Hoover the talking seal”?” Panelist Roger McGough answered, “Well, it’s either one of those wonderful Oz expressions for throwing …

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Going like a bat

Wikipedia informs: During the Pascal-B nuclear test, a 900-kilogram (2,000 lb) steel plate cap (a piece of armor plate) was blasted off the top of a test shaft at a speed of more than 66 km/s (41 mi/s; 240,000 km/h; 150,000 mph). Before the test, experimental designer Dr. Brownlee had estimated that the nuclear explosion, …

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That is so Hollywood

Wikipedia informs: Sandra Zober Sandra Zober was an actress. She was the first wife of actor Leonard Nimoy, with whom she had two children. […] She eventually joined a support group for women divorced from Hollywood stars that was initially called Life After Divorce Is Eventually Sane (LADIES), but was soon renamed the Hollywood Dumpettes.   Robert …

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Gelato Jilatu

I think it was my brother who first introduced me to the concept of Wiki-nationalism. This happens when an article on Wikipedia says very different things in different languages, reflecting the point of view of a given country or culture. I remember laughing while reading the article on Christopher Columbus in English, Spanish and Italian. The English …

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