“Tsundoku,” the Japanese Word for the New Books That Pile Up on Our Shelves, Should Enter the English Language | Open Culture

There are some words out there that are brilliantly evocative and at the same time impossible to fully translate. Yiddish has the word shlimazl, which basically means a perpetually unlucky person. German has the word Backpfeifengesicht, which roughly means a face that is badly in need of a fist. And then there’s the Japanese word tsundoku, which perfectly describes the state of my apartment. It means buying books and letting them pile up unread.

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In Belarus, the Ancient Tradition of Healing Whispers Slowly Disappears – Atlas Obscura

A centuries-old practice with little place in the modern world.

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Historic Street Lighting Museum – Los Angeles, California – Atlas Obscura

Taking a trip to the Department of Public Works may not sound exciting, but for lovers of noir, history, and architecture, visiting the hidden Street Light Museum run by the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting is an illuminating experience.

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Why smiley face emojis are not so friendly | Euronews

Researchers have found that using a smiley face emoji and similar emoticons at the office can have the opposite effect on the recipient, and make the sender seem less competent.

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A London museum told a mother to stop breastfeeding, immediately regretted it | indy100

The Victoria and Albert Museum is one of London’s more prestigious and beautiful museums. Based in Knightsbridge, it houses a permanent collection of 4.5 million art and design objects, making it the largest museum in the world of it’s kind. They’ve got everything: post-classical sculpture, Italian Renaissance paintings and ancient ceramics. Given that they proudly exhibit cultures from all over the world, you’d think they’d be OK with breastfeeding in 2017. Sadly not.

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Seth’s Blog: Waves are free

When someone lets you into the flow of traffic, or holds a door, or takes a second to acknowledge you, it’s possible to smile and offer a wave in response.

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The Great 78 Project – Community Preservation, Research, Discovery of 78rpm Records

The Great 78 Project is a community project for the preservation, research and discovery of 78rpm records. From about 1898 to the 1950s, an estimated 3 million sides (~3 minute recordings) have been made on 78rpm discs.

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Refugee dubbed ‘the little Picasso’ to hold first art exhibition – to raise money for sick Serbian boy | The Independent

A 10-year-old refugee, who has attracted global attention and the nickname of “the little Picasso” for his artistic talent, is holding his first exhibition – and donating all the money raised at the event to a sick Serbian boy.

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