Just saving this for later.
Since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, at least two million refugees have fled the country and more than five million have been displaced internally. But what do seven million people look like?
Using Census data, this interactive shows where seven million people live in your area to illustrate the scope of this regional humanitarian crisis.
Mr. Bergstrom reading Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
"Nobody, of the hundreds of people that had visited the fair, knew that a grey spider had played the most important part of all. Nobody was with her when she died."
I cry every time.
For the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, I built this interactive map using Google’s MapsEngine to plot reader experiences during the historic storm. It was relatively easy: all that was required was building a Google Form and using the response sheet to populate this map. Check it out and submit your story.
'The Old Man and the Sea' by Ernest Hemingway
Still my crowning achievement.
Theodor Adorno taking a “selfie.”
Data from Google Books Ngram Viewer shows how ‘United States’ became a singular noun.
After more than 25 years managing, marketing and refereeing the competitive side of America’s most venerated word game, the National Scrabble Association has packed up its tiles and gone out of business.
Its demise doesn’t reflect a lack of interest in Scrabble, which turns 65 this year. The game has never been more popular. More than a million people, from kids to hipsters to nonagenarians, play daily on Facebook. In May, nearly 200 students in fourth through eighth grades competed in the National School Scrabble Championship. On Saturday, more than 500 die-hards, myself included, will gather in Las Vegas for the National Scrabble Championship, a five-day, 31-game anagrammatic marathon.
Instead, the death of Scrabble’s organizing body — which closed on July 1 following years of declining financial support from Hasbro, the game’s owner — reflects a broader conflict between corporate and intellectual forces in American cultural life. (Photo: Sam Potts)
Smartest illustration I’ve seen all week. Read more at The New York Times
Within Western culture, the history of shorts becomes intertwined with those of breeches or culottes (worn prior to the French Revolution in 1789), and thereby linked with issues of class as well as masculinity. Long trousers had been worn by the working classes, whereas aristocratic and bourgeois men wore breeches/knickers/culottes. This changed after the revolution, and long pants began to be worn by men of all classes in the 19th century. Shorts per se were for little boys, who “evolved” into their manhood by switching from long white dresses (infants) to shorter white dresses (toddlers) to shorts (little boy) to breeches (middle childhood or so) to long trousers (probably teens). This progression—associated with the 19th and early 20th centuries—was associated not only with age grades but also with a kind of “flight from femininity” and toward manhood. (The implication, of course, is that femininity did not have the same trajectory; it was infantilized to a much greater extent.) (PHOTO: A.DAVEY/FLICKR)