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Did you know there is a “color of the year”? For 2014, it’s “radiant orchid.”

Nelson Mandela’s literary legacy from The Guardian.

The Acoustical Society of America announced the most difficult tongue twister in the English language: Pad kid poured curd pulled cod. More at The Week.

You will never believe what the launch code was for the US nuclear arsenal — for 20 years.

11 languages spoken by 11 people or fewer.

All twerked out? Time announces the word that readers would most like to banish in 2014.

How much does your worldview depend on the language you speak? The Economist explores.

84 Comments

  1. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  January 2, 2014 - 8:51 am

    @Squidkitteh:
    Whoa, that’s really hard to say. I keep saying things like “two-toed three-toad” and “she-toed three-toad.” Aahh!

    The problem with commenting to other commenters’ comments is that they rarely see your comment or comment back. (If Angalyssa sees this, I bet there’ll be a battle to fit the most forms of “comment” in a sentence. Angalyssa, I dare you! ;) It’s happened before, with “secret.” And I beat Angalyssa with 14 secrets to her 11.)

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  2. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  January 2, 2014 - 8:45 am

    Leather Buffalo, several times fast.

    @Math Pantus:
    Wow! Did you make that up, or did you hear it somewhere, or did you get it off the Internet?

    Can anyone here sing the entire Element Song by Tom Lehrer? I can. Fast, too.

    Minecrafters forever!

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  3. Philip Mekeel -  December 19, 2013 - 10:22 am

    Sick sloths sip broth.

    Reply
  4. Emily -  December 19, 2013 - 10:21 am

    Try saying “toy boat” as quickly as you can, over and over.

    Reply
  5. Brett -  December 19, 2013 - 8:41 am

    Try saying sharks sock 10 times fast

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  6. Mark -  December 19, 2013 - 7:00 am

    The US nuclear arsenal launch code: 1 2 3 4 5
    Amazing! That’s the same combination as my luggage!

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  7. Math Pantus -  December 19, 2013 - 5:22 am

    My riddle proposal:

    1) The witch watches her wristwatch switch

    adding whicked:
    2) The whicked witch watches her wristwatch switch

    plural:
    3) Three witches watch their wristwatch switches

    4) Three whicked witches watch their wristwatch switches

    from Switzerland:
    5) Three whicked Swiss witches watch their wristwatch switches

    wristwatches from Switzerland too:
    6) Three whicked Swiss witches watch their Swiss wristwatch switches

    adding brand name:
    7) Three whicked Swiss witches watch their Swiss Swatch wristwatch switches

    (switched as in changed their gender:)
    8) Three switched whicked Swiss witches watch their Swiss Swatch wristwatch switched

    9) Three switched Swiss wicked witches whatch three Swiss Swatch wristWatch switches,
    Which switched Swiss wicked witch whatched which Swiss Swatch wristwatch switch?

    Reply
  8. Sthi Bash -  December 19, 2013 - 1:21 am

    Rick Ross Rolls In a Rolls Royce

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