Faux-lidays

Today is 7/10 — which can be read as “natto” so it has become natto day, one of the “faux-lidays” Japan is so famous for.

Others: 11/11 is Pocky Day and here’s something about Meat Day and Cat Day, and here’s a list of many more. The humor is something akin to Star Wars Day (“May the 4th be with you.”)

Natto is inexpensive and healthy, but it’s definitely an acquired taste. And if you’re not a fan, maybe try something more palatable like natto spring rolls. Here’s a recipe.

What’s your favorite way to eat natto?

What other “faux-lidays” do you know about?

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3rd generation bots will need therapy

This funny video imagines a future where A.I. robots are so human-like that they feel anxiety and need to go to therapy. Their “parents'” generation cured cancer and refroze the arctic. But this generation of bots suffers from growing up with too much privelege: they’re wealthy and educated but bored.

“Without any real purpose, they’ve gravitated towards fields like art and … deejaying.”

Pause the video at 1’30 and you can see the titles of the books, like “100 Years of Brexit Negotiations” and “The Rise and Rise of Lindsay Lohan”.

Napflix

Napflix: videos that will put you to sleep

I don’t think most of my students need help falling asleep, but I thought this was a funny concept. There’s a timer, of course, in case you do fall asleep. And there’s also a siesta mode which rotates the videos so you can still watch while you’re lying down.

Some of the videos (which are not original videos, but curated from YouTube):

The sound of rain

Counting Sheep (this is funny because in English, people say that when they’re trying to fall asleep, they count sheep)

Life of Panda

Cab ride