Right now, before you continue reading, draw a circle on a piece of paper.
Now, try it again on your phone or computer (click on the screenshot below, but try not to read the headline or article yet; just scroll down a little until you see this):
So, did you draw it clockwise or counter-clockwise? Did you start at the top or the bottom?
Read on: “Different languages: How cultures around the world draw shapes differently” (from Quartz)
I think it’s funny that when I think about how I’m drawing it, I draw it clockwise — maybe because I’ve been in Japan so long? But when I’m not thinking about it, I draw it counter-clockwise — my native-English-speaker self is still stronger subconsciously.
In some classes this term, students have been making surveys to collect information about people’s knowledge, experiences, and opinions on a variety of themes. I happened across this article this morning that has an interesting survey. They want to know: “Have you experienced or witnessed hate?” Their goal is to collect people’s stories to better understand hate crimes and discrimination.
This survey appears to be only collecting information about discrimination and hate from the U.S., but it’s a good discussion starter and may help you with your own surveys.
This dog has learned more than 1000 words in 3 years.
More about Chaser (both of these articles are a bit old, but still interesting):
Chaser has her own Facebook page, if you want to see how she’s doing now.
And here’s a website with all the background, research, a photo gallery, and more.
For another topic about “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” see “Dogs, tricks, and trees that bend” from last year.
Read about this “shape-shifting” pasta created by MIT researchers here:
“Flatpacking… Pasta: MIT might go IKEA on your macaroni and cheese”