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Welcome to the town with the longest name in Europe: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales. It was, originally, a name contrived to draw tourists. But that was 150 years ago, it’s legit, and it’s long been enjoying the consequences.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch recently achieved viral fame after Channel 4 producers decided to drop it on meteorologist Liam Dutton, who nailed it effortlessly. Which stands to reason, him being Welsh? Anyway, it’s a joy to watch and hear:

His flawless pronunciation of the 58-letter place name – the longest in Europe – garnered a total of more than 20 million views on YouTube and Facebook within a week and dominated the media around the world.

Liam was interviewed by Wales Online, BBC Radio 5 Live, Canadian breakfast television and beyond, as well as featuring in Time magazine, the New York Times, MTV and Perez Hilton.

He was praised by Catherine Zeta Jones, and TV anchors around the world were so impressed by his mind-blowing effort that they tried to outdo him, but with little success.


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Mother tries to shame daughter for using robot to do her homework, but public comes to the rescue

When a teenage girl in China was traveling over her Lunar New Year break, she shocked her mother. The resourceful student somehow managed to squeeze in a ton of homework, including the grueling work of essays and copying passages from textbooks, all while packing her days with holiday festivities. And the work was amazingly accurate and neat, with perfect handwriting.

Her suspicious mom, Zhang, went through the girl’s belongings and found an explanation: a strange device with a “metal frame and pen,” that turned out to be a “copying robot,” according to South China Morning Post. The teen had bought it online for approximately $120. Furious, the mother destroyed the robot and went straight to social media to complain.

Via Oddity Central:

After her daughter admitted to using the device to complete her holiday homework a lot faster, the woman reportedly broke it and took to social media to complain about the girl’s deceitful tactic. “It can help you with homework, but can it help you on tests?” Zhang was quoted as saying.

Perhaps surprising to her mother, a rush of commenters came to the girl’s defense. From South China Morning Post:

Most of the comments on the newspaper report’s social media posts enthused about the robot. Some said they wished they had owned such an item when they were younger, while others compared the girl’s short cut to their own, including tieing three or four pens in a row so they could write multiple words at once.

Some argued that the girl should no longer be made to copy texts at her age, while one called for education reform allowing teachers to set challenging and creative homework rather than boring the pupils and adding to their burdens.

Another asked: “Sometimes educators need to reflect on this issue, why is it we still need to do a task that can be completed by a robot?”

Good question. When my daughters get robotic work to do at home, I’m all for giving it to a robot so that they can do what humans do best: think.

Image: By Simon Shek from Los Angeles, USA – Homework, CC BY 2.0, Link


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A neo-Baroque fugue based on Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”

Italian composer and arranger Giovanni Dettori based his “Lady Gaga Fugue” on her 2009 hit “Bad Romance.” In this video, his friend Vincenzo Culotta plays his neo-Baroque piece on the piano. Dettori writes, “To give a “modern feeling” I used a special treatment of fourths, fifths, suspensions and rythm [sic].”

Ok, full disclosure: this video was posted on YouTube way back in April 2011 and was a big hit back then apparently. It was the first time I had seen it though. I enjoyed it and figured many of you would too.

Sheet music is available.

Incidentally, just this year, the original video for “Bad Romance” surpassed 1 billion views.

(Nag on the Lake)


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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – Snowman

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I had a guy ragequite my patreon over this, but we can all still be friends, right?

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – Fuzzy Borders

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What if all assassinations are by time travelers who keep trying to fix things, but keep breaking things somewhere else?

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