Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Architectural Airbnb alternatives, the history of the ampersand, a museum of fake art and more

1. This Museum is Full of Fake Art With forged versions of paintings by Rembrandt, Picasso and Renoir; fake diaries said to be written by Hitler; and more, this Vienna museum is full of phony pieces. Diane Grobe, co-owner and founder of the Museum of Art Fakes, was inspired to open the museum thanks to German artist Edgar Mrugalla who created over 3,500 forged artworks. …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Food photography, ballroom dancing, the sun's actual size and more in our look at the web

1. The Sun Might Be Bigger Than We Thought Perhaps surprisingly, we don’t know the sun’s size—at least, not as accurately as we know the Earth or the moon. When working with Google Maps (to measure the sun’s shadow) and his own models, Xavier Jubier realized something was off with the measurements, “For me, something was wrong somewhere, but that’s all I could say,” Jubier …

Tracing the Evolution of Language

Michael Gavin, associate professor of human dimensions of natural resources at Colorado State University, and other researchers across six disciplines formed a unit (in 2010) with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and they’re on a mission to better understand why our species, collectively, speaks over 7,000 distinct languages. They began by reviewing existing studies (language studies around the equator and …

Language is Alive

NPR’s interview with lexicographer Kory Stamper (who is also an associate editor at Merriam-Webster) is a must-listen for word nerds. Stamper delves into the idea that language is “a living thing,” which means that working on a dictionary is an ever-evolving and constantly growing entity. “A lot of times people assume that English as we speak it is something that was curated maybe by some …

Washington, DC’s Language Museum: Planet Word

Word buffs have something exciting to add to their calendar. In the winter of 2019, Planet Word will open in Washington, DC as an interactive museum dedicated to language. Founded by literacy and education advocate Ann Friedman, the destination will encourage visitors to explore rhetorical analysis, dig deeper into the meaning and impact of words and leave seeking out further reading. The site will also …