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Animal sounds translated in 17 languages around the world

Animal sounds translated in 17 languages around the world

When I was teaching ESL, it would just blow my students’ minds that a rooster says cock-a-doodle-doo! in English instead of cocorico! I can’t imagine what would happen if I showed them this video.Despite having learned French for over a decade, and living in a French-speaking country, onomatopoeia is one of those things that will never come naturally.

My accidental costume on the Jewish holiday of Purim

My accidental costume on the Jewish holiday of Purim

With his hard peaked blue cap and golden beard, Yehoshua November looks like he’s dressed as Van Gogh’s Postman for Purim.Purim is the Jewish carnival holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jews of Persia (Iran) by Queen Esther from the death decree of King Ahasuerus’s evil advisor, Haman. On this day, Jews don costumes and become other people, even non-Jews.

<i>101 Places</i> available for preorder!

101 Places available for preorder!

Matador’s first major book, 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die, will be published by St. Martin’s Press on January 7th, and is available now for preorder.WE GAVE OUR contributors at Matador a guerilla mission to “assess” how and where people get fucked up all over the globe, and to write about it as transparently as they could.

Beginner’s guide to Hawaii Creole [audio]

Beginner’s guide to Hawaii Creole [audio]

Hawaii is one of those rare places where immigrant groups married freely with the locals, eventually merging into one unique island society. Today, this true blending of Eastern, Western, and Polynesian cultures can be tasted in our food, seen in our physical features, and heard in the language we speak.

What it’s like to be gay in Russia

What it’s like to be gay in Russia

Being gay in Russia is now a criminal act, and journalist Jeff Sharlet spent several weeks profiling a group of Russians who have increasingly gone underground or even into exile. His research culminated in a GQ article: Inside the Iron Closet: What It’s Like to Be Gay in Putin’s Russia.Sharlet describes how Putin’s government, along with the Russian Orthodox Church and what he calls a fringe element — mostly tough-guy homophobes — work together in an “unholy trinity” to crack down on the country’s queer population.

Plan your next ‘move’ with this map of US migration patterns

Plan your next ‘move’ with this map of US migration patterns

Everyone I know wants to live in New York City. As a NYC native however, I’m sick of hearing people complain about why their lives suck as a result of their move. Maybe if they saw this map of American migration patterns in 2013, they’d realize that New York had the highest amount of residents who left the state in search of presumably greener pastures (and a much lower cost of living).