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  2. The Russian version of “Let it Be” is…uh…different

    Everything’s happened before in the world

    People are always the same

    That’s how it was, it is, and always will be

    4 crazy, early foreign language versions of Beatles songs

     

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  4. You’d think a Sauvignon Blanc characterized as smelling like cat pee would be awful. You’d be wrong.

    17 disgusting descriptions for delicious wines

     


  5. Sakte-TV
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    The Language Council in Norway chose sakte-tv (slow-TV), reflecting the popularity of shows like “National Wood Fire Night,” a four-hour discussion of firewood followed by an eight-hour broadcast of a crackling fire. Some of the good competitors were rekkeviddeangst (range anxiety) — the fear that the battery of your electric car will run out before you can get to a charging station — and revelyd (fox sound) because, of course, Ylvis.

    13 words of the year from other countries

     


  6. Niblings.
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    A new term for your nieces and nephews. Use of this term seems to be growing among aunts and uncles who want an easy way to refer to their little bundles of sibling-provided joy in a collective or gender-neutral way.

    11 little-known words for specific family members

     


  7. It’s grammar quiz time. Which of the following uses of myself are acceptable?

    1. "You seem like a better version of myself."

    2. "I just want to be myself."

    3. "I haven’t seen any myself."

    4. "I myself haven’t seen any."

    5. "Myself, I haven’t seen any."

    6. "You would even say that to me myself?"

    7. "There are two others here besides myself."

    8. "He asked William and myself to do it."

    9. "He was a man as big as myself."

    10. "Myself, as director here, will cut the ribbon."

    11. "William and myself will be there."

    12. "Myself and William will be there."

    13. "I asked myself what I could do."

    14. "I directed all inquiries to myself."

    The answers?

    Not so simple.

     


  8. vengvaD paQDI’norgh tay yIghojmoH!
     


  9. If you get three people, one from Toronto, one from Buffalo, and one from Los Angeles, to stand next to each other and talk to you, you’ll know which one is from Buffalo right away, but you might have trouble telling which one is from Toronto and which one is from L.A.

    Dude. That’s a bit of a surprise… eh?

     


  10. How did Jimi Hendrix make his guitar sound like a human voice?  It’s all in the “wah yeah” pedal.

    Listen to all of The Week’s mini-podcasts here.

     


  11. Albedo
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    From the Latin word for “whiteness”, the fraction of the sun’s rays reflected by the earth’s surface.  When it snows, more sunlight is reflected, which results in a lower air temperature.

    Here are 10 more fascinating winter weather terms

     

  12. You know how guitar pedals make your axe sound like a human voice saying “wah wah yeah yeah”?

    There’s some pretty cool science behind it.

     


  13. Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.
    — The twistiest tongue twister that ever twisted—according to science.