Linguistic Family Tree

I love languages and cultures so I needed to blog about this.

Did you know that most of the different languages we speak today can actually be placed in only a couple of groups by their origin? This is what illustrator Minna Sundberg has captured in an elegant infographic of a linguistic tree which reveals some fascinating links between different tongues.

Using the research data from Ethnologue, Minna has used a tree metaphor to illustrate how all major European, and even plenty of Eastern languages can be grouped into Indo-European and Uralic “families”.

The whole image is dotted with languages, with bigger leaves representing those with the most native speakers.

For everyone wondering about Chinese, Arabic, African and Indigenous languages of the Americas, this chart is ONLY for the group of languages known as Indo-European.

Regardless, great illustration.

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Stephanie & Arryn

In the world we live we are bombarded with images of “perfect bodies”, Kardashian’s, Minaj’s, Azalea’s plastic butts and filters of all kinds to such an extent that all genuine emotion, feeling and whatever the human connections that shine through the picture is lost.

Step forward Stephanie and Arryn, a young couple from Texas.

They are not models, but friends with photographer Bria Terry, of Wolf & Rose Photography. Stephanie decided to respond to an everyday call for models to take part in a boudoir photoshoot, and as you can see, the results are stunning.

The photoshoot was uploaded onto Wolf & Rose Photography’s Facebook page, which is pretty much normal protocol, but this time the photos went hugely viral. But why? because of the obvious love, chemistry, confidence and beauty of the natural images.

Real people and not the plastic stereotypes everyone sale us.

On the other hand… I want a boyfriend like Arryn. Someone who accept me by who I am and not by how much money I make or by the way I look. 

Stunning pics!!

Rare White Giraffes Captured on Film for the 1st Time in Kenya

Conservationists have spotted two white giraffes in northern Kenya, a rare sighting that will warm your heart.

The mother and baby were caught on film by rangers for the Hirola Conservation Program (HCP), as they calmly stroll along, even pausing to look at the camera.

The cute duo has leucism, which was also the case with a pale tiger recently spotted in India. Different than albinism, the genetic condition occurs due to reduced levels of different pigments in skin cells.

This planet needs more cute animals and less humans. The end.

My 2000-Year-Old Double

Some people believe that everyone has a twin. And maybe that’s true… if you need proof, just visit an art or history museum! People around the world are finding themselves in the collections of renowned institutions and are snapping pictures with their artsy doubles.  

Museum doppelgängers exists throughout the ages. They’re commonly in Renaissance-era paintings and pieces of pop art, but the Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City is going back even further. Their project called My 2000-Year-Old Double will soon pair people’s portraits with a corresponding ancient Greco-Roman or Egyptian sculpture.

Using facial-recognition software, they will make matches for 60 sets of artwork/twins. The results will be revealed in October of 2018.

Well, there are only so many combinations to be achieved using human genetic pool. (I’m just being sour cause I never found mine).

Regardless, this is fun!!! 

Eu Vou Matar Um Rato? Not Really!

There’s a rat in your bathroom. What do you do? This guy from Brazil takes what appears to be a reasonable approach, arming himself with a broom to flush out the rat, and his cat to finish the job.

Cats are supposed to useful for catching rodents right?

The scene begins as expected, with our master rat catcher whispering confidently eu vou matar um rato (I’m going to kill a rat,) while his faithful sidekick meows menacingly in the background. Then they get to work, cockily and noisily poking around behind the sink in an attempt to intimidate the rat from its hiding place… BUT, this rat will not be intimidated…

 
No doubting who came out on top in this battle!

Rat 1 – Dude & Cat 0.

16th Anniversary Of A Tragedy

It has been 16 years since the devastating attacks of September 11.

Coverage of the tragedy during which nearly 3,000 perished was the main priority that day for most Western news agencies (the scenes were witnessed by an estimated two billion people – a third of the human race).

To this day, I know EXACTLY what I was doing that moment… I was at my parent’s house watching TV with my dad when every single channel was reporting a plane crash… and BOOM! A second one.

That exact moment, here in Montreal school were cancelled and people was told to leave earlier work.

9/11 changed our world not for the better, and Iraq and Afghanistan paid unfairly for it while the real brains behind are still free (I firmly believe).

RIP to the victims and condolences to all who are still grieving.