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Fun Fact 219

US Senator John Glenn holds the record for being the oldest person to travel to space. He was 77 years old when he flew a space shuttle mission in October 1998. It was his second time in space (he was the fifth person in space) and he holds the record for the longest time between trips to space - 36 years 8 months.

If you are or know anyone who is at an airport:

DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR GREENCARD OR OTHER PAPERS! YOU WILL NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEMAND THEM BACK.

DO NOT SIGN FORM I-407! YOU WOULD BE WILLINGLY ABANDONING YOUR PERMANENT RESIDENCY STATUS.

TRUST NO IMMIGRATION OFFICER OR ENFORCER.


ACLU HAS SENT OUT LAWYERS. MAKE SURE YOU GET ONE.

Please protect yourself.

EDIT: Also, if you’re a green card resident who is a citizen of or from IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN:

Please make sure you DO NOT LEAVE THE UNITED STATES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RE-ENTER THE COUNTRY.

English Fun Fact of the Day:

Do you use singular ‘they’? For example, would you say something like “Every student should do their homework before they go out to play”? Now, were you ever told that this was wrong?
Most of us are taught that this singular usage of “they” is improper and especially unacceptable in formal settings like essays or books. The reason most cited for the incorrectness of this usage of “they” and “their” is that a plural pronoun simply cannot be used as a singular pronoun. It just cannot be done!
But let me tell you why that’s a bunch of nonsense.
In Old English and Middle English, there were two sets of second-person pronouns. One singular and the other plural. There was thou/thee/thy/thine and also ye/you/your/yours. Three guesses which was the plural set.
That’s right!
Ye/you/your/yours were plural you’s. That is to say that you’d use “you” when referring to a group, not a single person. Later in Middle English, “you” and its forms began to be used like the French “vous” still is today. You could use the plural form “you” to refer to a superior, even in the singular, or a group of people.
Eventually, around the 17th century, “thou” passed out of fashion entirely in standard English, but “you” remained for both singular and plural usage.
So, the next time that a teacher tells you not to use the singular they, just show them this post and reassure them of the historical linguistic precedent for plural pronouns being used as singular.

Friendly reminder that the invention of pasta dates back to ancient Etruscan civilizations and is not something that we “stole” from Asia. 

The words pasta and lasagna come from the Greek words πάστα and làganon. When they founded Naples, the Greeks also adopted a dish made by the natives, made up by barley-flour pasta and water dried to the sun, called macaria. The existence of a dish similar to modern lasagna is also documented by Cicero. The Romans also had machineries similar to the modern ones used to manufacture the pasta. And there are other proofs of the existence of pasta in ancient times.

The legend about Marco Polo bringing pasta to Italy was started by the Macaroni Journal, in 1938. They wanted to make pasta look more international and take it away from its cultural context (italian-american neighbourhoods, that were seen as places for criminals). This legend has been proved wrong by many historians, but apparently it’s gonna be a long while before people stop believing it.

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Emma Connell as Anne Boleyn in Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History

Fun Fact 190

In 1948 after a short civil war, Costa Rica abolished their military, reallocating money previously reserved for the military to education, culture, and security. When the army was abolished, it was said that the army would be replaced with an army of teachers. Today Costa Rica has one of the highest literacy rates in Latin America at 96.3%.

what ever you do, don’t imagine amy going home after jake goes to jail. don’t imagine how quiet and empty their apartment feels without him. and how she can’t really remember it ever being just her apartment. it’s like he’s lived there forever. and now suddenly. he isn’t there. don’t imagine her waking up with a lump in her throat because he isn’t in the bed too. don’t imagine her not being able to bring herself to put away his leather jacket which he left hanging on the handle of their cupboard. or her staring at it for minutes on end sometimes. don’t imagine her looking up from her desk at work and almost expecting him to be looking back. don’t imagine her going to visit him at jail for the first time. how she smiles when she sees him, tears sparking in her eyes, but she swallows them down and doesn’t let them fall. not yet. don’t imagine her breaking down in the car after that visit. sobbing, her head on the steering wheel. instead imagine the smile that breaks out across her face when jake is finally released. imagine the sob of joy as jake runs into her arms and she hugs him like there’s no tomorrow. imagine her and jake going home. talking. laughing. hugging. kissing. imagine them together. imagine them happy.