02.08.18

How Lewis And Clark Added More Than A Thousand Words To American English

"[President Jefferson] knew that future mapmakers, naturalists, and other scientists would rely on the valuable first-hand knowledge that Lewis and Clark collected. He encouraged them to make their observations 'with great pains and accuracy ... for others as well as yourself.' That meant that every time they encountered an unfamiliar plant, animal, landscape feature, or cultural item - the Louisiana Territory and the western portion of the continent teemed with them - they had to invent a new term."

How Lewis And Clark Added More Than A Thousand Words To American English

"[President Jefferson] knew that future mapmakers, naturalists, and other scientists would rely on the valuable first-hand knowledge that Lewis and Clark collected. He encouraged them to make their observations 'with great pains and accuracy ... for others as well as yourself.' That meant that every time they encountered an unfamiliar plant, animal, landscape feature, or cultural item - the Louisiana Territory and the western portion of the continent teemed with them - they had to invent a new term."

To Decipher The Unreadable, All Eyes Turn To The Isle Of Man

For hundreds of years, history was handwritten. The problem is not only that our ancestors’ handwriting was sometimes very bad, but also that they used abbreviations, old conventions, and styles of lettering that have fallen out of use. Understanding them takes both patience and skill. “I see the job as a cross between a crossword puzzle and a jigsaw puzzle,” says Linda Watson.

WWJW? (What Would Jesus Wear? Not What You Probably Thought)

Indeed, what did Jesus wear? He almost certainly didn't dress as he is traditionally depicted, just as he almost certainly didn't have long, light brown hair and blue eyes. He probably didn't have a full beard, either. Scholar Joan Taylor gathers together the few clues we have from the New Testament, Roman commentary, and convention of the time and place to make an educated guess about Jesus's sartorial style. (In a word, shabby.)

The Now-Forgotten Book That Terrified The Antebellum South

"As its title suggested, the book was an 'Appeal' to 'The Colored Citizens of the World, but in Particular and Very Expressly to those of the United States of America.' Yet appeal was a tame word for the prophecy smoldering between its covers, clearly directed towards the nation's enslaved laborers. The police may have flipped to page 28: 'It is no more harm for you to kill a man, who is trying to kill you, than it is for you to take a drink of water when thirsty.' Page 35 argued that owners denied slaves education because it would reveal their right to 'cut his devilish throat from ear to ear, and well do slave-holders know it.'"

Artists Envision The Future Of Jobs

Last month, a team from the digital agency AKQA and the Misk Global Forum attended several panels at the World Economic Forum and used each discussion as inspiration to illustrate a job that could exist by 2030. Many of the jobs seem more like science fiction than reality, but a few are actually pretty grounded in where technology seems to be headed.