This week’s top recommendation
I don’t even know where to start describing this article. Maybe by just saying that it moved me. And that is probably the best journalism can achieve. This is the story of Mr and Mrs French whose lives changed when he started to behave in very strange ways and changed again when they found out why. He was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, “a little-known, poorly understood and frequently misdiagnosed group of brain diseases that eat away at personality and language.” Very touching, never tear-jerking.
Finally: a hassle-free city map, 100% waterproof. I’ve been using one of them in Paris these days and they’re great.
→ Cumpled City Maps (Palomar)
100’000 large posters of people’s faces, pasted in public, all over the world. French photographer and street artist JR looks back to a project he initiated one year ago.
→ JR: One year of turning the world inside out (TED)
I bet you’ll have to laugh, too: Selfcontrolfreak takes your cursor and turns it into witty little pieces of art.
→ Interactive Videos (Selfcontrolfreak)
A great list of spot-on expressions that only exist in specific languages. My favourite: Sgriob (Gaelic), “the itchiness that overcomes the upper lip just before taking a sip of whisky”. Make sure to read through the comments, too.
→ 25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English (So Bad So Good)
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