Sites of the Week: December 14, 2013

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

John Lennon
(1940 – 1980)

Factoid: “American scientists and economists have continued to scoop up Nobel prizes at a staggering rate. Since 2000, Americans have won 21 of 37 physics prizes, 18 of 33 medicine prizes, 22 of 33 chemistry prizes, and an amazing 27 of 30 economics prizes. Not bad, considering our “nonstop anxiety” about failing grades and our mediocre international test scores.”

The Wall Street Journal

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations. This week there’s a theme in sense to the sites in that each is a post from popular sites (BuzzFeed, Gizmodo and Lifehacker) which I would recommend as RSS feeds or “bookmark-worthy”.
 

BuzzFeed: Americans Try To Place European Countries On A Map
http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/americans-try-to-place-european-countries-on-a-map

I’m not sure I could do much better, so I can’t be smug but it’s still interesting and mildly amusing to see how some Americans did when asked to label the countries on a European map. The tables were then turned and they asked the British to label U.S. states. (Click here). As you can see, they did no better, but I suspect many Americans wouldn’t fare that much better.
 

Gizmodo: Manners and Cursing
http://gizmodo.com/manners-and-cursing-mapped-1475459054

Sticking with the topic of maps, Gizmodo recently mapped manners and cursing in the United States. Having grown up in Ohio (#1 in cursing and #5 in courtesy), it’s all so clear now. Personally, I enjoyed many of the comments as much as the article. I believe my favorite comment was from a South Carolina resident who wrote “Ah, South Carolina, where we ask you to please go f_ _ _ yourself, darlin. And then offer you a glass of sweet tea.”
 

Lifehacker: Most Popular How-To Guides of 2013
http://lifehacker.com/most-popular-how-to-guides-of-2013-1474868022

This Lifehacker columns features their top 20 most popular how-tos from this year. You should be able to find at least one that will interest you.
 

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”

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