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November 18, 2021

How I Grew Up in The Coldest Town on Earth (-71°C, -96°F): Yakutia, Siberia

From Kottke:

YouTuber Kiun grew up in Yakutia, a region of Siberia that is known for having some of the coldest weather on Earth (we're talking -40°F on a warm day).

In this video, she talks about what daily life is like there, including details about the open-air markets (meat & fish stay naturally frozen) and having a car (owners basically have to keep them running all winter).

From a Wired article about Yakutia:

Here Arctic chill is simply a fact of life, something to be endured.

People develop a variety of tricks to survive.

Most people use outhouses, because indoor plumbing tends to freeze.

Cars are kept in heated garages or, if left outside, left running all the time.

Crops don't grow in the frozen ground, so people have a largely carnivorous diet — reindeer meat, raw flesh shaved from frozen fish, and ice cubes of horse blood with macaroni are a few local delicacies.

November 18, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Zorse — Half horse, half zebra

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From Wikipedia:

A zorse is the offspring of a zebra stallion and a horse mare.

This cross is also called a zebrose, zebrula, zebrule, or zebra mule.

The rarer reverse pairing is sometimes called a hebra, horsebra, zebret, zebrinny, or zebra hinny.

Like most other animal hybrids, the zorse is sterile.

November 18, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

DeepL Translator

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From Dense Discovery:

Google Translate works pretty well for translating small chunks of copy, but when it comes to longer texts, nothing beats the quality of DeepL.

Based on some English <> German tests I ran, DeepL's machine learning algorithms get it impressively right almost all of the time.

Free, the way we like it.

FunFact: Mein YouTube-Kanal is also free — the way we like it — besides which it's für Shizzle (712 subscribers as I type this).

Which only goes to confirm that the best things in life are free.

Wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?

November 18, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

False flag in France?

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[Top: former color; bottom: after the change.]

From the Guardian:

Sacré bleu: French flag changes colour — but no one notices

Blue part of flags flying around Élysée Palace was made darker in July of 2020 but change went largely unnoticed

Emmanuel Macron's office has darkened the blue in the French flags flying around the Élysée Palace to bring the tricolore in line with how it looked after the French revolution.

Presidential aides said the change happened in July last year, but nobody appears to have noticed until now.

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[The French national flag flying at the entrance of the Élysée Palace in Paris in January this year.]

France’s navy has stuck with navy blue since the 18th century, when the flag became a symbol of the revolution.

The French state introduced a lighter shade of blue on its flags in the 1970s.

Europe 1 radio, which reported the story on Monday, said the move had been encouraged by Macron's operations director, Arnaud Jolens, and adviser Bruno Roger-Petit, with a nudge from the naval officers who at the time made up the Élysée's military chief of staff.

According to officials, navy blue was considered "more elegant" but also felt to "reconnect with a symbol of the French Revolution." Others had more divisive theories: that the darker blue, now noticeably different from the blue of the European Union flag, signalled a rift between France and Europe.

The EU flag is Marian Blue, the tone declared the official colour for the Virgin Mary in the fifth century. The French flag — regularly flown or placed next to it — was changed to match it in the 1970s when the late Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, a staunch Europhile, was in the Élysée and when it was decided to lighten the colour of the French flag for aesthetic reasons to avoid a clash of blues.

Presidential aides have denied the change marks "opposition to the blue used by the European flag."

"There is no 'blue war,' it's nonsense," they added.

Europe 1's political correspondent Louis de Raguenel reported that the Élysée Palace is divided between those who consider the new flag ugly and say it clashes with the European flag, and others who are attached to seeing the flag of their childhood before the Giscard years.

"No communication was made on this change of colour, no instructions were given to change or not all the official flags, the Élysée Palace affirms that the approach is an incentive," De Raguenel wrote.

"Emmanuel Macron's entourage has no desire to give the image of a president who touches the deepest symbols of the country, even if deep down, as you might imagine, there is a meaning behind it all."

November 18, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Magic Bubblegum Cotton Candy

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Finally.

"Cotton candy that turns into gum when you chew it!"

Strawberry or Sour Blue Raspberry: $3.99.

Still on the fence?

Watch the video.

November 18, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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