If you accept the risk of dying just because you turned over dyring your sleep, you will probably enjoy this activity. It’s called ‘bivouacking’ – sleeping on hanging ropes in the mountains.
The Missionary Church of Kopimism has become an official religion in Sweden after a year-long fight with authorities. The church encourages and supports file-sharing as their main dogma. The sacred symbols of the church are CTRL+C and CTRL+V – shortcuts to copying and pasting information on the keyboard.
The followers of the church believe that information is holy and that sharing (copying) is a sacrament. The church’s founder Isak Gerson, a 19-year-old philosophy student and a strong file-sharing believer, hopes that the official status of Kopimism as a religion will remove the legal stigma that surrounds file-sharing and that their beliefs will be considered in future lawmaking. Gerson encourages everyone with an Internet connection to keep on sharing.
The Missionary Church of Kopimism counts 3,000 members and it is expected that many more members will join now that the religion is official. You can join here, free of charge.
Today I will share some interesting facts about languages. To start, you will be surprised to learn that there are approximately 6000 languages in the world which are spoken by 7 billion people in 189 countries. Among these languages there are a number of indigenous languages with 225 in Europe alone, which is roughly 3% of the world’s total. There are even more indigenous languages spoken in Asia and Africa, which puts these countries ahead of the world when it comes to the number of languages spoken.
On an individual level, many people speak more than one language. In fact, half of the worlds population (i.e. 3.5 billion people) speak more than one language. Many languages have 50,000 words or more, but individual speakers normally know and use only a fraction of the total vocabulary – in everyday conversations people use only a few hundred words.
Most European languages belong to three broad groups: Germanic, Romance and Slavic. The Germanic family of languages includes Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, German, Dutch, English and Yiddish, among others. The Romance languages include Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian, among others. The Slavic languages include Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Bulgarian and others.
There are thirteen languages spoken by more than 100 million people. They are: Mandarin Chinese, English, Hindi, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Bengali, Portuguese, Malay-Indonesian, French, Japanese, German, and Urdu. Arabic, Japanese, Chinese and Korean are some of the hardest languages to learn. Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian – are among the easiest ones. Russian, Finnish and Hindi are of moderate difficulty.
As a bonus fact, you should know that Danish children start speaking later than children in other European countries, including neighbouring Norway and Sweden.
Chinese company Inicons have created and are planning to sell an incredibly detailed Steve Jobs doll for around $100 in February. However, the makers are reportedly being threatened with legal action by Apple who want to stop this.
Apple reportedly stipulates in a letter to the Chinese manufacturer that any toy that resembles the technology company’s logo, person’s name, appearance or likeness of its products is a criminal offence.
If you want to own this doll, you should hurry up before it’s too late. You can still buy it on eBay.