Futurist Thomas Frey: Every time I drive to the office there are 11 separate stoplights along my route. Based on some cosmic luck-of-the-draw, two thirds of the stoplights will either be red or green, and the time it takes me will vary from 12 to 22 minutes.
George Carlin is associated with his “seven dirty words” monologue.
The web site YouSwear teaches you to swear in over 200 languages, from Afrikaans to Yiddish to Firefly.
Bill Gates predicts that the best education will come from the web in five years, but YouSwear demonstrates how nearly everything worth learning is already available on the internet anyway. Click on any language in the site’s sidebar to browse through user-submitted swears (the accuracy of which is also user-vetted through familiar thumbs up/down buttons), search for a specific swear (which will get you to a page titled, for example, “How to say sh*t in any language”), or choose from the quick list of common curses. There’s not much more to it than that.
Archaeologists excavating Cyprus’ old city kingdom of Amathus discovered a tabled inscribed with … an ancient sex curse!