MY HOME-CITY AND STATE WERE NAMED THE HAPPIEST CITY IN AMERICA
NO, IT’S NOT A JOKE.
THIS IS AMAZING.
GO LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA. YOU DA BEST.
zeus took fuck, marry, kill way too seriously
"IT’S ‘FUCK, MARRY, OR KILL!’ ‘OR!’ NOT ‘AND!’ WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU!?”
— Hades at some point probably
I laughed way too hard at this.
A student studying Arabic was detained, arrested, and questioned for carrying ARABIC FLASHCARDS at the airport. He wanted to sue the TSA agents but the judge ruled that some of the words he was studying (like “bomb” and “target”) warranted “further investigation.” Whatever that means.
We still have government officials institutionally supporting Islamophobia and cultivating a fear of the middle east. Why criminalize a language? Associate language with violence, “do you know what language Bin Laden spoke?” Fuck that noise. American presidents, the elite in this country have slaughtered, killed, and supported the genocide of native americans, kidnapped and enslaved africans, stolen mexican land in the name of manifest destiny, put japanese and their descendants in concentration camps just because they looked asian and continue to institutionally oppress poc domestically and internationally. And they spoke english.
Dont come here telling me that arabic is a language of terrorists, because the biggest terrorists I know are english speaking white men. Goodbye.
What the actual fuck
I got searched three times at the airport when I had my Arabic flash cards but never detained by TSA, probably because I’m white.
Omg today when I woke up I was so confused that I couldn’t remember my first language and I panicked and literally screamed ‘But I dont even know how to speak french’ in english.
Germans: Oh you’re learning German? Hey, you’re not so bad at it. Don’t fuck it up though.
French: About time you learned French.
Russians, Koreans, Spanish-speakers: WOW YOU’RE LEARNING MY LANGUAGE? LET ME HELP YOU I CAN GET SOME MATERIALS FOR YOU AND RECOMMEND SOME…
one of my friends went up to my portuguese dad and asked “you’re portuguese right?” and he said “no im portugoose there is only one of me” and I started crying
When you try to think of a word and can only remember it in another language.
Officially working the English translation into my vernacular.
yes I am
Eastern European languages are fantastic.
Washoe was a chimp who was taught sign language.
One of Washoe’s caretakers was pregnant and missed work for many weeks after she miscarried. Roger Fouts recounts the following situation:
"People who should be there for her and aren’t are often given the cold shoulder—her way of informing them that she’s miffed at them. Washoe greeted Kat [the caretaker] in just this way when she finally returned to work with the chimps. Kat made her apologies to Washoe, then decided to tell her the truth, signing "MY BABY DIED." Washoe stared at her, then looked down. She finally peered into Kat’s eyes again and carefully signed "CRY", touching her cheek and drawing her finger down the path a tear would make on a human (Chimpanzees don’t shed tears). Kat later remarked that one sign told her more about Washoe and her mental capabilities than all her longer, grammatically perfect sentences." 
more about Washoe:
after the death of her children, researchers were determined to have Washoe raise a baby and brought in a ten month chimpanzee named Loulis. one of the caretakers went to Washoe’s enclosure and signed “i have a baby for you.” Washoe became incredibly excited, yelling and swaying from side to side, signing “baby” over and over again. then she signed “my baby.”
the caretaker came back with Loulis, and Washoe’s excitement disappeared entirely. she refused to pick Loulis up, instead signing “baby” apathetically; it was clear that the baby she thought she was getting was going to be Sequoyah. eventually Washoe did approach Loulis, and by the next day the two had bonded and from then on she was utterly devoted to him.
*information shamelessly paraphrased from When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Masson.
Even more interestingly, after Washoe and Loulis bonded, she started teaching him American Sign Language the same way that human parents teach their children language. It only took Loulis eight days to learn his first sign from Washoe, and aside from the seven that his human handlers learned around him, he learned to speak in ASL just as fluently as Washoe and was able to communicate with humans in the same way she could.
now if y’all don’t think this is the tightest shit you can get outta my face
LOOK. UP. CHANTEK. PLZ AND THX.