“'It takes a bit of creativity and a bit of luck,' said David Bellos, a professor of French and comparative literature at Princeton, who, as he prepared his keynote speech for this year's conference, confessed to finding a disconcerting shortage of jokes beginning: 'A pair of translators walk into a bar.'
“'The received wisdom that you can never translate a joke is worth examining a bit more closely,' Bellos told me. The trick to translating humor, Bellos argues ... is to abandon the idea of perfect fidelity and instead try to find a joke that rings some of the same bells as the original.”
— From “Me translate funny one day” at nytimes.comWhat percentage of people are right-handed?“You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.” — Irish proverb“After living at home for a while, young people have kind of maxed it out. They are heading to bigger, vibrant cities, predominantly, because they're looking for economic opportunity and building their social networks.” — William H. Frey, a Brookings Institution demographer, on new U.S. census data showing a big jump in young adults moving out of state.Ninety percent. Most animals are closer to being ambidextrous.recusant (REK-yuh-zuhnt), n. – a person who refuses to submit, comply, etc., as in: “The editorial writer thought he was being a cautious fellow, not a stubborn recusant, for declining to agree with the politician.” From the Latin recusare, “to demur, object.”On this date in 1775, the U.S. Navy was established; no, Mr. President, it's not big enough today.The first countries to grant women’s suffrage in national elections were New Zealand (1893), Australia (1902), Finland (1906) and Norway (1913).