Coffee Break

April 24th, 2012 by in Images, Links

7 Commonly Corrected Grammar Errors (That Aren’t Mistakes) – [Cracked]

The 2012 Forbes Fictional 15[Forbes]

10 Fictional Characters You Probably Didn’t Know Were Based on Real People [Flavorwire]

What Really Happens When You Swallow Your Gum? – [Gizmodo]

You’ve heard the warnings: If you swallow gum, it will stay in your digestive system for nearly a decade. Which would mean there’s a decent chance you’ve got some hanging out in your gut right now. If you look at its ingredients—a delicious mix of indigestible compounds—it certainly seems possible. And if you look at the medical books, swallowed gum has caused some serious problems. Is it possible that your mom’s crazy warnings were right?

Lessons in the Art of Pillow Fort Construction [NY Times]

Given that my two children are mere toddlers, I’m not worried yet about the last-fort problem. I’m still working on figuring out how to build a half-decent one, what with my severe deficit in engineering skills. I’m expert in the field of collapse. So I reached out to Ms. Foster and other architectural experts for help with constructing the perfect pillow-and-blanket structure.

But my search for practical counsel unearthed something else, too. I discovered some tears, an enthusiasm I didn’t quite anticipate and, in the end, something unexpected. I won’t look at a pillow fort in quite the same way again.

The Grandmaster Experiment[Psychology Today]

How did one family produce three of the most successful female chess champions ever?

Alison Brie: Prude Awakening – [NY Mag]

Unlike the uptight characters she plays on two of TV’s most critically beloved shows—she’s Pete Campbell’s traditionalist wife, Trudy, on Mad Men, and prudish former Adderall addict Annie Edison on Community—Brie is bawdy, fun, and a little shameless. When I casually mention see-through tops, Brie rips open her jacket: She’s wearing one, with a neon-pink bra underneath. “Oh my gosh,” she says. “I’m all about seeing your bra through your clothes.”

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