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Bilinguals can be dyslexic in one language but not the other!

Being bilingual is an asset in today’s world. However, it can have its complications. Researchers have found that a person can be dyslexic in one language and not in another. One person who spoke English and Japanese was dyslexic in one and probably in the top 10% of readers in the other.

US and Chinese scientists have found that readers of English use a different part of their brain to read than readers of Chinese. The study may be able to tell us more about how dyslexia affects the brain.

So far, we know that it is much more prevalent in English (about 5-6%) then Chinese (about 1.5%). It seems that this has to do with the difference between the two languages.


The ‘color bars’ TV test pattern won an Emmy in 2001-2002 (for engineering)!

The SMPTE colors bars is a television test pattern used where the NTSC video standard is utilized. Viewers knew it better as the random stripes of color that occasionally popped up on the television for seemingly no reason. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers calls this test pattern “Engineering Guideline EG 1-1990.”.

By comparing this pattern as received to the known standards, engineers are given an indication of how an NTSC video signal has been altered by recording or transmission and what adjustments need to be made to bring it back to specification. Al Goldberg of CBS Laboratories originally created the colors bars in the 1970s.

Over 30 years later in 2001, these bars received an Engineering Emmy. Between their creation and this award, television stations often broadcast the color bars during special “color check” segments. On occasion, viewers would need to adjust their television sets to make sure the colors were “well separated” and matched their descriptions.


A member of the Cherokee tribe is the only illiterate person in recorded history to create a writing system!

Sequoyah was an illiterate Cherokee silversmith who lived from 1770 until 1840. However, through hard work, he independently completed his creation of the Cherokee syllabary in 1821, making reading and writing in Cherokee possible.

This is the only time in recorded history that a non-literate person ever created an effective writing system. The Cherokee nation quickly understood how important it was to have a functioning syllabary and began using it.

In 1825, the Cherokee Nation officially adopted it as their official syllabary. Sequoyah’s life is somewhat controversial as some of the tales are fact and fiction.

He was a Cherokee warrior. He married at least two women having four children with the first and three children with the second and it is speculated that he had three other wives.

He moved to northeast Alabama where he established himself as a silversmith by 1809. He often dealt with white people and it was through these interactions that he recognized the need for a syllabary for his people.


11 Little-Known Facts About Major League Baseball

The record for lowest attendance at an MLB game is 347 fans!


Ever gone to a sporting event and wondered how the team could survive with so little fans in the stands? Even when this thought crosses your mind, there are usually at least a couple thousand people there. Imagine going to a game and seeing only a few hundred!

How could this happen? In 2011, The Florida Marlins played the Cincinnati Reds and broke the record for the least amount of people at an MLB game. The previous record had been set in 1979 at an Oakland Athletics game with only 653 people. The reason only 347 people turned out was because of Hurricane Irene.

Many of those who had purchased tickets decided to flee the area and save their belongings from the potential damage than attend a sporting event. Justin Cohen, a fan at the game, counted five sections with only three or four people in them and three that were completely empty!


Thin Mints alone account for 25% of Girl Scout Cookie sales!

It’s that time of year again: Girl Scout Cookie season. The time in which adorable little girls dressed in Girl Scout uniforms go door-to-door selling delicious cookies.

Beware anyone on a diet during this time. What’s your favorite cookie? The Tagalong? The Samoa? The Trefoil? More likely than not, you’re favorite is the Thin Mint.

Mint and smooth chocolate in cookie form. What could be more appetizing? If the Thin Mint is, in fact, your favorite, you’re not alone.

The Thin Mint actually accounts for 25% of all Girl Scout Cookie sales—far more than any other cookie. The next most frequently bought is the Samoa, which accounts for 19% of sales.



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