On Halloween, Irish peasants would beg the rich for food. For those that refused, they would play a practical joke. So, in an effort to avoid being tricked, the rich would hand out cookies, candy, and fruit – a practice that morphed into trick-or-treating today.
Mamihlapinatapai is a word from the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego, listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the “most succinct word”, and is considered one of the hardest words to translate. It describes “a look shared by two people with each wishing that the other will initiate something that both desire but which neither one wants to start.” (via Martin)
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is the Māori name for a hill, 305 metres (1,000 ft) high, close to Porangahau, south of Waipukurau in southern Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. The name is often shortened to Taumata by the locals for ease of conversation. It has gained a measure of fame as it is the longest place-names in all English-speaking countries. (via @eugenephotoblog)
In the colorful world of GLBT activists around the world, few are as colorfully all wrapped up into one package as bisexual author, professor and activist Loraine Hutchins, who was honored Wednesday night (Oct. 21) as part of Washington, D.C.’s Community Pioneers.
Others in this honored group include the late and loud Jim Zais, who was one of the first openly gay men appointed to a governmental position in Washington, as well as Dr. Theo Hodge Jr., a black doctor who helped educated the community about HIV/AIDS and Randy Shulman who founded the gay magazine Metro Weekly.
The Rainbow History Archive highlights those who have significantly contributed to DC history. The organization is dedicated to preserving this history and has honored pioneers every two years since 2003. Photos and profiles as well as oral histories are on the group’s website at rainbowhistory.org.
“Not many out bi’s have been honored,” says Loraine. “I think only me and Billy Jones (in a past year) – but there may have been one or two other folks who identified quietly as bi, just not as a major aspect of their work/identity.”
“Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?”—Mary Manin Morrissey (via sexismandthecity)