December 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Great Matters of Grey Matter-7

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  • Most, but not all languages (including English) use relative directions like left, right, forwards and backwards. Most prominently, Guugu Yimithirr peoples use north, south, east, and west instead.
  • According to psychology professor Richard Wiseman at University of Hertfordshire, people walked 10% faster in 2006 than in 1994. This supposedly correlates with faster-paced life. The biggest difference was in China and Singapore, the fastest changing areas at the time. (The Times, 2 May 2007)
  • Have trouble spelling “definitely”? Notice that the word “finite” is in there. They both have Latin roots in “finitus”. It can be easily seen how “finite” and “definite” are related.
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