In a Spanish wedding ceremony, the groom gives the bride 13 coins, called arras, to symbolize financial unity and that he now trusts her to carry his credit card without buying too many shoes. It’s clearly a descendant of the traditional dowry. (more…)
The INS is trying to make the questions on the immigration test less trivial and more relevant. Obviously, it need not be said that, of the 80% of Americans that can find the US on a map, probably 99% of them would fail this test. (more…)
None of the Science so far in Cosmos has been new to me, but I am immensely enjoying the history and storytelling aspects. So far it remains true that “my favorite episode = the last episode I’ve seen”. The latest reminds me of the very specific moment* in which I understood spectral lines and how they, amazingly, allow us to understand the stars from such a distant vantage point. It really is the holy grail of cosmology. Their importance can really not be understated in explaining how we know, say, via red-shifting, that the universe is expanding.