A list of curious facts
One: This one made us go ‘oooh’—which probably reveals how absurdly nerdy we are. Ok, so scientists have discovered a special shape that has 13 sides. Called ‘the hat’ and it’s the first true example of an “einstein”—basically, you can tile any space with this pattern and it will never repeat.
Apparently, mathematicians were looking for this unicorn for over 50 years. Btw, the name “einstein” has nothing to do with Albert and comes from the German ein Stein, meaning “one stone.” The image below gives you a sense of what your bathroom floor would look like lol! We have to say it is pretty cool. Popular Mechanics and Science News have all the nerdy details that don’t really interest us:)
Two: We’ve had divorce parties for ages so it’s a bit surprising that divorce registries are just getting started—at least in the US. The idea is the same as a wedding registry—helping someone start a new life except it’s about “support” rather than “gifts.” Fresh Starts will help you start a wishlist—and has even created handy bundles like ‘home office bundle’ or ‘kid’s room bundle’. So instead of sending your sympathies you can buy your bestie something useful—or as one person puts it—it’s a way for friends to “do some emotional labour out loud.” Guessing this is the polite American version of “put your money where your mouth is.” (The Cut)
Three: This one is from our founding member Kruthika Ravi Kumar. Do you know the meaning of ‘hyppytyynytyydytys’? The Finnish word—pronounced hoop-uh-tuer-nee-tuerd-uh-tiss (we dare you!)—is truly delightful in every sense:
It describes the pleasure of dropping into an armchair, preferably with a deep sigh. It seems to be used sparingly in Finland and has barely travelled beyond the confines of the internet, where it has been rather wonderfully translated as “bouncy cushion satisfaction.”
Susie Dent has a list of more lovely words over at The Scotsman—or if you’d like a daily dose of such delights, follow her on Twitter. We wish you all much “bouncy cushion satisfaction” in the days to come:) Like this delicious variety, perchance?