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Will Shortz: Why I said yes to a crossword magic trick live at TEDWill Shortz: Why I said yes to a crossword magic trick live at TED

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Today on stage at TED2014 magician and puzzler David Kwong blew minds when he pulled an audience member onstage, asked her to color in a few animals, and then revealed he was so sure he could predict her behavior that he had her choices written into the day’s New York Times crossword. Hm: What’s a […]

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Attention word nerds: 13 mysteries of the vernacular, solvedAttention word nerds: 13 mysteries of the vernacular, solved

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Before a ‘clue’ became a thing that excited a detective, the word referred to a ball of yarn. So how did this shift in meaning occur? Because in Greek mythology, Ariadne threw a ball of yarn to Theseus before he entered the minotaur’s labyrinth. Theseus unrolled the yarn behind him as he traveled into the deadly […]

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A new TED playlist delivers talks on language from curious wordsmithsA new TED playlist delivers talks on language from curious wordsmiths

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Language is at the heart of all our interactions — whether you’re texting, emailing, talking, singing or heatedly debating. So of course, quite a few TED Talks are about the art of language. That’s why we created the new TED playlist, “Words, words, words.” Included in this playlist: Mark Pagel reveals how language transformed humanity, […]