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Finding Firsts at the Sochi Olympics

Finding Firsts at the Sochi Olympics

The Sochi Winter Olympics are over. Okay, well, they have been over, but I wanted to write one more post highlighting some of the notable firsts from this year’s games. Before I get to that, let’s talk about that closing ceremony for a bit. It was great to see the Russians poke fun at the … Continue reading

Which US Cities Share Your Speaking Style?

Which US Cities Share Your Speaking Style?

Last Saturday, the New York Times published an online quiz called “How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk” that asked twenty-five questions about certain terms and pronunciations used across the United States. Your answers to these questions would then be used to develop a “personal dialect map” charting which parts of the country have a … Continue reading

The Bruin Brand

The Bruin Brand

Last week, my friend posted a link on Facebook leading to a website for a UCLA clothing retailer based in London. I figured it would be a great way to start talking about global issues again on this blog, considering that most of my posts have been dealing with my random adventures lately. What really … Continue reading

Globalizing Halloween

Globalizing Halloween

Halloween is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States today, but that wasn’t always the case. In fact, Halloween was rather unknown to much of the population and wasn’t celebrated by pockets of Americans until the arrival of Irish immigrants who were escaping the potato famine of the mid-1800s. With the mass … Continue reading