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Grace Hopper is one of the most under appreciated computer scientists ever. You think Gates and Jobs were cool? THIS WOMEN WORKED ON COMPUTERS WHEN THEY TOOK UP ROOMS. She invented the first compiler, which is a program that translates a computer language like Java or C++ into machine code, called assembly, that can be read by a processor. Every single program you use, every OS and server, was made possible by Grace's first compiler.
"Not many of us would have known that Earle Hyman (Grandpa Huxtable) was also fascinated with the culture of Norway, spoke the language fluently, owned property there and actually spent much of his time in parts of the country. He first appeared there on stage in the 1950's, and in the 90's, he starred in a Norwegian television sitcom. Somewhere in between that time, he encountered "the most wonderful man that I'd ever met" - his partner of 50 years, Rolf."
Chumash Pow-wow, via Flickr. The culture of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is deep within the souls of every tribal member and rests within our hearts, who maintain their connection & offer a 10-week language class to maintain their language & have developed their own language dictionary with over 4,000 entries. You can learn more about our language at www.chumashlangua...
During the Victorian era when nearly every lady carried a fan, fans developed a language of their own, for example: Threatening movements with a fan closed: “Do not be so imprudent”; Half-opened fan pressed to the lips: “You may kiss me”; Hands clasped together holding an open fan: “Forgive me".
“Geraldine Portica — This is not a girl, but a boy, who was reared by his mother as a girl and has always dressed as a girl and went to school as a girl and has never associated with any one else but girls and was employed as a chamber maid on 6th St. when arrested, he is a native of Mexico and speaks several languages, his English with the Spanish accent, he is now waiting to be deported to Mexico by the U.S. Gov. Dec. 27th, 1917.” San Francisco PD, via the wonderful RETRONAUT,
LORENZO DOW TURNER (1890 –1972) was an academic and linguist who conducted seminal research on the Gullah language of coastal South Carolina and Georgia. He earned a master's degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the Univ. of Chicago. He taught at Howard Univ. (1917-1928) and Fisk Univ. (1929 – 1946) and traveled West Africa, identifying over 300 (Mende, Vai, Fulani) Gullah loanwords and 4,000 personal names. He published his findings in his book “Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect (1949).
1940s Ches McCartney was a traveling preacher who traveled the country in a old railroad cart pulled by a heard of goats from 1930 to 1968. Despite being a preacher, Ches was notorious for his fowl language and horrid smell. His primary form of income was selling postcards of himself like