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    From Alexa to Siri and the GDPR: The Gendering of Virtual Personal Assistants and the Role of EU Data Protection Law

    "Siri" is a Nordic name meaning the beautiful woman who leads you to victory. "Alexa" is a derivative of Alexandra and Alexander. The etymology of Alexa is from the Greek "alexo" (to defend) and "ander" ("man"),denoting, then,"the defender of man". Alexa was also one of the epithets given to the Greek goddess "Hera" (the goddess of fertility and marriage) and was taken to mean "the one who comes to save warriors".

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    How Cereal Transformed American Culture

    Cereal makers had an insatiable appetite for finding the right mascot, regardless of the cost. During the Depression, Post Toasties decided to use cartoon animals on its boxes and paid its cartoonist $1.5 million in the first year. That artist was Walt Disney, and he used the earnings to build the Disney empire.

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    Brunch - Wikipedia

    Brunch originated in England in the late 19th century and became popular in the United States in the 1930s.

    In many regions of Canada, in particular in Southern Ontario, brunch is popular on Sundays when families will often host relatives or friends in their dining room. The typical brunch can last a few hours and go late into the afternoon. Montreal-style bagels may be served alongside egg dishes, waffles or crepes, smoked meat or fish, fruit, salads, cheese, and dessert.

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    And then, of course, there's second brunch. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

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    25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites | Mental Floss

    Trim as a verb predates the noun, but it can also mean either adding or taking away. Arising from an Old English word meaning "to make firm or strong; to settle, arrange," trim came to mean "to prepare, make ready." Depending on who or what was being readied, it could mean either of two contradictory things: "to decorate something with ribbons, laces, or the like to give it a finished appearance" or "to cut off the outgrowths or irregularities of." And the context doesn’t always make it clear. If you’re trimming the tree are you using tinsel or a chain saw?

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    The Forgotten Life of Einsteins First Wife - Scientific American

    Their letters and the numerous testimonies show that Mileva Marić and Albert Einstein collaborated closely from their school days up to 1914. Albert referred to it repeatedly in his letters, like when he wrote: "our work on relative motion”. Their union was based on love and mutual respect, which allowed them together to produce such uncommon work. She was the first person to recognize his talent. Without her, he would never have succeeded. She abandoned her own aspirations, happy to work with him and contribute to his success, feeling they were one unique entity. Once started, the process of signing their work under his unique name became impossible to reverse. She probably agreed to it since her own happiness depended on his success. Why did Mileva remain silent? Being reserved and self-effaced, she did not seek honors or public attention. And as is always the case in close collaborations, the individual contributions are nearly impossible to disentangle.

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    It's also quite possible that scientific contributions in that era (and previously) were viewed with distrust when they came from women. More than one woman historically allowed a man or men to take credit for that reason.

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    Did Toolmaking Pave the Road for Human Language? - The Atlantic

    Somewhere on the timeline between the long run of the Oldowan and the more rapid rise of Acheulean technologies, language (or what's often called protolanguage) likely made its first appearance. Oren Kolodny and his co-author, Shimon Edelman, a professor of psychology at Cornell University, say the overlap is not a coincidence. Rather, they theorize, the emergence of language was predicated on our ancestors' ability to perform sequence-dependent processes, including the production of complex tools.

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    That makes sense.

    Early man would have needed language for Google Reviews and Yelp.

    "This is the greatest thing since before sliced bread. Or even before bread."

    "Do NOT buy a wheel from Girjnk. After only a few miles, the tread on the stone was completely worn off!"

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