The Best Bad PSA Ever Is a Rap From 1992

Did I hear you right? Did I hear you saying that you're going to make a copy of a game without paying? Were you going to copy that floppy?

I am disappointed, and so is the 1992 version of MC d/p (that's for Disc Protector), star of this SIIA-produced anti-software-piracy PSA. The best part is that the kids aren't all that freaked out by the sudden appearance of a rapping, human version of DRM, because in 1992 that sort of thing happened all the time, apparently.

"Don't Copy That Floppy!" was something of a failure as a PSA, since you can get just about any software online these days. But the novelty of floppy discs combined with the awesomely-bad song itself make for a good 8 minutes of entertainment.

If you really love this song — officially by MC Hart and Ilene Rosenthal — and would like an mp3 of your own, you don't have to copy any floppies, even if you could; it's available for free. And if you need them, the lyrics are available, too.

Original image
The Evolution of "Two" in the Indo-European Language Family
Original image

The Indo-European language family includes most of the languages of Europe as well as many languages in Asia. There is a long research tradition that has shown, though careful historical comparison, that languages spanning a huge linguistic and geographical range, from French to Greek to Russian to Hindi to Persian, are all related to each other and sprung from a common source, Proto-Indo-European. One of the techniques for studying the relationship of the different languages to each other is to look at the similarities between individual words and work out the sound changes that led from one language to the next.

This diagram, submitted to Reddit by user IronChestplate1, shows the word for two in various Indo-European languages. (The “proto” versions, marked with an asterisk, are hypothesized forms, built by working backward from historical evidence.) The languages cluster around certain common features, but the words are all strikingly similar, especially when you consider the words for two in languages outside the Indo-European family: iki (Turkish), èjì (Yoruba), ni (Japanese), kaksi (Finnish), etc. There are many possible forms two could take, but in this particular group of languages it is extremely limited. What are the chances of that happening by accident? Once you see it laid out like this, it doesn’t take much to put *dwóh and *dwóh together.

Original image
Beyond Plumbing: 19 Other Jobs on Mario's Resume
Original image

Nintendo made news this week by subtly announcing that Mario is no longer a plumber. In fact, they're really downplaying his whole plumbing career. On the character's Japanese-language bio, the company says, "He also seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago."

But Mario has always had plenty of jobs on the side. Here's a look at his resume:


More from mental floss studios