1943 Film Explains Cockney Rhyming Slang

Cockney rhyming slang is a coded way of speaking where a word or phrase is substituted for another through rhyme. As explained in this 1943 British Pathé film, plates o’ meat stands for feet, and daisy roots stands for boots. Sometimes the rhyme inspiration is only implied, as in tit fer (from tit for tat) for hat.

This illustrated guide is a strange little window into the wartime state of rhyming slang. It seems the producers got an authentic speaker to demonstrate (he certainly doesn’t seem like an actor in any case), and there are some interesting historical fossils, like Jem Mace for face. Mace was a famous boxer—these days (according to current sources) term for face is Chevy Chase or Ricky Gervais. I had no idea what the final example, twarp, was supposed to be (“a twerp in the A.R.P”?), but in 1943 the most common use of A.R.P. would have been for the Air Raid Precautions brigade, volunteers charged with keeping London prepared in case of bombardments. There must have been enough twerps in there making clumsy mistakes to warrant their own slang term.

Go on an' 'ave a butcher’s then ...

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The Richest Person of All Time From Each State

Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

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There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.


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