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The Most Popular Emoji in Each State

When it comes to emoji, there are a few popular standbys that show up everywhere. Hearts, smiley faces, winking faces, and thumbs up get a lot of action, and the pile of poo has been gaining ground. But which emoji distinguish the states from each other? Which are used more in one state compared with the others?

SwiftKey, a keyboard app for iPhone and Android users, has just released a study of over one billion emoji to see how people use emoji in each state. Some of the results are unsurprising—the Statue of Liberty in New York, the cactus in Arizona, the surfer in Hawaii—while others seem mysterious: Why is trumpet more popular in Florida than anywhere else? What’s with the moustachioed man of South Dakota?

This map shows the emoji used by each state more than any other state. At the interactive map at SwiftKey, you can also view which emoji are used more than average or less than average, and which categories of emoij (fruit, sports, music) are used more or less than average. What do you think your state’s emoji use says about your state?

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

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

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