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Meet the 92-Year-Old Composer Who Wrote 'Schoolhouse Rock!' Classics

If you can sing some Schoolhouse Rock!  tunes off the top of your head, you have composer Bob Dorough to thank. In a recent interview with Great Big Story, Dorough talks about how the beloved program that helped (and is still helping) children learn came together.

Some of Dorough's notable credits include "Conjunction Junction," "Electricity, Electricity," "Three Is a Magic Number," and "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here." Dorough played with Miles Davis and has done numerous other things throughout his career, but he says that the educational program is what he is best known for. "It was total fun," he tells Great Big Story.

Check out the video above, then do yourself a favor and watch every Schoolhouse Rock! video that you can find online.

[h/t: Great Big Story]

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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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