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Watch 'The Most Satisfying Video in the World'

Some things, like stepping on a crunchy leaf or hitting a tennis ball in the perfect spot, are inexplicably satisfying to experience. Watching the right videos can provide a similar feeling of contentment. (You can find a plethora of gifs that fill that need on Reddit.)

Digg decided to collect a few of those soothing clips and create "The Most Satisfying Video in the World," a mega-montage for your viewing pleasure. The nearly 5-minute collection features some video favorites that we've shared in the past like the cake icing devices and egg cracking machine. So sit back and enjoy the simpler things in life, like stepping on ice and crushing baseballs with 100,000 pounds of force.

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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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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