It's 2088 A.D. and Lunar Presidential Voting is about to begin. On Earth, Uranium is missing from 30 cities across the globe. Zorpians from their homeland are eyeing the rich mineral deposits on Luna; where there has been human settlement for some decades now. There's been forecast of war with Zorpians...blah blah... The story is something like this, I hope you got the point... for which I've prepared some imaginary futuristic news for some daily newspapers. The first one on the series is for The Kathmandu Post. P.S. This work is for fun and recreation, and is in no way intenteded for the mass as authentic.
If you can pronounce every word in this poem correctly, you will be speaking English better
than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.
Gerard Nolst Trenité - The Chaos (1922)
Dearest creature in creation Studying English pronunciation, I will teach you in my verse Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse.
I will keep you, Susy, busy, Make your head with heat grow dizzy; Tear in eye, your dress you'll tear; Queer, fair seer, hear my prayer. Pray, console your loving poet, Make my coat look new, dear, sewit! Just compare heart, hear and heard, Dies and diet, lord and word. Sword and sward, retain and Britain (Mind the latter how it's written). Made has not the sound of bade, Say-said, pay-paid, laid but plaid.
Now I surely will not plague you With such words as vague and ague, But be careful how you speak, Say: gush, bush, steak, streak, break, bleak , Previous, precious, fuchsia, via Recipe, pipe, studding-sail, choir; Woven, oven, how and low, Script, receipt, shoe, poem, toe.
Rolf, New York, NY. Robert Kaplan, author of The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero, provides
The first evidence we have of zero is from the Sumerian culture in Mesopotamia, some
5,000 years ago. There a slanted double wedge was inserted between cuneiform symbols
for numbers, written positionally, to indicate the absence of a number in a place (as we
would write 102, the '0' indicating no digit in the tens column).
The symbol changed over time as positional notation, for which zero was crucial, made
its way to the Babylonian empire and from there to India, via the Greeks (in whose own
culture zero made a late and only occasional appearance; the Romans had no trace of it at
all). Arab merchants brought the zero they found in India to the West, and after many
adventures and much opposition, the symbol we use took hold and the concept
flourished, as zero took on much more than a positional meaning and has played a crucial
role in our mathematizing of the world…