• Having lived for multiple stretches of time in Berlin, I’m now fluent in German. But when I first became tentatively fluent, for a brief and intensely strange period I recalled exactly under what circumstances I learned each word – the backstory of vocabulary in miniature. This infographic recalls some of those seminal tales.

    Some German Words and How I Learned Them

    Having lived for multiple stretches of time in Berlin, I’m now fluent in German. But when I first became tentatively fluent, for a brief and intensely strange period I recalled exactly under what circumstances I learned each word – the backstory of vocabulary in miniature. This infographic recalls some of those seminal tales.

  • Fictional, Imaginary, and Impossible Colors

    What if more colors existed than just the ones we can see? Creative types have invented fictional colors, while scientists have explored expanding our color perception to impossible-to-see shades. Still other colors exist only in imagination, as either a philosophical construct or a color visible only to the mind’s eye.