weekly article roundup, vol. ix


During my job as a freelance writer, I often come across random but wildly interesting articles throughout the week. Here are a collection of some of my favorites:


If I ever have the opportunity to write a script for Hollywood, the story of Helge Meyer is one of my top candidates as a subject. During the 1990s, in the midst of the Yugoslavia War, Meyer decided to deck out his Camaro to become a superhero vehicle and drove throughout the war-torn region delivering supplies to the needy -- despite constant attacks and gunfire. The locals even named him God's Rambo, which might just be the coolest nickname ever.


One of the most amazing things about the English language is how rich it is -- with the most words in the world at a staggering 171,476. That's why I love resources that highlight some forgotten but beautiful terms or idioms. My current obsession is the Dictionary of Sorrows. For example, the word ringlorn is described as the "the wish that the modern world felt as epic as the one depicted in old stories and folktales." Another term, agnosthesia, is defined as "the state of not knowing how you really feel about something, which forces you to sift through clues hidden in your behavior."


For Horoscope fans out there, there may actually be a science behind the fortunes -- though it may be based on society instead of the stars. The article, called "how your birthdate can change your life," looks into the fates of those born early in the school-year versus those later.


Last but not least, did you know that there is more than one type of curiosity? There are apparently two main types, and it is possible that your "type" affects how you learn. Also, interesting to note that curiosity is strongly correlated with happiness, so it's actually healthy to question things!