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The Ancient Roots of Punctuation

Entertainment / Books : The New Yorker: Books

In his new book, “Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks,” Keith Houston reveals the stories behind esoteric punctuation marks, from the pilcrow (¶) to the manicule (?) to the octothorp...

Never-before-seen sketches of 'Cinderella,' 'Snow White' from Disney's secret archives (Exclusive)

Lifestyle / Fashion : AOL: Style

It originally was called The Morgue, the place where the everyday detritus of work life at Disney Animation — sketches, storyboards, cels, abandoned projects — was packed away when no longer needed. But after Walt Disney's 1966 deat...

Bedfellows | Random! Jason Fulford and His Many Coincidences

Arts : Art21 Blog

Victoria Gannon considers the role that randomness plays in the photographs of Jason Fulford, and in her own life.

Facebook Considers Hashtags #stuffwedontneed

Business & Finance / Marketing : Marketing Pilgrim

It’s time for a Friday etymology lesson. (Not to be confused with an entomology lesson.) Topic of discuss: the hashtag. Also known as #. The real name for this symbol is octothorpe. Rumor has it, it was coined by Bell telephone engi...

Where Does the Hashtag (a.k.a. Octothorpe) Come From?

Humor / odd : mental_floss

The official name of the number sign, the one located at the bottom right hand corner of phone keypads and used to label hashtags on social media, is octothorpe. Also called a hash or a pound sign, the symbol has roots in 14th centu...


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