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Why are all the gas stations, cafes and restaurants in one crowded spot? As two competitive cousins vie for ice-cream-selling domination on one small beach, discover how game theory and the Nash Equilibrium inform these retail hotspots.
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Cape Town - Southern Africa's Namibia, Botswana and South Africa, specifically - are the only countries in the world where the original 'click languages' are still spoken today?
Non-pulmonic consonants, aka click consonants, are embedded in South African culture and language, and visitors to our country can't help but fall in love with these iconic sounds when visiting.
Speakers of these beautiful 'click languages' live mostly in the Kalahari and Richtersveld regions in South Africa and Namibia.
One of the most popular cultural 'click-language' songs, Miriam Makeba's Click Song, is but one of the examples. Check it out here:
As cool as it looks to know and use these click sounds, it's not always easy to know how to pronounce and use them.
That's why we've found this handy and informative guide to making the iconic 'click consonants'.
The video, posted to YouTube by Artifexian, shows viewers how to pronounce the five principal clicks, where clicks originally come from, who on the globe speaks the click languages, why clicks arose in human language and how clicks spread across the world.
Be warned, though: You might look (and sound) like a fool trying to pronounce these sounds - but that's okay, go ahead and give it a try.
Please don't start an international incident, guys.
NBA players have a number of go-to celebrations — chest bumps, giving daps, running around and beating one's chest in the most confrontational manner possible, etc. One of the most popular in recent years has been "three goggles," the practice of putting fingers up to one's eyes in the shape of, well, goggles. It's now common enough that most American fans think nothing of it.
Yet that is definitely not the case in Brazil, where the gesture is very offensive. Enough so that the NBA has asked the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat not to use it in advance of Saturday's exhibition game in Rio de Janeiro. From Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group: Holding up the "three-sign" or the "three-goggles" in Brazil means "f--- you" or "f--- off."
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