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Translate Google addidit alpha Latin language ut, addens, cur ad mala Latin fanfics quod Magis! (Google Translate has added Latin as an alpha language, which should make adding bad Latin to our fanfics that much easier!) Of course, when retranslating the above Latin to English, the result clearly shows that there is room for improvement: Google Translate added to the Alpha English language, adding, why do you to the evils that the Magi English fanfics!" Perhaps Rowling Latin's not the worst thing in the world? ;)

In other "translation" news, Reddit is definitely not the place to go looking for help when seeking to understand a culture new to one.

Lastly, courageous dedication translates across cultures: A frantic appeal has been made directly to the Russian government to save Europe's largest fruit and berry seed bank from real estate developers. The Pavlovsk Experiment Station is the largest European field genebank for fruits and berries, and is part of the N.I. Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry, where Russian scientists famously starved to death rather than eat the seeds under their protection during the 900-day siege of Leningrad during World War II. [Emphasis mine because, dear God, they starved themselves rather than surrender their seeds! And before anyone gets upset thinking that the scientists might have saved themselves and others with those seeds, I'm given to understand that that wasn't so; the scientists might have sustained themselves, but the seeds weren't plentiful enough to have helped others. In any case, I never learned about the Pavlovsk Experiment Station scientists in history class, and I think that's a damn shame.]

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thepastperfect
Oct. 20th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
Haha, at least that was funny/obvious. Would be worse if it were like that episode of 30 Rock where Frank and Toofer updated Janis Joplin's Wikipedia page and convinced Jenna it was true. (After I finished typing that, I realized that if you are a 30 Rock fan, some of that explanation is unnecessary, and if you are not, it probably doesn't illustrate the point very well.)

I hav to admit, I find Reddit and all its subReddits a little ... crazy.
iulia_linnea
Nov. 1st, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
I let Shog sort Reddit for me; if I ever actually went there myself? I'd never leave. *g*
brinian
Oct. 26th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
I never learned about the Pavlovsk Experiment Station scientists in history class, and I think that's a damn shame.

Wow! You're right as usual. Humans are pretty amazing beings.
iulia_linnea
Nov. 1st, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
I'm still impressed!
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