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The Cheat Sheet: Russell Williams, the untranslatable, Bed Intruders Remixed

Today's must-views: The full depravity of Col. Russell Williams, searching for that perfect word, and the curious celebrity of Antoine Dodson.


  • Many tweeting reporters are at the trial of Col. Russell Williams describing in disturbing detail the seemingly never-ending pile of evidence of break-and-enters, panty thefts and self-portraits being presented, under the #ColRW hashtag. Warning: You may not sleep well tonight.

  • Many Canadians who have a second (or third) language at home will appreciate this list of 20 untranslatable words, ranging from ephemeral emotions to odd social interactions. If you've ever struggled to find the right word, maybe you can use one of these? Like mamihlapinatapei, the Yagan (indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego) word to describe “the wordless, yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start.” (Sigh.)

  • Remember Alabama resident Antoine Dodson? His sister was almost raped during a home invasion, and his outrageous/offensive "there goes the neighbourhood" interview with a news crew went viral. Then, the rant became a song — which Dodson performed at the BET Awards last week. We've finally made full-on celebrities of viral video stars. One day anthropologists will view these videos as important cultural artifacts, I'm sure of it.




 
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