Do you want to do your part to cut down on resource consumption, but still want to look like you take your beverages from disposable aluminum containers that you could, at any moment, crush against your skull and toss onto the sidewalk as you walk by with a satisfied belch?
Do you want to drink from a reusable metal mock-pull-tab can?
I mean, you can – look at the picture – you can, but why? Why, though?
Why do you want to do that?
Do you want to put your drink into a metal soda/beer can, but then use a straw anyway?
I finally broke down and decided to replace my verging-on-twenty-year-old mattress to see if a new bed would help mitigate my chronic fatigue (probably in vain, but hey, it has to be better than aging time-compressed springs, right?). After waffling around for a month, I ended up ordering one of those fancy 12-inch three-layer gel memory foam types. A little wary of ordering a mattress without being able to try it first, but it was on super-sale and very well reviewed, so here’s hoping.
It was supposed to arrive on Thursday, but when it still didn’t on Friday, I gave UPS a call. Apparently they lost the package.
How do you lose a mattress?
I mean, a book or movie or something I can understand, but…
Anyway, I called the seller, and they said they’d work with UPS to try to find it, and otherwise send out a new one, which is good, but it means I’ll probably have to wait another couple weeks to maybe hopefully actually finally get a good night’s sleep for once.
Speaking of interesting word websites – here’s another!
Forvo is an audio pronunciation database which aims to have every word in every language (yes, even swear words and slang) pronounced by a native speaker. It looks like it’s already most of the way there for the more widely spoken languages – at least any random thing I tried in English, Spanish, German, Italian, and Japanese was available.
The interface is presented in multiple languages, but any word in any language can be queried from any of them without needing to specify the language of origin. Words not natively in Roman characters can be searched for either in the native script or their Romanized versions (e.g., 犬 or inu).
Common words also tend to have multiple pronunciations to listen to, phrases with the word, and translations to other languages as well. If you’re a native speaker of a language whose word is not yet included, or is not pronounced to your satisfaction, you can help Forvo out by submitting your own words and pronunciations.