Linguists uncover ‘hidden’ language in north India [via The Los Angeles Times]
Researchers announced yesterday that they had uncovered a rarity in today’s world: a previously unknown language, Koro, spoken by approximately 1,000 people in northeast India. Previously linguists had believed Koro to be a mere dialect of Aka, a regional language, especially because Koro speakers are culturally identical to Aka speakers. “There’s a sort of a cultural invisibility; they’re culturally identical in what they wear, what they eat, the houses they live in…. They just happen to have a different word for everything,” Swarthmore linguist K. David Harrison said.
Staten Island brutes busted in Stonewall gay bash [via The New York Post]
Two Staten Island men have been charged with attempted robbery and hate crimes after assaulting a gay man in the restroom of Manhattan’s Stonewall Inn, apparently unaware that the Stonewall is not only a gay bar but the “ground zero” of the gay rights movement. On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall, a frequent bust in the gay community. That night, however, patrons fought back and rioted, becoming a catalyst for the burgeoning gay rights movement. Stonewall general manager Shawn Curran said, “That’s the thing — it’s not just ‘a’ gay bar, it’s ‘the’ gay bar.” The two men allegedly cornered the patron in the restroom, asked if the Stonewall is a gay bar, and attempted to rob him. The man escaped from the restroom and his assailants fled the bar, chased by several patrons and staff. The men were later caught by police.
Frito-Lay sends noisy, ‘green’ SunChips bag to the dump [via USA Today]
Frito-Lay is giving the pink slip to the new, biodegradable SunChips bag introduced just a year and a half ago. The bags, which were billed as 100 percent biodegradable, had an unusually rigid molecular structure that made them extremely loud when handled. SunChips sales dropped 11 percent in the last year, a market research group reported. “Everybody seems to be on the bandwagon for environmentally friendly packaging,” says JoAnn Hines, a packaging consultant. “But the problem is that bags like this come out without researching all the consequences.”