Police in Mumbai, Indian are testing red lights that won’t turn green if drivers are laying on their horns. It’s a perfect solution for a busy city where noise pollution is one of its biggest problems, right?
Last year, Indian authorities conducted a trial with sensors attached to traffic light poles that detected street decibel levels. If noise levels registered more than 85 decibels, the traffic lights were set to delay turning green.
Mumbai’s lights, like other Indian cities, displays a timer on each light so drivers can see when it will change.
Police spokesman, Pranay Ashok, told CNN, the trial started with a run at several major intersections for 15 minutes a day. Police hope to roll the system out to the “entire traffic management system.”
A (hilarious) video posted to Twitter showed the effects of rampant noise pollution. In it, police describe the city as “the honking capital of the world.” Explaining what they call “The Punishing Signal,” they advise that if motorists want to keep moving, they should stop laying on the horn.
According to the TomTom Index, Mumbai has a serious problem with traffic congestion, ranking the fourth worst in the world last year.
The amount of congestion in the city translates to a loss of eight days and 17 hours per year for every driver and passenger.
It will be interesting to see if these monitored traffic lights make a difference. There are so many more pleasurable activities to do with that time than sit in traffic and listen to angry horns.
Don’t you agree?
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Ted Talks have been all the rage for quite soem time, but have you ever thought about what yours would be about?
Food? Sports? Crying?
No, wait, that last one is mine, so please don’t steal it.
People took to Twitter to offer their thoughts. Here are Ted Talks summed up in one simple tweet.
1. Is that right?
4. Think about it
6. Bread bread
8. The leader
9. Not sure about this one
10. Emojis, explained
12. See above
14. I like this one
15. Taking a stand
What’s your Ted Talk about?
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When the honeymoon is over and you settle into the rhythms of everyday life with your spouse, shit gets real. This is what it’s all about, people.
Take a look and see if your marriage is reflected at all in these tweets.
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Parents make bad jokes, right?
Not these parents. These moms and dads are so full of zingers, you won’t know what hit you.
1. They’ve got their priorities right
2. Why are you smarter than me?!?
3. All in due time…
4. Oh Emily…
6. They’re not going to pick themselves off!
7. Solid plan
8. …but they CAN pay off. Sometimes. Okay, always. Sort of.
9. Truly tragic, Ally
10. That’s not how it works, kids!
11. Yeah, open the blinds pls
12. Pure hell
13. Classic Reynolds bad parenting tweet.
14. What is a wine cooler anyway?
15. Glory dayzzzz
16. Go for it kid.
17. Well, that’s not wrong…
18. Jenny is in for it now
19. Brian’s priorities =
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You should really be following this account on Twitter. Forget about celebrities, athletes, and politicians.
The Thoughts of Dog Twitter account takes you inside the brain of this adorable pooch, and, frankly, reading his thoughts is a lot more enjoyable than reading 99% of literature out there. Enjoy.
3. Gary is bae
4. Hear that?
5. Carpet pls
9. Do not move
12. Where shoe? Don’t know.
13. ALL the things!
14. You can’t catch me!
15. Me need pats pls
16. Good luck!
17. Heheh, good boy
19. Pls give ball back. kthxbai
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You rock! Thanks for reading!
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Being an adult is kind of a drag. When you’re a kid, you dream every day about being able to drive a car, get out of the house, have your own money, etc. Then one day it happens and you realize it’s not that much fun, and also why your parents hate you and your siblings so much.
So on that positive note, let’s take a look at some tweets from people who are starting to realize that being an adult ain’t all that it’s cracked up to be.
Just gonna go cry into my wine…
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Now this is a brilliant business idea!
A Twitter user who goes by the handle @hexappeal has become quite popular lately because she will perform a very important service for you for an incredibly reasonable price.
She’ll use her impressive photo editing skills to remove your terrible ex from old photos. For only $15 a pop, you never have to look at awful person ever again! She originally started out with a $10 fee, but as demand grows, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Here’s a little message about the price increase.
Here’s another great example of her work.
Boyfriend? What boyfriend? I don’t remember that guy. It’s like in Back to the Future when Marty McFly’s family is slowly disappearing from that snapshot. Except this time it can be permanent!
I’m sure a lot of us could do a halfway-decent Photoshop edit to try to remove those toxic folks from our memories forever, but this woman has some serious skills, so why not throw a little cash her way and she’ll do a bang-up job? Don’t be a cheapskate, okay? You’ll thank me later.
Sometimes, social media can really be used for good.
Is this a million-dollar idea, or what? Heck, it might even be a billion-dollar idea…
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Writing is very difficult.
I should know, and my editor knows I know [editor’s note: heeeeeyyyy]. Fortunately, I can count on him to gently correct my mistakes or shoot me a message saying, “Can you not use these words in those ways anymore? Thanks.”
Recently, another editor with the patience of Job started a Twitter thread about some common grammatical mistakes.
Laura Helmuth is the health and science editor at The Washington Post, so she’s clearly seen some funky English in her time. Her list was not only fantastic, but many of her followers, grammar nerds in their own right, chimed in with other ways they see people butchering the English language.
Helmuth listed some good ones:
- “Enormity” means something really bad, not something really big.
- “Japanese/Brazilian/Finnish/Australian researchers discovered…” Science is the most international endeavor in human history. Any team that makes a discovery worth covering almost certainly includes people who aren’t citizens, so instead say: “Researchers in Japan/Brazil/etc.”
- “Men and women” in almost all circumstances should be “people.” The world is over-gendered enough as it is.
- “Famous” is a word you almost never need. If a person or event is known to your reader, you don’t need to tell them it’s famous. If your reader DOESN’T know something, calling it famous risks making your reader feel ignorant or unwelcome in your story. (One exception, as a follower pointed out, is to say someone was “famous in her time” if it’s someone who is relatively unknown now but was a big deal back in the day.)
- It’s spelled “impostor” rather than “imposter,” which I learned only after being quoted in a story about impostor syndrome.
- It’s fine to use “spawn” metaphorically in some cases, but keep in mind that it literally means fish or frogs ejaculating eggs or sperm. Think twice about “seminal,” too.
- Avoid “so and so believes” because you don’t know what they believe, only what they say.
She finished up with:
Other editors and writers added their own grammar pet peeves.
- Putting “The fact that” before something is never necessary.
- Just deserts. Yes, it sounds like desserts, but it’s spelled deserts as in deserves.
- Toward never needs an ‘s.’
- “In order to.” Just “to” does the same job.
- The use of “I” when the object pronoun “me” should be used. E.g. “He took Jean and I to the store.” The trick to knowing what’s right? Take out the other person in the sentence. “He took I to the store” just doesn’t sound right.
- Trying to eliminate “actually” from my vocabulary, mostly speaking vocabulary. Adds nothing.
- “And the reason why is…” is redundant. Just say, “and the reason is…”
- Unique means one of a kind, it is absolute and there are no degrees of uniqueness. Very unique, more unique, most unique etc., are all meaningless.
- I find the word “different” is often unnecessary—12 different people…
Many more goodies were mentioned – check out the thread for the rest. You will either feel smug or ignorant after reading it, but I bet either way you’ll learn something new.
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Oh, these darn kids today…they’ll never know some of the struggles or the joys we experienced back in the day, now will they?
I’m not talking about the old “I walked uphill both ways to school in the snow every day.” I’m referring to more recent stuff, like 1980s and 90s technology and culture and other stuff like that.
The Twitter-verse has caught on to this “today’s kids will never know” trend, and the tweets are quite entertaining.
Let’s take a look.
1. It really was epic!
2. This was not that long ago…
3. Nothing like it!
4. No one knows really. Just click stuff.
5. A very long time.
6. That was the big time.
7. Sh*t got wild.
8. A big letdown.
9. You’ve changed…
10. Discman 4 Life.
11. This might take a while…
12. It never ended…
13. Always a bummer.
14. A terrible tragedy.
15. Neighborhood meeting place.
Those are pretty funny, eh?
If you were going to write a new “kids today will never know” tweet, what would you say?
Share it with us in the comments.
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