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Exploring The History of The Word ‘True’

What does the word “true” have in common with the word “tree?” The animated video embedded above features a four-minute TED-Ed lesson exploring the etymology of the word “true.”

Here’s more about the lesson: “With roots in Old English, ‘true’ shares etymological ancestors with words like betroth and truce…but also with the word tree. In fact, trees have been metaphors for steadfastness and faithfulness for as long as the word true has defined the same qualities.”

Over at the TED Ed website, linguistics fans can access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources. Artist Brad Purnell served as the animated for this project. Gina Cooke, a language expert and the blogger behind LEX, took on the role of educator. In the past, Cooke crafted TED-Ed lessons called “Why is There a ‘B’ in Doubt?” and “Making Sense of Spelling.”

Stephen Colbert Mocks Ted Cruz Coloring Book

Stephen Colbert has poked fun at the popular Ted Cruz coloring book. It’s pretty funny! We’ve embedded the clip above for your enjoyment.

Harry Potter Alliance Launches ‘Hunger Games’-Themed Social Justice Campaign

The Harry Potter Alliance has launched a Hunger Games-themed social justice campaign called “Odds In Our Favor.”

This nonprofit organization has created a video called “The Hunger Games Are Real.” Throughout the video (embedded above), the narrator refers to events which take place in Suzanne Collins’ young adult trilogy and shares statistics concerning poverty, hunger, and income equality within the United States. What do you think?

In a L.A. Times op-ed, Harry Potter Alliance executive director Andrew Slack writes: “Perhaps Lionsgate will embrace the simple but radical message of its blockbuster films: No one should have to go hungry in a nation of plenty. After all, fantasy is not an escape from our world but an invitation to go deeper into it. And we will keep going deeper until the odds are in everyone’s favor.” (via Upworthy)

John Sargent Gives Talk at TEDxTimesSquare

Macmillan CEO John Sargent gave a talk called “The Decision Point” at TEDxTimesSquare.

This independently-organized TED conference focused on the theme of “transformation.” We’ve embedded the full presentation in the video above.

During his talk, Sargent spoke about “making decisions that you don’t have historical context and you don’t have information that is useful in making the decision.” He shared the story of how the publisher partnered with Apple and two other houses to form what would become the iBookstore. Looking at the industry as it currently stands, what is your opinion about this decision?

Sesame Street Parodies ‘Catching Fire’

The Sesame Street gang stars in a parody of the Catching Fire film adaptation called “The Hungry Games: Catching Fur.”

Cookie Monster plays Cookieness Evereat; he is joined by a cast of friends that include “Finnicky, Tick Tock Lady, and Pita.” We’ve embedded the short film above–what do you think?

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer Released

The first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past has been released, combining cast members from different films about the comic book heroes.

We’ve embedded the trailer above. The movie comes out May 23rd, 2014. Will you be there? Check it out:

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future.

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How Conan Uses Corrections To Connect with Fans

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Instead of hiding corrections, maybe writers and publishers should celebrate suggestions from fans.

At Digital Hollywood in Los Angeles this week, the Conan show’s digital team shared the Conan Fan Corrections feature. On the show’s website, they share videos from fans pointing out mistakes made on the show.

While the process helps keep the content fact-checked, it also lets fans have a voice on the show. Team Coco member Aaron Bleyaert summarized: “It’s like we get a focus group every day.”

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How Has Twitter Shaped Storytelling?

Andrew Fitzgerald, a member of Twitter’s news and journalism partnerships team, gave a TED Talk called “Adventures in Twitter Fiction.”

We’ve embedded the video above–have you ever shared a short story on Twitter? Here’s more about the TED Talk:

He showcased excerpts of “Twitter fiction done right” by authors like Elliott Holt, who spontaneously created a narrative through the Twitter accounts of her characters, and Jennifer Egan, who used @NYerFiction to create episodes of Black Box, a novel she storyboarded into 140-character pieces. Twitter, Fitzgerald said, is not just a means of publication but one of production, as is the case with parody accounts like the foul-mouthed, sci-fi version of Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, captured in @MayorEmanuel, or “fictional characters that engage the real world,” like the accounts of the entire cast of The West Wing.

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Who is the Real Underdog in the David & Goliath Story?

Author Malcolm Gladwell gave a TED Talk called “The unheard story of David and Goliath.”

During this presentation, Gladwell shares his own retelling of the classic biblical legend. We’ve embedded the video above–what’s your favorite underdog story?

Little, Brown released his latest book, David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, last week on October 1st.

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Phantom Tollbooth Documentary Available Online

The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations documentary is now available online, you can buy a DRM-free digital copy online for $9.99.

Earlier this year, we wrote about how filmmaker Hannah Jayanti raised funds on Kickstarter to finish the documentary about the making of The Phantom Tollbooth documentary. Here’s more about the film:

Through interviews, animation and archival materials, the documentary traces the friendship between author Norton Juster and Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Jules Feiffer, and the wit and wisdom of the novel over half a century. Starting with its opening sequence, featuring actor David Hyde Pierce narrating an animated sequence created for the documentary, the film introduces viewers to the hilarious world of The Phantom Tollbooth, along with some of the novel’s more serious themes. Discover Norton Juster’s word play, watch Jules Feiffer draw Tollbooth protagonist Milo for the camera, and hear children’s author and illustrator Eric Carle reflect on the creative process and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik share what makes the book a classic.

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