February 2018


Relationship pet names are different in countries all over the world — here are 12 of the most unusual ones

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Pet names are more or less unavoidable. Even if you have an agreement in your relationship to avoid calling each other “honey” or “baby,” it’s likely one of you will fall into the trap at some point.

Research has shown that using cutesy terms could be a result of your mother using them with you. Pet names are essentially a form of baby talk, which help infants learn languages while expressing love at the same time.

More good news is having adorable pet names for each other is a sign your relationship is strong.

People all over the world make up affectionate names for each other, some of which sound quite strange when they are directly translated to English.

Language experts at Babbel looked into alternative pet names from around the world and found they vary quite a lot.

Katja Wilde, Head of Didactics at Babbel, told Business Insider in an email: “We use different words in order to differentiate between affectionate language and common language, so that we can made our loved one feel special.

“Latin and Greek used diminutive forms to express affection 2,000 years ago, just as today’s languages do eg: -chen in German.”

Here are 12 of the most original and unusual pet names from around the globe:

1. “My little cabbage” — France

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People in France often call their loved one “mon petit chou,” which literally translates as “my little cabbage.” Alternatively, they also use “ChouChou.”

2. “Mousebear” — Germany

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In Germany they fuse two cute animals together to come up with the word Mausebär, meaning “mousebear.”

3. “Egg with eyes” — Japan

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Oval-shaped faces are considered particularly beautiful in Japan, so it’s a compliment to be compared to an egg with the name “Tamago gata no kao,” which translates as “egg with eyes.”

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Ultra-fast 5G smartphones are coming in 2019


Qualcomm’s ambitious plans for 5G just took an important step forward.

A handful of smartphone makers are announcing plans to have 5G-ready phones by 2019. Among them: HTC, LG, Sony, and Oppo who will be among the first to adopt Qualcomm’s ultra-fast Snapdragon X50 modem.

In total, 19 manufacturers have signed on to make 5G-compatible devices using the X50 in 2019. For consumers, that means there will be at least a handful of 5G-enabled devices on the market next year, in time for the first rollout of commercial 5G networks

On that front, Qualcomm also announced Thursday that 19 carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, will start testing 5G networks using the X50 modem next year. Read more…

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Twitter is *finally* profitable for the first time ever


It turns out cutting back, focusing, and maybe a little Donald Trump can help make money. 

Twitter reported its first-ever profitable quarter Thursday after more than four years of trading on the public market. The company announced $91 million in profit for the fourth quarter of 2017. Profitability was the #goal, CEO Jack Dorsey told investors in February 2017, and Twitter nailed it. The stock was up by more than 14 percent in after-hours trading.

Monthly user growth remained flat. Twitter announced 300 million monthly active users, the same as last quarter. But it did achieve a 12 percent year over year growth in daily active users. Read more…

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Just because most startups fail doesn’t mean yours will


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In the age of startups, having a good idea will only get you so far. You need to raise money, market your business, and attract customers, which is probably why 75% of venture-backed companies fail.

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What to Do in Japan According to Scarlet Snow Belo

The Japan craze isn’t over yet. With it being winter, even more people are jetting off to experience the snow and Japanese culture. If you follow Scarlet Snow Belo, you’ll know that she’s been enjoying her time in Tokyo with her parents. Her Instagram is always updated with photos of her activities so we wanted to […]

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This 18-year-old cartoonist promotes positivity through a genderless, pink bean


Harry Hambley from Cardiff is only 18, but he’s something of an Instagram sensation.

In June 2016, Hambley put up his first cartoon on Instagram.

U found me 🐉 #no1

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Hambley is the artist behind the webcomic Ketnipz. It’s an odd name for a comic, and purposefully devoid of meaning.

“The name doesn’t really mean much, except that it sounds fun and that it’s a lot different from typical titles,” Hambley told Mashable. “It’s purposely ambiguous, so that it doesn’t get associated with anything in particular — meaning I can keep using it when I decide to explore different creative fields or ideas.” Read more…

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Funny Valentine’s: readers’ travel mishaps

We learn that oysters aren’t always effective aphrodisiacs, masked parades in Venice can lead to misplaced affections … and glaciers can be slippery

For our first night out together in over six months since having a baby we travelled to Galgorm resort and spa, near Ballymena. My husband pulled out all the stops and reserved a riverside hot tub. Hopping from the hot tub to refill my glass he lost his balance and tumbled backwards into the river Maine. I had a beautifully uninterrupted night’s sleep in a giant comfy bed, while he lay flat on the floor nursing a bruised coccyx.
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