1. Science

    Stop Making Fun of Valley Girls Because You Might Sound Just like Them: Uptalk Dialect Spreading to Male Speakers

    So you know that thing called "uptalk," where a speaker ends a sentences by raising the pitch like they're asking a question? And how it's generally attributed to a very specific type of young woman? And how those women get made fun of a lot? According to new research, the speech pattern has expanded to other demographic groups -- including guys.

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  2. Entertainment

    The Story Behind the “Fear of the Unknown” Quote from Pixar’s “Day & Night” Short

    Warning: If you don't want to read spoilers to the short before Toy Story 3, scroll on down past this post. Day & Night is the terrific Pixar short film that screens before the even greater Toy Story 3. Directed by first-time helmsman and animator Teddy Newton, who also voices a Deep Throat-esque character Chatter Telephone in Toy Story 3, the short is a uniquely visualized tale about the embodiments of day and night meeting one another for the first time, and not liking what they see in one another. In my conversations with moviegoers this past weekend, I've discovered a good number of people are curious about the source of the "fear of the unknown" speech that the two characters hear playing from a radio tower in Day & Night. Well, we did a little digging, and this is what we found:

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