It might seem a little early for New Year’s resolutions, but here’s one research says employed Americans need to make: take a dang vacation. Yes, this Blog Log learns U.S. workers are terrible at taking time off. Even when we get paid to take it. One young lady, however, may be on an unpaid vacation forever after a #resignation letter she sent, and watching Kanye’s latest video almost feel like a vacation. Plus, we learn the secret to finding Waldo and the latest addition to Internet grammar.
“Not only do some European countries offer twice as much paid holiday as America, but their workers are better at taking this time off.” — Lauren Davidson at qz.com analyzes data collected by the travel website Expedia that says Americans are terrible at taking time off compared to their European counterparts. For example, in 2013, Davidson writes, U.S. workers used just 10 out of 14 vacation days, which left more than 577 million days left over.
“As fun as these outrageous, zany and wacky job abandonments are, I’ve always felt like they’re best left to characters in TV shows and movies …” — commenter ShaunKennedy at gawker.com reacts to a resignation letter that went viral this week. The hashtag-sprinkled missive came from an associate auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers who decided to go out with a bang — which many think backfired. After announcing she was quitting, the ex-auditor proceeded to call out individual colleagues, partners and even a co-worker’s “nasty cat.”
“Good to see Lisa Frank went from designing 4th grade girls’ math folders to directing music videos.” — commenter eltigrechino at uproxx.com jokes about Kanye West’s latest music video — which features vivid colors and horses a la artist Lisa Frank — for his single “Bound 2.” He debuted the video, which stars fiancee Kim Kardashian, on “Ellen” on Tuesday.
“So we’ve taken care of the question of where Waldo is. But that leaves a more intriguing question left unanswered: Why is Waldo there?” — Ben Blatt at slate.com asks the tough questions about the “Where’s Waldo?” book series. After finding Waldo more often than not in one of two 1.5-inch-tall bands that run the width of each typical Waldo tableau, Blatt postures a guess as to why Waldo’s creator, Martin Handford, chooses to hide him there instead of the page’s edges and corners: It’s intuitively less obvious.
“The usage of ‘because-noun’ (and of ‘because-adjective’ and ‘because-gerund’) is one of those distinctly of-the-Internet, by-the-Internet movements of language.” — Megan Garber at theatlantic.com explains how the Internet caused “because” to become a preposition. Many linguists officially recognize this new usage, saying “because” no longer needs to be followed by a finite or prepositional clause. Thanks, Internet! Because easy.