Soda vs. Pop vs. Coke

But of all the important topics on which Americans disagree, nothing sparks more debate than a seemingly simple question: Is a carbonated beverage called soda, pop or coke?

If you sit down a group of people from different parts of the United States, you’re bound to come across a few cultural differences. But of all the important topics on which Americans disagree, nothing sparks more debate than a seemingly simple question: Is a carbonated beverage called soda, pop or coke?

The Atlantic created its own version of the famous 2003 Harvard Dialect Survey, in which former Harvard professor Bert Vaux polled thousands of Americans about how they pronounce certain words.

The Atlantic recreated the project by calling people across the country and asking them a few of Vaux’s questions. Then they layered the answers with North Carolina State University graduate student Joshua Katz’s heat maps .

Hear the various ways Americans pronounce the word “pecan” and the country’s divisive stances on what to call a foot-long sandwich.

[via Mashable]

The Best Things About Living in Seoul, Korea

If you follow our Pack Your Bags series then you know we love to travel and learn about other cultures. We have yet to visit Korea, but lucky for us, the worldly writers at Buzzfeed have conjured up another one of their amazing lists.

Here are a few of our favorites from their list:

3. The subway system is clean, reliable, and efficient.

7. Sticker shops.

9. Themed cafes.

12. “Same same,” an adorable clothing trend for couples.

15. There’s a clean public bathroom somewhere close at all times.

17. Need to pass out? The city will let you be.

Check out the full list of the best things about living in Seoul, Korea on Buzzfeed.

 

Why Oakley’s “Asian fit” sunglasses aren’t racist, just science

Let’s just say it: There are a lot of different kinds of noses out there in this beautiful world of ours.

And yet, it’s still somewhat surprising that Oakley churns out a line of wraparound sunglasses tailored to the contours of Asian consumers—marketed under the not-so-subtle moniker “Asian Fit.”
In fact, it’s common currency within the eyeglass industry that frames fit certain ethnic groups differently—and in particular, that they fit Asians differently from Europeans.

How differently? Well, it’s hard to get a precise sense. Descriptions of varying facial features among ethnic populations tend to be done somewhat delicately. Women’s Wear Daily wrote of such frames last year (paywall):

“Asian-fit style is built up slightly so the frame sits higher on the bridge of the nose, which is typically more shallow than on a Caucasian face.”

Read the rest of this interesting article at QZ.com

[Ep. 3] Pack Your Bags Season 2: You’re Going to Shanghai

MMXLII student correspondents Ryan Bunma and Tarik Ross, Jr. are stopping by for another episode of Pack Your Bags: You’re Going To Shanghai. In this eye-popping episode, Ryan and Tarik are exploring some of the delicious and intriguing cuisine that Shanghai has to offer. Follow along as they try new things and discover the customs of Shanghai’s incredible dining culture.

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Stay tuned for more, as well as the Pack Your Bags video series, which will chronicle the week Ryan and Tarik spent in China!

MIXLY Roundup

Racist 21st Birthday Party Gleefully Documented on Facebook.

A young white Australian woman turned 21 and decided to have an “African” themed birthday party. After the festivities, she posted photos to Facebook. Ignorance, insensitivity and racism ahoy! Read the rest here.

Try some Sriracha: the hot sauce that made more than $60 million dollars last year.

We knew hot sauce is popular. But thanks to this Huffington Post article, we now know the the Little-Known History Of The World’s Coolest Hot Sauce: Sriracha.

Meet Paloma Noyola Bueno, the 12-year old girl being touted as the “Next Steve Jobs.”

Paloma Noyola Bueno is an exceptionally bright 12-year old that goes to JosĂ© Urbina LĂłpez Primary School in Matamoros, Mexico. She’s being touted as “the face of Mexico’s unleashed potential” this month’s Wired covergirl.  Read the rest here.

Welcome to Mash Donald’s: One of Iran’s many fake American food franchises.

From Pizza Hat to Mash Donald’s bootleg American franchises have been popping up in the Islamic Republic of Iran for a while now. Get the scoop from Buzzfeed.

Busted at Barney’s for being Black

Trayon Christian, an engineering student from Queens, was detained and held for two hours after an employee at Barney’s called 911 alleging that the young man had used a fake debit card to purchase a $349 Ferragamo belt. Christian was subsequently released with an apology from the police after authorities discovered the card was indeed real. Get the full story here.

 

 

Pack Your Bags: You’re Going to Shanghai [Ep. 2]

MMXLII student correspondents Ryan Bunma and Tarik Ross, Jr. are stopping by for another episode of Pack Your Bags: You’re Going To Shanghai.

In this episode, Ryan and Tarik are visiting the offices of China Branding Group, and learning about the A-list celebrities that they work with in China. Check back during the coming weeks to watch Ryan and Tarik as they pack their bags for Shanghai.

Stay tuned for more, as well as the Pack Your Bags video series, which will chronicle the week Ryan and Tarik spent in China!

 

Pack Your Bags: You’re Going To Shanghai [Ep. 1]

Today, MMXLII is excited to release the first episode of our recent trip to Shanghai, China with “Pack Your Bags: You’re Going to Shanghai” winners Long Beach Poly senior Ryan Bunma and Cal Poly Pomona student Tarik Ross, Jr. This episode marks the second installment of the “Pack Your Bags: The Global Experience Project,” where every year, where at least one lucky winner of our essay contest is chosen to pack their bags for an international destination.

In this episode, Ryan and Tarik are preparing to embark on a seven-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Shanghai courtesy of the China Branding Group, where they will serve as MMXLII correspondents. Check back during the coming weeks to watch Ryan and Tarik as they pack their bags for Shanghai.

Stay tuned for more, as well as the Pack Your Bags video series, which will chronicle the week Tarik and Ryan spent in China!

ICYMI: Celebrity Racist Tweet of the Day

For someone as wealthy and well-traveled as Tiesto, I would expect him to be more cultured than this. Not only is he insulting an entire country, but also the fans that have paid to see him perform. Sad, really. If only money could buy him class and tact.

Original post found at Loud-Mouse

Pack Your Bags: Dispatch From Shanghai

For those of you who have been following the adventures of the MIXLY team in Shanghai, Pack Your Bags contest winner Ryan Bunma and MIXLY correspondent Tarik Ross Jr., we’re pleased to announce that both young men have returned from their trip abroad safe, sound, and excited to share their adventures with us and our readers. Today we’re excited to be able to publish Tarik and Ryan’s first reports of their time in Shanghai. Check out their reflections, and stay tuned for more, as well as the Pack Your Bags video series, which will chronicle the week Tarik and Ryan spent in China!
 
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MMXLII In China

Last Saturday this year’s “Pack Your Bags: The Global Experience Project” entered its most exciting phase, when contest winner Ryan Bunma, accompanied by MMXLII correspondent Tarik Ross Jr. left Los Angeles for what is to both young men the uncharted territory of Shanghai. They’ll be there for a full week, interning in the offices of the China Branding Group, exploring a city and a country neither has ever visited before, and documenting the sights, sounds, and experiences of Shanghai for us and our readers. If you want to follow the adventure in real time, check out the MMXLII Instagram, where Tarik and Ryan will be posting photos and videos of their trip as they live it. For even more coverage, subscribe to our YouTube channel, where the “Pack Your Bags” video series will chronicle Tarik and Ryan’s story.
 
Photo from Business Insider.