Gay men in Myanmar make up a language, women disappear in new-order Egypt and the Civil War still divides Americans in 2011. These discoveries and more.
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Gays in Myanmar develop coded language
A repressive mix of totalitarian politics, religious views and reserved social mores has kept many gay people in the closet in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Gay men have developed their own language as a “gaylingual” code to both signify and conceal their sexuality.
Get Dirty: A New London Show Celebrates Filth
A new exhibition in London lets visitors in on the dirtiest of secrets: Most everything we consider filthy — from dust to excrement to bacteria to rubbish to soil — is also essential to human existence.
The debate over unpaid internships is complex. Students want the experience, but not all can afford it, especially when they’re required to pay for the (sometimes mandatory) corresponding academic credit.
Civil War still divides Americans
It has been 150 years since the Civil War began with the first shots at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, and in some respects views of the Confederacy and the role that slavery played in the events of 1861 still divide the public, according to a new national poll.