Three Things on Thursday #24

Hello, and welcome to the 24th edition of Three Things on Thursday.

This week, our things include: How Harry Potter was translated into more than 60 languages, Marnie Chesterton delves into the sci-fi cupboard and dusts off some imaginary gadgets for the BBC's CrowdScience podcast, and The Atlantic celebrates the Whale for Herman Melville's 200th birthday.

Let’s go check them out!

1. Harry Potter and The Translators Nightmare

The Harry Potter Books by J.K. Rowling are filled with puns, British cultural references, and plays on words - making localisation a challenge fit for only the bravest, and most dedicated of translators.

Their bravery and dedication has shone through as they've translated all eight books into more than 60 languages, often with days to spare!

Lets find out how they did it...

2. BBC CrowdScience Podcast: Where's My Time Machine?

[Dr Who, Tardis. Travelling through time and space. Image Credit: BBC]

Laser swords, time machines, matter transporters - before the turn of the millennium, movies, books and television promised some extraordinary future technology. Now we’re twenty years into the next century and CrowdScience listeners are wondering: Where is it all?

Marnie Chesterton delves into the sci-fi cupboard to dust off some imaginary gadgets and find out if any are finally becoming reality. How far into the future will we have to go to find a time machine as imagined by H.G. Wells in 1895? Where are the lightsabers wielded by fictional Jedi? Why are we still using cars, planes and trains when a matter transporter or a flying taxi could be so much more convenient? Marnie is joined by a panel of experts to find out if and when any of these much-longed for items are going to arrive.

Listen now on iTunes

Listen now on the BBC website

3. Flukes and Fins: A Photo Appreciation of Whales

Alan Taylor for The Atlantic

[A sperm whale sleeps, positioned vertically, as it is approached by a freediver in the Indian Ocean near Mauritius, on November 16, 2011. Image Credit: Alexis Rosenfeld / Getty]

Today (August 1st 2019), the 200th birthday of the author Herman Melville, most famous for his book Moby Dick, seems like an appropriate moment to compile a collection of images of whales from around the world. Melville’s knowledge and appreciation of these magnificent animals, along with his storytelling skills, continue to make Moby Dick a compelling read. The real-world beauty of whales in their natural habitat makes them magnificent creatures—protected now by ongoing conservation efforts, yet still threatened.

Check out the full gallery on The Atlantic

Edition #24 done!

See you next week, for more Three Things on Thursday.

Chris ~ Resident Collector of Things

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