In the year 1949, George Zipf found that most of the words in a language are actually used very rarely. When ranked in the order of the amounts they are used, with the highest used word first, the second one was used almost exactly half the times first one was used. The third one was used a third of times as first. And so on. Considering how natural language is used, without any sense of this pattern, and a pattern still emerges is a very interesting mystery. Michael from Vsauce explains.
Everyone loves ketchup in the US. It must be the most sold condiment, right? No, mayonnaise is. In fact ketchup does not even have an american origin. Ketchup is British, actually Vietnamese.
While in Vietnam, the British loved it and brought it back home. They tried to recreate itwith nuts, sardines and mushrooms. But they failed. When someone tried to add tomatoes in it, he hit the jackpot. Ketchup, the name itself was actually created by Heinz.
A teddy bear that tweets when you squeeze it, or shoes that light up when you dance, or prom dresses that sparkle. Engineering can do it all. You are bound by only your imagination.
At first it’s painful and frustrating. If it wasn’t then it wouldn’t be that wonderful when it works out. It feels like the greatest reward.
That’s some wisdom from the video I connect with well because I’m dealing with a really tough assignment right now. And the only thing driving me is the thought of how rewarding it is going to feel when it is done.