The Most Popular Emojis Around the World

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Emojis may be the closest thing we currently have to a universal language. But even between English-speaking countries, emoji-texting habits can vary greatly.

HighSpeedInternet.com recently conducted an international survey on emoji usage and used the data to make the map below.

Of the nine English-speaking countries they studied, all nine chose the basic smiley emoji as their favorite pictograph. The second-place symbols are where interesting trends start to appear: For example, respondents in Jamaica, Trinidad, the UK, and the U.S. are all partial to the teary-eyed laughing emoji. Love is also a popular theme. Texters in Canada like sending one heart, while in New Zealand they prefer two. But not every country is so wholesome: In Ireland, the most popular emoji message behind a smiley face is a double poop.

They also determined that different countries have different interpretations of the same images; while everyone seems to greet that the kissing heart face means "love you," where some countries see an innocuous food image like an eggplant or a peach for exactly what it is, other countries have a less PG-rated view of them. (Learn more about their findings here.)


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It should come as no surprise that emojis are loved in the U.S., where residents report including them in over half of all text messages. Besides Trinidad, all other countries included in the survey reported using emojis in less than 25 percent of texts. For a more localized look at visual texting trends, check out this map of the most prevalent emojis in each state.

10 Classy Coloring Pages You Can Print at Home

Museums and libraries are offering dozens of printable coloring pages for free.
Museums and libraries are offering dozens of printable coloring pages for free.
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The coronavirus quarantine hasn't been easy on anyone, but cultural institutions around the world have stepped up and offered virtual visits and activities to help home-bound people maintain sanity. Earlier this year, museums and libraries launched the fourth annual Color Our Collections initiative, offering printable coloring pages and adult coloring books of objects in their archives. Some are intricate and highly detailed; others are simple line drawings that invite creativity—so they're perfect for all ages. Here are a few of our favorite coloring pages that you can print at home right now.

1. Trinity Hall, Cambridge Printable Coloring Pages

Cambridge Trinity Library printable coloring pages
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The five-page coloring book from Cambridge University's Trinity Hall library is worth downloading for this resplendent cat alone. You'll also get a challenging 15th-century drawing of Venice, a "many branched Tulip," and other designs.

Download it: PDF

2. Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens Printable Coloring Pages

Six pages of vintage art and design make up the coloring book from the Huntington Library in Southern California, a research institution focused on the humanities. Choose from a Suffragist magazine cover illustration, a traditional quilt pattern, a diagram depicting "the mechanics of arithmetic," and other pictures.

Download it: PDF

3. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Printable Coloring Pages

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site printable coloring pages
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site // Public Domain

This coloring book comes from the Buffalo, New York, mansion where TR was sworn in as president following the assassination of William McKinley in 1901. Four pages, including a newspaper illustration of the inauguration ceremony, will delight die-hard Tedheads.

Download it: PDF

4. Biodiversity Heritage Library Printable Coloring Pages

The Biodiversity Heritage Library's coloring book features illustrations by female natural history artists on subjects ranging from shells to snakes to mushrooms. Each of the 10 pages offers a mini version of the real illustration, so you can choose to render a facsimile or go crazy with your colors.

Download it: PDF

5. Center for the History of Medicine Printable Coloring Pages

Harvard Center for the History of Medicine printable coloring pages
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Harvard University's Center for the History of Medicine produced a 10-page book of printable coloring pages featuring 19th-century anatomical illustrations and diagrams for obsolete medical treatments. Just what the doctor ordered!

Download it: PDF

6. Brunel University London Printable Coloring Pages

Named for the visionary 19th-century engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, this university's coloring book offers four pages around the theme of the industrial revolution. An 1848 train locomotive dubbed "Little England" and a 1734 diagram of the solar system are highlights.

Download it: PDF

7. The Harley-Davidson Archives Printable Coloring Pages

Harley-Davidson Archives printable coloring pages
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This surprisingly elegant three-page coloring book includes drawings of vintage motorcycles, such as a 1920 ad for Harley-Davidson's opposed twin Sport Model, the "Womans Out-Door Companion."

Download it: PDF

8. University of Florida Department of Entomology and Nematology Printable Coloring Pages

The creators of this coloring book have one goal: "to spread the love of spiders." Its 13 pages of original drawings will introduce you to Floridian fauna like the spiny-backed orb weaver, magnolia jumper, and ogre-faced spider.

Download it: PDF

9. Boston Athenaeum Printable Coloring Pages

Boston Athenaeum printable coloring pages
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This three-page coloring book from the Boston Athenaeum, one of the country's oldest independent libraries, puts quality over quantity. Artists can choose between 16th-century sea monsters, a lovely botanical print, and a charming farmhouse scene.

Download it: PDF

10. The Royal Horticultural Society Libraries Printable Coloring Pages

Thirteen pages of historical gardening images await you in the Royal Horticultural Society's coloring book. A determined Victorian man in top hat and tails pushing a lawn mower, a family of cabbages, a guide to apples, and numerous plant drawings will keep colorers busy for hours.

Download it: PDF

The Smithsonian Needs Your Help Transcribing Sally Ride’s Notebooks

Sally Ride in 1984.
Sally Ride in 1984.
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On June 18, 1983, Sally K. Ride made history when she became the first American woman to travel into space. Now, the Smithsonian Institution is making the history of her incredible decades-long career more accessible to everyone—and they need your help to do it.

The National Air and Space Museum Archives is home to the Sally K. Ride Papers, a collection of 38,640 physical pages (over 23 cubic feet) of material spanning Ride’s professional life as an astronaut, physicist, and educator from the 1970s to 2010s. Those resources have been scanned and used to create an online finding aid—not unlike a table of contents—so researchers can easily navigate through the wealth of information.

To simplify the searching process within that online finding aid, the Smithsonian Institution is asking for volunteers to transcribe documents in the Smithsonian’s Transcription Center, a digital hub launched in 2013, where anybody can sign up to type and review historical sources. Three projects from the Sally K. Ride Papers are currently available to transcribe, which include her notes for shuttle training between 1979 and 1981, notes about the Remote Manipulator System Arm (there's one on the International Space Station today), and notes from NASA commissions on which she served. One, for example, was the Rogers Commission, which investigated the causes of the fatal Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986.

You can find out more about the documents in the projects here, and if you’re interested in joining the forces of “volunpeers,” as the Smithsonian likes to call its transcribers, you can create a new user account here. (All you’ll need is a username and email address.)

Check out more citizen science projects you can participate in at home here.

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