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Words English just doesn't have

Arbejdsglæde (Danish) [ah-bites-gleh-the]
The satisfaction, fulfilment or happiness you get from a job that you love. Literally and simply “job joy”.
Shemomedjamo (Georgian) [sheh–mo–med–JAH–mo]
That feeling when a food tastes so good you
can’t stop eating it. Literally translates to: “I accidentally ate the whole thing.”
Cafuné (Brazilian Portuguese) [KAH-foo-neh]
The act of tenderly running your fingers through a loved one’s hair.
Fisselig (German) [fi-sel-ig]
Being flustered to the point of being unable to function.
Kummerspeck (German)[koo-mer-peck]
The weight you gain from emotional overeating. Literally translates as “grief bacon”.
Hyppytyynytyydytys (Finnish) [hyp-ya-teyrna-teyrna-dish]
It means the pleasure and satisfaction you get from sitting on a bouncy cushion. Ha!

Unusual ways to die

1. In 1974, Basil Brown, a 48-year-old health-food advocate from Croydon, England, died from liver damage after he consumed 70 million units of vitamin A and around 38 litres of carrot juice over 10 days, turning his skin bright yellow.
2. In 1977, Tom Pryce, a driver in the 1977 South African Grand Prix, struck and killed Frederick Jansen Van Vuuren at 270km/h as Van Vuuren ran across the Kyalami race track to extinguish a burning car. The fire extinguisher which Van Vuuren was carrying struck Pryce’s head and killed him.
3. In 1982, Michael Scaglione died after smashing his golf club against a golf cart. The head broke off and impaled him in the throat, severing his jugular vein.
4. 1988, veteran sky diver Ivan Lester McGuire was filming a jump by an instructor and student from the Franklin County Sports Parachute Center when he jumped from a plane without a parachute. Focused on the filming process, he apparently forgot to put one on, and his camera equipment may have been mistaken for one. The tape was recovered.

Who takes a power tool to the park?

Hair of the dog

The expression the hair of the dog, for an alcoholic drink taken to cure a hangover, is a shortening of “a hair of the dog that bit you”. It comes from an old belief that someone bitten by a rabid dog could be cured of rabies by taking a potion containing some of the dog’s hair. The correlation suggests that, although alcohol may be to blame for the hangover (as the dog is for the attack), a smaller portion of the same will, paradoxically, act as a cure. There is, it should be added, no scientific evidence that the cure for either a hangover or rabies actually works. (Source: Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins)

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