Melanie Gapany

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LOST IN TRANSLATION: PENNIES AND PENISES

When you come from a family of immigrants, its not surprising that you end up with a lot of friends that are also immigrants. It is also not any more surprising that those friends are often adept in many different languages. While a lot of friends speak Creole, French, or Spanish, some are versed in even more distant languages such as Farsi, Arabic and Russian. The foreign brain, most likely as a need based defense mechanism, becomes incredibly apt at learning and processing new languages,  ...

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‘The Man Your Man Could Smell Like’ or ‘Old Spice and Wit’

It aired during the Superbowl, which in itself is a clever move, and has now become one of the most recognizable bits on youtube. Knowing full well that it’s halftime in one of the nation’s most watched sporting events, Old Spice clearly made a smart move. While 90% of the men in country have been shouting, jumping, fist pumping at the screen in a display of Neanderthalish fervor, the women in the country, who in most cases are also the purchasing authority for domestic goods,  ...

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