Two students, James and John were given a grammar test by their teacher. The question was, “is it better to use “had” or “had had” in this example sentence?”

The teacher collected the tests, and looked over their answers.

James, while John had had “had”, had had “had had.” “Had had” had had a better effect on the teacher.

welcome to the english language


Thank you for my life.


Methods of coral restoration are being applied in many parts of the world, including Florida, Mozambique and the Caribbean islands. Fast growing, branching species are being reared by conservationists and scientists and used for “reef seeding” projects. 

"It sounds quite novel, but in fact its a science thats been around for about 30 years. One of the reasons why I’m drawn to it is because its a very active way to get people physically involved in protecting the ocean."

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Hearts Like Ours - The Naked And Famous

I don’t know if I’m late to the party or whatever, but I heard this song on BBC Radio 1 last night and holy fuck I’m in love with it. 

I’ve decided I want my tombstone to really awkwardly worded.

Something along the lines of: 

"Here lies Tom

He did stuff occasionally and was a pretty nice guy and he didn’t afraid of anything,”

If I can get at least one double-take, it’s gonna be so worth it. :D


I have seen things you wouldn’t believe. I have lost things you will never understand. And I know things. Secrets that must never be told. Knowledge that must never be spoken. Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze. So come on then! Take it! Take it all! Have it! You have it all!

I walked away from the last great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and I watched as time ran out, moment by moment until nothing remained: no time, no space, just me. 

  • (We’re taking a calculus final. The TA is a well-known Lord of the Rings fan, and we’ve had running LotR jokes all semester.)
  • TA: “Okay, guys, everyone look at me. We’ve been over the rules, but just in case: no notes, pencil your answers in on the scantron sheet, and graphing calculators only – no more ‘can I just used my cell phone’ nonsense.”
  • Student: “[TA's name], my calculator batteries just died! What should I do?”
  • TA: “Here, I’ve got a big box of spares.”
  • Student: *struggling* “I can’t get this packaging open…”
  • Student 2: “Here, I’ve got a pocket knife.”
  • TA: “And I’ve got a pair of scissors if you need them.”
  • Student 3: *from the back of the room* “OR MY AXE!”
  • (Everyone starts laughing.)
  • TA: “The only axes allowed on the exam are in the graph section.”
  • (Everyone groans.)
  • TA: “Oh, come on, you’re in a math class. Deal with the math jokes.”
  • (The professor enters with a stack of exams. With him are two exam proctors.)
  • Professor: “Tolkien jokes already, [TA's name]?”
  • TA: “Hey, I didn’t start it.”
  • (The professor starts handing stacks of exams to the TA and proctors.)
  • Professor: “But I’m about to finish it. [TA], take these exams down the left flank. [Proctor 1], follow the desks down the center. [Proctor 2], take your exams right, along the wall.”
  • (At this point, many of the students have realized where this is going: Theoden’s lines from ‘Return of the King.’)
  • Professor: “Forth, and fear no problems! Solve! Solve, students of calculus! Points shall be taken, scores shall be splintered! A pencil day! A red-ink day! Until three thirty!”
  • (The professor pulls out a pencil, holding it out like a sword, and runs down the first row holding it out. Students hold up their pencils, hitting his as he passes.)
  • Professor: “Solve now! Solve now! Solve to good grades and the class ending! MAAATH!”
  • Entire Class: “MAAATH!”
  • Professor: “MAAAAATH!”
  • Entire Class: “MAAAAAATH!”
  • Professor: “Forth, exam-takers!”
  • (The entire class rises to their feet and gives him a standing ovation. A week later, we get an email from the professor.)
  • Professor: *at the end of the email* “PS: I appreciate all of you who wrote in their evaluations that I was the one professor to rule them all, but the best one yet was the student who called me ‘Mathrandir.’”

It’s time to stop living in the past.

Future, ho!