March 04, 2009

WikiTrap

So, I was looking up a biography of Rush Limbaugh on wikipedia, because he's been quoted as making incendiary comments lately (what a shock).

Did you know he was partially deaf? So it made me want to look up Cochlear Implants (which are really cool devices that consist of a tiny microphone and a receiver implanted on the skull which transmits radio waves to the cochlea).

Then it showed a link to deafness, and of course, I had to look up Hellen Keller. She in turn is connected to a number of really interesting people (did you know that her mother sent her to Baltimore to get more information about her deafness after reading a collection of anecdotes by Charles Dickens?). She met really interested people later in life, such as Ann Sullivan (which had a really tragic childhood in Ireland and the United States).

Then, what the heck, it seems like looking up the entry to American Sign Language was important, and I learn lots of interesting facts about Home Signs, the Old French Sign language, and Scarlet fever (which, by no coincidence I'm sure, caused a number of child to become death and blind, and some became both, or DeafBlind).

Now, I really want to learn sign language. Wow, all that from an entry about Rush Limbaugh!




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4 comments:

Shannon said...

There's only one sort of sign language required with Rush Limbaugh, and that's an outstretched middle finger.

Anonymous said...

That's a pretty cool line of discovery :)
-Ammo

Carl said...

i used to do a fair amount of work with the school for the deaf when i was an officer. it was most interesting. and all that i saw and learned was through the offices of hearing interpreters.

Astrogirl said...

The wikitrap? Happens to me all the time! Terrible waste of time but you learn a lot.