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Life in Japan, NYC subway signs, and the Oxford comma.
Sep 17th 2014, 1:15 PM 8,921 0

LOOKING FOR SOME articles and videos to help break up the afternoon, but only have 10 minutes to spare?

Try these nuggets for size – all take 10 minutes or less to enjoy.

1.Life in Japan

Source: Marc Ambuehl/Vimeo

This stunning video of two weeks in Japan will have you reaching for the guide book and credit card. [Vimeo - 4 mins]

2. NYC Subway signs

nyc subway kickstarter Source: Kickstarter

The New York City Transit Authority has a Graphic Standards Manual, which dictates precisely what every bit of signage on the subway should look at. A Kickstarter has raised more than enough money to get the book published – and believe us when we say it looks like a visual treat. [Slate - 5 mins]

3. Black Victorians

sean o'hagan photos Source: The Guardian

These incredible photographs from the Victorian times are from a new exhibition that focuses on the first black people every photographed in Britain. [The Guardian - 5 mins]

4. Oxford comma, or no Oxford comma?

There’s always plenty of debate about the use of an Oxford Comma. Stan Carey attempts to set some things straight. [Stan Carey - 7 mins]

5. Facts about Friends

Source: DjLj11/YouTube

Watched every episode of Friends? Thought you knew everything about the show? Turns out you there is probably plenty you don’t know… [Buzzfeed - 8 mins]

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