Short Story Dispensers Are Finally Coming to the United States!

Short Story Dispensers Are Finally Coming to the United States!

Have you heard of the insanely cool French craze of short story dispensers? If not, don’t stress, because they’re finally coming to the United States and I, personally, am so excited!   These machines, which were created by the company Short Edition, print out original short stories and poems that vary from one-, three-, or five- minute reads. They are adjustable so you can choose just how long you’d like your short story to be.   The first machine was put up in France in 2015. Shortly after, famed director Frances Ford Coppola ordered his very own for his cafe in San Fransisco.   …

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Director Unveils French Word for Muggle!

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Director Unveils French Word for Muggle!

The term for non-magical folk is “muggle” in the UK, and “no-maj” in the States. Fantastic Beasts director David Yates has revealed that in France, these unfortunates are known as…   In perhaps the most underwhelming revelation about the Potterverse ever, Yates confirmed that the French term for non-magical people is “non–magique.”   Wow, calm down there, you don’t want to get so caught up in your inspired naming of things that you get too cryptic. The fans are an intelligent, not too mention wildly attractive, bunch, but even they might not know what you mean when you’re using such crazy, …

Plan Your European Excursion With This Interactive ‘Count of Monte Cristo’ Map!

Plan Your European Excursion With This Interactive ‘Count of Monte Cristo’ Map!

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Anybody who’s read The Count of Monte Cristo can confirm that it’s the best. When you read it, it’ll quickly become a favorite. It’ll also leave you with the burning desire to visit France. Alexandre Dumas does such an excellent job of not only plotting Edmond Dantes’ revenge, but glamorously depicting Paris and Rome, as well as the coziness of Dantes’ home of Marseille.   The book is a tome, so you feel totally immersed in Dumas’ Europe by the end of the 1,000+ pages. But, once you’ve finished your journey with the Count, you may want to visit the real-world destinations. While …

Philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle Dies Attempting Rescue of Children

Philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle Dies Attempting Rescue of Children

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Author and philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle drowned at Pampelonne beach near St Tropez on July 21st after attempting to assist two children who had difficulty in the water. Dufourmantelle was swept away by a strong current soon after entering the water, and was recovered unresponsive a short time later. The children after whom she had gone were rescued, and are unharmed.    Dufourmantelle penned a number of essays on the importance of risk-taking, as well as a book in 2011, ‘Praise of Risk.’   Image Courtesy of France Inter   In an interview in French publication Liberation, Dufourmantelle is quoted as saying: It is …