Culture

The Pan African Flag with its red, black, and green bands was created by the members of the Universal Negro Improvement Association founded by Marcus Garvey in 1920. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The History Behind the Pan African Flag

The Pan African Flag was founded by Marcus Garvey over a century ago to unite Africans and people of African descent. Still a strong symbol in the world today, the flag can be seen in pop culture and African-American neighborhoods.

People dressing up as anime characters at Anime North 2017. A weeb, or weeaboo, is someone obsessed with Japanese culture, including anime. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Nicholas Moreau)

What Is a Weeb or Weeaboo?

A weeb, or weeaboo, is a Japanophile: someone who appreciates and loves Japanese culture, its people and history. The previous term, “Wapanese,” is now considered derogatory.

In Rome, presenting the middle finger was seen as an outright threat. They even gave the insult a latin name: the digitus impudicus, or unchaste finger. (Photo: pxfuel.com)

A Short History of “Flipping the Bird”

Otherwise known as “giving the finger” or the “one-finger salute,” flipping the bird has its origins in ancient Greece, becoming the obscene hand gesture it’s known for today.

Laila Laurel's humourous approach to tackling manspreading won her the prestigous Belmond Award for emerging talent (Photo: Lailalaurel.co.uk)

Anti manspreading chair ticks the box for innovation

Humour is often overlooked when trying to tackle and raise awareness of social issues. That’s not an accusation you can level at British designer Laila Laurel. Laurel’s anti manspreading chair is a funny and clever take on how to deal with the ills of man-spreading.