As Silicon Valley struggles to understand the news about Google’s new parent company Alphabet, one thing has become clear. Alphabet is all about highlighting Google’s futuristic and downright nutbar projects. It’s as if Larry Page and Sergey Brin wish they were running Tesla.
Long before he was bending our brains with feature films like Eraserhead and Blue Velvet, David Lynch made short films, which, in true Lynchian fashion, often turned the mundane into the unnerving. In 1968, Lynch released The Alphabet, a film that makes learning your letters nightmarish.
What mad, mad mission could join Marvel's bravest heroes and most infamously-evil villains under a single purpose? Teaching the alphabet, it turns out.
The alphabet is something we learn as small children, the first step toward teaching us how to read (itself the first step in teaching us how to fritter away time reading articles about cats). There are only twenty-six letters, but those twenty-six can be put together to make every word in our language. But how…
The letters of our alphabet seem like a fixed, immutable thing today. But there was a time when the alphabet as we knew it was still in flux — and some of the letters we use today joined later than others. Here's the story of how the letter g came to join our alphabet.
Some letters in the alphabet are workhorses, showing up everywhere and often, while others (looking at you, "Z") are much rarer. But just where does each letter appear with the most frequency? This series of graphs, which plots out the frequency of appearance for each letter, shows us. [UPDATED]
If you know your ABCs but are a bit shakier on your knowledge of modern architecture, Federico Babina's Archibet City could help you learn you architects. Babina pays tribute to 26 architects by rendering his letters of the alphabet in the style of their famous designs.
Nature photographer Kjell Bloch Sandved has amassed a massive collection of butterfly and moth wings, capturing a host of unusual patterns. Using those patterns, he has assembled entire butterfly alphabets.
From "Aarg" to "Zzz" the sounds of monsters, robots, aliens, and more accompany the end of this Halloween week. A limited edition print by Tom Gauld.
There are many ways to learn the alphabet, but this set of bamboo art wall blocks by Etsy artist Tofufu Studios might be the most fun. What else could "B" be for, other than Batman?
Edward Gorey's alphabetical poem of child death, The Gashycrumb Tinies is a masterpiece of the macabre, and we've seen all sorts of reinterpretations, most recently in Doctor Who and Game of Thrones-themed death rhymes. Horror writer Clive Barker has decided to write his own tribute to Gorey's poem, which at first…
Patrick Concepcion takes a quiz-like approach with his Star Wars alphabet poster, lining up 26 silhouettes of characters, vehicles, and weapons from the galaxy far, far away. See if you can name all of them (some of them are tricky and slightly cheating) without checking the key at the bottom.
Illustrator and concept artist Daryl Toh Liem Zhan is working his way through the alphabet by illustrating at least one monster for each letter. But while some of his monsters come from familiar movies and western urban legends, Zhan pulls from the monstrous myths of the world, drawing creatures from Inuit, South…
Head over to Time for Hugs and get the full-resolution version of this poster. (Creator Scott Markley is emailing out files since he can't sell the copyrighted images.) Print it out and hang it on a child's wall. Drill them on it every day. That is all.
Are your normal nights knotted with nocturnal nervousness? Do you fear fiendish flesh-eating freaks? Dread demonic degenerates with delusions of doom? Then take a gander at Nathan O. Marsh's Alphabet Apocrypha, an alliterative account of the anxious and aberrant.
It's easy to forget that our Latin-derived alphabet came from earlier alphabets that used physical objects to represent their letters. Cartoonist Jason Novak reminds us of the Egyptian, Phoenician, and Sumerian origins of our modern alphabet, with the letters incorporated into sketchy, energetic cartoons.
From Acersecomic (a person whose hair has never been cut) to Zugzwang (a position in which any decision or move will result in problems), Project Twins' A-Z of Unusual Words illustrates the English language's forgotten vocabulary. These words probably won't show up on the SAT, but they're fun to learn nonetheless.
It's never too early to teach your children Elvish, and just as when learning real-world language, visual aids are often helpful. These pastel animal prints will get a child (or adult) started on their Elvish alphabet. It's as easy as Tinco, Ando, Súlë.