In spite of every effort to simplify it andreform it, English remains one of the most complicated languages. It’s  a confusing beast, full of inconsistent usage, evolving rules, contradictory authorities, and newly borrowed or invented terms.

P.S. And to fill up your holiday break, here are several videos and an infographic on the history and crazier aspects of English.

(via Infographic: The Ultimate English Grammar Cheat Sheet | The Digital Reader)

While it’s not as intricate as the universe that Stephen King created across dozens of novels,  The Lord of the Rings saga is one of the more complex series of novels ever published, with multiple characters, interweaving storylines, and enough pedantic detail to make David Weber jealous.

If you ever have trouble following the action, Quirk Books has crafted a timeline that helps you to follow the story in the hairy footsteps of you favorite hobbits.

(via Infographic: Following the Hobbit Trail | The Digital Reader)