Another site I can’t believe I haven’t discovered and posted about before: Geonames. The front page is pretty badly designed; the image of the earth at night is pleasant, but gives no indication of what the site is, and you have to scroll down past an endless series of translations of a brief description (English: “The countries of the world in their own languages and scripts; with official names, capitals, flags, coats of arms, administrative divisions, national anthems, and translations of the countries and capitals into many languages”) to get to the meat of the site, a collection of links to various pages: Days, Months, Planets, Mountains, etc.; a huge list of languages with each name given in the original (with transliteration where appropriate); various other random items (including a small set of famous people: it’s fun to see the varying forms of Charlemagne); an Alphabets section; and finally a set of Glossaries, with a few hundred English words translated into, well, everything (divided into manageable sets: Albanian|Greek|Armenian, American|Polynesian, Asian, Balto-Slavic, Basque|Caucasus, Celtic, Constructed, etc.). Greg says “A lot of work has gone into something that is interesting but only marginally useful”; I say: Useful? What is this “useful” you speak of? I could spend hours and hours splashing around in there! A random fact of the sort I love: Cairo in Lao is ເລີແກ (Lœ̄kǣ), obviously from le Caire. (Thanks, mission civilisatrice!) And I learned about a language new to me; I saw the abbreviation “kap” was for the language Bezhta, and looking that up I discovered Bezhta (or Bezheta) is a North Caucasian language also known as Kapucha. (Wikipedia says it is “spoken by about 10,000 people in southern Dagestan”; the Ethnologue page they link to says 3,000. The discrepancy may have something to do with the fact that since the 1926 census, the Bezhtas have been counted as Avars for official purposes.) Thanks, Greg!