TED gets the SNL treatment, a 3-D printed exoskeleton, and a look at the meaning of ‘yep’ versus ‘yup’

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TED Blog

The members of the TED community have been very busy over the past two weeks. Below, news briefs on what a few have been up to. We’ll start with a few funny bits, and work our way down from there.

Talks, courtesy of SNL. We were highly amused to see the sketch “DEF TED Talks Jam” on Saturday Night Live last weekend, featuring “ideas from downtown.” Check it out — but beware, it’s not quite safe for work. (Also, take a look at 11 of the funniest TED spoofs and what speakers can learn from them.)

Net neutrality: a guide for dummies. John Hodgman — a smart, funny man — deposits a plain-spoken defense of net neutrality on his Tumblr. (Watch John’s TED Talk, “Design, explained.”)

‘Yep’ versus ‘yup.’ Anne Curzan weighs in on when different variations of the word “yes” appeared in the English language in a…

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