Kurt Vonnegut's Master's thesis (Anthropology) at the University of Chicago was rejected in 1947. When his book Cat's Cradle was published, the University accepted it as his thesis. His degree was awarded in 1971. chronicle.uchicago.edu/07…
Today I learned of 'Cultural Cringe' a social anthropology term for the dismissal of ones native culture/country due to the belief that other cultures and countries are superior to yours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
A jewelry thief fooled university security at Vancouver's Museum of Anthropology and got away with 12 gold artworks worth $2 million. A caller claiming to be from the alarm company phoned security, told them there was a problem with the system and to ignore any alarms that might go off cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
111 pre-Columbian artifacts were stolen from Mexico's National Anthropology Museum on Christmas Day, 1985. It took thieves 30 minutes to clean out 124 of the best pieces from three rooms without encountering a security guard. The Museum had only eight security people and no alarm system latimes.com/archives/la-x…
British scientists and Israeli archeologists have used forensic anthropology to recreate the most accurate image of Jesus. stltoday.com/news/is-this…
There is a theory in anthropology that memes are "organisms" that compete for survival and spread like viruses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
There was a child prodigy who spoke his first words at 4 months and graduated college with a degree in Anthropology at 10 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The worst college degrees according to Kiplinger are English, Sociology, Drama & Theater Arts, Liberal Arts, Studio Arts, Graphic Design, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Film & Photography, Fine Arts, and Anthropology kiplinger.com/slideshow/1…
Michael Chrichton suspected his English professor of unfairly grading him, so he submitted an essay by George Orwell and the unwitting professor still awarded only a B-. Crichton would change majors to bio-anthropology and graduate summa cum laude from Harvard. praguerevue.com/ViewArtic…
At the 1904 St. Louis Olympics, indigenous people were made to competete in "Anthropology Days," a sideshow of track and field and "savage-friendly" events like tree climbing and fighting demonstrations. The organizer wanted to demonstrate the inferiority of "primitive" people. slate.com/articles/sports…
Today I learned of the field of Cyborg Anthropology: a field of study that delves into the interaction between humanity and technology, and also considers modern humans to be cyborgs. cyborganthropology.com/Ma…
The word "Caucasian" originates from physical anthropology and references the Caucasus mountains, where scientists justified the origin of the Caucasian race. It is a biblical reference. yale.edu/glc/events/race/…
At age 8, child prodigy Michael Kearney earned an Associate of Science degree in Geology; a bachelor's degree in anthropology at age 10; and his master's degree in biochemistry at age 14. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Fantasy and sci-fi author Ursula K. Le Guin was the daughter of Alfred Kroeber, a cultural anthropologist who received the first anthropology Ph.D. Columbia ever awarded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
Glenn Close parents joined a "cult group" when she was seven years old. The family "struggled to survive the pressures of a culture that dictated everything about how we lived our lives." When she was 22, Close broke away from MRA and double majored in theatre and anthropology. biography.com/people/glen…
Kurt Vonnegut got his M.A. in Anthropology using Cat's Cradle as his dissertation theparisreview.org/interv…
Author Michael Crichton started college as an English major, but changed to anthropology when he submitted an essay by George Orwell as his own...and received a B minus musingsonmichaelcrichton.…
Michael Crichton gave up on being an English major at Harvard when he turned in a work by George Orwell and received a B-. He switched majors to Biological Anthropology and much of what he learned there was included in novels like Jurassic Park. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The University of Tennessee has a forensic anthropology center called the Body Farm web.utk.edu/~fac/
Ota Benga, a Congolese pygmy, was featured in an anthropology exhibit in St. Louis (1904) and in a human zoo exhibit in the Bronx Zoo, 1906. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ota…
Thandie Newton has a social anthropology degree and was a speaker at TED Global 2011 ted.com/talks/thandie_new…

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