Three german students got sued by their alma mater for 10,000€ because they graduated "too fast". They completed their bachelors and masters degree within 4 instead of 11 semesters by attending different lectures and sharing notes. Then they founded a ghostwriting agency! usnews.com/education/best…
In 1985, an F-15A launched an anti-satellite missile from a 65-degree climb at 38,100 feet, knocking out an orbiting satellite 345 miles above the Earth; the missile traveled at 11,000 mph when it hit the satellite, which was orbiting at 17,000 mph theaviationgeekclub.com/f…
After an All-Star professional sports career in both football and baseball, Bo Jackson completed his Bachelors degree in Family and Child Development to fulfill the promise he made to his mother. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo_Jac…
Today I learned of the insane degree of Convergent Evolution of life on Earth. There is a multitude of cases in which species have adapted to environments by Evolving almost identical body plans and strategies. toppr.com/ask/content/sto…
French astronomer and mathematician Urbain le Verrier used observational data from Uranus to deduce the position of an unknown planet, which German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle used to find Neptune, within one hour of searching and within one degree of Verrier's prediction (1846). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Late wrestler Bam Bam Bigelow once saved three children from a burning house and 40% of his skin was left with second degree burns forcing him to retire and hospitalized for two months. Bam Bam said he had "no regrets" of his act of courage, as long as all three kids were safe. ign.com/articles/2000/07/…
At the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Dublin, Bachelors of Arts degree holders are promoted to Master of Arts after six or seven years with no further study or examination required en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
Intimidator 305, a steel roller coaster located in Doswell, Virginia had to be reconsructed because riders reported symptoms of greying or blacking out immediately following the first drop due to overwhelming G-forces, a 300 ft (91m) drop with an 85 degree maximum descent angle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Our solar system is surrounded by an 89,000 degree (F) orb of plasma created by the interaction between the sun and interstellar winds. nerdist.com/article/89000…
Dax Cowart was injured in a propane gas explosion, burning his entire body except the soles of his feet, suffering hearing loss, and the loss of his hands and eyes. He went on to earn a law degree, advocating for patients right to die. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dax…
A week after Jim Croce died at 30 in a plane crash, his widow received a letter from him promising to stop performing, get a master's degree, and write short stories and movie scripts. It ended "it's the first sixty years that count and I've got 30 left." scpr.org/programs/take-tw…
Although nearly 80% of incoming community college students intend to go onto get a bachelor's degree, only 14% actually do so within 6 years, and less than 9% in 4 years. ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/pres…
Prior to making a career in show business, comedian Bob Newhart earned a business degree from Loyola University of Chicago and worked as an accountant for USG. archives.cpajournal.com/2…
The life of the radioactive β€˜trefoil’ began in 1946 at the University of California, Berkeley. The symbol was first β€˜doodled’ by members of a research group headed by Nels Garden, who wrote in a letter that the symbol β€œwould best symbolize the degree of hazard. mub.eps.manchester.ac.uk/…
Becoming a librarian requires a master's degree inalj.com/?p=24861
Today I Learned about Native American Trail Trees, which served as trail markers for important sites. This was done by bending saplings in 90 degree angles. As the tree continues to grow it retained this β€œN” shape. Thus permanently marking the trail. appalachianhistory.net/20…
Empire actor Terrence Howard believes that "1 Γ— 1 = 2". He has even created his own mathematical language of logic called "Terrology", to try to prove it. He claims he quit an engineering degree at the Pratt Institute over disagreements with a professor regarding his hypothesis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
A nautical mile is based on the circumference of the earth itself. 1 nautical mile is equal to 1 minute of arc on the planet earth. So 60 nautical miles is equal to 1 degree of arc. Consequently earth circumference is 60*360 = 21600 nautical miles. science.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned of Martin Pistorius, a man who fell into a coma at age twelve. He was trapped in his body for 12 years. When he showed signs of recovery, his mum quit her job and worked with him for two years, teaching him to speak with a computer. He went on to get a degree, learn to drive, and get married. npr.org/sections/health-s…
The tiles on the space shuttle dissipate heat so efficiently that you can pick them up straight out of a 2200 degree oven. youtu.be/Pp9Yax8UNoM
Before playing Drago in Rocky IV, Dolph Lundgren earned a master's degree in chemical engineering and won a Fulbright Scholarship to MIT. npr.org/2014/09/07/345798…
Commercial airline pilot is the top-paying job in the U.S. that doesn't require a degree ($121,430 median annual wage) uscareerinstitute.edu/blo…
Shaquille O'Neal earned a doctorate in education degree in 2012--his doctoral project explored how business leaders use humor in the workplace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
In 1978, 2,300 students tried to set a WR for the largest tug of war game. Instead, disaster ensued. The 2,000ft long braided nylon rope snapped, recoiling several thousand pounds of stored energy. Nearly 200 students lay wounded, 5 with severed fingertips, hundreds more faced 2nd degree burns. newspapers.com/clip/30819…
After graduating college at 13 with a degree in Mathematics, child genius Promethea Pythaitha received considerable unwanted attention from the Greek-American Community, including an obsessive stalker who was killed in front of her house. en.goodtimes.my/2017/12/1…
Due to its high degree of microporosity, as little as 1 gram of activated charcoal has a surface area in excess of 3,000 square meters- which is the same as 3 Olympic swimming pools, 7 basketball courts, or 230 car-parking spaces. labmuffin.com/fact-check-…
Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker, known for a viral video of him being interviewed for saving a utility worker from an attacker with his hatchet, was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing a New York attorney and was sentenced to 57 years in 2019 cbsnews.com/news/kai-the-…
Today I learned about Alien Hand Syndrome, a condition in which a person loses conscious control of one of their hands, and it seemingly acts as if it has a mind of its own. There is no known cure, although symptoms can be managed to some degree by keeping the alien hand occupied with something to play with. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali…
The "Keep Calm & Carry On" phrase was initially coined by the U.K.'s Ministry of Information in 1939 near the beginning of World War II. The phrase made its way to posters, but with paper scarce during the War, they did not receive a high degree of circulation. cnn.com/style/article/kee…
Despite being advised to join the NBA after one year in college, Tim Duncan decided to stay in school for 3 more years because he had promised his mother, on her deathbed, that he would get his college degree. The move paid off, as he got drafted by the Spurs & won 5 championships with them grunge.com/12319/true-sto…
Giuseppe Piazzi, following his discovery of the Dwarf Planet Ceres, had difficulty tracking its position given the lack of data. Carl Friedrich Gauss, upon hearing this, worked for three months on the problem and successfully predicted its position within half a degree a year after discovery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Guitarist Les Paul fragmented his elbow in a car accident. Doctors couldn’t rebuild it so Les told them to fuse it together in a 90 degree angle so he could keep playing. He then recorded his biggest hit. npr.org/2015/06/09/413178…
Today I learned of Gabe Sonnier, a man who started off as a janitor in a Louisiana elementary school until one day in 1985, when he was inspired by the then-principal to take up teaching. Gabe was 39 years old when he started studying for a teaching degree. He’s now the principal of that elementary school. cbsnews.com/news/louisian…
A parsec is a distance meaning an object is 206,265 Astronomical Units away. The distance is defined as one arcsecond (1/3600 of a degree) difference you will see when looking at "nearby" stars with the Earth on opposite sides of the sun. It's trigonometry for astronomers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Today I learned about Ingeborg Rapoport, the oldest person to ever receive a regular Doctorate degree. She submitted her thesis on diphteria in Nazi Germany 1937 but was refused oral examination because she was jewish. She successfully defended her thesis 2015 at the age of 102. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ing…
Today I learned of the Felony Murder Doctrine, where any killing that occurs in the course of a dangerous felony can be charged against the felon as first-degree murder. This can lead to strange results. If you rob a store with your brother and he is shot by the clerk, you can be charged with his murder. law.cornell.edu/wex/felon…
EDS lost a 2010 court case because their star witness, a senior EDS executive, bought his Masters degree from an online diploma mill. The opposing lawyer signed his dog up for the same degree, and the dog graduated with a higher score than the EDS executive. The judge ruled against EDS. itnews.com.au/news/key-ed…
In 2002, Steven Spielberg recieved a bachelors degree for completing a course on film and electronic arts at university. To pass the advanced filmmaking class exam, he submitted his own 1993 epic, 'Schindler's List'. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/enter…
Colombian ex-footballer Juan Carlos Osorio, while studying for a degree in Sports Science in the UK, once rented a tiny room overlooking Liverpool FC's training ground to watch their training methods. Osorio later became coach of Mexico for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. espn.co.uk/soccer/club/me…
The nicknamed "Lady of Gambling" and the first female casino owner in Nevada was a 50-year-old philanthropist Juddy Bayley with an English and music degree. gamblersarea.com/reelnews…
Today I learned about Peggy Frank, a longtime U.S. postal carrier, who died of hyperthermia while delivering mail in 117 degree weather. Most of the US Postal Services' 230,000 vehicles do not have air conditioning. dailydemocrat.com/2019/01…
Trinity Southern University was sued for allegedly selling fake degree after investigators was able to obtain a fake college degree for their cat. nbcnews.com/id/6664906/ns…
Human ear localization accuracy is 1 degree for sources in front of the listener and 15 degrees for sources to the sides. Humans can discern interaural time differences of 10 microseconds or less. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
James Doohan (i.e. Scotty in the Original Star Trek) helped a suicidal fan by personally requesting her attendance to a convention, after 8 years of silence he received a letter from her thanking him for what he did, and stating she had earned her Masters degree in Electronic Engineering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Mike Rowe launched the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in 2008 to help close the skills gap by challenging the stigmas and stereotypes that discourage people from pursuing the millions of available jobs that don't require a college degree mikeroweworks.org/about/
If you leave lime juice on your hands on a sunny day, your skin can get second degree burns and be discolored for YEARS. It's called "margarita dermatitis" because people often get it while making margaritas outside! delish.com/food-news/a282…
In 2015, Tu Youyou became the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel Prize, for helping to create an anti-malaria medicine. In China, she is being called the "three noes" winner: no medical degree, no doctorate, and she's never worked overseas bbc.com/news/blogs-china-…
In 1967, Don King was convicted of second degree murder for stomping to death an employee, Sam Garrett, who owed him $600. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Today I learned about Cook's Pine (Araucaria columnaris) a tree from New Caledonia that, no matter where it is grown, will always tilts towards the equator. The closer to the poles, the greater the degree of the slant. Scientists predict this is due to the strongest sunlight being at the equator. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
The late professional wrestler Bam Bam Bigelow received second degree burns over 40% of his body while rescuing 3 children from a burning house and spent 10 days recovering in a hospital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bam…

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