After struggling with reading all through grade school, Cher dropped out at age 16. It wasn't until age 30 that she was diagnosed with dyslexia dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/su…
2000 years ago the Haya people of Tanzania were making high grade medium carbon steel along the shores of Lake Victoria. Technology this sophisticated was not replicated in Europe until Siemen's inventions in the 19th century. The Haya stopped producing artisanal steel about 90 years ago. content.time.com/time/sub…
Today I learned about Flesch–Kincaid readability tests, two tests that measure how difficult a passage in English is to understand. A text with a high Reading Ease score should have a lower Grade-Level score. The Grade-Level test was initially developed for the US Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
"world’s leading source of high-grade uranium" was accidentally found in 1966 by a bunch of oil dudes who took a Geiger counter on a plane so they could write off their fishing trips as business expenses. resourceworld.com/how-ath…
Today I learned about an experiment done between 1929-1935 that found that students only needed 1 year of Math in Grade 6 to perform just as well as other students that had been doing Math lessons for 6 years. inference.org.uk/sanjoy/b…
β€œMilitary Grade” is just a marketing ploy. In the actual military, β€œmilitary grade” means β€œmeeting the bare-minimum requirements of durability, while also costing the least.” melmagazine.com/en-us/sto…
US sitcom Bewitched had a 1970 episode explicitly addressing racism. It was written by 26 African-American students from a tenth grade English class and was the favourite episode of series star Elizabeth Montgomery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sis…
Runaway truck ramp are long, sand- or gravel-filled lanes connected to a steep downhill grade section of a main road, so large trucks or buses can stop safely, when they have brake problems, through kinetic energy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…
Jamie Foxx was used as a reward (to recite jokes) by his third grade teacher, if the entire class behaved well therake.com/stories/icons…
The snow scene in The Wizard of Oz (1939) used Industrial Grade Asbestos as Snow. Cotton was used as fake snow until the 1920s, but was considered a fire hazard. Firefighters recommended using Asbestos because it was fire retardant. northstarenvironmental.co…
OJ Simpson had been called OJ from such a young age that he didn’t know his name was Orenthal until 3rd grade when a teacher read his name aloud in class en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._…
β€œFancy Ketchup” is an actual legal designation of the highest grade of ketchup. today.com/food/what-fancy…
John Corcoran graduated from highschool and college at a reading level of 2nd grade. In spite of this, he taught high school for 17 years and did real estate for 10 years without getting caught. At 48, he received tutoring from a volunteer literacy program, and became a literacy advocate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Jim Carrey's chipped tooth in "Dumb and Dumber" is real - he chipped it in a fight during grade school, and simply removed the cap for his role in the movie ew.com/article/1995/02/03…
Cheerios dollars are a variety of the 2000-P Sacagawea Dollar coin (only 5,500 minted) with boldy detailed tail feathers on the eagle on the reverse of the coin. They were randomly given as prizes in Cheerios cereal boxes. Today, they typically sell for $5,000-25,000 depending on their grade. thesprucecrafts.com/cheer…
Peter Lassally, who produced Johnny Carson’s, David Letterman’s, and Craig Ferguson’s shows, is a concentration camp survivor who went to grade school with Anne Frank npr.org/2012/08/25/159942…
One of South Park co-creator Trey Parker's first productions was a sketch for his 6th grade school variety show called "The Dentist." There was so much fake blood involved that the sketch upset kindergarten students in the audience and Parker's parents were called. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Today I learned of Helen Foley, a 7th grade English teacher who encouraged the class clown to join public speaking activities. Rod Serling eventually joined the debate team, wrote for the school's paper, and went onto to have a career in early radio & TV pressconnects.com/story/n…
In a 1915 federal case against "fancy mixed nuts" that were argued by competitors to be an inferior grade, the court declined to accept a trade standard, saying: "...such a vague and indefinite standard... to establish by the testimony of men engaged in the business of handling nuts." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mix…
The worlds hottest chili pepper called Dragons Breath Chili Pepper is so hot that just by easting one it could kill you. It is also known as the "Weapons Grade Pepper". bestlifeonline.com/world-…
"sushi grade" is basically an unregulated marketing term. It only means at some point the fish was frozen to kill parasites. Some fish species are more prone to parasites, but due to mislabeling, the FDA mandates all fish frozen except tuna and shellfish. sushimodern.com/sushi/sus…
The final science exam for 8th grade students in Ketchikan Alaska is a 2 night survival trip on an uninhabited island. theatlantic.com/education…
A medical fetish company donated medical scrubs to a UK hospital after requests by UK National Health Service reps. The company bills itself as β€œthe only online store 100% dedicated to Medical Fetish, Kink and Roleplay” with β€œgenuine medical grade items.” nypost.com/2020/03/31/fet…
S is an actual grade in japan above A and isn't just a video game grade en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aca…
Today I learned of Tyra Winters, a Highschool cheerleader who saved the life of a choking toddler during a homecoming parade. She was on a float and jumped down from it when she spotted the suffering boy in the crowd. She’d gotten CPR training in the 8th grade and used it to save his life. edition.cnn.com/2019/10/0…
Iceland in 1940 passed a law that made swimming lessons mandatory in schools starting at grade 1 (age 6) to grade 10 (age 16). Lessons are held once a week. Historically, a lot of Icelandic seamen had met a tragic end because of the harsh sea and this law was an attempt at saving lives. hakaimagazine.com/feature…
Consumer-grade dronesβ€”like the ones you and I can buy from DJIβ€”are being used to explore Everest at altitudes of over 28K feet! youtube.com/watch?v=fyE39…
The powder used during the Hindu festival of Holi is made with cornstarch and food, drug, and cosmetic grade dyes. cen.acs.org/articles/96/i…
John Franzese was a mob boss who was taped by an informant discussing the ideal method of disposing of a body. He recommended taking 30 minutes to an hour to dismember the body in a kiddie pool, dry the parts in a microwave and finally mulch them in a commercial grade garbage disposal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Many industrially useful high-grade metamorphic rocks, such as quartzite and kyanite, are formed when massive continental plates collide, and the resulting compressional force is so extreme that it crushes them into pieces, causing their atoms to rearrange into new, more compact structures. csmgeo.csm.jmu.edu/geolla…
A plane containing 6,000 lbs of high grade marijuana crashed in Yosemite’s Lower Merced Pass Lake in 1977, which became nicknamed β€˜Dope Lake’ by rock climbers. The climbers broke through the ice to excavate bales upon bales of weed that were overlooked by the feds involved in cleanup. activenorcal.com/remember…
In 1998 grade school children in Aurora, Colorado, collect $35,000 to purchase and free slave children in Sudan. nytimes.com/1998/12/02/us…
The top 10 of 1982 cars with the lowest average Consumer Reports reliablility grades was only General Motors products. carqualityinfo.net/reliab…
Lance Henriksen best known for playing Bishop Weyland in the Alien franchise has only a 1st grade formal education. Joined the US Navy at just 15 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
The SodaStream company was originally founded in 1903 for a very high end market, but relaunched in 1998 as a more consumer-grade product en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sod…
Because of the Italian Mafia 75-80% of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the US Doesn't Meet the Legal Grade for Extra Virgin cbsnews.com/news/60-minut…
Today I learned of John Corcoran, a teacher who taught for 17 years while being illiterate. He struggled in the 6th grade and never learned to read or write, and cheated his way through college. At the age of 47, he finally learned when he was inspired by Barbara Bush advocating for adult literacy. bbc.com/news/stories-4370…
Today I learned of Big Hill-a section of railway on the Canadian Pacific line that proved so difficult to climb, spiral-shaped tunnels had to be bored to reduce the slope to a safe grade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Legendary film director Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone, whose collaboration would make the history of cinema, were schoolmates in grade school. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enn…
99% of consumer grade fireworks are made in China npr.org/2018/07/03/625405…
ITT Tech was known for widespread grade inflation in order for students to receive more federal financial aid. In one instance, a student got a 100% on a computer forensics assignment by emailing the professor a noodle recipe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITT…
Today I learned of the Megatons to Megawatts Program -- from 1993 to 2013 20,000 warheads worth of Russian weapons-grade Uranium were converted to fuel-grade Uranium and sold to the US for use in their nuclear plants. This was responsible for ~10% of the power generated in the US during that 20-year period. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
The term "genuine leather" isn't reassuring you that the item is made of real leather, it as an actual distinct grade of leather and is the second worst type of leather there is. heddels.com/2014/06/overv…
Mid grade gasoline doesn't really exist and is usually blended at the pump blog.consumerguide.com/wh…
Kodak had a nuclear reactor, weapon's grade uranium and were notified about American nuclear tests in advance during the cold war threadreaderapp.com/threa…
Today I learned of Pink Shirt Day - an anti-bullying day in school. It started in 2007 when a Grade 9 student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. In response, two older students bought and distributed pink shirts in support. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
In response to the cholera outbreak of 1854, Chicago engineers decided to install a sewage system by raising the grade of the city by up to 14 feet. That is, they literally put buildings on stilts and buried the new sewer pipes under the buildings. enjoyillinois.com/illinoi…
Amish people end formal education at the 8th grade. This is mainly because they value apprenticeship and hands-on learning, and that more advanced learning can foster anti-Christian beliefs and counter their values. amishamerica.com/why-do-a…
There is a government program called "Every Kid in a Park" that gives a free year-long national park pass to every fourth grade student that prints one out everykidinapark.gov/
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys got an F in his high school Music class for writing what would become their breakout hit "Surfin'". The grade was later changed to an A in 2018 when Wilson was 75. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…

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