In 1443, King Sejong single-handedly created Hangul, the Korean alphabet, in response to the immense difficulty that common people faced learning Chinese characters. The publication date of the document revealed in 1446 detailing the new alphabet is now a national holiday in both Koreas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
Tim Curry, a lifelong Scooby-Doo fan, was offered the villain role in the 2002 Scooby-Doo movie, but turned it down after learning the film would include Scrappy-Doo, a character he disliked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
Deer in India (who are red-green colorblind) take advantage of the better-sighted langur monkeys by staying near them and learning the monkeys' alarm signals for when they spot predators which are dangerous to the deer. doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-03…
In archeology an inscription of a language's alphabet is called an abecedarium (pronounce ay-bee-see-dare-ee-um). They're usually practice exercises from ancient students who were learning to write. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abe…
The use of mistletoe as a Christmas decoration derives from a Norse myth. Norse god, Balder's only weakness was the mistletoe plant. On learning this Loki, the god of mischief carved arrows from the branches of plant which were used to kill Odin's son. history.co.uk/articles/ho…
In 2016 the writer of Dragonball Evolution formally apologized to fans of the franchise. He said that he approached the project with no passion and only wanted the money. He accepted full responsibility for the quality of the film and viewed it as a learning experience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
After learning of Napoleon escape from Elba Four Great Powers declared Napoleon an outlaw and declared war not on France but to Napoleon personally en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun…
Alexandria (Egypt) came to be regarded as the capital of knowledge and learning, in part because of the Great Library. It was unprecedented due to the scope and scale. According to popular description, an inscription above the shelves read: "The place of the cure of the soul." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
The 42-story Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh's campus is the tallest education building in the Western Hemisphere. It includes 31 "nationality rooms" that are designed to celebrate different cultures and nationalities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Today I learned about NBA star Brian Williams, a polymath who following the end of his basketball career changed his name to Bison Dele, traveled the world having adventures (bazookas were involved). After learning to sail he bought a catamaran and set sail from Hawaii toward Tahiti. He was never seen again. criminallyintrigued.com/b…
Today I learned about β€œUnschooling”, a form of homeschooling where the child has no curriculum or schedule. Instead they learn by living their life while following their passions. Proponents say it increases the child’s general well being and improved attitude towards learning. wbur.org/onpoint/2019/12/…
China's 17th-century Tianqi Emperor suffered from a learning disΠ°bility, and was illiterΠ°te. However, he was an outstanding carpenter and craftsman, spending vast amounts of time on woodworking, and he instructed his servΠ°nts to sell his creations undercΠΎver, to see how much they were worth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tia…
Abraham Lincoln was self-educated, having received a total of less than 12 months of formal education. Lincoln described his education as β€œdefective” and never attended college. He was an avid reader, however, who maintained a lifelong interest in learning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
Actress Julia Garner struggled with a learning disability and couldn't read until she was 10 rollingstone.com/tv/tv-fe…
β€œsmart” toilets identify users through their fingerprint and distinctive features of their anoderm to analyze excreta using computer vision and deep learning. The data is then encrypted and stored in the cloud. nature.com/articles/s4155…
Professional Wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage played in Minor League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals, learning to throw with his left hand after he injured his right shoulder and strengthening his swing by hitting a hanging car tire; the latter technique adopted by teammate Larry Herndon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ran…
A Canadian man getting a rectal exam by his doctor at a hospital was observed by people he assumed were medical practitioners/med students. He sued the hospital and observers after learning the observers were two actors who play doctors on TV doing research for the TV series "Saving Hope." bramptonguardian.com/news…
Music lessons with the goal of learning to play an instrument should start between age six and nine. pbs.org/parents/thrive/wh…
Actor Lance Henriksen was illiterate until the age of 30, when he received his first acting role. For his first role, he also put the entire script to tape with the help of a friend, learning everyone's part in addition to his own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Wally Amos, of Famous Amos cookies, was also the host of an adult learning program, Learn to Read on PBS in the late β€˜80s. He has been advocating and promoting literacy for nearly his entire life. www2.hawaii.edu/~adamson/…
Tom Cruise was diagnosed with dyslexia at 6 yrs old and graduated high school as a functional illiterate, relying on his sister for help with schoolwork. He was in movies like Taps and Risky Business before learning to read in 1986 when he became a scientologist, the year Top Gun was released. people.com/archive/tom-cr…
Vladimir The Great, Prince of Kiev, considered converting from Paganism to Islam. He sent envoys to study Islam, but upon Learning that Islam forbade alcohol and pork, he got baptized himself and baptized Kiev Rus en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
Young children develop "theory of mind" earlier if they know two languages, and in older people, bilingualism can postpone the onset of dementia. Researchers say the statement that learning languages makes people smarter has a sound scientific basis. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
In WWII, weather reports were censored to prevent enemy submarines from learning about conditions. A football game in Chicago was so covered in fog that the radio announcer couldn't see the field, but afterwards he was officially thanked for never using the word "fog" or mentioning the weather. wikipedia.org/wiki/Office…
The price of university textbooks increased 67% between 2008 and 2018. Some students spend around $500+ a year on textbooks. 80% of the textbook industry is dominated by five publishing companies (Pearson Education, Scholastic, McGraw-Hill Education, Cengage Learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) businessinsider.com/why-c…
Today I learned about Antoinette Tuff; a woman who worked at Robert E McNair Discovery and Learning Centre in Atlanta. Tuff managed to talk down 20 year old Michael Hill from shooting anyone in the school, and managing to convince him to surrender his weapon. antoinettetuff.com/
"Coco" was originally about a Mexican-American boy coping with the death of his mother, learning to let her go and move on with his life. As the movie developed, Pixar realized that this is the opposite of what DΓ­a de los Muertos is about. theverge.com/2017/11/22/1…
[] The promotion for Mission Impossible 3 had the theme playing from selected newspaper dispensers on the streets in LA. However some of the music playing devices fell out leading the public to think they were bombs. The bomb squad detonated a news dispenser before learning of the promotion latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned about the concept of Shuhari, a Japanese philosophy on learning. The student first follows the rules (Shu), seeks to break the rules (Ha), then becomes the rules (Ri) as they have achieved mastery and the rules are no longer necessary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shu…
The idea for BeyoncΓ© 'Black Is King' visual album, on which she collaborated with artists from across Africa, came from her learning that Solomon Linda, the South African composer of the song "Mbube" ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), was not credited on the original 'The Lion King' soundtrack. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The Danish language is so full of vowel sounds and guttural swallowed consonants that even Danish children have trouble understanding it, learning to speak at a much slower rate than in other countries. cphpost.dk/life-in-denmar…
Today I learned about the terms Polymath, Philomath and Multipotentialite. While Polymath refers to someone who is an expert in multiple fields, Philomath refers to someone who enjoys learning and studying. Multipotentialite is someone who has a hold in different areas, but is not necessarily master in those. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
The scene of Big Bird learning Mr. Hooper died was in one take because the cast was so overwhelmed they couldn’t do another. The emotional reactions were all genuine. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Trey Parker and Matt Stone added Marc Jacobs as one of Cartman's stuffed animals in South Park after learning Jacobs had Cartman's Clyde Frog and Rumpertumskin dolls as tattoos. Jacobs honoured the reference by getting a Marc Jacobs doll tattoo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1%2…
"Learning Styles" such as Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic have no real scientific backing. poorvucenter.yale.edu/Lea…
Today I learned about Microtargeting where machine-learning algorithms ingest large amounts of voter data to divide the electorate into narrow segments and predict which individual voters are best target to persuade or turn out in an election en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Typing 40 WPM(words per minute) on a QWERTY keyboard is above average. But you can take it even further by learning steno type. A trained typist reaches 226+ WPM with 360WPM being the record. github.com/openstenoproje…
Benjamin Franklin used chess as a means of learning Italian. He would play games with a friend who was also studying the language. The winner of their match assigned a task to the loser; such as making them learn some Italian grammar, which had to be performed before their next match. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
Deleting a certain gene in mice can make them smarter by unlocking a mysterious region of the brain considered to be relatively inflexible. Scientists at Emory University have named this gene associated with memory and learning the "Homer Simpson gene" theatlantic.com/amp/artic…
Today I learned of Zonia Baber. During the late 1880s and early 1900s, she was responsible for revolutionizing geography teaching methods and patented a school desk design to enable students to store learning materials. Baber also pushed for students to be taught through experience and not just a textbook. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In 2018–19, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) collaborated with Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos, including an untitled 1917 abstract geometric work by Liubov Popova moma.org/collection/works…
Minesweeper and Solitaire were added to Windows back in the 3.1 days, to train mouse discipline without the users even realizing they were learning. Solitaire was added to teach users how to Drag and Drop, Minesweeper taught using the right/left mouse buttons and mouse precision/control businessinsider.com/why-c…
Today China is experiencing piano frenzy with an estimated 40m children now learning to play. The instrument is increasingly in vogue among China’s burgeoning middle classes, who have the money to splurge on steep lessons and expensive fixtures. For many, owning a Steinway is a status symbol bbc.com/culture/story/201…
Today I learned about the "Coolidge effect," male animals preferring to mate with new females. Pres. Coolidge and his wife visited a farm, & Mrs. Coolidge learning a rooster mated a dozen times a day, said "Tell Mr. Coolidge." Pres. Coolidge told the rooster had a new hen each time, said "Tell Mrs. Coolidge." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coo…
Japan's first prime minister, Ito Hirobumi- who was a great proponent of learning from/building ties with the West- ironically began his political career as the young samurai who burnt the British Legation in Tokyo in 1863. That same year, Japanese modernizers sent Ito to study in the London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%…
In the 1970s the police discovered a couple who had kept their daughter imprisoned inside a locked room for 13 years. With no contact with the outside world, little stimulation, and very limited communication with her parents her brain wasn't capable of learning any language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Thomas Edison was considered to be troubled at learning by administrators. When his mother got thus report she pulled him out of school and decided to home school him. She believed he just saw things differently than others and needed more attention. edisonmuckers.org/thomas-…
Today I learned about a British man who bought a ceramic pot at a junk sale for less than Β£4 and used it as a toothbrush holder until learning it was actually made in the Indus Valley of present-day Afghanistan about 4,000 years ago. It's thought the pot was originally brought to the UK by British tourists. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of stuntman Mark Joseph Connolly, who sued for damages when he was permanently injured being hit by a flying motorbike while filming Mission Impossible II in 1999. In 2007, he died at age 45 of unrelated pancreatic cancer a few hours after learning he had won about a $1 million settlement. nzherald.co.nz/entertainm…
Students from UNIS University spend their first days learning how to use a rifle to defend themselves against bears en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…

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