Baltimore has trash collecting boats with googly eyes, named Mr. Trash Wheel, Professor Trash Wheel, and Captain Trash Wheel respectively. The first one collected over a million pounds of garbage in 2 years!โ€ฆ
Greg Graffin (lead vocalist of Bad Religion) has a PhD in Zoology, is an adjunct professor at Cornell, and has received awards from Harvard for his work.โ€ฆ
Out of 24 SS Death Squad leaders, prosecuted in 1947 for the direct killings of more than 1m people, 9 were jurists, 1 university professor, 1 opera singer, 1 expert in art history, 1 architect, 1 economist, 2 teachers, 1 priest, 1 dentistโ€ฆ
Professor Farnsworth from Futurama is named after the man who invented television.โ€ฆ
The inspiration behind Marvel characters Professor X and Magneto are, respectively, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm Xโ€ฆ
Actor Paul Giamattiโ€™s father Angelo Giamatti was a Yale University professor and then Yale University president. He was also the 7th (and shortest-tenured) commissioner of the MLB, dying of a heart attack at 51โ€ฆ
Rube Goldberg was actually a cartoonist, and not a physicist or inventor. He drew imaginary inventions by a character named "Professor Butts"โ€ฆ
Roger Cotes, a young astronomy professor at Cambridge, forced Newton to confront his mistakes in his work, Principia, and corrected many of them for him. Cotes bombarded Newton with letters for years, repeatedly challenging his experimental results as well as his theoretical calculationsโ€ฆ
The last person to die of smallpox was Janet Parker in Birmingham, UK in 1978. She was infected in the laboratory at Birmingham Medical School. When the Professor in charge of the lab found out about her illness, he committed suicide.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Planet Nine - A hypothetical, 10x Earth-sized planet within our solar system that orbits around the sun every 15k years. This hypothesis is currently supported by Jim Green, director of NASA's Science Mission Directorate and professor Tom Levenson of MIT.โ€ฆ
The chicken nugget was invented in the 1950s by Robert C. Baker, a food science professor at Cornell University, and published as unpatented academic work. Dr. Baker's innovations made it possible to form chicken nuggets in any shape.โ€ฆ
The US Army never gave the Native Americans smallpox infested blankets as a tool of genocide. The US did inflict countless atrocities against the natives, but the smallpox blankets story was fabricated by a University of Colorado professor.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Grace Hopper (1906-1992). She was rejected by the Navy during WWII due to her age, her weight-to-height ratio and utility as a mathematics professor. Instead she became a programmer of the Harvard Mark I computer, and later popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages.โ€ฆ
Victor Klemperer, Jewish KZ inmate and post-WWII professor of German literature, wrote a book that analyzed how Nazis introduced a nearly Orwellian kind of German language. Examples are: "crisis" for defeat, "connection" (Anschluss) for annexation, and "enhanced interrogation" for torture.โ€ฆ
A university maths professor helped a pig farmer prove in court that a hot air balloon startled his pigs causing them to fall into a ditch and die by using trigonometry and a photographโ€ฆ
An award older than the Nobel Prize the 133-year-old James Craig Watson Medal was recently handed to Professor Lisa Kewley, for her outstanding work in Astronomy. This award is held every two years.โ€ฆ
A Florida professor caught 200 of his students in a cheating scandal and captured his lecture to them in a video he later posted onlineโ€ฆ
Princeton has a Professor of Hip Hop teaching special topics in hip hop dance with a focus on Breakingโ€ฆ
A Texas professor failed his entire class and quit, because he thought that all of his students were disruptive or dishonest and therefore didnโ€™t deserve to pass the course. He said the class was his worst in his 20 years of teaching.โ€ฆ
Felix Bloch was awarded the 1952 Nobel Prize for Physics for "development of new ways and methods for nuclear magnetic precision measurements." He left Germany in 1933 and went on to become the first professor for theoretical physics at Stanfordโ€ฆ
Dartmouth chemistry professor Karen Wetterhahn spilled 1 or 2 droplets of dimethylmercury on her gloved hand while working in a lab. Less than a year later she was dead from poisoning.โ€ฆ
Napoleonโ€™s penis was allegedly bought in 1977 by Columbia University professor emeritus John Lattimer for $3,000, who passed it on to his daughter before he died in 2007.โ€ฆ
Neil deGrasse Tyson allegedly inappropriately touched a university professor in 2009. She had a tattoo of the solar system which went from her arm to collar bone and he claimed he was looking for Pluto.โ€ฆ
Lil Peep's grandfather, John Womack, was a Rhodes Scholar and earned his bachelor's degree and PhD at Harvard, eventually becoming a Harvard Professor of Latin American History and Economics.โ€ฆ
A college professor believed that US Pres. Zachary Taylor's death in office (1850) was an assassination. Taylor was exhumed in the late 1980s, but the medical examiner found no signs of poisioning.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about an associate professor of law at Southwestern Law School, named Caleb Mason who teaches individuals about 4th Amendment Rights. He in 2012 wrote a law commentary piece to Jay-Z's song "99 Problems" to inform individuals about how to handle searches and seizures in a lawful manner.โ€ฆ
A college math professor wrote a fantasy "novel" workbook to teach the fundamentals of calculus. Concepts are taught through the adventures of a man who has washed ashore in the mystic land of Carmorra and the hero helps people faced with difficult mathematical problemsโ€ฆ
When Robert Ballard (professor of oceanography) announced a mission to find the Titanic, it was a cover story for a classified mission to search for lost nuclear submarines. They finished before they were due back, so the team spent the extra time looking for the Titanic and actually found it. news.nationalgeographic.cโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Lev Kpoelev, a Soviet Professor and Red Army Intrepreter, who was sentenced to 10 years of gulag for criticizing Soviet atrocities against German civilians. After released, he continued denouncing Soviet policies and was exiled to West Germany, where he continued teaching.โ€ฆ
Pat Keller was the first person to Kayak off of Linville Falls. One of his professors documented the descent and the photographs ended up in a couple of magazines . . . which were seen by the National Parks Service who fined Pat Keller $5,000.โ€ฆ
While Alcoholics Anonymous claims the program, based on self-reported data, worked for 75 percent of people, a psychiatry professor from Harvard Medical School found the success rate to be actually only 5 to 8 percent.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Kenneth G. Libbrecht, a physics professor at Caltech who makes designer snowflakes. He has successfully grown identical snowflakes. This puts to rest the saying that no two snowflakes are alike.
Ron Gilbert, the original writer and director of "The Secret of Monkey Island" worked as a story consultant for TellTale Game's "Tales of Monkey Island" but was credited as "The Visiting Professor of Monkeyology"โ€ฆ
Professor X and Magneto were based on MLK and Malcolm X, respectively.โ€ฆ
The inventor of the cereal Apple Jacks is currently a professor of biological engineering at MIT and invented the cereal as a summer internโ€ฆ
Max Planck was told by his professor to not go into Physics because "almost everything is already discovered". Planck said he didn't want to discover anything, just learn the fundamentals. He went on to originate quantum theory and win a Nobel Prize.โ€ฆ
Nutrition professor Mark Haub lost 27 pounds on a Twinkie/Dorito/Sugar diet to prove that weight loss is based on caloric intake, and not on nutrition.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Zheng Ji. The oldest professor and biochemist to have ever lived. He has been teaching since 1930's and died at the age of 110 in 2010.โ€ฆ
In 1962, Miriam Margolyes (the actress who plays Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films) was the first person to say "fuck" on British televisionโ€ฆ
"The Powerpuff Girls" was originally called "Whoopass Stew!" Rather than adding Chemical X to his formula, Professor Utonium accidentally adds a can of whoop ass, and the creation is known as The Whoopass Girls.โ€ฆ
Soon after Bill Gates had gone to start Microsoft, a Harvard professor who had worked with him recalled, "He had moved to Albuquerque... to run a small company writing code for microprocessors, of all things. I remember thinking: 'Such a brilliant kid. What a waste.'"โ€ฆ
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.โ€ฆ
When Max Planck began his studies in Munich in 1874, his physics professor told him to not study physics because it was a mostly fully figured out field of science with little prospect of development and only two unsolved problems.These problems ended up being radioactivity and quantum physics.โ€ฆ
An Emeritus Professor of Psychology taught his Border Collie to identify and retrieve 1022 toys by nameโ€ฆ
Stuart Webb, professor of applied linguistics, has studied the process of learning vocabulary. He discovered that it is incredibly difficult for a language learner to ever know as many words as a native speaker. Typically native speakers know 15K to 20K word families in their first language.โ€ฆ
Georges Lemaรฎtre, the proposer of what later became known as the "Big Bang theory" was a Jesuit trained Belgian Catholic priest as well as a mathematician, astronomer, and professor of physics.โ€ฆ
There are accents in sign language, apparent in how words are signed differentlyโ€”itโ€™s a lexical difference, similar to how some Americans say โ€œpopโ€ while others say โ€œsoda,โ€ explains Meredith Tamminga, one of the professors conducting the researchโ€ฆ
One of the first synthetic dyes, Perkin's Mauve, was discovered by William Perkin after his professor challenged the then-18-year-old to synthesise the anti-malarial quinine.โ€ฆ
Professor Roland Oliver's research showed that there was no academic study of African history, only the study of Europeans in Africa. Oliver later became lecturer in the tribal history of East Africa at SOAS, marking the beginnings of the contemporary academic field of African historyโ€ฆ
Harvard Associate Professor Dr. Lester Grinspoon tried to prove pot was harmful to get his friend, Carl Sagan, to smoke less. He then wrote a book on the lies behind pot and prompted a study into using THC for chemo associated nausea and vomiting, after seeing results in his son with leukemia.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the White Rose which was a non-violent Nazi resistance group made of college students and a professor. It started by releasing pamphlets against the Nazi Party and ended with the execution of 6 students and the professor.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about an Italian professor of literature who published a book where he claims, based on research, that Shakespeare was Italianโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Paul Krueger, who at 17 murdered three men, was paroled after 13 years, earned a PhD, and became a professor at Penn State.โ€ฆ
Professor Chris Dickman, said that each day cats are killing over 3.1 million mammals, 1.8 million reptiles and 1.3 million birds in Australia. On average each pet cat kills about 75 animals per year, but many of these kills are never witnessed by their owners nespthreatenedspecies.eduโ€ฆ
A English professor researching Oscar Wilde collaborated with data scientists to build a custom database, or โ€œtextbaseโ€, with a powerful algorithm that could process rich, cultural data, and news reports related to Wilde. She encourages humanities scholars to work more with Big Dataโ€ฆ
A Harvard professor who had worked with Bill Gates called him shortly after he had left to start Microsoft. The professor recalled, "He had moved to Albuquerque... to run a small company writing code for microprocessors, of all things. I remember thinking: 'Such a brilliant kid. What a waste.'"โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Harvard Time. To account for general procrastination and commute times, Harvard students are allowed a 7 minute window after class starts. e.g. If a professor starts lecture at 9:00am, students are allowed until 9:07 to make it to class on time. Some want this tradition abolished.โ€ฆ
X-Men writer Chris Claremont confirmed that Malcolm X was an inspiration for Magneto's character development, and Martin Luther King Jr was for Professor X.โ€ฆ
A community college in the Bronx uses the same cirriculum as Columbia University in the Ivy League. For the past three years, professors at Hostos have been teaching a version of the Columbia Core in their freshman composition classesโ€ฆ
JRR Tolkien wrote the Lord of The Rings while he was a visiting English professor at the university in Galway, Ireland. Itโ€™s widely believed that the nearby Burren region influenced his depiction of Middle Earth and that โ€œGollumโ€ was named after a cave in the region called โ€œPoll na gColmโ€โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Orgone Accumulator, a device sold in the 1950s to allow a person sitting inside to attract orgone, a massless 'healing energy'. The FDA noted that one purchaser, a college professor, knew it was "phony" but found it "helpful because his wife sat quietly in it for four hours every day."โ€ฆ
The Power Puff Girls has a fourth sister named Bliss. Professor Utonium made Bliss with the same recipe (Sugar and Spice and everything nice) but used Chemical W instead of Chemical X. so Bliss has trouble controlling her powers.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of James Gordon Wolcott who, at age 15, sniffed airplane glue, then shot and killed his parents and sister. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Today he is a psychology professor at Millikin University.โ€ฆ
Marion Ravenwood was only 15 years old when she had an affair with Indiana Jones, who was in college at the time. According to the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" screenplay, Marion was 25 years old, making her 15 when Indy had a falling out with her professor father 10 years earlier.โ€ฆ
Mississippi didn't ratify the 13th Amendment until 2013, when a college professor decided to do some research after watching the film 'Lincoln' and noticed that Mississippi had never officially ratified it.โ€ฆ
African American professor Arthur Smith changed his name to Molefi Kete Asante during a trip to Ghana where a librarian could not understand why he had an Englishman's name. He later published "Afrocentricity", saying Africans had been moved off-center in terms of identity, culture, and historyโ€ฆ
Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) battled cancer while filming the last Harry Potter movie because she didnโ€™t want to disappoint fansโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Paul Krueger, who at 17 murdered three men, was paroled after 13 years, earned a PhD, and became a professor at Penn State.โ€ฆ
A Chemistry professor created an algorithm for the early detection of eye diseases after his 3 month old was diagnosed with eye cancer. It scans photos on your smartphone for leukocoria, a symptom of several eye conditions that causes diseased eyes to appear white when using flash photography.โ€ฆ
In 2007 two professors at MIT competed against each other in a "big number duel" in which they took turns naming a bigger number. The entry that won is known as Rayo's number, named after the winner, and has been claimed to be the largest named number.โ€ฆ
Miriam Margolyes' [Professor Sprout] flat-roofed coastal cottage was rented by a helicopter drugs gang as one of a network of drop-off points for over 1,100lb/ยฃ17 million wholesale Class A drugs.โ€ฆ
Lorenzo Da Ponte, the author of the libretto for Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro," emigrated to the United States in old age, where he was appointed the first professor of Italian Literature at Columbia University italianacademy.columbia.eโ€ฆ
A chemistry professor imported coca leaves to Germany that he gave his student to analyze. The student isolated a compound that had "a bitter taste, promote the flow of saliva and leave a peculiar numbness, followed by a sense of cold when applied to the tongue.โ€ The compound was cocaine.โ€ฆ
Just one minute prior to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, US Planes dropped an unsigned letter over the city addressed to professor Ryokichi Sagane, who had studied with three of the scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project, urging him to tell the public about the danger of the bombs.โ€ฆ
Harvard professor Tom Lehrer was asked at the age of 84 by rapper 2 Chainz if he could sample his 60-year old song. Lehrer replied, "I grant you motherfuckers permission to do this. Please give my regards to Mr. Chainz, or may I call him 2?"โ€ฆ
Steve Oedekerk (who worked on movies such as The Nutty Professor and Bruce Almighty) once created six short parody films based on classic movies, where the characters are all replaced by thumbs. These "Thumbmation" shorts included classics like Thumb Wars, Thumbtanic, and The Blair Thumb.โ€ฆ
In 2010, a Kansas State University professor went on a Twinkie diet, where he ate mainly Twinkies, Oreos, and Doritos to prove to his students that calorie counting is the important part of losing weight, not nutritional content. He lost 27 pounds in 2 months.โ€ฆ
Bose, the audio equipment company was founded by Amar Bose, an MIT engineering professor who bought a high-end stereo speaker system in 1956 and was disappointed of its sound quality. Despite owning Bose, he remained as a professor. He donated most of Bose shares to MIT as non-voting.โ€ฆ
A geophysics professor discovered that there is a river flowing uphill beneath an ice sheet in Antarctica. The location is in the Gamburtsev Mountains, an enormous range with valleys and peaks that are as big as the Alps. The enormous pressure from the ice sheet above it pushes the water uphill.โ€ฆ
The Professor from Gilligan's Island was the first husband of Carol Brady from the Brady Bunch.โ€ฆ
A Romanian-born Israeli and American scientist, engineer, professor, teacher, and a Holocaust survivor, Liviu Librescu, held the door of his classroom during the Virginia Tech shootings sacrificing his life while the gunman continuously shot through the door saving 22 of his 23 students.โ€ฆ
An associate professor of mathematics used statistics to invent a Scrabble game to be played in Cree rather than English. The normal Scrabble board is too small for Cree โ€” English uses five characters per word on average, Cree uses 10 โ€” so he uses a Super Scrabble boardโ€ฆ
Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Wall, got a "B" in her architecture class for her design from her professor who also submitted a design for the wall - losing to his student.โ€ฆ
According to American physicist Professor Michio Kaku that in 30 years time the probability of the Earthquake known as the 'Big One' to hit California is about 100%โ€ฆ
That, in 1931, Wayne Morse, a college professor, gave one of his students, Richard Neuberger, a D for the course. When Neuberger complained, he changed his grade to an F. Because of this, 20 years later, they would only communicate through angry letters as the two senators from Oregon.โ€ฆ
In 1996 a chemistry professor accidentally spilled a drop of organic mercury on her latex gloved hand. She died of mercury poisoning less than a year later.โ€ฆ
A Montana State University Professor sued Wal Mart because they put his occupation as "Toliet Cleaner" on his fishing license bozemandailychronicle.comโ€ฆ
Intel shelled out about 475 million in 1994 to replace the flawed processors due to a computer bug, discovered by a professor of mathematics in Lynchburg College.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Jeremy Bentham, a philosopher/professor whose will requested that his body be preserved and memorialized . He's now on display at University College London, where they sometimes bring him to board meetings where the roll caller marks him as "present but not voting".โ€ฆ
MIT's first president was a professor of natural philosophy who wanted a โ€œnew polytechnic instituteโ€. MIT was granted its official charter two days before the start of the Civil War and the first classes began in 1865โ€ฆ
Two professors conducted a study on the American ratings system for film (MPAA) and discovered there is a bias towards studio film vs. independent films. A studio film bordering between an R/PG 13 rating had a better chance of getting a PG-13 rating than an indie film with similar content.โ€ฆ
Professor Richard Wool created a circuit board from chicken feathers.โ€ฆ
John Dunsworth, who played chronically drunk and vulgar Jim Lahey on Trailer Park Boys, was a professor who once told his students to โ€œnever engage in bathroom humorโ€โ€ฆ
Actor Toby Stephens (Captain Flint in Black Sails) is the son of Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall)โ€ฆ
Art historians dismissed some doodles in da Vinciโ€™s notebooks as โ€œirrelevant.โ€ But in 2016 a Cambridge professor found that one page of these scribbles actually contained the first written records demonstrating the laws of frictionโ€ฆ
The Woolsey Hall auditorium at Yale contains an extra-wide seat built to fit alumnus and former professor William Howard Taft.โ€ฆ

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