Bruce McAllister, a 16 year-old student, in 1963 wrote to 150 authors to settle a dispute with his English teacher about textual symbolism. More than 75 replied, including Ray Bradbury, John Updike, and Saul Bellow. McAllister later became an acclaimed author and literature professor.โ€ฆ
Malcolm X was an inspiration for the X-Men character Magneto, while Martin Luther King was an inspiration for Professor X.โ€ฆ
The flag of the City of St. Louis, Missouri, was designed by Theodore Sizer, an art history professor at Yale University, in 1964 as part of the city's bicentennial celebration.โ€ฆ
Empire actor Terrence Howard believes that "1 ร— 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.โ€ฆ
Iceland is one of the few countries that is mosquito-free despite having 1600 species of dryland animals. However, in 1980 a professor of the University of Iceland found a mosquito on a plane and it is now kept in a jar at the Icelandic Institute of National History.โ€ฆ
In 14th December 1971, just two days before officially losing the war, Pakistan made a final effort was made to kill as many intellectuals (including professors, journalists, doctors, artists, engineers etc.) as possible, to eliminate the future leaders of the new nation of Bangladesh.โ€ฆ
Despite censoring "dirty" language in songs, Kidz Bop has been criticized due to changing ONLY individual lyrics and not the overall meaning and themes of songs. A University of Colorado professor called Kidz Bop "an abomination" due to it only censoring lyrics and not the overall content.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Rebecca Fried, a high schooler who debunked a claim by historian Professor Richard Jenkins who claimed "No Irish Need Apply" signs never existedโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the โ€œFruit Machineโ€. In 1961 the Canadian government hired a university professor to develop a machine to identify gay people. It was at the height of the Cold War and homosexuals were thought to be more susceptible to communism.โ€ฆ
Johns Hopkins University professor proposed to do away with time zones completely and put the entire world on universal time (UTC). Under this system, when it's 9:00 in one place, it's 9:00 everywhere on the plane. science.howstuffworks.comโ€ฆ
Erno Rubik, inventor of the Rubik's cube, was an architect professor in the Budapest College of Applied Arts and created the cube to help his students understand 3D. Patented in 1975, it went on to become an international success. The cube was so hard that it took him a month to solve it.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about โ€žWonderwallโ€œ, a movie from 1968 about a lonely professor and his increasing obsession with his female neighbour, a fashion model whose life he spies on via a hole in the wall. George Harrison from the Beatles wrote the film music which in turn inspired the hit song โ€žWonderwallโ€œ from Oasis.โ€ฆ
Naris Ahmed, an Indian-American electrical engineer and Professor Emeritus at UNM, is considered to be the inventor a discrete cosine transform (DCT) , one of the most widely used data compression algorithms, the basis of today's most digital media standards.โ€ฆ
On 1878, Philipp von Jolly, professor of physics at the University of Munich, warned his student Max Planck against a career in physics, stating everything has already been discoveredโ€ฆ
A Penn professor designed Ouroboros Steak from human mouth cells and expired blood from blood banks as satire of lab-grown meat productionโ€ฆ
A statistics professor derived the mathematical formula for a "perfect snowman" that balances aesthetics with slowing down the melting process: it should be 1.6m (5ft 4in) tall with three large snowballs of 80cm, 50cm, and 30cmโ€ฆ
The idea toilets drain differently in Northern and Southern Hemispheres derives from a MIT professor in 1962. The controversy became so large his obituary read, โ€œDr. Ascher Shapiro wanted to get a handle on how fluids move whether they were swirling down the bathtub drain...or the human body".โ€ฆ
Walter Lewin (aka the "Trust in Physics" professor) was found to have sexually harassed at least one student on an online class in 2014. As a result, he had his Professor Emeritus title revoked, and had his courses and lectures removed from MIT.โ€ฆ
In the late 1990's Michael Jackson nearly bought Marvel Comics so he could star as Spider-Man in the first movie. Michael Jackson and Stan Lee were going to buy the company together. When the deal fell through, he also attempted to play Professor X in the first X-Men movieโ€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
Jose Manuel Rodriguez Delgado was a Yale professor of neurophysiology in the 50s and invented the โ€œStimoceiverโ€ (implanted) that allowed him to control the minds of animals and people through electrical stimulation. He famously stopped a bull mid-charge towards him with his Stimoceiver.รฉ_Mโ€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 former chemical engineering professor of Manchester University used to live a double life starring in porn movies under the name "Old Nick". His 35 year-long academic career came to an end after students had spotted him in adult movies.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
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
, in 1954, Henry Luce's TIME and LIFE magazines became fascinated by LSD and began publishing endorsements by professors, businessmen, and celebrities. Abbie Hoffman, the counterculture icon, once wrote, โ€œIโ€™ve always maintained that Henry Luce did much more to popularize acid than Timothy Leary."โ€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
Famous architect Frank Gehry realized that he wanted to be an architect after sitting in on a discussion of one his professor's "secret projects in progress"โ€”a palace that he was designing for right-wing Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about 'The Adventures of Superpup', a 1958 unaired live-action TV pilot, in which the Superman story takes place in a universe populated by dogs, not people. Superpup (or Bark Bent) saves his friend Pamela Poodle from evil Professor Sheepdip.โ€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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A Utah State University professor engineered goats that have two key genes that allow a spider to weave their silk inserted into their genetic code. The result is goats that produce milk that contain spider silk proteins.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
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
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
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
The first honor system in America was established at UVA in 1842 after a professor was shot dead on the lawn.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Marvin Creamer an American college professor who became the first person to sail around the world without any navigational equipment. He relied on the sun, stars and moon to guide him instead of a compass, sextent, clock or any other type of navigational instrument.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
A Belgian Catholic priest and professor of physics named Georges Lemaรฎtre proposed the "hypothesis of the primeval atom" in 1927, it was published in the December 1932 issue of Popular Science, and then in 1949 astronomer Fred Hoyle coined it the "Big Bang Theory" on a BBC Radio broadcast.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
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
Michael Jackson met with producers in an attempt to play Professor Xavier in the first X-Men filmโ€ฆ
The inspiration behind Marvel characters Professor X and Magneto are, respectively, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm Xโ€ฆ

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