, the book "death by starvation", written by Hegesias of Cyrene, a philosopher who believed that life was futile and advocated for suicide, was so influential that it convinced a number of people to kill themselves. Subsequently, Hegesias was banned from teaching in Alexandria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heg…
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…
Scottish scientist James Croll, who would go on to revolutionize climate science, got his start by teaching himself physics and astronomy at a university library at night. He was employed there as a janitor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
A 9,000 year old skeleton found inside a cave in Cheddar, England, has a living relative was teaching history only a 1/2 mile away, tracing back nearly 300 generations. independent.co.uk/news/th…
Gary Larson, creator of The Far Side comics, is teaching himself digital art and has started to make new comics again. thefarside.com/new-stuff
Today I learned of Juana InΓ©s, a 17th century mexican nun, a feminist poet and an autodidact in an age were women were not allowed to study. She learned to read and write Latin by the age of 3, could do accounts by 5, wrote her first poem at 8, and at 13 she was teaching greek and was writing poems in Nahuatl en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jua…
The quiz-show originated in Canada. In 1935, Richard Louis del Valle, who changed his name to Roy Ward Dickson, came up with an idea developed from his teaching days and proposed it to a local radio station where the show β€˜Professor Dick and his Question Box’ began rcinet.ca/en/2020/05/15/c…
If teachers give out cookies with a satisfaction survey at the end of their teaching session, students are more likely to rate the course material higher onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
The jigsaw puzzle was invented by British cartographer John Spilsbury in 1766, as an educational tool for teaching geography. There is now a Spilsbury Award that is presented to individuals for contributions to the development, preservation, and research of jigsaw puzzles. madeupinbritain.uk/Jigsaw…
Today I learned about the Initial Teaching Alphabet, Sir James's aim was to aid dyslexics and end illiteracy by providing children with a logical spelling system, in which words were made up of speech sounds. Unfortunately the system was never successfully made mainstream news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/15…
William Jennings Bryan, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska, was nominated by the Democratic Party for president on three separate occasions (1896, 1900 and 1908). He lost each time. He later played a key role in the Scopes Trial, arguing against teaching evolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Dorothy Stang, an American nun who dedicated her life to preserving the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. She helped the poor by teaching them how to harvest products from the forest and sought to protect peasants from gangs working for farmers. She was murdered by criminals hired by a rancher. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
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…
The phrase, "My postillion has been struck by lightning" is a parody of grammatically correct but useless or absurd sentences that are often found in phrasebooks and teachings. Versions of the phrase date back to the 19th century and jokes about it date to atleast 1916 in Punch magazine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
Thomas Jefferson made his own version of the Bible, called The Jefferson Bible, by literally cutting and pasting passages from Greek, Latin, French, and English bibles that referenced Jesus' moral teachings, but left out his miracles. christianity.com/wiki/bib…
Under Islamic sumptuary laws based upon teachings in the Quran and Hadith, men are exhorted not to wear silk clothes or gold jewelry. These rules do not apply to women, who are allowed all this, but also need to cover their bodies and faces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sum…
In 1876 Vincent Van Gogh spent 3 months working as a teachers assistant at a boarding school in Ramsgate, England teaching Maths and French to 24 boys between the ages of 10 and 14. theoldie.co.uk/blog/van-g…
George Lucas's short film 'Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB' was primarily paid for by the United States Navy. In exchange for teaching navy men filmmaking Lucas received unlimited film and processing. Lucas also used the students as cast and crew, and was allowed into restricted locations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
Today I learned about Luang Pho Daeng a Thai Buddhist monk who through the process of self-mummification died during meditation and was put on display in his temple to inspire future generations to follow Buddhists teachings. He is the only known mummy to be wearing sunglasses, to make his face less disturbing wikipedia.org/wiki/Luang_…
Today I learned of Ken Banks, a Queensland man who set up a "retirement home" for birds who outlive their owners, at one count housing at least 1,600 birds including a cockatoo in its 90s. He prefers not to sell birds but rather swap with breeders or give birds to people after teaching how to care for them. abc.net.au/news/2017-05-0…
Thomas Jefferson described the miracles in the Bible, including Jesus coming back from the dead, as "contrary to reason". When it came to the Bible, he was only interested in the moral teachings of Jesus and nothing else. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The skeleton of Josef Mengele has been used as a teaching tool in Brazil theguardian.com/science/2…
Kelvin Doe lived in Sierra Leone (a small coastal country in southwest Africa) and is known for teaching himself engineering by the age of 13 and building his own radio station in his home country. He also built a battery out of scrap metal capable of powering the surrounding homes. imaginationmatters.org/in…
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…
Today I learned about former American slave, John Berry Meachum, who began teaching classes for black people on a steamboat in the middle of the Mississippi River to work around the state of Missouri's prohibition of black education. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned about the Druze, a religious group who believe that Jethro of Midian (Moses' father-in-law) is their anscestor and chief prophet. They also believe in the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, and Pythagoras and incorporate elements of both major and minor religions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dru…
A Texas professor failed his entire class and quit, because he thought that all of his students were disruptive or dishonest and therefore didn’t deserve to pass the course. He said the class was his worst in his 20 years of teaching. insidehighered.com/news/2…
The UK had just one certified Rectal Teaching Assistant who allowed students to explore his anus. In 2016, he lost his job to a robotic anus after scientists at imperial invented an ultra realistic anus. factor-tech.com/health-au…
Two men dressed as Batman and Captain America were teaching kids at an event when they noticed a nearby home on fire. They ran to the house, rushed inside, and rescued a cat that had inhaled smoke. "Batman" gave the cat mouth-to-mouth breaths until it recovered, then it hissed and "freaked out." wsaz.com/home/headlines/H…
Matthew McConaughey has been teaching filmmaking at UT Austin since 2016. latimes.com/entertainment…
Jeffery Dahlmer was converted and baptized in prison in 1994, where he continued meeting with the minister who baptized him. The pastor received a Thanksgiving Day card in November 1994, thanking him for teaching him God's word. Dahlmer died a few days later. nytimes.com/2007/03/11/us…
The crew on a WW2 Japanese cruiser annoyed the ship's officers by teaching a pet monkey to salute them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Divers are teaching other fish to eat the invasive lionfish. youtube.com/watch?v=Mz3S9…
Today I learned of "Hammer" Simwinga, a Zambian man who has helped stop poaching in North Luangwa Nat'l Park. Most villages near the park relied on poaching for income. Simwinga eliminated the need for poaching for 35K+ people in 60 villages by teaching sunflower planting, beekeeping, & sustainable farming. nationalgeographic.org/fi…
During the Irish Famine, some Protestants offered to feed children, but only if they received Protestant teachings. This enraged Catholics, forced to choose between their children and faith. This stigmatized all Protestant charity, and "souper" remained an insult into the 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
There is only one person registered as a "Rectal Teaching Assistant" in the UK, traveling the country offering his anus to be examined by trainee doctors. He has since lost his job to a robot anus. theregister.co.uk/2016/07…
Pacific Bell spent $40 million to put its employees through a training program based on the teachings of Russian mystic George Gurdjieffβ€”to supposedly open their eyes to a "higher-level" consciousness. The program was halted after the Californian utility regulator launched a public inquiry. theguardian.com/news/2017…
Ira Einhorn, a Harvard University teaching fellow and environmental activist who claimed to have been instrumental in organizing the first Earth Day, murdered his ex-girlfriend in 1977 before fleeing to France. By abusing various legal loopholes, he managed to escape prison until 2002. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
Princeton has a Professor of Hip Hop teaching special topics in hip hop dance with a focus on Breaking en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rap…
C&P: Thomas Jefferson used a razor to cut passages from the New Testament and literally pasted them together into what is now known as the Jefferson Bible, currently on display at the Smithsonian. He felt the focus should be on Jesus’ life and moral teachings, not inexplicable miracles americanhistory.si.edu/Je…
Two nuns teaching at a California Elementary School embezzled approximately $500,000 from their employer over a ten year period to fund their trips and casino visits. No charges are being pursued. tampabay.com/nation-world…
Saint Cassian, patron of teachers, was tortured to death by his own pupils. He was sentenced to death for teaching Christianity instead of Roman Gods. Since his pupils were eager for revenge for many punishments he got from him, they stabbed him to death with their pointed iron styli. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Lego Mindstorms was named after Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas, a book arguing the benefits of teaching computer literacy in primary and secondary education written by Seymour Papert, an AI pioneer and the co-creator of Turtle graphics and the LOGO programming language en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lev…
Today I learned of the "Jefferson Bible." Thomas Jefferson cut-and-pasted together his own version of the philosophical and moral teachings and doctrines of Jesus, "notable for its exclusion of all miracles by Jesus and most mentions of the supernatural," including his resurrection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
A startup company is teaching crows to clean up cigarette butts for peanuts. digitaltrends.com/cool-te…
Today I learned about John T. Scopes. In 1925 he was accused of teaching the theory of evolution in school. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Epicureanism is a philosophy based on the teachings of Epicurus, founded around 307 B.C. It teaches that the greatest good is to seek modest pleasures in order to attain a state of tranquillity, freedom from fear ("ataraxia") and absence from bodily pain ("aponia"). pursuit-of-happiness.org/…
Thomas Jefferson believed Jesus's teachings were "the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man," but that they had been appropriated by his followers, resulting in a Bible that contained both "diamonds of wisdom" and the "dung" of ancient political agendas. pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl…
Stephen King's 1974 novel, Carrie, was rejected by 30 publishers before Doubleday bought it and paid him a $2,500 advance. The hardcover sold only 13,000 copies, but Signet bought the paperback rights for $400,000, finally allowing King to quit teaching and become a full-time writer. mentalfloss.com/article/5…

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