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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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 first leader of independent Belarus, Stanislav Shushkevich, was in charge of teaching Lee Harvey Oswald Russian when Oswald lived in Minsk en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
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…
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…
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…
Divers are teaching other fish to eat the invasive lionfish. youtube.com/watch?v=Mz3S9…
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…
Princeton has a Professor of Hip Hop teaching special topics in hip hop dance with a focus on Breaking en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rap…
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…
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…
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…
Matthew McConaughey has been teaching filmmaking at UT Austin since 2016. latimes.com/entertainment…
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…
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…
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 about John T. Scopes. In 1925 he was accused of teaching the theory of evolution in school. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Magician Harry Houdini took a year off from his performance career during WWI to promote the war effort including teaching soldiers how to get out of handcuffs. houdini.org/interest.html
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhe…
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/…
Until the discovery of the New World scholars believed that Atlantis was a metaphor for teaching philosophy that began with Plato. After Columbus returned from his voyage, historians began identifying the Americas with Atlantis. Francis Bacon later adopted this view and wrote 'New Atlantis'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loc…
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…
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…
Today I learned of a Byzantine Emperor's friend, who when asked whether Christ or Muhammad's religion would prove true in the Council of Florence, advocated for Zeus. His last work, hoping to return the Empire to Plato's teachings, was burned and exists only by summary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gem…
A woman from Colorado is the foreigner with the most Muay Thai fights in Thailand. 257 at the time of this post. Her goal is to break the record of 470 total fights and document every moment in writing, videos, and in recorded sessions meant to preserve the teachings of Muay Thai legends. youtube.com/watch?v=FPkHg…
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…
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…
The U.S. military uses a 'context-based' learning technique from the Mormon Church for teaching new languages to recruits in as little as 5 weeks, even the Army's Intelligence Brigade enlists former missionaries to fill its ranks. npr.org/2014/06/07/319805…
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…
Neil Armstrong resigned from NASA to take a teaching job, where he stayed for more than eight yearsβ€”longer than his career as an astronaut. As part of a research group that included physician Henry Heimlich, he helped to design an artificial heart-lung system based on Apollo technology airspacemag.com/daily-pla…
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 classes chronicle.com/article/Tea…
The textbook "Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes" is the only rare example of creator Bill Watterson licensing his famous characters for anything. Developed by a speech language pathologist and a learning disabilities educator, this 1993 textbook can cost up to $34,000. news.avclub.com/the-obscu…
, in the Scopes Trial regarding the teaching of evolution in schools, the TN supreme court threw out the conviction not because they believed the statute was illegal, but on a technicality because the original judge had determined the fine, and not the jury en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sco…
A startup company is teaching crows to clean up cigarette butts for peanuts. digitaltrends.com/cool-te…
Sky burial is a funeral practice in which a human corpse is placed on a mountaintop to decompose while exposed to the elements or to be eaten by scavenging animals, like vultures. For Tibetan Buddhists, sky burial and cremation are templates of instructional teaching on the impermanence of life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky…
Langara College in British Columbia was given the traditional name snΙ™wΜ“eyΙ™Ι¬ lelΙ™mΜ“ by Musqueam people meaning 'house of teachings' in January 2016. snΙ™wΜ“eyΙ™Ι¬ references advice given to children to guide them into adulthood and build their character en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Thomas Jefferson created his own version of the bilbe, where he omitted parts he felt was "contrary to reason" such as miraculous events. It focused on Christ's moral teachings. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Across countries, student evaluations of teaching are significantly correlated with instructor gender, whereby students regularly rate female instructors lower than male instructors. In this, there is no evidence that male teachers are more effective than female teachers. blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofs…
: "Nuremberg Funnel" is a jocular description of a mechanical way of learning and teaching. On the one hand, it evokes the image of a teaching method almost without effort and on the other hand, a teacher teaching everything to even the "stupidest" pupil. Also references forceful teaching. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nur…
Sesame Street was barred from the UK by the BBC and Educators who "abhorred" it's teaching methods. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ses…
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…
The ghost on Ghostwriter (90's PBS kids show) was a runaway slave during the Civil War that was murdered in the woods after being tracked down by slave catchers and their dogs. He was teaching other runaway slaves to read. huffingtonpost.com/2013/0…
In 1815 (aged 18), in the spare time from his teaching job in his father’s school, Franz Schubert found time to compose 2 masses, a pair of offertories, a cantata, 4 stage works, 9 solo works for piano, a string quartet, a symphony and a half, two dozen part songs, and 140 solo songs franzschubert.org.uk/docs…
Teaching social and emotional skills in school, such as self-management and relationship skills, can result in up to 11 percentile point improvement in academic achievement. casel.org/wp-content/uplo…
Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's Pizza, was a Catholic. After he sold it for $1 billion in 1998, he spent his fortune promoting the pro-life movement and teachings on "combating the nation's 'moral crisis'". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Over 5 million people, primarily in Japan, practice Tenrikyo, a religion based on the teachings of Nakayama Miki, a Japanese female religious leader who died in 1887, who followers believe was a prophet acting as a Shrine of God en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
Yakov Smirnoff (Soviet-Born Comedian famous for the phrase 'America: What a country!') went on to complete master's degree and a doctorate in psychology eventually teaching courses at the collegiate level en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yak…
Parents filed an ethics complaint against a High School Biology teacher for using the word "vagina" while teaching reproduction. eastidahonews.com/2016/03…
The University of the South Pacific is an international centre for teaching, research on Pacific culture and environment, and is owned by the governments of 12 Pacific island countries.The region served by USP covers an area more than three times the size of Europe en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
As a result of WW2 and nazism, article 18 of the German constitution states that Whoever abuses the freedom of expression, freedom of teaching or freedom of the press [...] in order to combat the free democratic basic order shall forfeit these basic rights. bundesregierung.de/breg-e…
Christian Atheism is a thing. Christian Atheists believe in the teachings of Christ but not that they were divinely inspired. They see Jesus as a humanitarian and philosopher rather than the son of God bbc.co.uk/religion/religi…
Liam Neeson was training to be a teacher before he punched a student who pulled a knife out on him. He then gave up on his teaching dream and went into acting. youtube.com/watch?v=t38qc…
Jefferson had his own version of the bible that omitted the parts of the bible that were "contrary to reason" including the resurrection and other miracles. He was only interested in the moral teachings of Jesus and nothing more. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Teacher John Cisna lost 60lbs eating McDonalds 3x/day for 6mo. as part of a teaching lesson against the movie β€˜Super Size Me’, stating β€œAs a teacher I wouldnt show that movie because theres no value…a guy eats uncontrollable amounts, stops exercising, & the world is surprised he puts on weight?” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
The Japanese considered raw salmon dangerous, since Pacific salmon was prone to parasites. Norway had too much salmon and decided to focus on teaching Japanese consumers that Atlantic salmon was safe to eat raw. It took ten years for Salmon sushi/sashimi to finally become popular. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Project RENEW, co-founded in 2001 by a US Army vet in an effort to help clear unexploded bombs in Vietnam, now spends about $24 million a year clearing unexploded ordnance, teaching children about the risks, and assisting victims. The project cleared 17,000 bombs in 2017. ledger-enquirer.com/news/…
Nitama (a cat) is the Stationmaster at Kishi Station in Japan. Nitama graduated from Cat Stationmaster Training School and had direct teachings from the previous Stationmaster Tama (another cat). edition.cnn.com/travel/ar…
Nicholas Riasanovsky wrote the textbook that served as the American standard for teaching Russian history in colleges from the Cold War to this day. β€œUntil World War II, Americans had very little contact or interest in Russia” and only a few universities even offered courses on Russia nytimes.com/2011/05/29/wo…
In 1941 a Finnish man was summoned to the German Embassy for teaching his dog to raise it's paw in response to the name "Hitler". The Foreign Office spent three months investigating ways to bring him to trial for "insulting Hitler". bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
Steven Tyler's father, a WWII veteran, was himself an accomplished musician. He studied music at Columbia University and the Julliard Conservatory, and earned a living teaching music and performing at weddings, parties and country clubs ultimateclassicrock.com/a…
Vladimir the Great of Russia was confronted with the choice of converting Russia to Christianity or to Islam. He eventually chose Christianity, because of Islamic teaching on alcohol, saying, "Drinking is the joy of all Rus'. We cannot exist without that pleasure." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vla…
Movies can hire an Intimacy Coordinator for sex scenes. Duties include scene supervision and teaching Directors and Actors how to run a rehearsal without emulating sexual movement but instead β€œsculpting the physical actions using plain words.” intimacyonset.com
Steve Wozniak went to a juvenile detention center for a day for building a fake bomb in high school. he spent the night teaching prisoners how to disconnect wires from fans and connect them to the bars, so people get shocked when they touch them. nextshark.com/steve-wozni…
Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., was the first African American astronaut. The project he worked on would go on to become the International Space Station. He died in the backseat of his plane while teaching a cadet how to fly 50 years ago this past Friday (December 8, 1967). He was 32 years old. hill.af.mil/About-Us/Fact…
The navy is now teaching sailors Celestial Navigation as a response to potential cyber attacks to ship navigation systems. boingboing.net/2015/10/17…
An Irish woman was denied for a teaching job in South Korea, citing the "alcoholism nature" of Irish people as reason for rejection. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
In China there is an English teaching method called "Crazy English", where participants shout English as hard as they can. The teacher tours the country, 15 cities a month. Single lecture attendances can be over 20,000+ people, netting him over $100k a pop. youtube.com/watch?v=kHish…
, that high-risk patients with heart failure and cardiac arrest were less likely to die when admitted to US teaching hospitals during national cardiology conferences. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The Chinese used β€˜sh*t sticks’ to wipe, before they invented paper. This technology was imported from India by Buddhist monks, and was even referred to in famous Zen teachings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Albert Einstein and Kurt Godel used to walk together home every day during their days teaching at Princeton. Einstein told people that he went to his office β€œjust to have the privilege of walking home with Kurt GΓΆdel.” newyorker.com/magazine/20…
When a cat brings back dead animals, it is actually acting out its natural role as mother and teacher. Human owner's represent the cat's surrogate family and they are teaching us how to catch and eat prey, just as they would teach their young in the wild. livescience.com/34471-cat…
The famous mime Marcel Marceau was part of the French Resistance to the Nazi occupation during World War II. He saved hundreds of Jewish children in hiding by teaching them to communicate in mime, so they could converse silently. Marceau eventually got them to safety to Switzerland. jewishstandard.timesofisr…
Virtually all Middle Ages scholars believed that the Earth is spherical. The myth that people in the Middle Ages thought the earth is flat appears to date from the 17th century as part of the campaign by Protestants against Catholic teaching. patheos.com/Resources/Add…
That the only woman ever in history to obtain a 10th degree black belt in Judo did so at the age of 97. She also continued teaching Judo 3x a week until she died at 99 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
The saying 'Teaching grandmother to suck eggs' means that a person is giving advice to someone else about a subject of which they are already familiar (and probably more so than the first person). The use of the phrase "Suck-egg" for "a silly person" dates back to 1609. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
Confucius used to work as a bookkeeper, before finally finding his true calling: becoming a cowherd. In later life he also engaged in some teaching and philosophy. learnodo-newtonic.com/con…
There is a Swedish Speed Metal band called "Sabaton" That teaches history through it's music, including an album devoted to teaching about World War Two en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sab…
There is a management company that targets dental offices and "educates" them on how to coerce patients into treatment plans they may not need or can't afford. All of their teachings are based off of L. Ron Hubbard's Scientology programs. tampabay.com/news/sciento…
A Canadian university campus on a mountaintop created its own sustainable residential community that will house over 10,000 residents. Revenues from its development goes into research and teaching univercity.ca/wp-content/…
A man with Down Syndrome was enrolled at York University but had to withdraw in his first year since the university would not allow him to write his exams while accompanied by a teaching assistant blogs.mtroyal.ca/fwiddows…
The β€œNo pomegranate!” lady wasn’t yelling at students about pomegranates. She was actually teaching her students studying children’s psychology how not to teach children with negativity, but with love. kcci.com/article/professo…
The s9e3 of The Office showed Dwight teaching Erin the Dothraki language from GOT. The show featured an example of noun-verb incorporation which wasn't really done by the creator of Dothraki; David J Peterson. The show's writers invented it all on their own. dothraki.com/2012/10/doth…
The four Stoic virtues are: Wisdom, Courage, Justice, and Temperance, which were described in the teachings of Plato in Republic IV. 426–435). Cicero expanded on them, and theologians Ambrose, Augustine of Hippo, and Thomas Aquinas adapted them for religious purposes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
There is a belief system called Christian Atheism, where one follows the teachings of Jesus, while not believing him to be the son of God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Today I learned of Carley Fleishmann, a severely autistic girl, that’s non verbal, yet communicates through a computer and is teaching us about autism as an insider. abcnews.go.com/2020/MindM…
A Humanist can have a faith or belief in god. The difference is that a humanist will be guided by their conscience over a teaching of a religion. americanhumanist.org/hnn/…
The "Dwight you ignorant slut" line from the office was a reference to a Dan Aykroyd skit on SNL. Even when teaching suicide awareness Michael Scott was making jokes. theoffice.wikia.com/wiki/…
The writer and producer of the PBS show "Ghostwriter" had planned to reveal Ghostwriter to be a murdered runaway slave during the Civil War. He was killed by slave catchers and their dogs as he was teaching other runaway slaves how to read in the woods. fort-greene.thelocal.nyti…
A german pensioner was sentenced to five months in jail after teaching his dog, Adolf, the nazi salute under the command "Heil Hitler". m.spiegel.de/internationa…
Prince Albert boosted Science in the UK. He reformed Cambridge University, modernising the teaching & syllabus and adding Sciences. He also used money raised by his Great Exhibition to build the South Kensington Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal College of Music, & Royal College of Art. victorianweb.org/history/…
A high school principal in Florida hypnotized dozens of anxious students and athletes to help them relax. When two of those students committed suicide and one died in a car accident, the principal was charged with two misdemeanors and lost his teaching license. cbsnews.com/news/settleme…
Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, (2005) was the first direct challenge brought in the United States federal courts testing a public school district policy that required the teaching of intelligent design. The Dover Area School District lost paying $1,000,011 in legal fees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kit…
Stalin's government imposed a complete ban on the practice and teaching of genetics, which it called a β€œbourgeois perversion." Russian science, which had previously flourished, rapidly declined, and many valuable scientific discoveries made by leading Russian geneticists were forgotten. nature.com/articles/35088…

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