Saudia Arabia accidentally printed thousands of textbooks containing an image of Yoda sitting next to King Faisal while he signed the 1945 UN charter bbc.com/news/amp/world-mi…
Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, refused to license his characters for toys or other products. He made an exception for a 1993 textbook, Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes, which is now so rare that only 7 libraries in the world have copies. A copy sold for $10,000 in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
The Hoovers both spoke Mandarin. In the White House they would speak in Mandarin to avoid eavesdroppers. To date, Lou Hoover is the only First Lady to speak an Asian language. They were also well versed in Latin; working together to translate "De Re Metallica" a 16th century mining textbook. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Starting in 1817, the first year curriculum at West Point consisted solely of mathematics and French classes. The best available textbooks were in French, so all cadets had to learn French so they could read their math texts. maa.org/book/export/html/…
Psychologist and concentration camp survivor Viktor Frankl was pushed to the extremes of human suffering losing everything he owned including a textbook which was his life's work, as well as his wife. He survived and wrote about how he found meaning in his suffering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
After making up the state name Idaho, the politician George Willing created a fake etymology, claiming it came from a Shosoni word meaning "Behold! the sun coming down the mountain." Despite lacking evidence, this fake etymology was repeated in many textbooks through the 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida…
In 1953, the Indiana Textbook Commission wanted to ban Robin Hood from schools for promoting communism. history.com/this-day-in-h…
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…
A mathematician named Nicolas Bourbaki who has made many strides in mathematics, never even was a real person, but was a collective pseudonym for a group of mathematicians who wrote their own textbooks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
"The Great Impostor" Ferdinand Demara posed as a surgeon aboard a Navy destroyer in the Korean War and was forced to perform surgery on 16 people. He proceeded to speed-read a textbook on general surgery and was able to successfully perform all the surgeries without anyone dying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, the diary of the Jewish girl who was eventually murdered towards the end of WWII, along with family members, after being found by the Nazis in Amsterdam, was banned by the Alabama State Textbook Committee in 1983 for being "a real downer." al.com/birmingham-news-st…
Bill Gates predicts that the growth of instructional software will replace textbooks. However, in a 2018 survey of college students, the trade publication Library Journal found that 75 percent say that reading print books is easier than e-books edsurge.com/news/2019-04-…
Because American textbooks are sold at a lower price in Thailand, somebody was reselling them in the US and making enough of a profit to get sued by the publishers, the Supreme Court ultimately ruled against the publishers because the "first sale" doctrine applies everywhere, not just the US en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
Some Louisiana Science Textbooks Used in Louisiana Schools Say That Scientists Think Dragons (Fire-Breathing Dinosaurs, technically) May Have Existed and That Humans Lived Alongside Dinosaurs huffpost.com/entry/christ…
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…
(initially from my textbook) that the Cheaper by the Dozen family was inspired by the Gilbreths. The mother Lilian (a psychologist), and the father Frank (an engineer) were famous for many other things besides the book one of their daughters wrote about the family. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Saudi Arabia accidentally printed history textbooks showing Yoda sitting next to the king as he signed the UN charter. The artist says he paired up both of them because Yoda’s green skin and green lightsaber matched the green of the Saudi flag. The artist denied placing it in history books. telegraph.co.uk/news/2017…
Today I learned that Saudi high school social studies textbooks were withdrawn in 2017 over an image of Yoda sitting alongside King Faisal. bbc.com/news/world-middle…
The 1100 page epic novel about the history of Japan "Shogun" by James Clavell was inspired by a single sentence in his daughter's school textbook that read "in 1600 an Englishman went to Japan and became a Samurai". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shō…
The Soviet Union tried to suppress Genghis Khan’s memory in Mongolia by removing his story from school textbooks and forbidding people from making pilgrimages to his birthplace history.com/news/10-thing…
The same US textbooks have different political leanings in different states that they are sold in though they are sold as the same books npr.org/2020/01/13/795995…
College textbook prices increased 90% from 1998 to 2016 while recreational book prices fell by more than 35% in the same time period aei.org/publication/chart…
Dennis Muren, the special effects artist who worked on Star Wars and Close Encounters, took a year-long sabbatical to read a 1,200-page textbook on computer graphics. Shortly thereafter, he led the VFX teams that worked on Terminator 2, then Jurassic Park. soundandvision.com/httalk…
Saudi Arabia accidentally printed textbooks showing Yoda sitting next to the king. telegraph.co.uk/news/2017…
Old physics textbooks are wrong about the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse. It wasn't due to resonance, but aeroelastic flutter seattletimes.com/seattle-…
Robin Hood was called to be removed from Indiana textbooks for being communist history.com/this-day-in-h…
Today I learned of Chartreuse, a storied French liqueur with a recipe that dates back to the early 1600s. The recipe originated in an old alchemical textbook presented to an order of monks by an artillery marshal of the French army. The original order of monks retains brewing rights to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
We don't know how the great French mathematician Adrien-Marie Legendre really looked like, because the only surviving portrait of him is an angry face in a caricaturist's work. For 200 years, the portrait of a French politician was wrongly attributed to him and used in old textbooks. ams.org/notices/200911/rt…
Saudi Arabia accidentally printed textbooks showing Yoda sitting next to the king. nytimes.com/2017/09/21/wo…
Ibn Sina or Avicenna is widely considered to be the β€œFather of modern Medicine”. His book β€œThe Canon of Medicine” published in 1025 became the standard textbook of medicine and remained a medical authority for centuries in the Medieval Europe and the Islamic world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avi…
Saudi Arabia accidentally printed a school textbook with a picture of Yoda (from Star Wars) sitting next to King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. It is not known how Yoda ended up in the textbook. bbc.co.uk/news/world-midd…
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…
An identity thief stole the identity of a surgeon and while aboard a Navy destroyer was tasked with performing several life saving surgeries. He proceeded to memorize a medical textbook just before hand and successfully performed the surgery with all patients surviving. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Today I learned about Havelock Ellis, a 19th century English sexologist, who thought he was impotent until age 60, where he discovered he was "aroused by a woman urinating". He also co-authored early medical textbooks on homosexuality, pioneered investigating psychedelic drugs and married an open lesbian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hav…
Under the Indian Copyright law, photocopying textbooks for educational purposes is legal. indianexpress.com/article…
Between 2002 and 2012, college textbook prices rose 82% while overall consumer prices rose 28% gao.gov/assets/660/655066…
Rice University has a nonprofit ed-tech based initiative called OpenStax, which provides completely free, openly licensed college and university level textbooks for various subjects. openstax.org/
Schools in Georgia and Texas altered the painting Washington Crossing the Delaware in textbooks because officials thought it looked like George Washington’s penis was hanging out of his pants. One district spent two weeks painting over the original image by hand in over 2,000 textbooks. austinchronicle.com/news/…
There are 5 parasitologists who wrote and are giving away a free textbook on human parasite to everyone because they want to increase awareness/ help cure many preventable diseases. parasiteswithoutborders.c…
The name of textbook rental company, Chegg, comes from the contraction of chicken and egg, based on the founders’ experience after graduating from college; they could not land a job without experience, but could not get experience without a job, a chicken or the egg type of quandary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Bill Gates founded a nonprofit ed-tech initiative that created peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks, which are available in free digital formats and for a low cost in print. Instructors are free to use, adapt, and remix the content of those textbooks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The cost of college textbooks in the US have risen more than 1,000 percent since 1977, even faster than tuition, health care costs and housing prices, all of which have risen faster than inflation. wishtv.com/2015/08/10/its…
An identity thief stole the identity of a surgeon and while aboard a Navy destroyer was tasked with performing several life saving surgeries. He proceeded to memorize a medical textbook just before hand and all the patients survived. content.time.com/time/spe…
The cost of college textbooks has risen 812% in the past 30 yearsβ€”that’s more than healthcare costs, housing prices, and college tuitions, all of which have risen faster than the rate of inflation. blog.boundless.com/2013/0…
In 1849 Civil War general D.H. Hill wrote an algebra textbook laced with anti-Northern insults. These included working out how fast soldiers from Indiana retreated and how many "old maids, childless-wives and bedlamites" attended a women's rights convention in New York. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Frederick Forsyth's novel, The Dogs of War, is considered a textbook for mercenaries. His novel, Day of the Jackal, is considered a guide for assassins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In the late 1800s Australian surveyors had realised the two tallest mountains, Mt. Kosciuszko and Mt. Townsend, were mismeasured, and in fact Mt. Townsend was taller. Instead of rewriting many textbooks the NSW government decided to switch the two names, leaving us with what we have today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
Cost of college textbooks has risen 812 percent since 1978, far outpacing the rise in costs for medical services and home prices in USA. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
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…
Tim Owen and Judith Meyer wrote the first new Esperanto textbook in decades. Many of the examples in the book use real Esperanto culture as their context, for example the World Esperanto Congress doctordada.com/complete-e…

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