Readers of Douglas Adams‘ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy know the answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42. What they may not know is the mathematical formula that will […]
Hounding a Way Around a No-Dog Rule
Cambridge University’s Selwyn College has a strict no-dogs rule for its residents. That didn’t stop the master of the college from bringing his Bassett Hound with him; it just required a rather […]
Who Says Particle Physicists Can’t Explain Things With Two Words?
In 2011, particle physicists were flabbergasted when they discovered that neutrinos could apparently travel faster than light, breaking the universal speed limit proposed by Einstein. Their result, alas, was later proven to […]
Writer’s Block Inspires an Article About Nothing
In 1974, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis published a paper entitled, “The Unsuccessful Self-Treatment of a Case of ‘Writer’s Block.” Aside from the title and a footnote, the article by Dennis […]
Meet the Millionaire and the Wicked Witch who was his Schoolteacher
Many of us had a teacher whom we suspected was a witch. In the case of Jim Backus, it was very nearly true.
Dressing for Academic Success — The Finnish Way
You might think a diploma would be the main thing a graduate would receive. In Finland, however, at least for those who earn a Ph.D., there are two other important mementos of […]
Creative Ways to Increase Student Loan Debt: the Weirdest College Courses Available
With the average annual cost of a college education being in excess of $25,000, schools are eager to give plenty of opportunities for students to spend that money. Traditional college degrees in […]
The Great Bonsai Kitten Hoax
Bonsai trees are tiny and cute. So are kittens. What could be more cute than bonsai kittens? That was the thought behind Bonsaikitten.com, a website launched in late 2000.
From Tyrant Teacher to Despicable Dictator
Benito Mussolini started out as a school teacher. He soon realized he was unsuited for the job. This was no shock to his students, who conferred a nickname upon their teacher: “The […]
After becoming President of the United States, Ronald Reagan looked back on his years as a student at Eureka College and confessed to being less than a committed scholar. “I let football […]
Asleep at the Senate
On February 7, 2017, Vice President Mike Pence became the first Vice President to cast the tie-breaking vote in the US Senate for the confirmation of a cabinet member. Under the terms […]
Promising Start for Princeton
In terms of first impressions, Princeton University could have done a lot worse than its first graduate student, James Madison. Madison enrolled at Princeton (then known as the College of New Jersey) in […]
Was He a President?
If serving as President of the United States doesn’t earn a person an unforgettable place in history, what does? Ask Alexander Hamilton and Millard Fillmore, two notable examples of American statesmen who defy […]
Together in School, War, and Death
College students have been ditching classes for centuries, but rarely in such numbers as to affect the educational institution. Even the most casual observer would have known that this was no ordinary […]
Japanese, Finnish or Chinese? The 10 Hardest Languages for English Speakers to Learn
Reposted from Unbabel Blog Learning a new language is never an easy thing to do, but there are ways to make it easier. There are also ways to make it more […]