Everybody in college hates papers. Students hate writing them so much that they buy, borrow, or steal them instead. Plagiarism is now so commonplace that if we flunked every kid who did it, we’d have a worse attrition rate than a MOOC.
Puffer, blowfish, swellfish, or, in Japanese, fugu – is perhaps the world’s most deadly fish. However, strangely in Japan, the fugu epitomises gourmet dining.
When the lives of 95 Harvard University students from the 1940s were followed up into middle age, the men with the highest intelligence test scores in college were found not to have been particularly successful in their careers. Nor did they have the greatest life satisfaction or the most happiness with friendships, family and romantic relationships.
Hinduism has a healthy tradition of settling the intellectual disagreements through debates called Shastrarth, held in full public glare. Literally, shastrarth means: Interpretation of scriptures. Later on, these debates evolved into brainstorming sessions in which participants quoted from scriptures in support of their arguments. In modern times, the weapon of shastrarth was used with considerable success by social reformers In India to purge Hinduism of various evils that had crept into it over the past 5,000 years. The most famous example of shastrarth being used to this effect is Swami Dayanand Saraswati defeating Kashi Pandits who supported idol worship.
"Bhagat Singh? Hmmmm...... Oh yes! He was a Krantikari."
The morning of August 24, A.D. 79, was clear and sunny along the Bay of Naples. In his bakeshop in the fashionable resort town of Herculaneum, Sextus Patulcus set out bread and pastries, imprinted with his initials. Greengrocer Aulus Fuferus watered the fruits and vegetables on his stand. A gem cutter worked on a delicate cameo, while a bronze caster repaired a candelabrum. Tailors, artists and tavern keepers were equally busy. The town was crowded with visitors who had come to enjoy the competitions being held in the Palestra, the athletic field, to commemorate the birthday of Augustus, the first emperor of Rome.
After leaving a 20-year career with Coast Guards in America, Alex Haley heads to New York to become a freelance writer. One year on, he still has not got a break. One day, an old acquintance of his offer him a job that carries an annual salary of $6000. A huge amount in 1960. Alex says, No. Things continue to be gloomy. Seven years later, he gets his first break: Readers' Digest commissions a fictionalized account of journey of ancestors of Alex Haley from the shores of Africa to America. It will be another nine years of research before Alex Haley publishes Roots. Read the complete account of his struggle which I read a few years ago...
The second most popular statement of Einstein, after the e=mc^2, is his quote on Stupidity: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." Yet despite changing the millennia old ideas of time and space, he himself turned out to be “spectacularly stupid” having no confidence in his own theory. Read on…
Louis Alexander Slotin was a Canadian physicist and chemist who worked on the Manhattan Project where he had been tasked with experiments with uranium and plutonium cores to determine their critical mass values, a job at which he was considered to be an expert, but nevertheless a job referred to as "tickling the tail of a sleeping dragon" by Richard Fenyman.
Heading back to New York in 1859, Robert Augustus Chesebrough had reason to despair. At 22, he had already failed at one moneymaking idea, selling kerosene, because it had become too expensive. Then he’d gone to Pennsylvania, hoping to get in on the market for black gold, but prices were already soaring–$20 a barrel, or $400 in today’s equivalent.