School is almost at an end. I have to say, eighth grade wasn't as bad as I'd thought it'd be. It was challenging at times, sure. I probably procrastinated too much more times and on levels I'm not willing to admit. But I have to say I think I'm ready for high school. I'm not sure what it will bring, but I don't think it can really be all that bad. Goodbye, middle school.
School is (unfortunately) back, at least for me and my class. Here are some educational facts for you to know.
In the year of 2012, 31 million students of a primary school dropped out. 32 million had to repeat a grade. Things are bleak in the sub-Saharan, where about 11 million people left school before completion of their primary education. In South and West Asia, this number amounted to about 13 and a half million.
Interestingly enough, boys are more likely to drop out of school or repeat a grade than girls. Girls, however, are less likely to begin school.
The fact is, school is much of a pain for us, but it is more of a pain for others who have trouble even being able to go to school.
Find out more at: https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-education-around-world (Source)
I don't know about you, but playing cards are one of my favorite things ever invented. Playing cards were invented in Imperial China. To give you a sense of time, Imperial China (the Qin Dynasty) lasted until 206 BC, over 2,000 years ago! In the fourteenth century, playing cards entered Europe, with very different suits than what we are used to. The four suits of the Mameluke pack of cards were polo sticks, coins, swords, and cups. In the late fourteenth century, the use of playing cards spread rapidly and began being mentioned in documents. Designs of playing cards changed, and so did the rules. The ace, which is usually the highest value, used to always be lowest (after all, it is just one). The joker was introduced to the deck in the U.S. for the game of Euchre, but it eventually spread to other games. Today, the "standard" pack of playing cards uses the French suits (spades, clubs, diamonds, hearts), two jokers, and four of the following: aces, kings, queens, jacks, and ranks 2-10. That is the summarized history of playing cards. What's your favorite card game? Mine is hearts. Tell me in comments!
You may never visit outer space, but here are some interesting facts about it. Outer space is not completely empty, but is made up of a vacuum with many particles, including plasma, hydrogen, helium, electromagnetic radiation, magnetic fields and more. There is no real boundary where the atmosphere ends and space begins, but areas are still defined. One popular boundary, the Kármán line, places it at 62 mi (100 km) above sea level. This area is in the thermosphere, where space stations orbit. Past the thermosphere is the exosphere, the highest level yet defined. But, let's get back to space itself. In space, there is no friction, allowing things like planets and stars to simply move along freely in their orbits. Matter is still existent in the vacuum of space, but there is a low density of matter. To show this, let's put it this way: In space, per cubic meter, there are a few atoms of hydrogen. On Earth, there are 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms of hydrogen in the air we breath per cubic meter. That's amazing!
Languages, in my opinion, are some of the most interesting things in existence. Here are some language facts! Did you know that in languages like Spanish, double negatives are acceptable? In Italian the phrase "I love you" literally means "I want well for you". Also, English is one of the only languages on Earth that has different words for animals and the meat that comes from those animals. Some of the most spoken languages come from Europe, but most of the world's spoken languages are spoken in Asia and Africa. Languages are borrowing from each other. English came from many different languages, but many European languages are borrowing from English! "Perfect bilinguals" exist. These people can speak two different languages equally well, though most bilinguals speak one better than the other. European languages, for the most part, can be put into these three categories: Germanic, Romance, and Slavic. Well, I hope that was enough for you! Adios!
If you are reading this, you probably live in Pennsylvania. But have you ever illegally slept on a refrigerator outdoors? Because if you did, you have broken the law. What about catching a fish in your hands? Not in this state you can't. Also, you are not allowed to catch fish using dynamite. You can't buy a mattress on Sunday in Washington. It's also illegal there to pretend your parents are rich. Don't play cards in Indiana. A three dollar fine per pack will be imposed on you under the Act for the Prevention of Gaming.
These laws may all seem dumb, but they are all true. Find out some more at http://www.dumblaws.com/
If you've ever wondered about the NSA, I don't blame you. Most everyone knows they have a large amount of access to a large amount of things. But here's something special - The NSA has worked with Google to put their own special coding in Android phones. This means that about 75% of the world's phones have NSA coding inside them.
Source: Alltime 10's.
Have you ever wished you had done something differently because of the big effect it had afterward? Well, you've made both the right and the wrong choice at that same time. Based on the multiverse theory, everything that could have happened at one point, did. This means that every single possibility of anything happening at anytime, happened. If this is too confusing, just think of it like this: every time you make a decision, you are creating at least one new universe. There are other multiverse theories, too, but I found this one to be the most interesting.
Seriously. I'm not even kidding. It is now possible to go past the speed of light without distintigrating or traveling into the future or past. That is, you can go faster than frozen light particles. But light nonetheless. German scientists at the Technische Universität Darmstadtadt successfully froze light for one minute. They fired a control laser through a crystal containing praseodymium ions. Then, a second laser was fired, and at the exact moment the laser hit the crystal, the first control laser was turned off. light in the crystal from the control laser was brought to a halt and the second laser froze the light.
So, if you want to shorten all that up, you can say that it is possible to freeze light if you have a couple expensive lasers and a special crystal.
Sources: Vsauce2, gizmag.com
And, leaving off with an interesting and a bit scary note, if aliens are not proven to exist, why does the Code of Federal Regulations prohibit citizens from interacting with aliens?
Peace out, and... be awesome? **shudders**
A woodchuck would chuck 361.9237001 cubic centimeters a day if a woodchuck could chuck wood. That is, if the conclusion of a group of people remains true. Woodchucks were given pieces of wood to eat and were timed to see how fast they ate it. They finally decided on 361.9237001 cubic centimeters a day. So there you go!