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By Taylor Neuman
Remember when you were in high school and you’d moan and groan to your teachers about how you’d never use what they were teaching you?
Well you were right. Sort of, anyway.
As this list can attest to, a large chunk of things we learned in high school become pretty irrelevant after we graduate.
10) Learning How To Climb The Rope In Gym Class
Gym class was always fun, it was your time to get away from all those hard math and English classes. There is one thing I will never understand though, why was it so important for us to learn how to climb a rope? Did they think we’d have ropes just hanging from the balconies of our college classes? Or did they assume we’d be studying in the middle of a jungle? I never have once climbed a rope in my 3 years of college, and I do not plan on it.
9) Dissecting A Frog
When was the last time you dissected a frog in college? I can’t remember a time I’d even want to let alone be forced to. In high school it mas mandatory you learned how to dissect a frog, a worm, a pig and even a cat… BUT WHY!? (Zip it up biology majors.)
8) Locker Combinations
Lockers were a hassle, either they were too small and you’d have to learn how to fit everything in it or after a long break you’d forget your combination. Cleaning them out at the end of the year was a scary experience because you never remembered what was behind all those books. In college, lockers are non-existent and aren’t we happy about that?
7) Dress Code
This was always an issue, especially for girls. You couldn’t wear sleeveless shirts and your shorts and skirts had to be three finger lengths above your knee. I remember measuring my outfits every morning to make sure I wasn’t going to get detention for having my skirt too short. After college it’s a free for all, wear whatever you want with absolutely no consequences. (Except for the scorn of your classmates)
6) Memorizing Romeo and Juliet
Memorizing Romeo and Juliet and then reciting it in a British accent was a joke, I swear they just made us learn it to embarrass us and get some entertainment out of it. It’s so cruel and yet looking back it’s just too hilarious.
5) Learning How To Play The Recorder
What was the teacher’s thought process when deciding that it was necessary we learned how to play a recorder? Why didn’t we learn the flute, trumpet or drums? The recorder is probably one of the most useless instruments there are and to be honest they don’t sound too pretty either. Actually, I don’t think it is possible to play the recorder well.
4) Memorizing The Periodic Table
Have you ever just sat in your apartment one day and wondered what the atomic number for Argon is? NO, you never have because you are a normal human being. Memorizing the periodic table is as useless as using an umbrella when it’s sunny out.
3) Learning How To Spell Words Out On The Calculator
Remember when you’d sit math so confused and bored out of your minds you’d try anything to keep yourself entertained? We all have tried to spell things on our calculators; I probably learned how to come up with more words on my calculator than actual math problems. Thanks Algebra for teaching me how to spell Boobs with numbers.
2) Knowing All The Dinosaur Names
It’s funny how we spend so much time in High School learning different dinosaur names when they’re extinct. I can’t remember the last time I was looking out my window and spotted a T-Rex… I barely know my friends dog breeds.
1) Selling Coupon Books
The thought of selling coupon books makes me cringe even now. I can say I’m honestly glad that it is completely out of the picture in college. The only coupon book you use in college is the kind the happy orientation people hand you at the start of the year. You know what I’m taking about- the one with about 75 free pizzas from Hungry Howies in it.
Did we miss anything good? Let us know in the comments below and we might add it to the list!
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By Allyn Farach
The hacktivist group Anonymous is ramping up its war on ISIS with the release of information how to take down social media accounts associated with the terrorist organization.
“This system coordinates all of the efforts so that they are all working together and sharing to ensure a highly effective fighting force. Its results are staggering. When people work together, they are unstoppable,” the group said in explaining their tactics.
The guides provided by Anonymous detail such things as DDoS-ing, cracking passwords, and how to take down an account. In response, members of ISIS have sent around information on how to not get hacked, recalling details such as not talking to strangers or changing one’s IP repeatedly.
The group has also received recognition from official antiterrorism groups. Retired American General David Petraeus said in an recent interview that what he has seen so far of Anonymous’ work “would be of considerable value to those engaged in counter-terrorism initiatives.”
But could this form of vigilantism actually be of any help? Computer security blogger Olivier Laurelli told AFP that it could harm police operations to find members of ISIS.
“To close those accounts is to leave police deaf and blind around some matters,” Laurelli the French news service. “It is important to know that one account is in France, another in Syria or in Iraq.”
Furthermore, the wrong person could be accused or attacked.
Sunil Tripathi was identified by members of Reddit as the man who had coordinated the Boston Marathon bombing. News outlets such as the BBC reported him as the prime suspect by the FBI, but Tripathi was found dead shortly after the brothers Tsarnev were arrested.
Not only did the Reddit users’ actions take away from the actual perpetrators of the crime, it applied guilt onto a person who wasn’t guilty and may have led to their deaths.
It is unclear whether Anonymous will have a similar record in combating ISIS.
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This is an interesting video that we just came across. And for all you young entrepreneurs out there, it also has an important lesson- you can never really know where your idea or business is going.
In the video, a young Mark Zuckerberg talks about his dreams for “The Facebook” and they are pretty different than what Facebook has become a decade later.
Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below:
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