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Retired Teacher Reveals He Was Illiterate Until Age 48

Frighteningly sad story from a San Diego TV station. For 17 years Corcoran taught high school for the Oceanside School District. Relying on teacher’s assistants for help and oral lesson plans, he said he did a great job at teaching his students. “What I did was I created an oral and visual environment. There wasn’t the written word in there. I always had two or three teacher’s assistants in each…

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Interview: Bjarne P. Tveskov, Classic LEGO Space Designer – Boing Boing Gadgets

Boing Boing interviews Bjarne P. Tveskov, a Lego designer who created many of the classic Space sets from the 80s.  I still have all my space legos, and my kids and I regularly play with them. My LEGO career started when I was 17 years old; I saw an ad in the Sunday newspaper, they were looking for designers for the Space product line. No formal qualifications were required so…

The Science of Fairy Tales

A somewhat silly, but still amusing piece from Live Science: Given that blondes generally have about 140,000 hairs on their heads, her hair should easily support the weight of many, many princes. However, there is more to this story. If Rapunzel simply let down her hair and the prince started climbing immediately, her hair would not break, but it might rip out. Also, the rest of her body might not…