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Pa. students enrolling in online gym classes

Rosemary sends me this link from PhillyBurbs.com: About 600 students are enrolled at Pennsylvania Learners Online, a cyber charter school where online gym is a requirement, and 12 others are enrolled in a program called e-Cademy to make up a failed credit. Rich Campsie, who teaches physical education at e-Cademy and at Pennsylvania Learners Online, said he works with students one-on-one through an online interface to teach them about concepts…

Chess boxers slug it out

I’m not usually interested in sports, but this sounds fantastic: chess boxing. Berlin is home to the world’s biggest chess boxing club with some 40 members and it is in an old freight station here that the two men settled the matter early yesterday. The match began over a chess board set up on a low table in the middle of a boxing ring. Stripped to the waist, wearing towels…

July 7, 1936: Get a Grip — Phillips Screws Up the Toolbox

This Wired article also mentions the Canadian Roberts variation. When I was living in Canada, I remember being annoyed at having to buy special screwdrivers for furniture that I bought there.  I actually came across a set of Roberts power tool heads that someone had thrown into a gutter. True story.  The Phillips screw and screwdriver were patented this day in 1936.Courtesy U.S Patent and Trademark Office 1936: Henry F.…