16 Maps That Could Make Us Adore Geography Class

This world isn’t just about boundaries between countries. Our planet is so huge and diverse that there are many unusual criteria we can use to compare different parts of it.

Bright Side invites you to take a look at the world depicted in unusual maps that reveal some very interesting facts.

16. The world divided into 7 regions, each with a population of 1 billion

15. Average working hours per week in Europe

14. A map of cities founded by the Roman Empire

13. Incredible Antarctica

12. International dialogue

11. All countries that use the MMDDYYYY format

10. Average age per country in Europe

9. The first day of the week in different countries

The blue color stands for Sunday, yellow stands for Monday, and green stands for Saturday.

8. Different countries’ climate analogs in Australia (the main part)

7. European population below the poverty line

6. The world of time zones

5. The highest temperature ever recorded in Europe

4. The percentage of more and less emotional people in the world

3. The number of US dollar billionaires in Europe

The number in the bottom row is the actual number of billionaires, the number in the upper row is the number of US dollar billionaires per 10 million people.

2. A map in which each section has 10% of the world’s population

1. Countries that don’t use the metric system

Which map is the most interesting? Tell us your opinions in the comments!

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/16-maps-that-could-make-us-adore-geography-class-659660/

A Teen Baked Her Grandfather's Ashes into Cookies and Fed Them to Her Class

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The “fine line” saying is one that certainly gets abused all too often, and in the case of this classroom prank involving sugar cookies, I’d say it’s totally inappropriate. 

I don’t think that there’s a “fine line” between love and hate. When you love someone then you’re going to do anything you can to help them.

Sure, you might “hate” it when they commit destructive behaviors or go out of their way to ruin their lives when it’s very clear that they should make better decisions, but you don’t ever hate the person if you love them, because, you know, love and hate are total opposites. That’s like saying there’s a fine line between being dry and wet. Either you’re wet or you’re not.

I’d argue that the same exact logic can be applied to pranks, there’s no “fine line” between a prank being harmless fun and going way too far to the point where it causes long-term psychological and emotional harm.

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Anyone who takes two seconds to think about the consequences of their actions knows when they’re going too far. They just choose to ignore that little voice in the back of their head that’s screaming “don’t do it, don’t do it” and go on ahead with the insanity they planned.

In the case of this Davis High School student, I’d say she ignored the better part of her judgment HARD when she decided (allegedly) to go ahead with the thought of actually baking her dead grandfather’s ashes into sugar cookies and then sharing them with the rest of her class.

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The female student at Da Vinci Charter Academy waltzed into her school carrying the cookies and handed them out to at least nine other students who consumed the baked treats that were packing Pappy’s remains.

But here’s where things get extra weird, disgusting, and freaky: Some of the students who ate the cookies allegedly knew that they had ashes in them. That’s right, they knowingly consumed ash cookies.

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Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov, AKA the most relatable officer in the world, is working the case of the ashy-cookies and gave the best response to these events in the history of police interviews.

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The mention of the sigh is what makes this whole news piece, and I’d like to nominate Hailey Branson-Potts, who wrote the LA Times article about this disgusting incident, for a Pulitzer for including it.

Because the case is just so profoundly bizarre, Doroshov and his team are having a difficult time coming up with an official charge for the crime, because they need to see which laws baking someone’s remains into cookies violates.

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As crazy as it is to imagine that there are students who would knowingly eat the ashes, we mustn’t forget the young’uns who thought they were scarfing down some wonderfully ordinary sugar cookies. Or this one kid who thought he was getting a “special” one.

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There were two female students involved in bringing the cookies into the school, but they aren’t related and authorities are still trying to get to the bottom of why they would do such a thing in the first place.

They could potentially be facing one of two charges if found guilty. The first could be in reference to a California penal code section that pertains to improperly disposing of human remains, but officers investigating the incident believe that a public nuisance charge may be more fitting for the crime.

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Oh, and in case you were wondering what eating ashy cookies are like, or if you’re paranoid that someone’s going to try and pull the same stunt on you, just read up on the unfortunate student’s account of what it was like chowing down on one of them.

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If there’s any bright side to be found out of this revolting debacle, it’s that the students are at least cooperating with authorities as they attempt to understand the best way to proceed to respond to such a nasty act.

I just feel bad for the school’s principal, Tyler Millsap, who had to address the incident in a letter that was sent out to the parents of the entire student body. He expressed his sadness that the story was “taken up by the media,” and I honestly feel for you Tyler, but what did you think was going to happen?

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The principal wrote:

“…this issue going on right now has been particularly challenging and our staff has responded appropriately and in the most respectful and dignified way possible for all the students and families involved.  I can say that those who were involved are remorseful and this is now a personal family matter and we want to respect the privacy of the families involved.”

The reactions on social media is a combination of horror and hilarity. Some are laying out clear instructions for what can and can’t be done with their remains after they finally kick the bucket. One shouldn’t have to exactly spell out these accommodations, but I guess you can never be too sure.

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Just some free advice to Doroshov’s crew: You might want to see if these girls have either Practical Magic or The Craft in their home movie collection. I bet this is some wannabe-witch stuff these girls are trying to pull. Either that, or their grandfather had a very twisted sense of humor/last wish request.

Source : https://undefined/trending/2018/10/17/ZivAo7/urn-ash-sugar-cookies

The Internet Is Obsessed with One Girl's Impeccable Attempt at Class Photos

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Thanks to the internet, there is no shortage of class photos that are so absolutely priceless, they make us wish we hadn’t already graduated college. As fall rolls in and students everywhere are adapting to new schedules and getting their grasp on more homework and papers to write, it’s becoming every parent’s favorite time of the year: picture day.

I distinctly remember picture day growing up. It wasn’t as fun as it might have been for my non-uniformed peers who got to wear their favorite outfits and immortalize their youthful sense of fashion with academic backdrops of chalkboards and children’s books. But believe me when I say that the year I rocked braces and glasses was priceless enough, both for my memory all these years later and for my parents who received proofs of my ugly duckling “phase” in the mail.

And while I just shudder to think of those photos and whether my family even purchased any that year, other students are delighting the world — or at least, the internet — with their creative, hilarious, and inspiring attempts at picture day.

Addison’s class photos went viral when her mom, Laura Pyle, posted about them on Facebook.

She wrote: 

Y’all. THIS IS THE BEST [SCREW] UP I HAVE EVER DONE. 

I let Addison pick her dress out for picture day. She picked a green dress. I didn’t think anything of it… Until I received the email with her proofs in it.

THERE ARE 87 STYLES. I NEED THEM ALL. 

I originally ordered the purple.

And Laura even shared a sneak peek into these 87 ingenious pictures.

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It’s not exactly obvious from these headshots what makes the photos so incredibly unique and priceless, but if you’ve read about Addison’s outfit carefully, you might be able to imagine what’s coming.

Yup, that’s right. Her favorite dress, which Laura told Distractify “is currently a sparkly green number,” blended perfectly into all the academic and pastoral settings the photographer switched out for the green screen backdrop the class photos were taken against. 

“I told her she could choose her picture day outfit and that’s what she asked to wear,” her mother told us.

So imagine her surprise when she opened an email attachment from the school and realized just how incredible her daughter’s class photos were:

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I mean… WOW. It doesn’t matter if the photo’s shot in landscape or in portrait, with a backdrop scene of foliage or a patriotic American flag. It’s sheer perfection that actually only gets better the more class pictures of Addison you see.

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My personal favorite part of these pictures is how her dress shimmers no matter what color it turns into.

I asked Laura how she felt about her daughter’s sartorial choices, down to the beautiful necklace she chose to pair with her green dress. Laura says the necklace was one her “mother selected for [Addison] when she was a baby, before passing from cancer.”

As for the photos? “I was completely surprised,” she told Distractify. “I wasn’t thinking, and it never crossed my mind that her photographer might use a green screen.”

Come to think of it, this might be a modern technique, because I’m pretty sure school photographers brought their own classic blue-white-ish seamless that they rolled out and placed on a stand before asking us all to say “cheese.”

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“I posted a few screenshots on my page to give my friends and family a laugh at my mom-brain fail, and only made it public when a few asked to share,” Laura continued. “We still find her photos hilarious, we laugh every time we see them.” 

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To be honest, so do we. Especially at that impressive shimmer. As for Addison’s reaction to going viral? 

She is “loving all the wonderful comments she received from all over the world,” gushed her mom.

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The pictures are absolutely priceless, and I hope she keeps enough of them to be able to tell her kids how she became internet-famous at such a young age.

“We all have a healthy sense of humor, so we absolutely love them,” said Laura of the Pyle family. “And I love that so many people are getting a chuckle from my screw-up.”

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We commend Addison for her incredible foresight, which led to the most hilarious class photos to unintentionally grace the internet. 

I even asked the mom if Addison would keep her personal green-screen trend going up until high school graduation, as that would make for an amazing photo album over the years. 

“She already asked me if she could,” she replied. “Now that she knows what happens.” 

Keep up the viral fame, Addison! We look forward to your photos next year.

Source : https://undefined/trending/2018/10/11/Z2deckK/picture-day-outfit

One Girl's Picture Day Fail Made for This Year's Best Class Photos

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Thanks to the internet, there is no shortage of class photos that are so absolutely priceless, they make us wish we hadn’t already graduated college. As fall rolls in and students everywhere are adapting to new schedules and getting their grasp on more homework and papers to write, it’s becoming every parent’s favorite time of the year: picture day.

I distinctly remember picture day growing up. It wasn’t as fun as it might have been for my non-uniformed peers who got to wear their favorite outfits and immortalize their youthful sense of fashion with academic backdrops of chalkboards and children’s books. But believe me when I say that the year I rocked braces and glasses was priceless enough, both for my memory all these years later and for my parents who received proofs of my ugly duckling “phase” in the mail.

And while I just shudder to think of those photos and whether my family even purchased any that year, other students are delighting the world — or at least, the internet — with their creative, hilarious, and inspiring attempts at picture day.

Addison’s class photos went viral when her mom, Laura Pyle, posted about them on Facebook.

She wrote: 

Y’all. THIS IS THE BEST [SCREW] UP I HAVE EVER DONE. 

I let Addison pick her dress out for picture day. She picked a green dress. I didn’t think anything of it… Until I received the email with her proofs in it.

THERE ARE 87 STYLES. I NEED THEM ALL. 

I originally ordered the purple.

And Laura even shared a sneak peek into these 87 ingenious pictures.

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It’s not exactly obvious from these headshots what makes the photos so incredibly unique and priceless, but if you’ve read about Addison’s outfit carefully, you might be able to imagine what’s coming.

Yup, that’s right. Her favorite dress, which Laura told Distractify “is currently a sparkly green number,” blended perfectly into all the academic and pastoral settings the photographer switched out for the green screen backdrop the class photos were taken against. 

“I told her she could choose her picture day outfit and that’s what she asked to wear,” her mother told us.

So imagine her surprise when she opened an email attachment from the school and realized just how incredible her daughter’s class photos were:

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I mean… WOW. It doesn’t matter if the photo’s shot in landscape or in portrait, with a backdrop scene of foliage or a patriotic American flag. It’s sheer perfection that actually only gets better the more class pictures of Addison you see.

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My personal favorite part of these pictures is how her dress shimmers no matter what color it turns into.

I asked Laura how she felt about her daughter’s sartorial choices, down to the beautiful necklace she chose to pair with her green dress. Laura says the necklace was one her “mother selected for [Addison] when she was a baby, before passing from cancer.”

As for the photos? “I was completely surprised,” she told Distractify. “I wasn’t thinking, and it never crossed my mind that her photographer might use a green screen.”

Come to think of it, this might be a modern technique, because I’m pretty sure school photographers brought their own classic blue-white-ish seamless that they rolled out and placed on a stand before asking us all to say “cheese.”

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“I posted a few screenshots on my page to give my friends and family a laugh at my mom-brain fail, and only made it public when a few asked to share,” Laura continued. “We still find her photos hilarious, we laugh every time we see them.” 

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To be honest, so do we. Especially at that impressive shimmer. As for Addison’s reaction to going viral? 

She is “loving all the wonderful comments she received from all over the world,” gushed her mom.

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The pictures are absolutely priceless, and I hope she keeps enough of them to be able to tell her kids how she became internet-famous at such a young age.

“We all have a healthy sense of humor, so we absolutely love them,” said Laura of the Pyle family. “And I love that so many people are getting a chuckle from my screw-up.”

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We commend Addison for her incredible foresight, which led to the most hilarious class photos to unintentionally grace the internet. 

I even asked the mom if Addison would keep her personal green-screen trend going up until high school graduation, as that would make for an amazing photo album over the years. 

“She already asked me if she could,” she replied. “Now that she knows what happens.” 

Keep up the viral fame, Addison! We look forward to your photos next year.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/10/11/Z2deckK/picture-day-outfit

This Artist Offering "Free Portraits" Just Gave a Master Class in Trolling

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We all know that one person who, after finding out you work in X industry, is always asking for free help or services that you otherwise receive compensation for on a daily basis. Artist @jonarton, who showcases a lot of his work on Instagram, has found an interesting way of getting back at folks like this by offering some free portraits.

I don’t know who raised these people to be so brazenly forward in expecting you to do something for them for free, especially when they have no relation to you whatsoever and you’re just meeting them for the first time, but there are some industries and occupations in which people feel more comfortable asking for free work.

For some reason, artists, illustrators, painters, etc., must give off this air that they’ve got nothing better to do with their lives than handling free commissions for strangers on the internet all day, because there are tons of “customers” who either want to pay them less than minimum wage for their work, or nothing at all.

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But Jon, after getting a sizable following on Instagram and probably being fed up with the number of requests from randos asking for free drawings, decided to play a little trolling experiment on them.

And like any amazing prank, he set it up as something completely wholesome, with underlying tones of sarcasm. It, thankfully, lured a bunch of people who wanted something for free into his inbox.

As I’m now over 45k followers I thought it would only be right in giving you, the little people something back.
My DMs are full of free drawing requests so I thought, why not do a few more!
Nothing gives me more pleasure than offering a few down-and-out people who can’t afford a piece of art the opportunity to own something priceless. I imagine these stunning pieces will be passed down from generation to generation as one man’s (me) example of selfless generosity. I don’t expect adoration or applause all I ask from you is a handful of likes, a few follows and maybe some comments such as “lol” and “this Jonarton guys real swell!”
Thank you all! 

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I can only imagine the satisfaction that Jon received when this person, who knows that he’s capable of crafting some amazing art, received this little doodle of Harry Styles. I’d like to think that the DM’er, who came off as kind of rude and a bit much, was confused at first.

Then, I hope it dawned on them, slowly, that they got played. And I hope that they appreciated that fact, because after all, they’re asking a highly skilled and talented individual to provide their services for free.

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For some requesters, Jon improved upon their original photos by adding a little more zazz and pep to them, like this woman who got a cute sun hanging above her head.

What I don’t get is that he’s clearly posting his roasts of these poor fools online, yet still seems to be receiving free drawing requests. I guess people don’t take the time to check his Instagram feed before they ask.

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The best is when people actually respond to Jon after they receive their work. “Backwards hat girl” at least seemed to take the troll drawing on the chin. I love that she had to clarify she wasn’t whistling in her picture.

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The best though, is when he goes out of his way to make the drawings extra hilarious. Like when he turned this girl asking for a free photo into a Conehead.

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Now, of course I feel bad for a kid who’s just trying to get his girlfriend a gift for her birthday. But, you know, maybe you should’ve saved up some money to get her a suitable present  instead of begging artists for free stuff online, if getting her something meant that much to you.

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All right, I’m not going to lie, I kind of really like this doggy one. Maybe Jon has a soft spot for animals and decided not to mess with this little guy too much. I also have to say that I’m digging each of the comments he puts on these drawings too.

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Sort of reminds me of this excellent scene from The Simpsons when the family’s trying to get Bart to not be such a terror during family photo day. Just classic.

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Out of all the comments though, this Michael Jackson one is probably the best, because I totally hear it in his voice every time I read it. Come on, read it to yourself three times, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

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Can you believe that some people actually got upset at their free drawing and tried to shame Jon into feeling bad about being “greedy” because he doesn’t provide them with work without charging them?

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How he turned the paper sideways was a pro move, as was making her expression especially awful/hilarious. I hope he makes this a recurring post. If you’re into his work, you can check out his Instagram page here.

Source : https://undefined/humor/2018/09/28/zzeXK/free-portrait-artist-trolling

This Fifth Grader Just Schooled a Boy in Her Class With Six Simple Rules

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Crushes are very common on the playground — but when it’s not reciprocated, it can be heartbreaking for a young child. However, one fifth grader took matters into her own hands when her classmate wasn’t taking her hints. 

In 2016, Zoe unknowingly schooled one boy, Noah, on consent when she wrote him a note with her “rules and regulations.” Using a colorful array of markers, Zoe broke down the six simple rules she expected him to follow now that she made it clear she did not want to be his girlfriend. 

Thanks to a friend of Zoe’s teacher’s, we are able to see these “rules” and share with some grown-ups who still haven’t learned how to talk to woman. “My friend who’s a 5th grade teacher just sent this to me! I’m dead,” Denver Jones tweeted before sharing Zoe’s rules, which begin with “Do not  touch my shoulder.”

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That should be self-explanatory, but Zoe wanted Noah to realize that personal space is very important. Speaking of personal space, Zoe follows up that rule with, “Do not get behind me with all that playing and foolishness. (Do not get behind me at all).”

You hear that Noah? Stay away from our girl. She does not want to see or hear you, as per rule No. 3 which reads, “Do not speak to me unless it’s a greeting, which will never be.” 

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Rule No. 4 reminds Noah that these rules apply off the school yard as well. “Stop playing with me on the bus,” she wrote before adding, “I have a short temper with people and you ruin my day because you play [too] much.” 

Now, Zoe doesn’t have to give a reason why she doesn’t want to be bothered by Noah, but we’re glad she did. And just in case Noah didn’t understand any of the rules, the sixth item goes, “Reread 500 times.”

Yes, 500 times. So, why doesn’t Zoe like Noah? She explains all in her seventh and final rule. “You like me (as a GF) but I don’t like you (as a BF) I’m [too0 young],” she added. 

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And just in case Noah didn’t get the message, she wrote, “If you break any of these rules I’m calling my dad, my mom’s friend, my fake mom, and a janitor I know!” 

Bye, Noah. After going viral, women of all ages related with Zoe’s rules — proving that laying down your boundaries is universal. 

“Zoe is my hero! She’s got consent and boundaries down, communicates very clearly. No excuses, Noah,” one Twitter user wrote. Another added, “10-year-old child exercising her right to bodily autonomy. Noah (and other boys) should take note and respect her wishes!”

A third chimed in, “Her strict rules are good. They aren’t even strict rules, they are just this girl expressing her freedom of choice. She should definitely never have to a janitor! Hopefully one day he’ll stop playing so much.” Preach. 

Two years later, it seems consent is still something young men are “struggling” to understand. 

High schooler Emma Thatcher shared her two cents on the issue, tweeting, “Hello, female high school student here. I would just like to say that the emergence of this whole ‘teenage boys should get a pass because they’re not mature enough to understand consent’ narrative is probably one of the most unsettling things I have ever witnessed.”

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Maybe Zoe’s rules and regulations should be mandatory reading for everyone? Just a thought… 

Source : https://undefined/humor/2018/09/21/ZR0xWW/how-to-talk-to-girls

11 Times Reading a Note Aloud in Class Backfired on the Teacher

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It might have seemed like a good idea at first — punishing students by humiliating them in front of their peers — but for some teachers, that plan quickly backfired.

Especially when it comes to make teens read the notes they were caught passing in class out loud in front of everyone. Educators (and students) from across America shared their most cringeworthy stories on reddit and reminded everyone that sometimes it’s just easier to throw the note away and pass out a detention slip. 

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Honesty is the best policy.

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Ruined surprise.

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Gross.

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Always read the note first.

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You shall not pass.

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Leave the parodies to Weird Al.

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Paper planes.

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That time of the month.

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Surprise!

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Accidentally outing someone…

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Some parting words of advice.

Source : https://undefined/humor/2018/09/21/Z2itcfu/passing-notes-class

This Entire Graduating High School Class Has a Banker to Thank for Their Education

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Paying for college is becoming increasingly difficult in America. Heck, even if you manage to get a job and work for ten years straight after graduating, paying back your student loans entirely off still seems next to impossible.

Congratulations! You busted your behind and now you’ve got a bunch of debt. So you work a job that isn’t your dream job, because you have a ton of debt, just so, you know, you can get out of your debt. It’s all a big, nasty scam.

Which is why Dennis Frandsen might as well go waltzing around with a pair of angel wings, because he’s already committed to paying for the entire 2019 graduating class of Luck, Wisconsin’s first two years of college. Crazy, right? Well the story gets a whole lot crazier.

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Because, as it turns out, this isn’t the first time’s Dennis has made the unbelievably kind gesture. The 59 students who graduated at Rush City High School were on the receiving end of his magnanimity last year.

The reason behind Dennis’ decision to pay for college for students who didn’t receive top scholarships is a personal one, and it has a lot to do with his own inspirational success story.

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The wealthy self-made banker—who now operates 35 branches of Frandsen Bank and Trust throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin—was never really a student to wow teachers or colleges with his grades.

Dennis attends high school graduations often and got to thinking about the other “average” students that were left out of scholarship offers and funds from colleges, which is what prompted him to basically buy out two-year college tuition fees for an entire graduating class. 

“What about the average students? Are we just going to forget about them?” Dennis asked rhetorically in an interview with local news station KARE 11’s Boyd Huppert.

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Dennis went on to speak about his charitable act in the same interview, making it almost seem like the deed was an obligation on his part.

“I thought it was the right thing to do. I was able to do it and why shouldn’t I.”

So why the students of Luck, Wisconsin? For Dennis, a lot of it has to do with loyalty to his roots and where he grew up, even if he only spent a year going to high school there.

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Dennis ended up transferring to the nearby town of Frederic’s school because they had better bus lines, but it hasn’t stopped him from repping Luck in a variety of ways.

The banker ended up buying the farm land that his father once owned, and opened up one of his bank branches in the town, which created jobs for members of the community.

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Luck’s Superintendent of Public Schools, Cory Hinkel, says that Dennis is way more modest than he needs to be about the entire situation, stating that his gift makes a huge difference for members of the small community.

Luck is like many towns in America where students aren’t afforded as many opportunities as those in affluent areas, so, according to Cory, Dennis’ gift is huge:

“This just opens up doors for those whose doors may have been closed a little harder,” Cory said.

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In addition to his double entire-graduating-class-payoffs, Dennis has established the “Frandsen Family Foundation.” It’s an organization dedicated to paying college tuition fees for kids from small towns.

He also plans to cover the tuition expenses again for the High School seniors at Rush City again, probably because he’s just that nice of a guy. I mean, it’s amazing he’s already done it twice.

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If you still don’t have any idea of how bad the student debt crisis is in America is, let me just tell you that it’s come to the point where people are lining up for a chance to get on a game show—not to win money for a down payment or to enjoy a vacation in sunny Orlando… They’re trying to get their loans paid off.

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That’s right, they’re basically vying for a chance to get at zero, that’s the state of student debt and college loans right now. Some states are already recognizing just how big of a problem it’s become and they’ve begun offering free tuition for qualifying residents.

New York’s Excelsior scholarship, Rhode Island’s Promise scholarship, Oregon’s Promise grant, and Tennessee’s Reconnect program are all serving up full coverage of tuition fees for Residents.

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There are some stipulations that apply to these scholarships, however. For example, the Excelsior scholarship asks that students work and live in the state of New York for three years after receiving the funds to cover their tuition fees at a state university. If you leave NY before that time, you’ll have to repay the money the state gave you on a prorated payment plan (it’s adjusted for the amount of time you worked/lived in NY after graduating).

It’s awesome that there are people like Dennis out there who are more than willing to give back to their communities. However, it’s not a good look for our country’s educational system that students need to rely on the private charity of strangers just because they wanted an education. (h/t KARE 11)

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/09/07/Z18yhl3/banker-class-tuition-bill

College Freshman Plays Prank, Ends up Getting Pulled from Class by FBI

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It’s never a good feeling when you’re driving and those red and blue lights start flashing behind you but I know an even worse feeling: getting pulled from a college class by several FBI agents…for pulling a prank.

As insane as it sounds, that’s what happened to redditor ShortTail359. He revealed the details of the insane series of events that led to him being asked to step out of his class by four FBI agents in an unbelievably tense post.

To call his story a “wild ride” would be an understatement. Buckle up and prepare to see how even the most good-natured of pranks can have you sh–ting bricks.

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ShortTail thought he would be cheeky by starting off his freshman year of college by saying that he was going on a “business trip” out of state. In truth, he was really just having lunch with his parents, but his friends didn’t know that. All they knew was what ShortTail told them: that the nature of his business was somewhat illegal.

Obligatory “this happened a few months ago.”

This was easily the most stressful rollercoaster of an event that I hope I ever experience.

The scene is freshman year of college. I’m a wide-eyed innocent student having a great time away from his parents. I’ve made some good friends and enjoy messing with them. As such, I decide to pull a little prank on them. It starts with a simple idea: I’m going to Ohio on a business trip. I was actually going to lunch with my parents, but this was a more fun story. I hadn’t initially thought out this entire prank, but just like high school presentations, I decided to wing it. Every so often I would go on these out-of-state “business” trips, but I stayed vague as to what my business was. I told them that it was somewhat illegal, but in more of a gray area.

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As the weeks progressed, ShortTail decided to add to the narrative: he had employees to bail out of prison. Our narrator sent “accidental” text messages that showed stacks of cash that mistakenly went to the wrong person. His fellow students were very, very intrigued.

My friends were incredibly intrigued by my illicit endeavors, and as time went on, they began to ask more questions about this business. I still had little to no plan for this ordeal, but boy did I milk it. I had them convinced that there were overseas bank accounts with millions of dollars in them and that I had several people involved in this business. At one point, I told them the story of how one of my employees got caught trespassing on government property and I had to pay $10,000 to bail him out. I would “accidentally” send a picture of several thousand dollars, claiming it was meant to go to someone else with no other explanation. 

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This went on for several months up until about April. The semester was coming to a close, and I had to figure out a finale for my little project. My roommates were in on my prank and several iterations of plans were discussed. The final version of this bad idea plan was as follows: I will create an email address posing as the chief of police at my college. In the email, the officer (we’ll call him Bill Myers) will inform my friends that he is currently looking to bring in ShortTail359 for questioning. I was very specific to say that no one should call 911 or contact anybody outside of this email address with the excuse that there was no official investigation so Bill was looking into the matter himself. I then went on to explain how ShortTail359 is conducting a business out of university housing and that this is all we know but the business might be illegal/dangerous. In summation: email me if you know of ShortTail359’s whereabouts, don’t call 911, don’t contact anyone else in the police department. 

This is when ShortTail decided to kick it up a notch: he wanted to prank his friends into thinking that the police were after him, so he found the name of the chief of police at his college and decided to draft a letter — which would prove to be the thing that ultimately took his prank from being good-natured to possibly illegal.

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I figured I covered my bases and sent the email. It was very well worded and quite convincing to a group of people who already believed I was running a secret business. Sure enough, my friends bought it hook, line and sinker. One of them replied, informing Bill that she didn’t know anything about my business, other than that I mentioned it occasionally. Three friends ignored the email altogether, and one texted me saying she didn’t believe it.

The next three days were interesting. I had several classes with these people and finals were upon us so skipping class was not a good idea, but I had to make them believe I was on the run. Fortunately some of these classes had several hundred students and I was able to sit far away from our usual spots. The smaller classes I avoided altogether. Meals were eaten at odd times, and at one point I had to hide in the shower because a friend was in my dorm. I had no contact with the prank-ees outside the occasional text.

On the day that ShortTail finally decided to blow the whole thing wide open and let his classmates know what was going on, two FBI agents walked into one of his classes and asked him to step outside.

Gulp.

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Fast forward to the Thursday I decided would be the day to reveal my shenanigans. I’m walking into class when these two men in suits stop me just inside the door. They ask me if I am ShortTail359 and upon confirming this, they tell me they need to speak with me outside. We walk downstairs to the building’s lobby where I am greeted by two more men who have guns at their sides. All four of them hold up their badges in dramatic fashion and one introduces himself as “Agent Michael Scarn with the FBI” (fake name obviously). It was approximately at this point that I peed a little bit as I realized that I was in some trouble.

Agent Scarn: “Do you know why we’re here?”

ShortTail359: “No, but I have a pretty good guess.”

Agent Scarn: “Well why don’t you tell us what your guess is?”

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It was finally at this point that the prank was over and done with. ShortTail explained the long-con he played on his friends, but at this point, it was too late: it was evident that he was in a world of potential trouble. The truth didn’t necessarily set ShortTail free.

I proceeded to explain the email I sent out along with a brief summary of the genesis of my prank. 50 minutes of questioning later and I had given Agent Scarn the password to the email account, signed an agreement saying I won’t access the account or I’d face several charges, given a written statement of the events, crapped my pants twice, and completely missed my class. Agent Scarn gave me his business card and said they would be in touch. 

I go back to my dorm and try to come to terms with the fact that I may have ruined my future career and life altogether. All my friends had a good laugh at my expense but not before I had a good laugh at their expense for believing my stupid business story. After a long sleepless weekend I get a call from a sergeant at the police station. He says that he needs to meet with me and we arrange a time. I go down to the station and for 10 minutes all he does is yell at me and tell me what a stupid idea this was. Now I’m a pretty good kid. Never got in trouble in school, honor roll, never so much as a speeding ticket, so having a police officer yell at me was a new experience. He finally calms down enough for me to explain that this is an anomaly and that it was supposed to be an innocent prank. He believes me and tells me that regardless, they’re going to charge me with criminal impersonation which is a class A misdemeanor. My court date is set for a couple weeks from now and that was the end of it. 

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Thankfully, when ShortTail went to court, word had gotten around of his stupidity, and his gag became the talk of the courthouse. It seemed like he was going to be OK, but he still wasn’t sure.

I go to court fully prepared to leave with a no longer perfect record. As the staff is processing me and taking my mugshot, a lady asks me what my name is. I tell her ShortTail359, when a guy jumps around the corner and yells “But you can just call him Chief Bill Myers!” This was a much-needed laugh and he also informed me that word of my idiocy had gotten around town. I go into the court room and waited for this lighthearted judge to call my name. Most of the charges were speeding tickets or marijuana related so the judge was moving pretty quickly. However, he calls my name and then pauses. I walk up to the podium and he’s still paused, clearly reading over my file. He looks up at me, and then back down at my file again. After reading it completely through, he just starts laughing. Several minutes go by before he finally asks me if I have any sort of criminal history. I tell him I don’t have so much as a speeding ticket and he asks if I would like to keep it that way. I happily say yes and he give the DA my paperwork. The DA asks for my story and tells me that he’s never seen anything like this before (something I had heard several times at this point). He informs me that this is something they could have expunged as long as I pay my court fees. I thank him and go back to waiting for the judge to call me up again. 

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ShortTail really didn’t calm down until he saw the judge smile as he read his case. I can only imagine the relief this scared college kid must’ve felt when the judge let him know his life was not ruined on account of dumb behavior. Heck, I’m 32 years old and a father of two, and I’d still be crapping myself if this happened.

When he does, a smile immediately dawns his face and he begins to chuckle. At this point I’m relieved enough to let out a giggle of my own since I can feel the entire court room wondering what I’ve done. The judge tells me that he will expunge my charge and asks me if I will ever do something like this again. I assure him that I will not and he says, with a smile on his face, “You know son, everyone in this court room is wondering who you impersonated, but I’m going to do something that you should have done and keep my mouth shut.” I thank him and sheepishly walk out of the room.

Later that day I took the required documents back to the court and had the whole charge expunged in a matter of hours. It was easily the most stressful month of my life and was not worth it at all, but I am now able to walk around with an FBI agent’s card in my wallet and keep a fond memory of being laughed at by a judge.

 Here’s a link to Agent Scarn’s business card. It’s a little faded since it sits in my wallet.  

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The “proof” of the business card wasn’t enough to convince some redditors that this whole story is true, while others thought that none of his friends really believed he ran an illicit business.

Another redditor, whose father worked for the FBI, says that there are a lot of things in ShortTail’s story that don’t add up.

There’s… A bit wrong with this story. Here’s a link to my dad’s card which is standard with a multitude of different agents from different offices of whom I met. Now, my dad retired a few years back and they could’ve changed the cards or this could be from an office that doesn’t follow the same format, all totally possible, but I’ve seen a few dozen FBI business cards and they all look the same. Nonetheless, minor detail.

Second, there’s no such position (according to my dad) as “Task Force Agent.” Again, this may have changed or be from another very different office, but when he was in the force, the title most closely aligned with that monicker would have been “Field Agent.”

Third, FBI agents can’t charge, the evidence would be relayed to the DA, which I believe OP has correctly, but it’s very doubtful that a SDA would pursue this. This seems pretty heavily below their payroll. I remember a story when my dad worked white-collar in New York about this guy who was impersonating federal employees and had embezzled something like $250,000, and his office tossed the case to the locals because they believed it wasn’t worth their time or energy.

Fourth, the department that would be responsible for this would probably be cyber crimes according to my dad, and they have a very, very long wait time on cases like this. Criminal impersonation via the internet would require more evidence than a single email. Cyber crimes are fickle, and they tend to load on evidence.

Again, this is all according to my dad who has been retired for a few years and primarily worked in the Northeast. This could be totally right, but after talking to him, I call karma bamboozle.

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Regardless of this whole thing is true or not, if you’re going to go with college pranks, it’s better to stick to the classics. Put some saran-wrap over a toilet bowl in the middle of the night, or change the background of your friend’s computer to a photo of them in their underwear before they go up for a PowerPoint presentation. Maybe don’t pretend you’re running an illegal business operation and then tell a bunch of internet strangers about it for imaginary upvote points.

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This Kid Got Accepted To Duke But Was The Only Person Cut Out Of A Class Picture

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Twitter user @_cartier_r, or Carti, posted pictures from his send off party following his acceptance to Duke University. There are two images: one of the group of six kids and their Duke sign, one of how that picture looks cropped in promotional materials for the school. You can see Carti in the first image on the far right. In the other version, you can’t see him at all. Carti turned to Twitter to ask if he should be upset about this.

Here’s the full pic:

And the cropped version, with some nice words about the Duke community.

And to clarify, Carti was there for the whole photo shoot, so that isn’t some random pic he was in the bathroom for.

The resounding answer from Twitter, is hell yes he should be offended.

It’s probably a relief to Carti to know he’s not overreacting, though there were a few people who suggested the issue was aesthetics, not racism. He responded by saying he wasn’t necessarily accusing Duke of racism. But it really doesn’t look good.

Also, let’s look at that pic again. He is not standing randomly to the side! He’s closer to the sign than the guy on the far left.

It seems like the incident is making Carti wonder if he should even go to Duke.

Whatever motivated the crop, people are shocked that Duke would be so foolish about how something like this would look. They’ve forgotten social media exists, I guess?

Carti retweeted this message, which indicates that the alumni association is the real culprit in this choice, not the admissions office. Not that that makes it better, but might influence his decision to attend Duke.

Though a lot of people say he should definitely go—if they’re willing to make it up to him.

If you mess up like this, you pay and pay and pay.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/06/20/KTgha/duke-class-picture