I recall one particular teacher who said that you get sunburnt on top of mountains because you are closer to the sun. Honestly I think I have better general knowledge than most of my teachers.
My primary school science teacher was particularly daft. We were playing 20 questions, so far we knew that the thing was big, old, could be seen outside the window and in the atmosphere. (don't ask me why a somebody asked if it was in the atmosphere if we could see it outside the window there's a pretty good chance it was.) I put up my hand and guessed it was the hills.
"What did I just say Maggie it's in the atmosphere how could it be the hills?" she said.
"Umm... Well the hills aren't in space are they?" but she didn't let me say that she just ignored me. It turned out the answer was the sky... Umm... I thought the sky was the atmosphere...
Oh and another time, during "Question Time" I wanted to see if she knew the answer so I asked her why the sky was blue.
"It reflects the ocean" She replied with confidence.
I put up my hand again to correct her and she asked,
"Maggie is it a question?"
And I replied,
"Then don't put your hand up" she interrupted.
Sadly my peers don't know any better so now a whole class of kids think the sky is blue because it reflects the ocean and another whole class thinks you get sunburnt on top of mountains because they are closer to the sun.
This reminds me of a substitute teacher who couldn't pronounce my name when calling out names each morning. She couldn't say
Damian using 3 syllables, and said damon every time. I corrected her every time too. The look i got from her is burned in my memory.
Another pet peeve is not being able to sleep until one hour before i have to wake up.
I have one specific pet peeve: when people mistype Snow White in my native language, Estonian. The correct spelling is Lumivalgeke, literally: Little Snow White. I don't know why, but people tend to write and say Lumivalguke (grrr!) instead. Seems like a small mistake, just one letter, but it actually changes the meaning of the word completely. The latter version translates as Little Snow Protein. Duh!!! What kind of princess name is that?
There is a video of the Pope's 'exorcism' caught on film. The man isn't demon possessed, there are likely no 'real' demons. He's just delusional and doesn't want to accept personal responsiblity for his own behavior for his own dysfunctional life.
There is an ad that reads ' Do you support 'traditional' marriage? Vote Now"! .
No, I don't support 'traditional' marriage because there is no such thing. I support heterosexual and same-sex couples marry each other legally , yes. 'Traditional' marriage promoters largely do not believe that heterosexual women are co-equal to their husbands. Their only purpose in 'traditional' marriage is to sexually satisfy their husbands if they can and raise children and do all…
i've got no problem with everyone saying "merry christmas" on christmas day. however, they've turned it into an entire holiday season where it lasts a month or more. in those situations it should be perfectly acceptable to say "happy holidays" or call it a…
I posted the bulk of this on another thread, but wanted to add some context separately.
I finally confronted my faith and embraced the fact of my atheism late last August, 2012. Days after I revealed my "epiphany" to a few friends who knew me from another message board, my sister died from Lou Gehrig's Disease (which pissed her off because she hated catching a disease from someone she never f---ed).
THAT was my sister, understand? She was a beautiful, life-loving, potty-mouthed…