Page 6 - Interesting Facts

If the New York Public School System was a city, it would be the 10th largest in the US!

It's easy to forget how many students there are in the United States.

New York City is, unsurprisingly, the largest city in the United States. Holding over 8 million people, there's a reason the Big Apple is seen by many as America's cultural epicenter.

However, it is also the center of American primary education.

With over 1700 schools and 1 million students, the New York City Public School System is the largest compulsory education organization in the United States.

In fact, if the New York Public School System was a city in itself, it would be the tenth largest in America, putting it behind Dallas, San Diego, San Antonio, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and, of course, New York City.

Sadly, it is also one of the most segregated school systems in the country. According to The New York Times, the New York City Public School System features a large amount of systematic discrimination against Hispanic, Asian, and black students, a trend that has continued even after housing segregation has diminished.

The New York City Public School System is part of the state's Department of Education. It is currently run by Schools Chancellor Carmen Faria.


In 1954, archaeologists found a statue of the Buddha in this 8th-century Swedish viking settlement!

In 1954, archaeologists unearthed an early viking settlement on Sweden's island of Helg. In this settlement, they found a number of interesting objects. Most notable of these was a small statue of the Buddha.

Though it is possible one of the settlement's vikings was a practicing Buddhist, it is also possible that the statue was taken during a viking raid.

Buddhism is a nontheistic religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, more commonly referred to as the Buddha or "the awakened one". Alive during the birth of philosophy, the Buddha shared the spotlight with such great thinkers as Lao-Tse, Confucius, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.

Buddhists believe in the Four Noble Truths, which are as follows:

1. Dukkha, that life is filled with unsatisfactoriness 2. Samudaya, that dukkha is caused by craving and ignorance 3. Nirodha, that there is a cure for dukkha 4. Magga, that the cure for dukkha is following the Noble Eightfold Path.

To follow the Noble Eightfold Path means that one has Right Understanding, Thought, Speech, Action, Livelihood, Effort, Mindfulness, and Concentration.

I wonder if those vikings' ships were fitted with a Dharma wheel...


In the past, maps were drawn with the East on top, leading to the creation of the word orientation!

Maps haven't always looked like how they do today.

In addition to featuring a distinct lack of Americas, maps from the Middle Ages were not laid out the same way.

Unlike modern maps, older navigation charts didn't have North on the top, South on the bottom, and East and West on the right and left respectively. Rather, they put East on the map's highest point, meaning Asia was on the top of the map while Europe was on the bottom.

In order to use the chart correctly, individuals would have to hold the map so that Asia was on the top. Asia was known by Europeans as the Orient, which derives from a Latin word meaning East. As such, when you moved the map so it was facing the correct direction, you were "orienting" it.

Not all modern maps place North at the top of the map. For example, maps of the Arctic and Antarctic generally orient themselves around the poles, while maps of cities bordering a sea generally orient the sea on top.

Some maps explicitly reverse the common "North on top" orientation, placing South on top and North on bottom. These maps are known as reversed maps.


Some awesome lists!

New Zealand's indigenous Maori make up 50% of the prison population but only 15% of the country's entire population! Why?

Going to prison has become normal in the Maori society of New Zealand, and it seems every Maori child has a relative in jail.

One in every two prisoners in that country is an indigenous Maori even though they only account for 15 percent of the entire population!

Why are they so over-represented in the criminal justice system?

Many believe it's due to soaring rates of child poverty, school dropout, unemployment and family breakdown within indigenous communities. There have been claims that the government is failing the children of indigenous prisoners and that leaves them vulnerable to become prisoners themselves.

Gangs look after the kids who have been left destitute while their parents serve time and young Maori have joined biker gangs like the Mongrel Mob and Black Power since the 1960’s, but some of the youths have been forming their own street gangs as well.

The New Zealand criminal justice system is trying to correct this problem now by introducing cultural units in prisons to encourage Maori prisoners to get in touch with their culture again. They've also introduced programs to connect youths with their families rather than with gangs.

Reestablishing the family bond is not as easy as it sounds, and only half of the Maori men in prison have contact with their families.


If both NHL goalies on a team are injured, then anyone can step in to the role — and we mean anyone!

If you have ever had the desire to be part of your favourite sports team, then the NHL is the place to be. According to the rule book, if both of the goalies are injured, the team can call on literally any goalie available to suit up and play for the rest of the match.

But, don't get your hopes up about playing for an NHL team any time soon. Most teams these days have an emergency backup goalie who will only dress after the first goalie goes down.

In the past a variety of team members have played the position of Emergency Backup Goalie or EBUG. One team used their team owner, while another used their coach. A team even suited up their web designer during a game when their first goalie went down.

Most often, though, teams will employ either retired professional players to sit on the bench or, for the smaller teams, college students would be invited to act as the EBUG.

EBUGs are generally not paid for their appearance and are certainly not expected to actually play, so it would not be as exciting as it sounds to play for a professional sports team!



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