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11 Reasons Kids Are People Too

A kid hacked his grades and changed them to be salutatorian!

In a Nevada high school, high school Senior Tyler Coyner decided that he would change his grades to be Salutatorian of his school! Supposedly, Coyner was also charging other students to change their grades as well, but it was never made clear whether he actually changed grades other than his own. 

Coyner was a good student as it was, so he didn’t have to change many grades to become salutatorian. He was just barely behind the actual salutatorian, and just needed to change a B+ to an A- to get the award. 

Administrators didn’t even notice because the change in his grades was so small. He ended up giving the speech as salutatorian, and spoke about how he learned what it meant to be a good student at his school. 

In another school, Palos Verdes High School, three kids were running a grade-changing business. The three students were Juniors and charged other students around $300 to change their grades. In order to hack the computers, they installed keystroke loggers on teacher computers to learn their teachers’ usernames and passwords. 

They used this information to help many other students cheat and make a huge profit!


'&' and 'and' mean two different things in movie credits!

The ampersand is fun to draw. It saves space when you don't have much paper and saves time when you're furiously scribbling notes. Most people believe that it is equivalent to "and." And they would be correct because "&" is a logogram for the word "and."

The symbol can be traced back to the 1st century A.D. And old Roman cursive. The letters E and T were occasionally written together to form a ligature. This formed a symbol similar to the ampersand that we know today.

As far as it's meaning is concerned, the ampersand can mean something different than "and" in certain situations, such as movie credits. In this case, the ampersand means a closer relationship than "and." The Writer's Guild of America uses an ampersand when two writers have worked on a script together. They use "and" when two writers have both worked on a script but not necessarily at the same time.


When lightning strikes, it strikes a man 82% of the time!

We've all heard the expression "lightning never strikes the same place twice." And we're all aware of the belief that being struck by lightning is a very rare occurrence. However, it turns out that lightning is a bit sexist. It strikes men more often than women.

Between 1995 and 2008, lightning struck 648 people, and 82% of those people were men. Why is this? One reason is that men take more risks during bad weather. They are less likely to take safety precautions when lightning is around and will instead continue to partake in their outdoor activities, such as golfing and camping.

Sports related and recreational activities are responsible for about half of lightning-related deaths. It seems that, in this case, women are smarter than men when it comes to not taking unnecessary risks.


There have been no reported cases of piranhas eating a human!

Piranhas are known as vicious fish, fish that eat humans with their super sharp teeth. They've been featured in horror movies as villain's accomplices and human eating machines. However, they're not quite as horrible as we might think.

They're normally about 5.5 to 10.25 inches long and have a row of spiky triangular teeth on the top and bottom of their jaw. These are used to puncture and shear their prey. They do eat meat and are known for their big appetite, but some species also eat seeds. Other species scavenge in addition to hunting.

They can't be found just anywhere like in the movies. They exclusively inhabit South American fresh waters, especially the Amazon basin. There are no records of a piranha eating a human--this is a mythical concept. They are known for nipping off skin and scales of fish. Their prey can then survive, and this creates a renewable food source for the piranhas.


A Berkeley student solved unproved theorems that his professor wrote on the chalkboard because he thought they were homework!

His name is George Dantzig, and this story has become something of a legend. In 1939, while a graduate student at UC Berkeley, Dantzig entered his classroom and saw two famous unsolved statistics problems on the board. He arrived late, and little did he know that the professor had drawn them on there as examples before he had arrived.

He wrote them down, believing them to be homework and arrived in class with answers to both of them a few days later! He said that they seemed a little bit harder than normal, but other than that believed it to be routine.

His professor approached his several weeks later wishing to publish his solutions and even told him to forget about writing a thesis and instead just wrap his answers up in a binder. The story became world famous was actually the inspiration for the opening scene of the famous movie Good Will Hunting!



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