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A Sticky Situation.

It’s Monday, we here all have work piled up to do, so we decided to help the world grow a little smarter:

Which is stronger: Glue or tape?

The oldest glue in the world is over 8,000 years old and comes from a cave near the Dead Sea. Today, we have enough types of tape and glue to build and repair almost anything. But what gives glue and tape their stickiness? And is one stronger than the other? Elizabeth Cox explores the world of adhesives.

“Tolerance” Personified By Parkland Teacher.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Teach Greg Pittman

After the horrific shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, many of the students took to protests and public appearances to decry the 2nd Amendment and people’s rights of self defense.

Kyle Kashuv was not one of those students.

Kashuv went the other direction and defended the 2nd Amendment, the Constitution, people’s rights, etc., and made the claim that the problem was not guns, but the people shooting them. His stance brought him some notoriety and some criticism, but the young man has not wavered on his beliefs.

Last weekend, Kashuv, who had never fired a weapon, was invited to a gun range with his father. Kashuv took a picture of the day and tweeted about it:

It was great learning about our inalienable right of #2A and how to properly use a gun. This was my first time ever touching a gun and it made me appreciate the #Constitution even more. My instructor was very informative; I learnt a lot. #2A is important and we need 2 preserve 2A
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 21, 2018

Returning to school Kashuv was detained and interrogated by the school’s security officer and then the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.

School Teaches “No” Means “Yes.”

Natalie Richard’s sixth grade daughter came home from Utah’s Kanesville Elementary ’s with an interesting take on the upcoming Valentine’s Day dance.

The young girls said that if a boy asked her to dance, she could not say “no.”

Richard acted like any responsible adult in that situation and tried to clarify the situation with her daughter.

Oh no, no honey,” Richard said of her reply. “You guys are misunderstanding again. That’s not how it is.”

Turns out, the little dancer-to-be was correct. The girls could not say “no” if they were asked to dance.

However, after speaking to her daughter’s teacher, she realized the statement was accurate.

“The teacher said she can’t. She has to say yes. She has to accept and I said, ‘Excuse me,” Richard tells Fox 13.

Richard took her concerns to the school principal.

“He basically just said they’ve had this dance set up this way for a long time and they’ve never had any concern before,” she said of his response.

Lane Findlay with the Weber School District confirms it’s a rule, but he said it’s meant to teach students how to be inclusive.

“Please be respectful, be polite,” Findlay said. “We want to promote kindness, and so we want you to say yes when someone asks you to dance.”

A person can’t be polite and respectful when saying “no” or “no thank you?”

Attacking Pro-Catholic Voices At A Catholic School.

Michael Smalanskas is a senior and resident assistant at Providence College, which is a Dominican-run run school in Rhode Island.

As part of his RA responsibilities, Smalankas was required to maintain a bulletin board with relevant messages, flyers and bulletins.

On March 1, 2018, Smalankas put up a display (seen above) with the title of “Marriage: The Way God Intended It, One Man, One Woman.” The display states the official position of the Roman Catholic Church in a Roman Catholic university.

All Hades broke loose.

Some people didn’t like Smalanskas’ message.

[Smalanskas] said an earlier pro-life poster elicited little negative reaction, and he expected a similar response to his marriage poster — not a massive hostile response from fellow RAs and students, who mobbed his hall and tore it down.

At various points in the month, he said, campus security moved him to different locations because they no longer felt the situation was safe. On March 14, the hostility escalated to the point that campus security discovered a crudely drawn cartoon of him being sodomized by a male student in his hall’s bathroom.

So there it was. A student that was being attacked and threatened for putting up a display reflecting the teachings of the Church at a Catholic school.

Once the school administration saw what was happening, they rushed to defend Smalanskas’ display and re-iterated the official stance of the Church.

(If you believe that one, we have some swamp land traversed by some bridges we’d like to sell you.)

More Stupidity From Supposed “Educated People.”

(The picture has nothing directly to do with the story – but we liked it and it was taken at a firing range.)

Ah yes, New Jersey….a place where schools have forgotten what they are supposed to be teaching and practicing.

It seems that a couple of high school students legally went to a gun range where they had lots of legal fun. One of the students took a picture of four rifles, ammunition clips and a gun duffel bag on a table and posted it to a social media site with the caption “fun day at the range.”

According to, the kids were suspended from school.

A screen capture of the image made the rounds among other students and later brought to the attention of Lacey Township High School officials. [Lacey Township resident Amanda] Buron said the students received a five-day in-school suspension for violating the school’s policy on weapons possession.

The students were suspended under a school board policy which reads:

Why Do Strawberries Have ‘Seeds’ On The Outside?

Okay, this is odd and amazing in a way.

What we think are “seeds” are actually the ovaries of the plant itself, and the part we eat is holding them together.

We’ve grown, eaten and canned more than our fair share of strawberries, and we had no idea what is put forth in this video.

Learn sumtin’ new every day.

Can You Survive Only Eating Bacon?

It a question that many would love answered.

Sure. Go Ahead And Lie. It’s Only Lives We Are Talking About.

This story boggles the mind.

It starts back last year when Ballou High in a poor area of Southeast Washington DC had every member of their senior class graduate and apply for college.

Every one of the 190 seniors at Ballou High applied to college this year, a first for the long-struggling public school in a poor neighborhood of Southeast Washington.


Ballou ranks among the city’s lowest-performing high schools on core measures. Its graduation rate last school year, 57 percent, was second-lowest among regular schools in the D.C. Public Schools system, behind Anacostia High’s rate of 42 percent. (That comparison doesn’t include alternative schools.) Last school year, 3 percent of Ballou students tested met reading standards on citywide standardized exams. Almost none met math standards.

Despite these challenges, administrators said it was the Class of 2017 that decided all seniors would apply to college. The students themselves set the ambitious goal last spring. Administrators say they never doubted the students would meet it.

It really is an unprecedented success story and one that students, parents, teachers and administrators at the school should rightfully be proud of.

If only it were true.

It’s not.

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