They were only allowed to bring one sheet to the physics exam…
Learn compassion. We start life with a very selfish outlook — we want what we want. But compassion is about realizing we are no more important than everyone else, and we aren’t at the center of the universe. Someone annoys you? Get outside of your little shell, and try to see how their day is going. How can you help them be less angry, less in pain?
FYI Martin Van Buren is the only US president to speak English as a second language. He was also the first self-made man to become President: all earlier Presidents had acquired wealth through inheritance or marriage, while van Buren was born into poverty and became wealthy through his law practice.
German snakecatcher removes cobra from Jafnapatnam lodging house, Sri Lanka
Published in Philippus Baldaeus, Description of East India Coasts of Malabar and Coromandel and Also of the Isle of Ceylon, Amsterdam: Johannes 1672
“The serpents come frequently into the houses, especially in the rainy season.
During my abode at Jafnapatnam, two dogs were stung to death in the house; and I have seen them sometimes pass up stairs over the beds.
Another time a serpent passed so near my wife in the house, that he touched her leg with the tail, and was afterwards killed by the servants.
There is also here a kind of adders, called vipers by the Portugueses; they are speckled, and very venomous.
Whilst I lived at Jafnapatnam, a certain High-German soldier belonging to the garrison (commonly known by the name of the Serpent Catcher) being sent for by Mr. Anthony Pavilion, governor of Coromandel, to take a certain Cobre Capel that was in his lodging-room; he came accordingly; and with his hat only before his face, laid hold with his other hand of the serpent, without receiving the least harm: he did handle the creature afterwards in our presence, and not only carried it away in his knapsack, but also used to sleep near it.
I suspecting some witchcraft in the matter, talked to him seriously about it; but he assured me that nothing was done but by natural means; and that he always carried the head and heart of a serpent about him: wherewith I was forced to rest satisfied, he being not willing to discover the whole mystery.”
Philippus Baldaeus 1672, translated in ‘Description of the great and most famous Isle of Ceylon’, in Awnsham and John Churchill, A Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol.3, London 1732
#TIL actor Marlon Brando, declined the #Oscars for his performance in The Godfather, boycotted the 45th Academy Awards ceremony on March 27, 1973, in protest of the treatment of Native Americans by the film industry. Sacheen Littlefeather, a Native American civil rights activist presented a speech on his behalf, wearing an Apache dress on the occasion.