The Missing Links: 11 Outstanding Links

In keeping with today's theme, here are 11 wonderful links for your clicking pleasure.

1. Looking for a New Place?
Zillow has put a price on the White House.

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2. I Bet You’ll Win With These
If you like to scam your friends, you’ll love this.

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3. You Don't Typically See 'Marijuana Test Patient' On Career Day
How do people become involved in clinical weed studies?

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4. Things People Sometimes Forget...
- Their Wallet? Yes.
- A Friend’s Birthday? Sometimes.
- The Fact That They’ve Been Married For 20 Years? Apparently. (Well, it sort of happened to Janeane Garofalo.)

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5. Today I Learned on Reddit’s Today I Learned: Nigerian Kings Have Always Been Strapped For Cash
They were hitting people up way, way before email existed.

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6. Teller Tells
He's known for being the silent half of Penn & Teller, but in this article he has plenty to say.

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7. The James Bond MBA
The Bond series is full of brilliant business strategies.

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8. New Word of the Day: Improvies
That’s a word I just made up to combine ‘improve’ and ‘movies’. Here are a few examples of good ‘improvies’.

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9. A Long Time Ago in A Decade Called the 70s...
George Lucas was far less hated. Just check out this profile on him from 1979. No mention of Jar Jar anywhere - how refreshing.

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10. The Animated 7 Deadly Sins
These don't end well for this guy because they're, well, deadly.

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11. Toto, I Don't Think We're In Rational-Amount-Of-Money-To-Spend-On-A-Movie-Prop-ville Anymore
Dorothy's blue and white checkered dress just went for nearly half a million dollars.

Bonus: Do you know the Wizard’s full name?

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College Board Wants to Erase Thousands of Years From AP World History, and Teachers Aren't Happy
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One would be forgiven for thinking that the Ides of March are upon us, because Julius Caesar is being taken out once again—this time from the Advanced Placement World History exam. The College Board in charge of the AP program is planning to remove the Roman leader, and every other historical figure who lived and died prior to 1450, from high school students’ tests, The New York Times reports.

The nonprofit board recently announced that it would revise the test, beginning in 2019, to make it more manageable for teachers and students alike. The current exam covers over 10,000 years of world history, and according to the board, “no other AP course requires such an expanse of content to be covered over a single school year.”

As an alternative, the board suggested that schools offer two separate year-long courses to cover the entirety of world history, including a Pre-AP World History and Geography class focusing on the Ancient Period (before 600 BCE) up through the Postclassical Period (ending around 1450). However, as Politico points out, a pre-course for which the College Board would charge a fee "isn’t likely to be picked up by cash-strapped public schools," and high school students wouldn't be as inclined to take the pre-AP course since there would be no exam or college credit for it.

Many teachers and historians are pushing back against the proposed changes and asking the board to leave the course untouched. Much of the controversy surrounds the 1450 start date and the fact that no pre-colonial history would be tested.

“They couldn’t have picked a more Eurocentric date,” Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, who previously helped develop AP History exams and courses, told The New York Times. “If you start in 1450, the first thing you’ll talk about in terms of Africa is the slave trade. The first thing you’ll talk about in terms of the Americas is people dying from smallpox and other things. It’s not a start date that encourages looking at the agency and creativity of people outside Europe.”

A group of teachers who attended an AP open forum in Salt Lake City also protested the changes. One Michigan educator, Tyler George, told Politico, “Students need to understand that there was a beautiful, vast, and engaging world before Europeans ‘discovered’ it.”

The board is now reportedly reconsidering its decision and may push the start date of the course back some several hundred years. Their decision will be announced in July.

[h/t The New York Times]

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North America: East or West Coast?
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