Celluloid-stumper: Paprikash

Today's the first day of Autumn [ed. note: actually it's the 23rd! Guess I was just too darn anxious to bid farewell to the heat of summer], which always makes me think of two things: Central Park and jazz standards like "Autumn Leaves," "Danke Schoen," or "Autumn in New York." And what movie brings them all together like When Harry Met Sally?

So in honor of Fall, of "Autumn in New York," and of Rob Reiner's classic comedy, I present you with today's Celluloid-stumper.

Same rules apply as always: first person to get ALL the correct answers first wins bragging rights. No Googling, no IMDB-ing, no Wiki-ing etc. and no popping in an old VHS for help.

Question #1: The famous orgasm scene takes place at which deli in New York City?

Question #2: The deli is on the corner of which two streets?

Question #3: What does the singer who performs "Autumn in New York" on the movie's soundtrack have in common with the film?

Question #4: Billy Crystal can be seen reading a certain Stephen King novel in the movie. What is the book's title?

Question #5: This book would go on to have a major impact on one of the filmmakers - how?

Bonus Question: You've probably been annoyed by this woman before, who somehow gets through even the best popup blockers. She's the face of what dot.com?


Bonus Question #2: How does this woman tie in with the character Amanda Reese in our film?

College Board Wants to Erase Thousands of Years From AP World History, and Teachers Aren't Happy

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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