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Teacher Appreciation Week: Our Salutatorian

Here's our first runner up:

We were two weeks into our sixth grade class when our teacher died.

Our substitute teacher, Miss Hanson, had been a Spanish missionary to South America. She showed us a picture of her guide face down in a dugout with a spear in his back. We were mesmerized. Then she gave us mimeographed copies of how to make a shrunken head: first, get a head. When we studied South America, we knew everything.

She found each of our gifts and encouraged us: Jimmy and his dinosaurs, Lester and his bug collection, and me? She told me if I didn't keep writing, I would be wasting a gift from God.
Whoa. So I became a writer and editor.

My final memory of her was the day of the school dance. I was going steady with Merrill, the son of a Foursquare minister. I loved to dance and his religion forbid it. He asked for his ring back and then asked his best friend Glenn to ask me to go steady. I gave him his ring back, Glenn gave me a ring and we went to the dance. Miss Hanson asked Merrill to help her in the classroom during the dance and he created some great bulletin boards.

I don't know where Miss Hanson is today but I thank her for changing my life.

- Adrienne Kristine

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Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

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