The Quick 10: 10 Most Popular Tattoo Designs

Paul got his first tattoo last night, so I have tattoos on the brain, so to speak. I wanted to do 10 people you wouldn't expect to have tattoos, like, say, Martha Stewart or Barbara Bush. But I couldn't find that many, so I went with this one. This is according to The Tao of Tattoos, by the way, and it's based on the number of searches on their site.

The 10 Most Popular Tattoo Designs

1. Stars. I really like Simon Pegg's star tattoos on the inside of his arm.
2. Angels. Maybe it should be more like "religious" - I was thinking crosses would be higher up on the list.
3. Tribal.
4. Flowers.
5. Celtic.
6. Swallows, as in the birds. I had no idea these were popular.
7. Lower Back tattoos, AKA the "Tramp Stamp". I have nothing against them, by the way, but I do love the SNL skit that has Amy Poehler getting rid of her "Pretty Lady" lower back tat with a roll-on, deodorant-like tattoo remover.
8. Butterfly. Does Mariah Carey have a butterfly tattoo? I feel like she probably does.
9. Kanji. This makes me think of Britney Spears' neck tattoo "“ I believe she intended for it to say "mysterious" and instead it says "strange", unless this is an urban legend.
10. Black and Grey.

Things I thought would be on the list: fairies, hearts, dolphins, ladybugs, crosses, barbed wire. If you know of unexpected people with tattoos, leave it in the comments "“ I'm intrigued. Also, if you have an interesting tattoo, leave that in the comments as well. I'm tattoo-happy today! Hey: bonus points for whoever knows what Paul's tattoo is of.

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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