A Globe-Trotting Whiskey Mystery: Update!

Last May we told you about a cool treasure hunt competition that Canadian Club whiskey was putting together to find cases of whiskey hidden around the world between 1967 and 1991 --

They hid 25 cases of whiskey in spots around the world, like a jungle in Africa, a hole in Death Valley, a slope of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and so on. Ultimately sixteen cases were found — one by scuba divers off the Great Barrier Reef! — but to this day there are still nine remaining, somewhere in the world. Canadian Club is rebooting the hunt, and in case finding a decades-old case of whiskey isn’t enough to get you moving, they’re throwing in $100k prize to boot.

I hadn't thought about it in awhile -- save a gnawing envy of whoever was going on this adventure -- until a few days ago, when I got this email from Jess, one of our readers:

I am an avid reader of your website, morning cup of links is a daily part of my routine. Last May, you posted an article about Canadian Club's Hide-a-case treasure hunt. This seemed like an amazing opportunity to do something cool. Sadly I'm in a very intensive Organic chemistry Ph.D program at UCSD and knew I would not be able to devote the time to it. But I knew someone who could. My good friend John (Flash as he has been known to be called) not only had the brains to solve the riddles in the qualifying rounds of this treasure hunt but the gumption to preserver through the contestant elimination rounds to be chosen to represent the US (1 of 4 Americas and another 4 Canadians) in the treasure hunt in the Kingdom of Tonga!

None of this would have happened if I had not read that fateful article last May, so thank you for posting that contest, you've given me and my friends an experience we will remember for the rest of our lives!

Congratulations, John Flash Daly -- that's amazing! If the rest of you want to keep up with John as he sails off to Tonga to find whiskey and money, check out his blog and entry video on the Canadian Club website.

Good luck in the competition!

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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