The Missing Links: The Crypt of Civilization

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The Mold & The Beautiful
The spoiled produce in the Afterlife photography series is a feast for the eyes only.

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So, Are You Married? Kids? Incarcerated For the Rest of Your Life For a Series of Heinous Crimes?
You know, just the standard bases you cover at your school reunion. The Unabomber took the liberty of getting all of his former Harvard classmates up to speed.

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Things That Were Popular in 1990
The Simpsons is one of the most reference-packed shows to ever grace the television screen. You may not even realize some of the things in the show were references, until you check out the awesome original/homage side-by-side comparison GIFs on the Movie Simpsons blog. (Via Splitsider)

I was 9 years old when Dick Tracy came out and I thought it was mesmerizing. So I really love this huge compilation of information on MetaFilter.

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Adorable Moments Know No Political Affiliation
Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, a Whig, a member of the Know Nothings, or even one of those highly sought-after independents, you still have to admit that this picture is awesome.

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“The Court Finds in Favor of the Plaintiff & Awards Them $72 Trillion”
That’s what the Recording Industry Association of America expected to hear when they sued a filesharing website for that amount of money - an amount which turns out to be more money than actually exists in the world.

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A Thing I’ve Become Fixated On: Time Capsules
For some odd reason I have recently become interested in time capsules. So I thought I’d share a few things with you.

Listverse has a great rundown of the Top 10 Incredible Time Capsules. The list has a ton of great information, and links to further reading on each.

This video of Mike O’Malley and Joey “Whoooooa” Lawrence hosting the burial of a time capsule at the Nickelodeon Studios in 1992 features Doc Brown driving up in his famous time machine DeLorean. The time capsule contained MC Hammer CDs, Twinkies, and some of Nickelodeon’s own famous Gak. Just the things we always wanted representing us to future generations.

The International Time Capsule Society at Oglethorpe University in Georgia are the caretakers of the Crypt of Civilization, a large chamber sealed away from the world until its scheduled opening date in the year 8113. Among the contents in the airtight vault is an original copy of the Gone With the Wind screenplay, donated by the film’s producer.

Also: If any of this speaks to your inner geek, check out the 10,000-year clock.

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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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