25 September 2015

Education 100 Years Ago

  Oklahoma school replaces chalkboards, finds 98 year old drawings and lessons hidden behind them.
When contractors began work on four classrooms of Emerson High School in Oklahoma, they knew their remodel would improve education — but they never expected it would impact local history.

Looking to upgrade the rooms with new whiteboards and smartboards, the workers had to first remove the outdated chalkboards. But when they began to pull away the old boards, they made a startling discovery

Beneath the current boards rested another set of chalkboards — untouched for nearly 100 years. Protected and totally undisturbed, the century-old writings and drawings looked like they were made just yesterday. Here, a November calendar rolls into December. A turkey marks the celebration of Thanksgiving.

A multiplication table gives us a glimpse into the curriculum and methods taught in 1917, techniques perhaps lost in the passage of time. When regarding a wheel of multiplication, Principal Sherry Kishore told The Oklahoman, "I have never seen that technique in my life."

But Oklahoma City school officials aren't just shocked by what is written, but how it is written. Penmanship like this is clearly a lost art. This board reads, "I give my head, my heart, and my life to my God and One nation indivisible with justice for all."

Within each of the four rooms, the subject matter and lessons mirrored one another — indicating, as an Oklahoma Public School Twitter caption reads, "aligned curriculum in 1917."

And though the boards' style and subject matter might be unfamiliar to younger folks, they certainly resonate with older generations. Principal Kishore told The Oklahoman what it was like to show her 85-year-old mother the boards: "She just stood there and cried. She said it was exactly like her classroom was when she was going to school."

But these boards actually predate Principal Kishore's mother by 13 years. Two dates were found on the boards: November 30, 1917, and December 4, 1917.

Some of the writings and drawings were done by students, while others were made by teachers — but it's not always clear whose is whose.

Regardless, the work is a striking look into days long gone. While reading the boards — like this one listing "My Rules To Keep Clean" — the past comes alive in a very personal way.

English teacher Cinthea Comer told The Oklahoman, "It was so eerie because the colors were so vibrant it looked like it was drawn the same day. To know that it was drawn 100 years ago… it's like you're going into a looking glass into the past."


Built in 1895, Emerson High School has seen many renovations and improvements throughout the years — but nothing like this has ever been discovered.

When removing old chalkboards in the past, contractors have only found broken pipes and wires, so this is a shocking surprise. Oklahoma City and the school district are now working to preserve these beautiful boards.

Hopefully, the spirit of these teachers and their students will be enjoyed for many years to come. Who knew that scribbles on a chalkboard could become such a precious piece of history.

20 September 2015

Getting Free Meals

A priest says to his friend, the rabbi...
A priest says to his friend, the rabbi, that he has a perfect way of eating for free in restaurants. "I go in at well past 9 o'clock in the evening, eat several courses slowly, linger over coffee, port and a cigar. Come 2 o'clock, as they are clearing everything away, I just keep sitting there until eventually a waiter comes up and asks me to pay. Then I say: 'I've already paid your colleague who has left.' Because I am a man of the cloth, they take my word for it, and I leave."
The rabbi is impressed, and says: "Let's try it together this evening."
So the priest books them into a restaurant and come 2 o'clock they are both still quietly sitting there after a very full meal. Sure enough, a waiter comes over and asks them to pay. The priest just says: "I've already paid your colleague who has left."
And the rabbi adds: "And we are still waiting for the change!"

02 August 2015

Amazing Photos from around the world - Add these to your Bucket List

Mind-blowing Places
1. China: The spiral staircase
2. Palace Regaleira - Portugal

3.   Small town of Blagaj - Bosnia and Herzegovina

4.  Merry Cemetery - Romania

5. The small island of Procida - Italy

6.  Popeye Village - Malta

Built as a movie set in 1980 for the film Popeye (Walt Disney).  Today it is open to the public as a museum.

7.  Falls Litlanesfoss - Iceland

8.  Zhangye Danxia Mountains - China

9.  The Cliff Restaurant - Italy

10.  Chand Baori - India

11.  Bishop's Castle - USA

A medieval castle built over 40 years by Jim Bishop in the San Isabel Forest (Colorado).
Bishop began building it at age 15.

12.  Salt mine - Russia

13.   Natural pool with white sand - Fervedouro, Brazil

14.  Abandoned medieval village - Craco, Italy

15. To Sua Ocean -  Samoa

16.  The village of Bagan - Burma

17.  The umbrellas of Agueda - Portugal

18.  Lake Natron - Tanzania

19.  Bridge Bastei - Germany

20. The Leshan Giant Buddha - Cliffs of Mount Lingyun. Sichuan

21. The Alcazar of Segovia - Spain

22. Tombs of Myra - Turkey

23.  Fort Bourtange - Netherlands

24.  The Monastery Taktshang - Bhutan

25.  The island of São Miguel - Portugal

26.  Santa Maria dell'Isola - Italy

27.  The Gardens of Marqueyssac - France

28.  Labassin Waterfall Restaurant - Philippines

29.  Mosque Nasir-ol-Molk - Iran

30.  Pillars Nature Park - Lena, Russia

31.  The White Temple Wat Rong Khun - Thailand

32.  Park Gardens by the Bay - Singapore

33.  Kansas City Library - United States

34.  Mount Ai-Petri - Ukraine and Russia

35.  The Library of Alexandria - Egypt

36.  Le Moulin de l'Abbaye - France

37.  Huacachina Oasis - Peru

38.  The Marieta Islands - Mexico

39.  The Sigiriya - Sri Lanka

40. The Fort of São João Baptista - Portugal

41.  Montreal Botanical Garden - Canada

42.  Phraya Nakhon Cave - Thailand

43.  Pink Lake Middle Island - Western Australia

44.  Jeju-do Island - South Korea

45. The Ark Breakthrough Chartreuse - France

46.  The Gate to Hell - Turkmenistan

47.  The sunken city of Shi Cheng - China

48.  The souk of Fez - Morocco

49.  The Fly Geyser - U.S.