I am, and will always be, a very curious person. I drive the people around me to near madness at times with my insistent questioning. Here are just some of the questions I ask and the answers to them. Enjoy!
Q. Why did John Lennon write the song “Imagine”?
A. “Lennon was asking us to imagine a place where things that divide people (religion, possessions, etc.) did not exist. He felt that would be a much better place. This song is a strong political message that is sugarcoated in a beautiful melody. Lennon realized that the softer approach would bring the song to a wider audience, who hopefully would listen to his message.” Excerpted from: Internet site-SongFacts http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1094
Q. Why was the first charter school started?
According to Wikipedia, “Charter schools were founded by teachers, parents, or activists who feel restricted by traditional public schools. State-authorized charters (schools not chartered by local school districts) are often established by non-profit groups, universities, and some government entities. Additionally, school districts sometimes permit corporations to manage chains of charter schools. The schools themselves are still non-profit, in the same way that public schools may be managed by a for-profit corporation. It does not change the status of the school. In the United States, though the percentage of students educated in charter schools varies by school district, only in the New Orleans Public Schools system are the majority of children educated within independent public charter schools.”
Q. Why was the Voynich manuscript written?
“The Voynich Manuscript is a medieval document written in an unknown script and in an unknown language. For over one hundred years people have tried to break the code to not avail. The overall impression given by the surviving leaves of the manuscript suggests that it was meant to serve as a pharmacopoeia or to address topics in medieval or early modern medicine. The document contains illustrations that suggest the book is in six parts: Herbal, Astronomical, Biological, Cosmological, Pharmaceutical, and recipes.” Excerpted from List Verse Top 10 Lists http://listverse.com/lists/
Q. Why was Oracle Think Quest Created?
“Oracle Think Quest provides a flexible framework for engaging students all over the globe in exploring curricular topics and developing important 21st century skills, such as communication, teamwork, and technology skills. In addition, students are motivated by the fun and creative format and the opportunity to make new friends around the world. For teachers, a school portal enables quick and easy management of student accounts and review of project work.” In addition, it hosts exciting competitions that challenge students to apply their critical thinking, communication, and technology skills to real-world problems. Teams research, develop, and test their solution before presenting it to a global audience. They can put their ideas and skills to the test. http://www.thinkquest.org/competition/
Q. Why was Wikipedia started and when was it launched?
The earliest known proposal for an online encyclopedia was made by Rick Gates in 1993, but the concept of an open source web-based online encyclopedia was proposed a little later by Richard Stallman around 1999. Wikipedia was formally launched on 15 January 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger using the concept and technology of a wiki pioneered by Ward Cunningham. Initially Wikipedia was created as a complement and “feeder” to Nupedia, an expert-written online encyclopedia project, in order to provide an additional source of draft articles and ideas. It quickly overtook Nupedia, growing to become a large global project in multiple languages, and originating a wide range of additional reference projects. Today Wikipedia includes 15 million freely usable articles in over two hundred languages worldwide, and content from a million registered user accounts and countless anonymous contributors.[
Q. Why was the Institute for Integrative Nutrition – the world’s largest nutrition school established?
It was established almost 20 years ago, by one person with a simple idea that if he could change what people ate, he could help change the world. So he started a humble nutrition school with a small classroom of excited students who shared my vision. The health movement has come into its own since then. Articles about food and health are on the cover of major magazines. The White House has an organic vegetable garden. Schools are banning soda machines and bake sales. Whole Foods Market is now the world’s largest retailer of natural and organic foods. People are catching on and becoming more aware. What was once considered alternative is now becoming part of the mainstream approach. From a small classroom of committed students, the institute has grown into the world’s largest nutrition school. It offers a life-changing online course, allowing students from all over the world to experience their unique program and receive their health coach certification. As we spread our message to a global audience, our community has grown exponentially. We are now 13,000 strong, with students and graduates in all 50 states and over 60 countries. http://www.integrativenutrition.com/about
Q. Why do we call the cluster of stars the “Milky Way?”
There are tons of versions around the world of where the name “Milky Way” originates from. The English phrase is a translation of the ancient Greek “Galaxias” and this means milk which is also where galaxy is derived from. Another common myth is the Greek myth which myths that the Milky Way was when milk was spilt by Hera when suckling Heracles. Another explanation is: The ancient Greeks named the Milky Way Galaxies Kuklos which translates to The Milky Circle. The Romans changed the name to Via Lactea which translates to The Milky Road but we now call it The Milky Way. hmcmillen2009. Answers Excerpted from: http://answers.askkids.com/Space_and_Stars/who_named_the_milky_way
Q. Who Started the Special Olympics and why?
The first International Special Olympics Summer Games were held in Chicago in 1968. Anne McGlone Burke, a physical education teacher with the Chicago Park District, began with the idea for a one-time Olympic-style athletic competition for people with special needs. Burke then approached Eunice Kennedy Shriver, head of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, to fund the event. Shriver encouraged Burke to expand on the idea and the JPK Foundation provided a grant of $25,000. More than 1,000 athletes from across the United States and Canada participated. At the Games, Shriver announced the formation of Special Olympics. Shriver’s sister, Rosemary Kennedy, underwent a lobotomy in an effort to alter her personality. The brain damage inflicted by the operation caused a severe permanent intellectual disability. This disability is often credited as Shriver’s inspiration to form the Special Olympics.
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