Monthly Archives: July 2014

Professors on MOOCs

Do these professors seem out of touch to you?

Do you believe MOOCs could eventually reduce the cost of attaining a college degree at your institution?
No, not at all: 35%
Yes, marginally: 40%
Yes, significantly: 24%

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The @ symbol

“A certain degree of whimsical fondness for the character [@] developed over time. In Danish, the symbol is known as an ‘elephant’s trunk a’; the French call it an escargot. It’s a streudel in German, a monkey’s tail in Dutch, and a rose in Istanbul.”

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Foxconn suicides

On the well-publicized spate of suicides at Foxconn factories a few years back:

“Out of a million people, 17 suicides isn’t much—indeed, American college students kill themselves at four times that rate.”

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Child mortality

“Until 1885, childhood mortality took one out of every five children in her first year, two out of every five by their fifth.”

I did some googling, and it looks like today the U.S. numbers are 5 in 1,000 within the first year, and 7 in 1,000 within the first five years.

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