This History Buff Defends Millennials After Someone Says They're the Worst Generation of Students

When I moved across the country a couple of months ago, I was trying to find a short-term place to stay while I looked around for an apartment to make my home. I’ve gone through my share of shady sublets, and was so worried I wouldn’t land a spot that I started looking for one to book months in advance. On my first day of browsing, I came across a gorgeous and affordable one-bedroom in a really convenient location, but was super skeptical of the post because of how traumatized I am from my previous experiences. 

I’ve dealt with creeps who ask for a cash deposit then claim they’re in the hospital on the exact same day they’re supposed to meet me for the keys. I’ve had people cancel my reservation once I’ve already landed in their city… Needless to say, I’m a seasoned subletter. When I found this lovely one-bedroom on Craigslist, I was sure the listing was too good to be true. So I took a proactively defensive stance when I reached out via email. I asked for boring specifications on the apartment and went over payment details with exhaustive thoroughness. I even asked if a friend could stop by to make sure there were no secret squatter tenants, or anything sketchy like that. Then, I got an email back. 

TWIST: I recognized the address from the gushing fan mail I had sent it years ago. The apartment belonged to my favorite living writer and here I was, casually emailing with her directly. Flash forward a few months and we’re friendly and occasionally email each other or meet for coffee to catch up. And that’s how my nightmare sublet search turned into a friendship with one of the best and most famous writers of our time.

I live for real-life plot twists like this. They keep us on our toes while we cruise through this journey of life. Which is why when u/whytho37 asked Reddit to share their most insane plot twists, the results were incredible. 

Scroll down for twists so good, you wouldn’t believe they actually happened if you saw them in a film.

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Students Fasting During Ramadan Are Already Dreading Their Exams

Growing up Muslim I started fasting at an early age because I thought it would make God answer my prayers more quickly.

“If I deprive myself of food and pray maybe I’ll finally get Wolverine’s healing factor!”

Decades of worship and food deprivation yet no superpowers later, turned the whole religion thing sour for me, but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten what it’s like to fast and the struggles a lot of my Muslim friends and community members endure during the holy month. Specifically, during exam time.

Swearing off food and water for a set amount of time always came easy to me (in fact I was a good Muslim boy and even fasted extra days during the year) but I knew tons of students who found it difficult to concentrate on studying for exams/tests during Ramadan because they needed the sweet energy provided by food to help their brain function properly.

And since we’re now in the holy month for Muslims, people are already stressing about how they’re going to get through studying for their exams while fulfilling their religious obligations.

If you grew up in a religious household, regardless of the religion, you may have found it difficult to reconcile your modern day existence with the expectations demanded by your faith. I know I’ve dined on my fair share of unhealthy guilt as a result of missing a prayer or not reading enough Quran or going to the Mosque enough.

And in my frame of mind right now, I could probably provide a million and one reasons why one shouldn’t fast if they have an exam.

I could say that, hey, look, first off, fasting doesn’t really accomplish much at the end of the day. If the goal is to “feel” how those who are less fortunate than you, then the entire charade of fasting is a bit of a farce the way that most people do it.

You wake up well before the sun breaks night so you can stuff yourself with food. Then you don’t drink or eat for hours, but you know the second the sun drops again, you’ll be able to engorge yourself on whatever you want. It’s not like poor people know that once the day is over, they’ve got Taco Bell, or whatever delicious food their family spent all day preparing for them. So it’s not like you really understand the plight of a poor person – you’re just getting tired and hungry for no reason.

But on a more practical note, if God does exist then he probably wants you to do the best you can in life, right? And if you know that not eating is going to mess you up so much that it’ll affect your ability to score well on an exam or be productive during the day, then you’re doing not only a disservice to yourself, but also to God.

An almighty creator of the universe doesn’t need you to deprive yourself of food as a sacrifice to him, it’s not like he gets anything out of it. So if it’s that big of a hindrance, then don’t do it. Simple.

Of course there are going to be people who want to shame you for your choice, but if you wanna get all religious about it, only God can judge someone, right? And it’s not like not fasting is illegal or anything, so drink your water, have your tuna salad, drink your espresso if you want – it’s OK, I don’t think you’re going to burn forever while standing on hot coals until your brains boil for valuing your future over feeling some sort of shame from a religious community.

But, on the other hand, there are some individuals who dealt with a lot more strenuous stuff than studying while fasting. Take ’90s NBA star Hakeem Olajuwon.

Because he was such a great player, his teammates didn’t mind re-arranging their practice times to better suit his schedule so he could perform optimally. Hakeem was willing to make it work, and there are a lot of Muslims who are worried about their exams who’ve come up with ways to do the same thing.

It just involves rearranging all of your priorities to make fasting work for you. So if you really want to do it, then I guess you can, or at least put an honest effort to.

This Twitter user seems to have it all figured out and a lot of my friends who had difficulty studying during Ramadan employed tricks just like this in order to get through it.

The one thing I can promise fasters is that praying for something has no proven effect on the outcome. So if not eating is having serious implications on your ability to study, asking God to hook you up simply won’t work.

I mean if it did, I’d already have Wolverine’s powers by now and I’d be preaching about how crazy you’d have to be to not be fasting.

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This Principal Pranked His Students With His 'Snow Day Routine' Video

When I was a kid I thought that my school’s principal actually lived in the school.

I didn’t see principals as human beings with mortgages and families and their own set of problems and feelings. I just assumed they were there to enforce rules and underwent some kind of ritual before accepting the position as guardian of the school.

So I often wondered what they did when students went home for the day. Did they chill with the janitor? Did they wander the halls doing tricks on a BMX bike? Or did they pull a Mr. Belding from this Dirty Heads music video?

I guess I’m not the only one who had these burning questions when I was a kid, which is probably why Principal David Novy from Ronald R. Albrecht Elementary school decided to come up with this hilarious video detailing all of the antics he gets into while his students are away.

And it’s pretty incredible.

Schools in Brodhead, Wisconsic recently had themselves a snow day, so Novy served up the video to answer the question on all his student’s minds: what’s our principal up to?

As it turns out though, Novy isn’t the only principal providing comedic relief for his students on snow days.

Chad Caddell made a nice little song for the kids at his school.

Gerry Brooks is also a treasure trove of laughs.

Alicia Reeves decided to use the best and worst ’90s rap song of all time to announce schools would be closed.

Some educators weren’t afraid to act a fool.

Sometimes though, principals aren’t the ones starting jokes, but are on the receiving end of them. Like this one principal who was turned into a meme. 

Or this wholesome principal prank where students poured a surprise bucket of thank you notes all over him.

Or this classic where students hired a mariachi band to follow him around and play for him.

One group of seniors once put the school property for sale on Craigslist and the principal was bombarded with calls.

And this one principal who really got “screwed” over by their students.

And this one who had a senior class that was very concerned with preserving his office.

I’d like to think that the principals who were on the receiving end of these pranks took them well. Novy seems like a guy with a sense of humor himself so I don’t think he’d mind a good old-fashioned prank war, as long as it doesn’t interfere with his Risky Business hallway dancing.

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Math Students Just Proved How Jack Didn't Have To Die In 'Titanic'

For years, we’ve all suspected that there was enough room for Jack on that door had Rose simply scooted over and helped him up. In fact, we were so sure of it that the Mythbusters tested the theory out themselves. 

But you didn’t have to have your own TV show to show that with minimal effort on Rose’s part, Jack could’ve made it.

And now, Abigail Wicks, Christy Zhang, and Julia Damato from Westminster, England have proven mathematically that Jack could’ve been spared from his impromptu burial at sea.

In an interview with The Advertiser, the 10th graders explained that they could’ve both made it had they climbed onto the door together and stuck their life jackets underneath.  15-year-old Abigail explained:

The group won the National Maths Talent Quest with their airtight submission. It’s no surprise considering that the movie came out two decades ago and people are still arguing that there was a chance Jack could’ve been saved.

In Rose’s defense, you’re probably not going to be all that analytical when you’re soaked and half-dead to begin with. 

What do you think? Was Rose unnecessarily vilified over the years or was Jack robbed of his Happily Ever After?

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School President Defends Fliers Telling LGBT Students To Commit Suicide

College is the time when many young people first get involved in politics. They’ll go to rallies, volunteer, and put up posters. However, someone at Cleveland State University has been putting up some truly awful and terrifying posters.

The poster reminds the reader about how many LGBT youth commit suicide and asks others to do the same. The poster is attributed to a group called “Fascist Solutions.”  

While most people on campus have denounced the poster one significant person has not, the president of Cleveland State University. President Ronald M. Berkman issued statement via email that left many people outraged. 

While it can be difficult to distinguish between free speech and hate speech, asking a vulnerable minority to kill themselves certainly seems to fall in latter category. 

In fairness, President Berkman did issue a follow up statement apologizing for his earlier comments and expressing his desire to have a discussion. 

The poster was eventually taken down but not for the reason you’d expect. It was removed because it didn’t have “prior approval,” which seems to suggest that next time Fascist Solutions will be able to express hateful thoughts as long as they ask permission first. 

So far it seems like most people are not happy with any part of the school’s response. 

No new posters have gone up yet but this still may be far from over. 

[h/t Buzzfeed]

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Why This Superintendent Banned Homework For Elementary School Students

Florida Superintendent Heidi Maier is banning homework for elementary school students in her district. Instead, she’s asking them to read for 20 minutes each night. Where was this woman when I was a kid?!

Though it might seem like this cool superintendent is just three kindergartners in a trench coat, she’s actually banning the homework for a good reason: research shows that it just doesn’t improve academic performance for kids this young. Reading, on the other hand, does. 

“The quality of homework assigned is so poor that simply getting kids to read replacing homework with self-selected reading was a more powerful alternative,” said Richard Allington, a reading acquisition expert, in an email to The Washington Post. “Maybe some kinds of homework might raise achievement but if so that type of homework is uncommon in U.S. schools.”

Kids will be able to select their own book with help from educators, and children without a parent available to help them read at home will have access to volunteers, audiobooks, and other resources, according to Maier.

Middle and high school students, however, won’t be so lucky in Maier’s district. So don’t expect Algebra homework to be a thing of the past anytime soon.

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This Teacher's Reaction To His Students Buying Him A Pair Of Vans Is Adorable

At the beginning of the school year, 17-year-old Dyani Heredia’s teacher, Taylor Kerby, complimented a student on his shoes and said he wanted some. So for Christmas, the entire class decided to pool their money together and get the psychology teacher his first pair of Vans.

And his reaction is just too damn sweet. 

Heredia explained on Twitter that Kerby is one of her favorite teachers, and they decided to surprise him at the start of the class when everyone shares a good thing that happened to them. 

Unsurprisingly, people on Twitter have watery eyes. 

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