today I learned: an american woman sent her adopted russian orphan back on a plane to russia with a note saying “I no longer wish to parent this child”. also, america’s public school teachers almost uniformly now come from the bottom 25 percent of their college classes. next, the baseball player tim raines would often use cocaine between innings in the dugout, and would slide head first to avoid breaking the cocaine vials that he carried in his back pocket. finally, most of the smoke billowing up from a space shuttle launch is not exhaust. it is water vapor form the pool of water under the shuttle designed to absorb the acoustic shock waves that could otherwise tear the shuttle apart (!!)


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