While perpetually scorned by people, for no real reason, Microsoft’s search engine “Bing” has a few tricks up its sleeve.
MLA is the Modern Language Association, and they are responsible for the MLA style of citations used in some research papers, in opposition to the APA, IEEE and others. I shouldn’t really say opposition to, since they all have the same goal in the end.
Anyway, some amusements I have found are:
- The now changed Purdue OWL example of an anonymous publication citation: “Wordsworth is a Loser 100”.
- The ACW style sheet, that I swear was partially adapted into MLA. Examples can be seen here. For some reason I remembered “pine_guest” for maybe 15 years since I first had to work on MLA papers in English 101 and had a handbook for citing MLA style.
- I cannot find it now with some cursory searches, but there was an example text about motion picture censorship that I think was lifted from someone’s research paper, about how licensing fees by governments (towns and villages) were used to control films.
Anyone have anything else like this?
A popular reminiscence going around the image blogging platform Tumboleer about overhead projectors has reminded me of my favorites.
I feel I should apologize shortly for not posting. So there, I just did. Maybe.
At work, some of my job is checking work done by people and firms the State contracts with.
Not a porno.
I found this antient (1914, despite what the cover says) yearbook from Colgate University:
Probably everyone in the United States who went to school knows what a standardized test is. One of those fill-in-the-circles affairs that returns a percentile rank. Currently they are controversial on account of their potential use in teacher evaluations.
I found this certificate for an apparently long discontinued test, the National Educational Development Test:
The Science Research Associates that Lyle Spencer signed for had just been bought by IBM at the time, according to Wikipedia. Per a paper in ERIC, it was administered at least as late as 1993, but probably not much after since there is next to nothing on the Internet about it. Also per that paper, it took until 1982 to delete “gender, racial or ethnic bias”. Shades of the oarsman-regatta question once on the SAT?
Anyway, I notice this particular paper didn’t bother to tell the awardee what their performance was, just that it was “outstanding”.
Everyone who has ever taken a high school or college course in chemistry, biology or kindred sciences unquestionably remembers the, sometimes lurid, always present warnings against doing things, normally, well, normal, but dangerous in a laboratory.1
Wear your safety glasses/googles.
No horsing around.
Label your experiments.
Clean up after yourself.
No food or drink.
This last one gave me an idea:
Back in the 1970s (based on the cover art), three companies decided to come together (merge or acquire): Knowledge Aid, Filmstrip House and Moreland-Latchford. They formed: