Don’t know why, but when I got my monthly rent mony from the credit union, three of the bills had some Arabic on it:
I drive a long way to work and back, about 45 minutes over about 35 miles (~55 km). Much of it is rural and all of it is along a major highway. There are advertizing billboards.
A popular reminiscence going around the image blogging platform Tumboleer about overhead projectors has reminded me of my favorites.
Yes, that Confederacy.
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”.
In very old Earth science, the tropical or equatorial area of the Earth was named the “torrid zone”. Evidently Aristotle was responsible for this, if WikipediA is to be believed. Supposedly the heat would be so severe it would be impossible for humans to live there.
Consequently, the Lennox company used the name “The Torrid Zone” for its brand of… air conditioner.