Dan Grimaldi, who is best known for playing Patsy Parisi on “The Sopranos”, teaches in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Kingsborough Community College, as he has degrees in mathematics, operations research and data processing.
Three german students got sued by their alma mater for 10,000€ because they graduated “too fast”. They completed their bachelors and masters degree within 4 instead of 11 semesters by attending different lectures and sharing notes. Then they founded a ghostwriting agency.
Dave Thomas (the founder of Wendy’s) was a high-school dropout. He was afraid his success would convince teens to drop out of school, so at age 60, he went back and got his GED.
Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to be accepted at a medical school in the US, because the students thought her application was a prank from a rival school and voted to let her attend.
There were over 8000 waiters and waitresses with Ph.D. or professional degree in the US according to a 2010 study. In total, 317.000 of them had at least a college degree.
In 2020, a Japanese University has granted the first ever Masters Degree in Ninja Studies.
Masako Wakamiya is a Japanese woman who on noticing the lack of fun game apps for senior citizens learnt coding at the age of 81 and created her own app, Hinadan, inspired by a Japanese doll festival. She holds seminars and workshops to educate elderly about the benefits of technology.
Eva Mae Bradbury was the only member of her graduating class at the public school in Ada, Kansas. The school nevertheless put on a full commencement program for her, attended by 150 people, which was about the entire population of Ada.
In order to raise a genius, the first thing a parent must do is to not send a child to a public school; according to Harold G. McCurdy, a professor at the University of North Carolina.
Based on his study of the childhoods of 29 geniuses, conducted back in 1960, he determined that “three striking factors seemed to be typical of the childhood pattern of genius”:
one, close association with an interested adult; two, relative isolation from other children; and three, a great development of imagination and fantasy.
“Public school education,” he declared, “works against these three things.”
Martin Pistorius fell into a coma at age twelve. He was trapped in his body for 12 years. When he showed signs of recovery, his mother quit her job and worked with him for two years, teaching him to speak with a computer. He went on to get a degree, learn to drive, and get married.