In 2019 most Americans surveyed thought that Arabic numerals should not be taught in schools.
Tim Cordes was a physician with blindness. He was the third blind medical student in the U.S in 1998. Despite his impressive resume, the University of Wisconsin’s medical school was the only one to accept him. They accommodated him and his service dog, Vance, went with him to clinicals.
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.