In 1963, Bruce McAllister, a 16 year-old student, wrote to 150 authors to settle a dispute with his English teacher about textual symbolism. More than 75 replied, including Ray Bradbury, John Updike, and Saul Bellow. McAllister later became an acclaimed author and literature professor.
In 2017, 70 students drank so much alcohol at a house party in maryland that the air inside the house registered positive an a breathalyser.
In Italy, old people “adopt” students, who can’t afford rent, to their homes in exchange for company and a little help around the house.
In 1978, a Stanford PhD student murdered his advisor with a sledgehammer after being told that he would never get a doctorate after 19 years in graduate school.
In 1976, an underachieving Princeton junior undergraduate wrote a term paper describing how to make a nuclear bomb. He got an “A”, but never got his paper back because it was seized by the FBI.
In student dormitory neighborhood Flogsta, Sweden, every night at 22:00 people open their windows and scream for a few minutes. There is controversy about how the tradition started. Some locals say it was simply a stress relieve during exam times and then became a daily occurrence. Others say it started in memory of a student who committed suicide in the 1970s.
An English schoolboy was expelled after dipping his balls into a teacher’s cup of tea.
40% of the US college students will be considered alcoholics by the medical community next year.
1 in 4 U.S. high school students falls asleep in class every week.