What I wish I learned in High School

Gwen Pane, Staff Writer

A recurring concern among graduating students is that, while we have learned all about finding the area of a triangle and how crucial mitochondria are to cells, the information we really wanted to know was omitted. No, I’m not talking about how to do taxes. That would be information we needed to know that was withheld from lessons. I’m talking about what we wanted to learn that was withheld. So, here I am, about to provide you with the facts you didn’t know you wanted and weren’t going to be taught anyways.

To begin, let’s start out with the government because we’ll definitely need to know more about that in adulthood. Firstly, hunting unicorns in Michigan is legal, but make sure to get your license before doing so, which is granted to individuals through Lake Superior State University. Then, for any sports fans reading this, the U.S. Supreme Court has its own basketball court, nicknamed “The Highest Court in the Land,” and it’s located just above the Supreme Courtroom. Another detail regarding the government is that The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a website dedicated to “zombie preparedness,” which might be good to know considering recent years.

Next, I will inform you of the many wild science facts you’ve missed out on, starting with humans being the only species that can blush. Also, pigeons can be trained to tell the difference between different artists’ work, and crows can remember human faces for around five years, which is incredible to me because I can’t remember someone’s name after they just told me. Furthermore, a human (you, possibly) can sneeze faster than a cheetah can run. So… congratulations? Nevertheless, please cover your mouth while doing so because I’m not impressed enough to forget that it also expels thousands of germs in the process. Lastly, moving on from the biology realm of science, did you know Pluto hasn’t made a full orbit since its discovery on February 18, 1930? Being the farthest (dwarf) planet from the sun, it takes 248 Earth-years to complete one Pluto-year. So, really, it hasn’t even turned a year older since its discovery, but in just 157 years, we’ll get to celebrate its birthday on Monday, March 23, 2178. 

Now, on to history! Do you know the Easter Island heads? Well, they have bodies too; they’re just below the surface. Additionally, a dentist invented cotton candy, proving yet again that, “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” Moreover, back in 1958, there was an accidental atomic bomb dropped on a town in South Carolina. Thankfully, it didn’t detonate, but remember that if you ever think you’ve messed up big time, you probably could’ve done worse.

Last but not least, I am going to share some material on pop culture, which schools don’t often address because it isn’t “necessary” to know. To that, I would like to direct your attention back to the introduction and say, “Yeah, but this article isn’t about ‘necessary’ information.” First of all, I believe it imperative that you all know that in the Twilight movies, if you were to splice it all together, there would be a total of 26 minutes of quiet staring, and in the Harry Potter movies, Draco Malfoy (played by Tom Felton) only shows up for a total of 31 minutes. Finally, Chuck E. Cheese’s name is short for Charles Entertainment Cheese.

While none of this is essential for life after high school, I hope you feel better knowing what you now know after reading this.