Bill Nye is a renowned scientist known all over the world. Bill Nye worked as an engineer with Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, where he designed a hydraulic pressure resonance suppressor which is used in 747 airplanes. And funnily enough, he got his break into television by winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest. Bill grew up with science. He says that his first childhood memory was him playing with a rubber band powered paper airplane. He was trying to figure out how to make it turn, so he could stand still and it would come back to him. Everyone loves bill nye and knows who he is. Heres why.
Bill Nye is known across the globe for his educational TV show “ Bill Nye the Science Guy”, but he's known for more than just that. He's been on multiple TV shows including “ Blindspot”, “ Living With Ed”, “The Eyes of Nye”, “Dancing With The Stars”, and many more. But surprisingly, Bill Nye also has some haters. According to Scientific American, “ Bill Nye does not speak for us and he does not speak for science. Tonight, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” will accompany Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Trump’s nominee for NASA Administrator, to the State of the Union address. Nye has said that he’s accompanying the Congressman to help promote space exploration, since, he asserts, NASA is the best brand the United States has and that his attendance should not be … seen as an acceptance of the recent attacks on science and the scientific community.” Science American believes that by choosing to come with a republican rep. , he is “working to undermine civil rights.” But, that is an opinion and we don't know for sure why Bill chose to do what he did. Bill Nye is truly a very inspiring person trying to educate the world through humor and fun.
Bill Nye quotes, “ There really is no such thing as race. We all come from Africa. We are all of the same stardust. We are all going to live and die on the same planet, a pale blue dot in the vastness of space. We have to work together.” Not only is he educating all around the world, but he is trying to make a change for our world. He is working with Climate One to speak to people about the climate issue. They interviewed him about his recent documentary. Heres a piece from the interview. “ Greg Dalton: So when people say we’re not sure what the climate was like… Bill Nye: Yes we are -- is the response. Yes, we are.
Bill Nye may have some controversy about whether or not he speaks for science, but he is definitely an inspiring, educator, who makes people happy.
Story by Olivia Courtenay-Smith
Michael Jackson was famously known as the King Of Pop. He wasn’t just famous solo, he was also famous as a child as the lead singer in a lesser-known band, The Jackson five with his four other brothers. He was born in 1958 and grew up with 10 siblings around him. According to www.biography.com he died in 2009 do to a drug overdose. He, Michael Jackson, won 19 Grammy awards. if you want to put that to scale, Adele has won 15 and Justin Bieber has won 1.
Another name to fame that The King Of Pop can claim is the “Moonwalk”. The “Moonwalk” is a hard dance move to master yet he managed to do it. The “Moonwalk” is a gymnastic like move. The first time Jackson demonstrated this move was in a live solo performances of “Billie Jean” says biography.com. The “Moonwalk is a fun move to master if you are up for a challenge and have some time on your hands. Jackson was an awesome dancer so when doing the “Moonwalk he was able to give it a slick smooth look. In fact, he had a whole routine that made the crowd go wild ending in a hard to master toe-stand.
Michael Jackson is still influencing the modern era through his music and the hidden secrets of his life. Some believe that he was a truly bad person, he has been accused many times over of sexual abuse. One of his many choices was to bleach his skin, beneath all the bleach he was African-American. Jackson was also on opioids, a drug that Prince also died by. Jackson denied his skin bleaching and said as found on biographyonline.net “OK, number one. There, as I know of, there is no such thing as skin bleaching…I have a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin, it’s something that I cannot help, OK? But, when people make up stories that I don’t want to be who I am, it hurts me…it’s a problem for me, I can’t control it.” but as modern technology got more sophisticated we uncovered the truth. But his influence also helps people.
Michael Jackson may not have been the best man at home but he sure was talented on the stage. If you’re ever looking for a rock hit or a Halloween bash to rock out to, he is where you should look. The Jackson Five also has some more kid-friendly songs are “ABC” and “Sugar Daddy”. But whatever you pick, he won’t let you down (If you’re Wondering what a few of his songs are, here is “Beat It’- https://www.youtube.com)!
Story by Rosalie Sharp
Aretha Franklin has made a major impact on the modern-day world. Here songs have changed lives giving everyone “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”. You may be asking yourself, who is Aretha Franklin. Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis and was the fourth of five children. According to .Britannica.com Franklin’s mother, Barbara, was a gospel singer and pianist. And her father, CLI. Franklin presided over the New Bethel Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan, and was a minister of national influence and a singer as well. Coming from a talented family Aretha was bound to be a musical star. Aretha Franklin's musical gifts became apparent at an early age. Largely self-taught, she was regarded as a child prodigy. As a young teen, Franklin performed with her father on his gospel programs in major cities throughout the country and was recognized as a vocal ideal. By the age of 14, she had recorded some of her earliest tracks at her father's church, which was released by a small label as the album Songs of Faith in 1956. Even from a young age, Aretha Franklin made her mark on the world.
Aretha Franklin was an equal rights activist who changed the way we see each other. As said in biography.com in an era when respect was not given to everyone in the US, Aretha Franklin’s exciting version of “Respect,” first recorded by Otis Redding, was an inspiring call to action. The lyrics for the song respect became a melancholy for both women's rights and civil rights movements. Franklin’s song “Sisters Are Doing’ It For Themselves” was another feminist song, showing there is world, where women can set free from this sexist society and be who they, are, ‘’American history wells up when Aretha sings,” former president Barrack Obama said in 2015. “Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll – the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope.”. Aretha Franklin regularly performed at civil rights events and was there to support Martin Luther King Jr. during his rallies. According to .globalcitizen.org she also was awarded the Southern Christian Leadership Award for her dedicated work for King. When King was assassinated in 1968, Franklin performed at his funeral. Other than being a musical prodigy Aretha Franklin is a role model for all young women.
Aretha Franklin has made an impact on the world and sadly she has passed. On August 12, 2018, it was reported that on the morning of August 16th, Franklin gave in to her illness. Which her family revealed to be pancreatic cancer. Though Aretha Franklin is a child prodigy she did not live the healthiest life. She struggled with weight problems, alcoholism and chain-smoking Sadly Aretha Franklin is not with us physically but she is with every time we listen to her songs. The equality given to everyone because Aretha Franklin's songs should be carried with us through our every day giving everyone “Respect”.
Here is a link to Aretha Franklin singing her hit song Think.
Story by Taylor Amys
Tyquain (Quando Rondo) was a very troubled child. He was in juvie at a very young age and he met someone that was like an older brother figure to him. But from there things went kinda down hill. He found out that his brother figure had got killed. Later in life, Quando came out with his first hit song called "I Remember", and this made America see his as a good upcoming artist. He then came out with many more songs that made him rise to the top. Quando has been working really hard lately because his label told him that he needed more "Murder" songs on his album so he stays in the studio 24/7.
Tyquain is a really hard worker when it comes to music and even though he is a part of a gang, he is still able to focus on his music. According to this site, He showed early interest in music as a child. As a teenager, he spent some time in juvenile detention centers and was most recently released in October 2017. At that time, he decided to pursue music full-time. This shows how dedicated to his music and how he won´t let his life affect his music career. Quando has been an inspiration to all the young males in Savannah, Georgia. I wrote about the great young male rapper because I feel like he can show a lot of kids how you can change your life with anything you want to be.
Quando Rondo is a very good rapper with a bad background but when it comes to his music he can be a very good influence. He can let young people know that you don´t always have to act out through anger, you can put it into something else and become the greatest.
Story by Aniya Griffin
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Did you know that all the faces you see in your dreams have to be faces that you've seen in real life? This is a way for your brain to get rid of the superfluous faces you see throughout your life. One of the main purposes for dreaming is to help think of solutions to the problems in our life. Another reason for dreams is it helps you not forget memories of your past. Dreaming is important so you can process your emotions that you might be facing.
There are many things most people don't know about dreaming. Did you know that the human brain forgets dreams so you don't mix what was a memory and a dream? Another interesting fact is that even blind people dream. Their dreams are less visual and more about touch and hearing rather than sight. 12% of people dream in black in white. In addition, the average person dreams about 1,460 dreams per year.
Do you ever have that one dream where you are being chased by someone for what seems like forever? Well being chased is on the most common recurring dreams world wide. There are many common themes in dreams. These recurring dreams are also known as universal dreams. Some of the popular ones have to do with being chased, injured, or even being in public naked. Most people have these dreams because they have to do with realistic emotions like fear, sadness, embarrassment, and thrill. These dreams happen more often because these are likely to happen in real life than maybe soaring through the air flying.
Now we all have had that one dream where you wake up and you might be scared from what just happened. Well you were having a nightmare. Nightmares are typically caused by intense stress, sadness, or even guilt over something. Most people think of nightmares as a bad thing, but they are actually really beneficial. Nightmares are good because you see the bad thing happen and then your brain can process it and forget about what happened. The brain forgetting the nightmare is its way of putting it in the past and not in the present. This then helps us process and release stress about what happened.
So next time you wake up from a strange dream, just remember it most likely has a deeper meaning.
Story by Maya Fuchs
This world has so many secrets most people have never heard about. Some of these secrets are animals. Down below are, in my opinion, the top 10 most bizarre animals in the world.
Number 10, Okapi- An okapi looks like a cross between a giraffe, zebra, and horse. The okapi eats like a giraffe but since its neck is short it reaches lower branches. Like giraffes, horses, and zebras it spreads its legs to take a drink of water.
Number 9, Shoebill Stork- A shoebill stork looks like a cross between many birds like the pelican, flamingo. One of the main foods it eats is lungfish.
Number 8, Aye-Aye- The scientific name for Aye-Aye is Daubentonia madagascariensis. Aye-Aye is related to chimpanzees and they are also mammals. Like many other animals, Aye-Aye is endangered.
Number 7, Japanese spider crab- The Japanese spider crab has a leg span of 13 feet. They are the largest crab and have the longest life expectancy.
Number 6, Dumbo octopus- This rare type of octopus has its tentacles webbed together. This octopus is very rare and only found near the bottom of the ocean.
Number 5, Star nose mole- The star nose mole has a nose shaped like an octopus. It lives below the ground it eats worms and other underground animals. The star nose mole takes a photo of the ground and digs to find the prey.
Number 4, Pangolin- More than 1 million pangolins are killed because people think their scales are medicine. Because of this, they are going extinct. Pangolin eats termites that if aren't killed than might kill many crops.
Number 3, Axolotl- Axolotl translates to water monster but is actually adorable. An axolotl has the power to regrow limbs, if they lose their legs they can regrow them back over time. They suck up prey like a vacuum, and they are critically endangered.
Number 2, Goblin shark- A goblin shark can pull his mouth out of its face so that it can eat its prey, it then puts its mouth back in its body and swims away.
Number 1, Mantis shrimp, The mantis shrimp is the worlds deadliest shrimp, It has little club arms and punches its prey dead.
Story by Anabel Kehoe
Video Games are something we all know, whether you love or hate them they are very popular. Now, most people just play video games as a hobby for fun in their free time, but there comes a point were a hobby becomes an addiction. And that's where video games are most dangerous. When addicted to video games they can have more negative effects then you may think. It stops just being a fun hobby when you start to see effects on the brain and behavior because of these games. “Gaming Disorder” was added to the list of official disorders. The description for Gaming Disorder is when people start to prioritize gaming over things that are necessary like sleep eating and drinking. But there can also be positive effects of gaming. In this article, we will discuss all of these things.
Video games have negative and positive effects. The negative ones start to appear when people get addicted to video games and only think about those games in their life. Some effects of video game addiction include miss judging/reading peoples feelings and actions. “Was that just him getting frustrated at life or at me?” Because of this, it can lead to rash decision making and poor choices. This can lead them into a deeper hole because they may think this makes them a social outcast and they only feel right when playing video games. Different games can have different effects when addicted. On the flipside to this argument, Oxford University conducted a study and they showed that video games do not cause youth aggression on their own. Professor Andrew Przybylski said that “The idea that violent video games drive real-world aggression is a popular one, but it hasn’t tested very well over time” and “Despite the interest in the topic by parents and policy-makers, the research has not demonstrated that there is cause for concern.” This does not mean that video games cant influence this behavior but most of the time if these things are happening it's because of more then one factor. Like you are raised in a safe environment or if your family fights. Those things can more influence youth violence and aggression. Now some video games can have positive effects rather than negative, some games can help reaction times and your Ability to solve puzzles. Games can also vastly help with hand-eye coordination. But for every human video games affect them differently, there are also so many variables it's hard to find any kind of research that will fit everyone.
In conclusion, everyone's story is different. According to Oxford video games are not necessarily harmful on their own. Video game addiction can be dangerous and playing the games for too long can cause social and emotional problems in your life. But it's mainly up to you if you want to play these video games for hours every day. One thing we do have to keep in mind for is people being mean on these video games. People can be very rude and mean when playing video games. So sometimes that is the reason for aggression or being harsh and too quick to assumptions after playing video games. But one thing people don't understand is that every situation on video games are different. People could be angry from their day and take that out on there video games. Because of this sense of randomness, we can really say that video games are or are not harmful. It depends on if you are in a situation where you are being treated with love and if you are happy with your day to day life. It truly is different for everyone. And because of this information on the internet practically contradicts itself with information, then because we have no cookie cutter answer people publish what they thing further swaying the topic into the chaos of the internet. We truly do not have an answer for everyone. Saying that the topic of video games and their effects must be further researched to get an answer for most of the population.
Story by Aidan McCloud
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Memes have become a staple part of modern culture even Barack Obama saying on twitter quote “I love memes”. They first appeared in a novel by Richard Dawkins as an attempt to spread culture. But the current culture that revolves around the internet created internet memes first coined by Mike Godwin in a Wired article. They have taken on many forms such as dances (Default Dance) and simple sayings like “ok this is epic”. The first “memes” were actually made in 79 A.D as some latin sayings as graffiti in Egypt. But the only memes that matter in this culture is on the internet, the first viral one being “Dancing Baby” (created in 1996, also called the Cha-Cha baby). Now we will talk about certain current and controversial memes.
Pepe the Frog
Pepe the frog is the detailed image of a crying frog that takes different forms such as “Angry Pepe”, “smug frog”, and “pepe hands”. It grew steadily on websites such as myspace and officially blew up when it reached Tumblr. Since then many different variations have been traded on the “meme market” as certain rarities of Rare Pepes. But unfortunately, the meme became associated with racism, the Alt-Right, and support for Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election. Soon after this, the Anti-Defamation League recognized Pepe as a symbol of hate, although every pepe is not recognized as one. Just another example of how the internet can turn something harmless into something harmful.
Elon Musk Memes
These memes have been around for a few months hinting at Elon Musk hosting Pewdiepie’s Meme Review on Twitter. Elon Musk is a billionaire who founded Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company. And then Elon (Along with Justin Roiland) hosted meme review going over memes and laughing hysterically at a deer who fell into a pool and died. This quickly amassed 16,000,000 views within 24 hours reaching the top of trending within the hour. This also came along with memes surrounding Bambi.
Memes have helped people make a living via compilations on Youtube. Also, memes can help people relate to others. If 2 people who don't know each other but they both know a meme that can help them relate and feel a part of a community and also show each other new memes. In my opinion, memes are beneficial to our current internet based lifestyle.
Story by Colton Kelischek
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Growing up, a classic dinner-table manor has been, “don’t play with your food.” But recently, that has become a new trend. Food art amazes viewers from small children to elderly citizens. According to smithsonianmagazine, food art was first demonstrated by chefs when they wanted to make food dishes look presentable. It then evolved to making everyday images in food. There are many types of food art from carving intricate designs into avocados to making Marilyn Monroe’s face with spaghetti and meatballs.
A favorite of everyone’s is avocado art. People make designs you would see on an old Italian cathedral. Other famous pictures make roses out of avocado slices. Many people wonder how this is done because after a while, the avocados turn brown. Many say, avocado art is the most iconic type of food art. It is certainly very creative.
Some people do food art for fun and some others like to compete. According to vegetablefruitcraving, many competitions are more around craving than anything else. This includes pumpkins, watermelons, squash. A famous food art competition is the Ohio State Fair Fruit Carving Competition. In Asheville, we have our own food art competition known as Grove Park Inn Gingerbread Competition.
If you can’t end up showing off your work by competing than you instagram is a great place to show off your creativity. According to, instagram The hashtag, “food art” 6,100,000 posts featured and many users are always coming up with new creative ways to make food look more than just presentable. One of my favorites is making pacman characters out eggs.
Whether your just bored in your kitchen or your ready for some competition, food art is way to go. I personally think food art is a killer way to pass time and I think everyone should try scrolling your feed to try it too. :)
Story by Liv Suydam
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