16 things Buzzfeed doesn't know about the ocean


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Hilarious smackdown on an awful article.

I mean, it’s okay for people to write awful articles! But you’d think an editor or somebody double-checked something, right?

And no, there aren’t mermaids sigh


#3

Maggie- I keep meaning to write and tell you that the people that started Mental Floss went to my high school.


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Oh, man. I’ve heard so many stories about that high school at this point. John Green went there, too, right? And there was an evil swan?


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I am older than them, pretty sure (class of '87). The swan was just installed and pretty but in my opinion a bad idea; it just wasn’t that kind of lake. But I grew up at the school - my dad was a teacher there. Howard Cruse who was featured here for his book Stuck Rubber Baby also went there - years before me. And the director of Saturday Night Fever was also a student and is on the board - also way older than me. At the time I went it was kind of in a slump but when I was a kid and my dad was a teacher there it was definitely a hip place. I’m glad it’s got its mojo back.


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Okay, I need to stop researching things. My searches for ‘Evil Swan’ and ‘Rubber Baby’ were. . odd.


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Ha ha. The swan was a gift of some well meaning alumnus (or I think maybe a former teacher?). It’s a lake that students walk around all the time so the bird poop addition was not really thought through. It was gifted the same year I graduated, and I’m guessing the poor thing kind of went psycho after a while.


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Ha! Yeah, they still kind of think they’re T-rexes sometimes, don’t they?

This makes much more sense than what I ended up with :wink:


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