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How would you feel about a high school class called "Therapy" where kids are taught how to set boundaries and deal with their emotions in a healthy manner? • What was a huge trend that everyone forgot about?

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How would you feel about a high school class called "Therapy" where kids are taught how to set boundaries and deal with their emotions in a healthy manner? r/AskReddit • u/Here-For-The-Comment share

I think for the class to be effective it would definitely require competent, experienced teacher who listens. This is due to half of the class would treat it like a joke just as they do sex ed.

u/Wald0Found

Assuming the class is going to be taught by a high-school teacher, and not a real therapist/professional? If so, then I think it's a godawful idea.

u/mr_mysterioso

I didn’t pay attention in math, why would I in some class that doesn’t even get me a qualification

u/datgrace

Isn’t that just called parenting?

u/JadeGuru
What was a huge trend that everyone forgot about? r/AskReddit • u/BlupHox share

In the 1950s there was a fad that was teens seeing how many of themselves they could stuff into a phone booth.

u/LEGITIMATE_LEMN

FarmVille. All of my aunts let their young children create Facebook accounts just so they could send themselves gifts through them. My Facebook feed used to be full of pictures of everyone's farms.

u/scarletwitchlasagna

When I started college in the mid 00’s, almost everyone had a blackberry (the “crackberry” era). We’d be messaging each other on BBM all the time and all that shit.

By senior year those phones weren’t even a passing thought on our minds. It’s impressive how quickly it changed.

u/Corporate-Asset-6375

Those bracelets that made you more stable / balanced or pulled toxins out of your wrist.

u/cloverrmatt

Segways were going to CHANGE THE WORLD!!!

u/wastingtoomuchthyme
YSK that even if your item is 1 day late and you have amazon prime you can get reimbursed atleast $10. Most I’ve got was $20 and the item itself cost $18. You can do this with no limits ( at least in my experience) r/YouShouldKnow • u/Btc_noob321 share

You can chip off a healthy amount of your prime fees doing this

How to ask for compensation!

  1. Copy this pre-written message (to submit to Amazon).

YSK you will absolutely get flagged internally for concessions abuse. Every customer has a "Sugar Index" that basically shows whether or not you're profitable to the company. The worse your SI, they less they give a fuck about helping you. If you ever have a real serious issue involving major property loss (you'd be amazed at what some of the drivers do) you'll be less likely to get a satisfactory resolution.

u/gingasaurusrexx
YSK that there are hundreds of jobs, even entire fields, that you have never even heard of. This is especially good to know if you are feeling limited in your job search or career options. r/YouShouldKnow • u/WeAreDestroyers share

Seriously. People get paid to do anything and everything. Some ideas for broadening your scope:

  • Volunteering some time with an organization you aren't familiar with is a GREAT way to begin.
I'm Drew Armstrong, an editor at Bloomberg. I got my identity stolen by a fraudster, and it took six years to clean up the mess. AMA! r/IAmA • u/bloomberg share

My name is Drew Armstrong, and I'm the U.S. Health Team Leader for Bloomberg News in New York City.

Let's say I am a German who fled Germany in 1933 to the UK or the USA. When the war breaks out I want to support the allied war effort against Nazi Germany. What are my options? r/AskHistorians • u/lucabazooka_ share

Let's assume I am an able bodied man or a woman in their twenties with an university education and speak fluent english.

Let's say you went to Britain, and found yourself employed at a university or some other professional, respected position. Let's say you have a chair at Oxford, in languages or engineering or some obviously useful field, are ethnically Jewish, and had been a member of the Social Democratic Party. A pretty clear enemy of Hitler, with skills that would be great to have, right? It wouldn't make any difference in those early months of the war.

As the Wehrmacht was invading Poland in September 1939, the British War Office hurriedly established a number of ‘enemy alien tribunals’ in order to judge the loyalty of the resident German and Austrian population. Initially the tribunals had neither a uniform system of judging this loyalty nor a sensible approach to managing the numbers of ‘enemy aliens’ under review, but the system was gradually improved upon and by February of 1940 the vast majority of ‘enemy aliens’ had been brought before the tribunals. You, as a recent immigrant/refugee from German, would be among them.

Of the seventy-five thousand German and Austrian nationals living in Britain, over 88% were revealed to vehemently oppose the Third Reich and held no desire to see Britain defeated by their countrymen. Less than six hundred aliens were considered a potential threat to the war effort, henceforth designated ‘Class A’, and immediately arrested and interned. The roughly sixty-six thousand opponents of Nazism were labelled as Class C, considered harmless, while the remaining seven thousand were considered Class B, those allowed their liberty with some restrictions on employment and travel. Many of these tens of thousands would have been like you: Germans who had fled National Socialism, refugees by necessity of their race or their political or religious beliefs.

Three months later, the situation on the continent dramatically changed, as the Netherlands, Belgium, and France were quickly overrun. A barrage of false but terrifying reports from those evacuated from the continent were published in the national press. These reports, such as that of the former British envoy to the Netherlands, Sir Nevile Bland, made bold and detailed claims about the extensive use by the German army of parachutists aided by ‘fifth columnists’ planted in advance. Widely published, Bland’s account gave the judgement that “every German or Austrian” in Britain presented “a real and grave menace,” and declared that “all Germans and Austrians, at least, ought to be interned at once.” Despite the alien tribunals having previously concluded that only a small minority of ‘enemy aliens’ within Britain were potential dangers, Churchill’s government agreed with the supporters of mass internment found in the press and in Whitehall, with Churchill himself giving the order to "collar the lot". By June 1940, the bulk of enemy aliens that only weeks before had been deemed harmless to the war effort had been taken from their homes and dispersed across the country, the vast majority of internees being deposited on the Isle of Man, while a significant number were deported from the British Isles to the Commonwealth.

Let's say you went with the bulk of the enemy aliens to the Isle of Man, along with some British fascists, IRA members, and pacifists. So there you are, sat in a requisitioned boarding house in one of Britain's most eligible holiday destinations, surrounded by armed guards and barbed wire. Once the initial panic died down, and it became clear to the authorities that 1. They had overreacted and 2. There was no evidence of fifth columnists being used by the Germans, people began to be released. It wasn't soon enough for those internees who had been killed in the sinking of the Canada-bound Arandora Star, or beaten, robbed, and worse on the Dunera en route to Australia, but it was something. It would still take months for everyone to be freed, and some stayed until the final months of the war.

Your time behind barbed wasn't all that bad, though. You have a university education, you say? What about lecturing at the Hutchinson Camp University? Or sit in on a talk given by some of the most renowned European scholars, caught up in the panic just like you? The same camp had regular performances from musicians and exhibitions by artists (Hutchinson Camp was known as the Artist's Camp due to how many were held there.) Whichever camp you were in, you had access to the seaside, to sports, to the cinema (all under armed guard, although at times the guards had no ammunition). The range of religious faiths among the internees meant that a preacher of your denomination or language was probably interned, and if they weren't then efforts were made to try and provide someone from outside the camps. If you were married, then maybe your wife would also be interned. If you were incredibly lucky, you might be interned together at Rushen Camp, but otherwise there were visits arranged.

But you say you want to help the war effort, and you have useful skills? Then your chances of release are much higher. You're right to think that translation work would be a priority, and many former internees were employed in this. Intelligence and security work was certainly possible, but much rarer. You could serve in the forces, but most of the time this was limited to non-combat roles like bridge construction and logistics, although far from always, and there are plenty of cases of former internees fighting in the war. Likewise, if you worked in industry you might find yourself forbidden to work in munitions or anything particularly sensitive, and mostly this came down to trust.


Edit: I've focused mainly on the internment, and less on what followed, because internment was the focus of my research. I'm also on mobile, and on an overcrowded, overheated train, so my formatting or phrasing may be a little off.

I should also make clear that while internment on the Isle of Man wasn't the worst fate, and many looked back fondly on their "involuntary holiday", but this was still imprisonment without trial. People were, at a minimum, separated from their families for months at a time.

Edit 2: Sources:

  • Angus Calder's Myth of the Blitz and The People's War
  • Fleming, P. Invasion 1940: An Account of the German preparations and the British counter-measures, (London, 1957)
  • Kushner, T. and Cesarani, D. The Internment of Aliens in Twentieth Century Britain (1993)
  • Donnelly, M., Britain in the Second World War (1999)
  • Reynolds, D., ‘Britain, the Two World Wars, and the Problem of Narrative’, The Historical Journal 60, 1 (2017)
  • Dove, R. (eds), ‘Totally Un-English’? Britain’s Internment of ‘Enemy Aliens’ in Two World Wars (Amsterdam, 2005)
u/Surprise_Institoris
How did almost every "ancient" culture(e.g. China, aztecs, greece and other indian tribes) develop the idea of dragons independently? What is similar in all dragons across cultures, and which cultural understanding of dragons has shaped the modern idea of dragons the most? r/AskHistorians • u/MrPupolinaz share

More can always be said, but you may be interested in this section of our FAQ.

u/WARitter

I'm not a historian, but a paleontologist, and I don't know if my response is allowed but I wanted to add my two cents before the usual explanation I hear gets posted. Many people posit that dragon myths are derived from cultures finding dinosaur bones in the ground, recognizing them as the remains of giant reptilian creatures, and developing myths of dragons.

I find this very, very unlikely, in most circumstances at least. There are two issues I see; 1) dinosaur fossils are usually found in remote areas with difficult terrain, and 2) dinosaur fossils are very difficult to recognize unless you're specifically looking for them.

Fossils occur in sedimentary rock layers, which need to be exposed through weathering at the surface for people to find them. Vegetation obscures fossils from sight and root action can break them apart, so arid areas are especially good for locating fossils. Therefore, dinosaur fossils tend to be found in rugged badlands or deserts that are sparsely inhabited or traversed. The major fossil localities of the present day - the badlands of the Western U.S. and Canada, the Gobi desert, and the Sahara - were probably little explored by people from the cultures you are asking about.

More important, however, is that dinosaur fossils are barely recognizable in the ground to all but the trained eye. In movies, they're always present as fully articulated and complete specimens, in perfect relief against the rock. In reality, the vast majority of dinosaur remains are isolated bones or fragments of bone, which are often damaged by weathering from the surrounding rock matrix (which is how paleontologists locate new finds in the first place). They are usually not bone-colored, instead taking a new color from the mineral content of their matrix (North American fossils tend to be dark brown, for example). Unless you know the appearance of bone in a region, it will be exceedingly difficult to even tell bone fragments apart from the rock, and even more difficult to tell what an isolated fragment of bone came from without a robust understanding of comparative anatomy. There's a reason that paleontology was one of the last sciences to develop - it's predicated upon knowledge of both geologic processes and comparative anatomy, without which it is impossible to interpret most fossil remains.

For these reasons, I find it exceedingly unlikely that fossil remains were the inspiration for any mythological creatures, save for possibly cyclopes, as the pygmy elephant skulls on which they may have been based were subfossils that were easily accessible to Mediterranean peoples. Dinosaur fossils in particular are so inaccessible and difficult to recognize that I am very skeptical of any claim that they are the root of dragon myths around the world.

Some sources: http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/handle/2246/6858 - peer-reviewed journal article (open access at the link) from last year that includes several field photos. What's interesting to note here is that these specimens are exceptionally complete and have white fossil bone (only found in the Gobi to my knowledge), and are still barely recognizable as bones, rather than white pebbles, in the field.

Michael Benton, Vertebrate Paleontology, 3rd Edition (Blackwell Publishing) - a textbook about paleontology in general, and includes a chapter on the discovery and collection fossils, detailing the geographic areas where fossils are generally found and what types of rocks they are found in.

Adrienne Mayor, The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times (Princeton University Press) - for the opposing argument. This seems to be the work from which a great deal of modern speculation about the fossil origins of mythological creatures is derived. She details arguments about the role of pygmy elephants in cyclops myths, among others. One claim of hers I find particularly untenable is that Protoceratops fossils were the inspiration for the gryphon in Greek mythology - Protoceratops fossils are common but restricted to Mongolia, so it seems very unlikely that the Greeks would have ever seen one.

u/MrPaleontologist
CMV: If freely available, genetically engineering your children to avoid all defects should be morally accepted. r/changemyview • u/danielfrost40 share

It seems as though people find mortality oddly natural and attractive, which I don't agree with. "Nature" isn't dying at 35 because of diseases that are currently incurable.

The Difference Between A Bird's Flight Feather And Its Body Feather r/interestingasfuck • u/ImaAnimal share
Anthropologist Grover Krantz donated his body to science, with one condition... that his dog would stay close to him, both are now on display at the Smithsonian (Washington, DC. ) r/interestingasfuck • u/GallowBoob share

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