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Outline:
Message claims that a list of eleven rules that kids will not learn in school was taken from a recent high school speech given by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.



Brief Analysis:
The list was not written by Bill Gates and it did not originate as a high school speech. The set of rules is an abridged version of an original piece written by author Charles J. Sykes and published in the San Diego Union Tribune in 1996.

Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice president with a car phone until you earn both.

I know that many scientists (and at least one science blogger ) really like the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.   The show is well-written and acted, has a half dozen funny one-liners per episode, and delivers a weekly helping of science and nerd culture in-jokes.

In a recent episode, Howard the NASA scientist erased several hours of data from the Mars Rover after inviting a woman he had met in a bar to come back to his office and drive it.  His pick up line: “Have you ever driven  a car . on Mars?” Funny stuff and mostly harmless, right?

No.  Not right.   After watching several episodes on a recent cross-country flight, I’ve concluded that this show is bad for American Science. And here’s why:

'We're all nerds here, no one is going to judge': New York Public Library hosts 14th annual LGBT-friendly 'anti-prom' where teens are free to be themselves.