12 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org.

This week, we learned …

… that breakfast is not the most important meal of the day.

This koala-shaped breakfast could only come from Australia—and prove that Joel Sartore can even make goofy look great.Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic

This koala-shaped breakfast could only come from Australia—and prove that Joel Sartore can even make goofy look great.
Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic

 

… how a secret forest grew without anyone noticing.

This breathtaking forest is not undiscovered—it's in Borneo.Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic

This breathtaking forest is not undiscovered—it’s in Borneo.
Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic

 

… that railway stations are the architecture of democracy, and airports are just out-of-town sheds.

Rotterdam's spectacular Central Station was designed to evoke a ship's prow, honoring the Netherlands' seafaring history.Photograph by Spoorjan, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0,2.5,2.0,1.0

Rotterdam’s spectacular Central Station was designed to evoke a ship’s prow, honoring the Netherlands’ seafaring history.
Photograph by Spoorjan, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0,2.5,2.0,1.0

 

… how Silicon Valley is reimagining office space.

Hold a meeting in a Bedouin-style tent at Airbnb HQ.Photograph by Mark Mahaney

Hold a meeting in a Bedouin-style tent at Airbnb HQ.
Photograph by Mark Mahaney

 

… Vladimir Nabokov did more American road-tripping than either Jack Kerouac or John Steinbeck. (But this, of course, is Kerouac, with a peerless assist from Steve Allen.)

 

… what it’s like to be 13.

The social rituals of the American adolescent.Photograph by Sultry, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-2.0

The social rituals of the American adolescent.
Photograph by Sultry, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-2.0

 

… South America’s largest subway system might be powered by solar and wind.

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Santiago, Chile, boasts South America’s largest subway system.
Map by B1mbo, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-2.5,2.0,1.0

 

… the proposed new rules for judging schools.

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Go, Coyotes!
Photograph by William Albert Allard, National Geographic

 

… that both how duckpin bowling and Persian carpets are becoming lost arts.

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Persian carpets like this one are intricate in both design and craft.
Photograph by James L. Stanfield, National Geographic

 

… why Hindu groups are against a California textbook change.

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An Indian boy is dusted with red powder during the Hindu festival Ganesh Chaturthi.
Photograph by Steve McCurry, National Geographic

 

… an elephant can speak Korean.

 

… the floppy disk is not dead.

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org.

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