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Things other people accomplished at age 15

http://www.museumofconceptualart.com/accomplished/index.html

Age 16→

Albert Einstein, with poor grades in geography, history and languages, dropped out of school.

Composer George Gershwin ("Rhapsody in Blue") left school to pitch his songs in Tin Pan Alley.

Chess champion Bobby Fischer became an international grandmaster and dropped out of high school to devote himself to professional competition.

Swedish tennis star Bjorn Borg dropped out of school to concentrate on tennis.

American reformer Susan B. Anthony began teaching school.

Issac Asimov entered Columbia University.

Henry Ford, disliking life on the farm, moved to Detroit and trained as a machinist.

Ragtime musician Eubie Blake began playing piano in Baltimore brothels.

Benjamin Franklin contributed anonymously to a local newspaper, and he wrote ballads and peddled them in the streets. Also at this age, he became a free-thinker and a vegetarian.

Edith Piaf began her career singing in the streets of Paris.

Billie Holiday began singing in a Harlem nightclub.

Eddie Murphy performed his own comedy routines at youth centers in New York.

Louis Braille, blind since age 3, improved the method of raised writing.

Baker's apprentice Hanson Crockett Gregory invented the first ring doughnuts by knocking the center out of a fried doughnut.

Outlaw Jesse James joined up with Quantrill's pro-Confederate guerrillas.

Tennis player Jennifer Capriati became the youngest semifinalist at Wimbledon.

Inventor Thomas Alva Edison became manager of a telegraph office.

Newspaper editor Horace Greeley became an apprentice printer.

Anne Frank wrote the final entry in her diary.

D. Eversz gave herself a concussion in Foot Locker after attempting to do a backflip off the counter.

A 15-year-old boy in southern India performed a Caesarean section on film, in an attempt to get his name in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest surgeon. The surgery was successful, but his physician father may face criminal charges and have his license revoked.

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I'm not sure if this should make me happy, depressed, or both.

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rovanda
Apr. 12th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
It's definitely an interesting mix of accomplishments :)
matt1993
Apr. 12th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
:) I'm gonna start posting these for every birthday from now on.
pathvain_aelien
Apr. 15th, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
Ha, I feel the same way, especially since I am older than you! :) Very interesting list.
pathvain_aelien
Apr. 16th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
Maybe you should make a list of things you want to accomplish in the next few years. There is a cool LJ community called thelifelist for that.
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I'm depressed. Because the world is ending and there has not been ANY proof that things will ever get better. I'm unable to think about anything except the fact that the world is ending, no matter how hard I try

I hate, hate, hate, HATE the term "social distancing". And being reminded of the coronavirus in any other way.

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  • 4 Sep 2020, 20:21
    They probably won't be mandatory forever, but you still have to wear them.

    I thought I told you that I DO wear a mask whenever I am required to or am told to. Why are you acting like I don't?…
  • 2 Sep 2020, 17:54
    Looking back at the Spanish Flu pandemic, it obviously wasn't like that forever. I don't know if people had problems with being able to adjust.

    They probably won't be mandatory forever, but you…
  • 2 Sep 2020, 13:42
    well before the pandemic, youre supposed to wash your hands before you eat, and after youve been to the toilet. Or if youve got something on your hands. Thats all.

    With the pandemic, its an add on…
  • 2 Sep 2020, 07:07
    Even before this pandemic I've tried to wash my hands whenever I needed to - but I've never been sure if I'm doing so well enough or often enough. :(
  • 2 Sep 2020, 06:59
    but this is now our new normal.

    As I said to arcadia30 above, I'm tired of hearing "new normal" because it implies that it will be like this forever and/or that I'm a bad person for being unable to…
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