Incredible Facts About Teachers

It is getting to that time of year when you wave goodbye to your teacher and it suddenly dawns on you just how much they have had an influence on your life over the past year or so. Students a plenty have been flooding to Shareagift over the past few weeks to create gift pages for their favourite teachers, encouraging fellow students and even faculty members to come together and buy something extra special.

In honour of teachers across the world we have found 10 amazing facts about teachers that you probably didn’t know (providing your not a teacher of course!)

In the US since 1950, there has been a 96% increase in students and a 252% increase in teaching staff.

Approximately 92.4% of teachers spend their own money on their students or classrooms!

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76% agree that many of the smartest people in society don’t go into teaching because being a teacher doesn’t pay enough.

Mr T, Hugh Jackman and Sylvester Stallone have all been gym teachers!

On average, teachers work an average of 10 hours per day and 52 hours per week.

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In colonial times and into the early decades of the 19th century, most teachers were men. From the 1820s to 1830s, as more public schools were built and more men were siphoned off by more prestigious professions, women began to take over the schoolroom. The feminisation of teaching not only changed how society perceived women, but how women perceived themselves.

In 2008 Alia Sabur became the youngest college professor at just 19 years old!

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This year marked the 102nd birthday of Agnes Zhelesnik, who is thought to be the world’s oldest teacher!

A Polish teacher named Errol Muzawazi holds the Guinness world record for the longest lecture by doing 121 hours of non-stop teaching!

Finally did you know that teachers make 14% less than people in other professions that require similar levels of education? Come together this year with fellow students, faculty members or parents and show your teacher just how much they mean to you.

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About The World We Live In!

It was announced today that the UK population grew by almost half a million last year and that no country of the UK or region of England experienced a population decrease! Here at Shareagift we love learning about new and interesting ways in which our world is changing! We have put together a list of 15 facts that we find amazingly interesting about the world we live in today.

  1. Every house in Bermuda produces its own water supply by using rain-catching roofs.
  1. Downloading copyrighted material in Switzerland is legal!
  1. Women in sub-Saharan Africa are as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth as women in nineteenth-century England!
  1. Around the world approximately 37,000 child marriages take place each year.
  1. No one knows how many people live in the country of Bhutan. As of 1975 no census has ever been taken.

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6. After Rhode Island accidentally legalised prostitution, reports of rape decreased!

7. Buying or selling chewing gum is illegal in Singapore.

  1. 90% of all adoptions in Japan are adult adoptions.
  1. There is around 200 times more gold in the world’s oceans, than has been mined in our entire history.
  1. It’s a criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.
  1. There are more cars than people in Los Angeles.

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  1. The total weight of all the ants on earth is greater than the weight of all the humans on the planet.
  1. Italian banks accept Parmesan cheese as collateral for loans.
  1. The population of Ireland is still 2 million less than it was before the potato famine, 160 years ago.

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  1. Rain of fish is an annual weather event in which hundreds of fish rain from the sky onto the Honduran city of Yoro.

Want to discover some world facts of your own? Use Shareagift to raise money for all sorts of experiences for you and friends, from honeymoons to wedding anniversaries and birthday presents, or even just a well deserved holiday!

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About London’s Underground

15 Things You Didn’t Know About London’s Underground

This week commuters in London were unable to use their local train station as thieves had sealed up the entrance in order to try and steal a cash machine! Luckily one man broke through the barriers opening up the station and scaring the thieves away before they could get into the machine. Luckily he knew that if the station had been due to close commuters would have been warned about it.

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How well do you know the London underground? Here are 15 strange and interesting facts about one of the world’s oldest tube networks.

1- The single worst accident on the Underground occurred in 1975 at Moorgate killing 42 people.

2- The Victoria line was going to be known as the Viking line.

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3- The first escalator on the Underground was installed in 1911 in Earl’s Court.

4- An estimated half a million mice live in the Underground system.

5- The most popular suicide time is around 11am.

6- In September of 1940 a census found that 177,500 people were sleeping in Tube stations across London.

7- An air quality study in 2002 found that 20 minutes on the Northern line has the same effect as smoking a cigarette.

8- The most recent Tube birth was a boy in 2009.

9- Approximately 50 passengers a year kill themselves on the Underground.

10- Every week, Underground escalators travel the equivalent distance of going twice around the world.

11- Sting and Paul McCartney are rumoured to have busked on the Underground in disguise.

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12- A man was once found dead on a train arriving at East Finchley and had been on there so long rigor mortis had set in.

13- On 11 July 2000, a tube driver fell asleep behind the controls resulting in the train rolling backwards for over half a mile.

14- More accidents are caused on the Underground by green grapes than banana skins.

15- Aldgate station is built on a plague pit containing more than 1000 bodies.

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So there you have it, 15 weird and wonderful London Underground facts! Don’t forget if your planning on taking someone to London this summer for a treat we at Shareagift can help you save towards the perfect day out! If London is not for them then why not have a look at our guide to this year’s affordable festivals or alternative days out this summer!

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