The Week in Preview: Famous people with dyslexia include Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Picasso, Steven Spielberg and George Clooney.
A milestone in mundanity
Here at TWiP, we know for a fact that something interesting has occurred on almost every day in history – the operative word here being “almost.” April 11, 1954, for example, has been scientifically determined to have been the most boring day of the 20th century.
This determination was made by True Knowledge (www.trueknowledge.com), an answer engine founded by computer scientist William Tunstall-Pedoe. It formulates its responses based on a database of facts, some of which are submitted by users (and checked for accuracy by other users and the system itself) and some of which are gathered from credible reference sites.
When you type in the question “What was the most boring day in history,” True Knowledge brings up the answer “April 11, 1954.” The reason for this is that True Knowledge equates “boring” with “uneventful” and it has fewer events in its database for that particular date than for any other.
The database information only goes back as far as Jan. 1, 1900, however, making April 11, 1954 the most boring day of the 20th century rather than in the whole of history.
So what did happen on April 11, 1954? American dance band leader Paul Specht died, the Football Association of Indonesia of Probolinggo was founded and Teo Peter (a Romanian rock musician), Francis Lickerish (a British composer), Abdullah Atalar (a Turkish academic) and Geoff Mann (a member of the group Casino) were all born.
Other sources indicate Geoff Mann may have been born April 11, 1956, which means even less may have happened on April 11, 1954.
Since then, April 11 has done its best to reassure the world that 1954 was just a fluke. Adolf Eichmann, who organized the deportation of Jews during the Holocaust, was tried for his crimes April 11, 1961, and Apollo 13 was launched April 11, 1970.
Understand the challenge
There’s more to dyslexia than difficulty reading. Delve into the details of this puzzling learning disability at a screening of “Journey into Dyslexia” at 7 p.m. in the Judd Gregg Hall Auditorium at Nashua Community College at 505 Amherst St.
This award-winning documentary profiles dyslexic students and adults who succeeded in life despite their struggles in school and also addresses myths and misconceptions about dyslexia.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring educational diagnostician Dr. Melissa Farrall of Mind Matters Inc. in Amherst; Kathy McGhee, a professional special educator and parent of a child with a learning disability; and Michael Patten, an adult dyslexic who is a special education teacher and reading specialist at Strong Foundation Charter School in Pembroke.
This event is co-sponsored by the International Dyslexia Association’s New Hampshire chapter and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sally Bashalany at 578-8900, ext. 1440 or email@example.com.
For most of us, the only song we associate with the Titanic is Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” Get acquainted with more than two dozen other songs about the ill-fated ship at StageCoach Productions’ performance of the musical “Titanic,” this weekend at the Janice B. Streeter Theater at 14 Court St. in Nashua.
The musical focuses on the characters, the majority of whom are actual historical figures who were onboard the Titanic, and the relationships between them, including how those relationships change when disaster strikes.
Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The Saturday performance is planned to end as close to the exact minute of the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking as possible.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and children 12 and younger, and can be ordered online at stagecoachproductions.org or calling 320-3780.
A sweet screening
The only thing that goes better with a movie than popcorn is chocolate. Indulge your sweet tooth at Chick Flick and Chocolate II at the Brush Gallery and Artists’ Studios at 256 Market St. in Lowell, Mass.
Starting at 5:30 p.m., you can sample a variety of sweet treats, coffees and wines provided by area specialty and gourmet food vendors. At 7 p.m., nip over to the Lowell National Park Visitor Center at 246 Market St. for a screening of the internationally renowned foreign film “Like Water for Chocolate.”
The film is in Spanish with English subtitles and is recommended for mature audiences.
This event is held in conjunction with the Lowell Film Collaborative. Tickets are $12 a person or $20 a couple and can be purchased at the door or online at www.thebrush.org. For more information, call the gallery at 978-459-7819.
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