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Whoopsie...

One of our textbooks reports, for no clearly discernable reason, that Jane Goodall died in 2003.

This was pointed out to us by a group of children that had had lunch with Jane a month or so before reading that useful fact.

Apparently this caused great distress for the children reading it.

Crap, you think they'd never eaten lunch with a famous zombie anthropologist.

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themiskyra
Jun. 4th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
I guess they didn't notice, what with her being well-preserved and all.

Also, the whole "human zombie that only eats ape brains" bit probably helped a lot too.
paka
Jun. 4th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Wow. This got me thinking, I don't really know much about her so I looked her up in Wikipedia. I'd not known that she divorced Hugo van Lawick in 1974 - and the research that went into Innocent Killers must've happened around '68 or so. Maybe that's why she never wrote or published the second book about cats that she suggests is going to follow?
athene1765
Jun. 4th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Crap, you think they'd never eaten lunch with a famous zombie anthropologist.

I just spat apple.

Damn you.
spottylogic
Jun. 5th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
Yay!
lunadude
Jun. 5th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
OT: ANIMATRONIC HYENA
ebay is listing a "Buffy The Vampire Slayer Animatronic Hyena Puppet Prop", if you are in the market.
spottylogic
Jun. 5th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
Re: OT: ANIMATRONIC HYENA
Ooooh...that's tempting, but I'm buying a house this year...
lunadude
Jun. 5th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
Re: OT: ANIMATRONIC HYENA
Must be a real tossup, house/Animatronic Hyena. ;)
jerseytude
Jun. 5th, 2007 06:55 am (UTC)
Actually, that's a pretty big damn error.

I know textbooks aren't fact-checked for squat, but still. Jane Goodall dead in 2003? I could see confusing her with Dian Fossey, but she died in 1985!
perkyshai
Jun. 5th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
Hmm. it does accomplish something pretty cool, though...teaches them to question single source material, and why research and fact checking are important.

I suggest having the class write a letter to the publisher, editors of the textbook, and copy it to the school board. Pretty cool, that.
spottylogic
Jun. 5th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
Nah, I don't want the little blighters writing questions to my office :) It'd just encourage them.
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