According to LeVar Burton 'Reading Rainbow' was, ironically, cancelled due to No Child Left Behind!

Reading Rainbow was an American kiddie’s television series that encouraged children to read.

It aired from 1983 to 2006 and garnered over 200 broadcast awards, including a Peabody Award and 26 Emmy Awards!

On 10 November 2006 the show was however cancelled despite its huge popularity.

LeVar Burton said that, ironically, the show was cancelled because of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001!

No Child Left Behind is a United States Act of Congress that supports standards-based education reform.

LeVar re-launched ‘Reading Rainbow’ as an internet program and on 20 June 2012 the Reading Rainbow App was released for the iPad.

LeVar was criticized for being a ‘for-profit’ company and responded by saying: “Well, yes, we are. And the idea that ‘Reading Rainbow’ was free when it was on television is really a mischaracterization of the way PBS works. There may have been no immediate costs to the consumer, but it wasn’t free. It was paid for by the government, and by viewers like you.”

When he was asked if the show was not originally cancelled because it was ineffective, he said: “’Reading Rainbow’ was not cancelled because it was not effective.

‘Reading Rainbow’ was the most used television resource in our nation’s classroom. In 2009, it was cancelled due to No Child Left Behind. That government policy made a choice between teaching the rudiments of reading and fostering a love of reading. “


A white wrestler helped break down the color barrier in Tennessee!

Sports have always been a world's stage for breaking down barriers in society.Some of the biggest and best movements in civil liberties took place on the baseball field, running track, and wrestling ring.

One such example is from a white wrestler who stood up for African American rights.

Roscoe Monroe Brumbaugh, best known as Sputnik Monroe, was famous for setting an attendance record that lasted until the Monday Night Wars era in 1995.

Born in 1928, he started his career by wrestling in traveling carnivals. He quickly became a favorite in Memphis, Tennessee, where segregation was the norm.

He was the biggest wrestling draw of his time, but made a distinct cultural statement when he refused to come out until black patrons were allowed to sit in any seat at the Ellis Auditorium instead of being confined to the “colored section.”

It was a small step for equality, but the meaning behind it was much larger than the sport of wrestling.


There's a beach that has dreary, ominous names like Skeleton Beach and The Gates of Hell.

There is a part of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Namibia and south of Angola that has a really nasty reputation, adopting the name Skeleton Coast, "The Land God Made in Anger," and "The Gates of Hell."

Not exactly the best marketing campaign to attract some vacationing families.

The name Skeleton Coast came from John Henry Marsh when he wrote the story of Dunedin Star I, published in 1944.

Dense ocean fogs crop up most of the year, heavy rainfall, and an inhospitable climate make it a horrible place to be. Before powered boats, it was impossible to launch from the shore due to the heavy surf, and the only way out was through a marsh hundreds of miles in length, accessible only by a desert.

It was given the ominous name due to the whale and seal bones that littered the shore from the dreaded whaling industry. Now, the skeletons are mostly that of shipwrecks that were caught by the hidden rocks and thick fog.

If you can get to the beach, I hear it's a nice place for surfing!


Although Dmitry Mendeleev developed the periodic table of elements, he saw himself as a political economist and contributed greatly to Russia's economic development

The Russian chemical scientist, Dmitry Mendeleev, is widely known for developing the periodic table of elements.

But in Mendeleev's mind, this area of study was not his forte.

Mendeleev said: "Do you think I'm a chemist? I actually am a political economist."

He was right.

He created a development program for Russia based on industry instead of agriculture and by the end of 1890, when Russia started facing serious economic problems, Mendeleev’s authority on the subject started to be recognized.

He calculated the country’s custom tariffs and according to Maxim Savchenko, a professor at the Russian Customs Academy, “Not a single important decision concerning trade and industry was carried out without Mendeleev's approval."

Mendeleev predicted that oil would become a key component of the world economy and was the first to suggest the idea of using pipelines to transport the resource.

"Of the three major schools of thought in Russian economics, the most meaningful today is based on the ideas of Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleev," said Mikhail Antonov, an economist at the Moscow-based Institute of Russian Civilization.


The Arctic Monkeys' performance on Jimmy Kimmel had to be canceled because Kanye West talked for too long.

The Arctic Monkeys are an indie rock band from England.

With the charting of their fifth, most recent album, AM, they became the first independent-label band to debut at number one in the UK with their first five albums.

To support the album, they were scheduled to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 9 October 2013, before starting a 100 concert tour in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

They didn’t get to play that show, however, because Kimmel’s guest Kanye West talked for too long.

A week later the band performed the first two singles form the album, "Do I Wanna Know?" and "R U Mine?" on the show's outdoor stage.

The album was the second fastest selling album of the year, trailing only Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, and featured in many end of year lists as one of the best of 2013. It even made it to NME magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.