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Now I Know Why People Dislike Indian Students.


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Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

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Why do people dislike Indian students? A convoluted question indeed!

Indian students in Australia presume they happen to be specifically targeted for their ethnicity. However, the Australian government agencies say that non Indians assaulted Indians for their pricey possessions such as cell phones as well as laptops. Both correct to a limited extent.

How do Indian students fare in America?

I came to the United States nine months ago. I have still not come across a non-Indian who totally admired any Indian or India. Moreover, American school teachers, white and Afro, have to endure students from almost every country on earth including India.

Recently, my nephew Manoj sent me an email with an attachment that he said would put a smile on my face. Certainly it did, and it also answered my question: “Why do people dislike Indian students?”

On the first day of school, a new student named Chandrasekar Ganapathy alias Chandru, who had come to the US recently sat in the fourth grade.

The teacher said: “Let’s begin by reviewing some American History. Who said ‘Give me Liberty, or give me Death’?”

She saw just blank faces except Chandru who had his hand up: “Patrick Henry, 1775” he said.

“Very good!” the teacher said. She asked the next question: “Who said ‘Government of the People, by the People, for the People, shall not perish from the Earth’?”

Again no response came from the class except Chandru. “Abraham Lincoln, 1863,” said Chandru.

The teacher snapped at the class: “Class, you should be ashamed. Chandrasekar, new to our country, knows more about our history than you do.”

She heard a loud whisper: “F*** the Indians.”

“Who said that?” she demanded.

Chandru, his hand raised said: “General Custer, 1862.”

At that point, a student in the back said: “I’m gonna puke.”

The teacher turned around and asked: “All right! Now, who said that?”

Again, it was Chandru who answered: “Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991.”

Another furious student yelled: “Oh yeah? Suck this!”

Chandru jumped out of his chair and waving his hand and shouted: “Bill Clinton, to Monica Lewinsky, 1997.”

Now with almost mob hysteria someone said: “You little shit. If you say anything more, I’ll kill you.”

Chandru yelled: “Michael Jackson to the child witnesses testifying against him, 2004.”

The teacher fainted and fell on the floor. As the class gathered around her someone said: “Oh shit, we’re screwed!”Chandru said quietly: “I think it was Lehmann Brothers, November 4, 2008.”

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“Abraham Lincoln Filed a Patent for Facebook in 1845” – Nate St. Pierre


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 By T. V. Antony Raj

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On May 8, 2012, Nate St. Pierre, a social media consultant and a blogger from Illinois claimed: “Abraham Lincoln Filed a Patent for Facebook in 1845“.

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Click on this image to read the post titled “Abraham Lincoln Filed a Patent for Facebook in 1845” by Nate St. Pierre.

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Lincoln was requesting a patent for “The Gazette,” a system to “keep People aware of Others in the Town.” He laid out a plan where every town would have its own Gazette, named after the town itself. He listed the Springfield Gazette as his Visual Appendix, an example of the system he was talking about. Lincoln was proposing that each town build a centrally located collection of documents where “every Man may have his own page, where he might discuss his Family, his Work, and his Various Endeavors.” – Nate St. Pierre

Washington Post commented on this post:

The Washington Post May 8, 2012

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A section of the blogger community was in an uproar over the claim made by Nate St. Pierre in this post that in 1845 Abraham Lincoln had requested for a patent for the visual appendix and concept of what we now call “Facebook” and that Lincoln’s request had been rejected. But many sceptics like me had our fingers crossed.

Click on this image to read the post titled: “Abraham Lincoln didn’t invent Facebook, says the guy who wrote the piece saying he did”

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We now know for sure that this story as a fake. Here it is straight from the horse’s mouth.

Click on this image to read the post titled: “Anatomy of a Hoax: How Abraham Lincoln Invented Facebook″ by Nate St. Pierre.

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THE CONFESSION OF NATE ST. PIERRE

The original story is 100% fabricated. It’s a tip of the hat to P.T. Barnum’s celebrated hoaxes (or humbugs) and Abe Lincoln’s tall tales. Absolutely nothing in it is true, except for the existence of the circus graveyard and the Lincoln Museum, both of which I would like to visit someday. The main image is a (very poorly) Photoshopped copy of a newspaper from Massachusetts. This was meant to be an easy one to debunk – there are clues throughout the entire article telling you it’s a hoax (detailed in the second part of this article).

I wrote it for a few reasons. Here they are, in order of importance:

    • I wanted to do something fun that would make me (and others) laugh.
    • I was tired of all the same old boring blog posts rolling past me that day.
    • I was officially launching my consulting services the next day, so I wanted a bigger audience.
    • I wanted to illustrate one of the drawbacks to our “first and fastest” news aggregation and reporting mentality, especially online.
    • This isn’t my first rodeo in the “poke the internet” department, but I only do it every 2-3 years or so. The last thing I did on this scale was when I hijacked the Fast Company Influence Project. The one before that I would prefer to remain anonymous on.

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