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January 26, 2019:  Cold Feet and Cold Showers

coldfeetWhile I haven’t had any scientific and medical evidence, I believe my feet and hands have poor circulation.  You tend to think of poor circulation belong to elderly people and even I’m getting more white hairs, I’m not a senior citizen by any means although sometimes I feel it.  My feet can get cold when it’s 70 degrees inside the apartment.  This is not normal.  I now have a heater underneath my desk to warm up my feet when in the winter and sometimes when it is cold inside.  I’m not one to turn on the heat during the winter and only when I can’t stop sweating do I turn on the air conditioner in the summer.  While this isn’t a post about my feet and hands, one of my massage therapists recommended I look up Wim Hof.  He’s a Dutchman who likes the cold whether submerging his body in ice cubes, climbing Mt. Everest in shorts, and controlling his breathe.  He brought it up because I spoke about watching this video of a Swedish woman who takes an ice bath, outside, every morning before work.  If you ask me, that’s a lot of dedication and for a lazy American, not for me.  Let alone, I have no ambition to get in freezing water, sit there as if it’s comfortable, and then get out and make yourself a nice hot cup of coffee or tea.  But it does show that over time things become routine for people and bodies can adapt.  Over time hot water feels warmer and cold water isn’t so shocking although I have a ways to go.  After I took the bulk of my shower, I tried to stand under cold water with my shoulders down and relaxed.  I couldn’t fully have the cold water hit my back because yes, it was cold, but I did put most of my body under it as well as my head.  It became harder to breath, but this is part of the challenge: not fighting against it, relaxing your body, and controlling your breath.  It’s sort of a shock to the system, resetting it if you will, and while I’m not going to devote my life to this type of thing, it did make me think again of how powerful a mind can be.  I wish I had all the money in the world to experience all kinds of therapeutic techniques, but I don’t so I do what you can.  I’m not one of those extreme people who do something to the point of addiction (okay some things), but I’m also aware of pushing yourself beyond your comfort zones a little bit.  Am I going to wear something on my hands in the cold?  Hell yes, I am.  I don’t want frostbite.  I’ve seen what it does to a hand.  Purple and black fingers anyone?  Do I wish I could hold my breath longer underwater?  Yes because my lung capacity is not that good.  So on that note, I’m open to new things within reason.  Maybe this is something you want to try?  Maybe not?  I’m going to try it and see what happens.  Is it going to get rid of my arthritis?  No, it’s not going to get rid of my pain and inflammation.  I’ve submerged my hands before in ice water and while it numbed my fingers, they still looked ugly.  But, if nothing else this breathing technique and standing under cold water will allow me to challenge myself in ways I haven’t done before.  I included a few videos of Wim Hof and he also published in a book in 2011 called Becoming the Iceman.  With everything, there are naysayers and critics.  I can’t really say whether it is not my cup of tea because I haven’t given it the good old try.  If you do, let me know what you think.

December 30, 2019: Smallest, Smartest, and Strongest Dog Breeds

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Here they are in all their glory. The large ones. The small ones. The strongest ones. The smartest ones. The laziest ones. Is there such a thing as an ugly dog? Maybe. There are breeds I love and some others not to much. The smallest dog I’d get is a Jack Russell Terrier and maybe a Papillon. In the medium size breeds, I like ones with a lot of fur and a few short haired ones. Think Siberian Husky, Samoyed, Finnish Spitz, Basenji, and Jindo although there are many others I wouldn’t mind having. The big dog breeds I like belongs to the German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamute, and Great Dane, but nothing to reach the Guinness Book of World Records in any breed.

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December 27, 2019: FYI: Penny For Your Thoughts

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December 26, 2019: Oh, How You’ve Changed, Las Vegas

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December 20, 2019: The “I Word” No One Talks About Until Recently

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There are basically six types of drugs, based on their effects. They are stimulants or uppers, depressants or downers, hallucinogens, opioids, inhalants, and cannabis.

Stimulants are from the coca leaf, mainly cocaine and amphetamine or derivatives of it like crack and methamphetamine. If you’ve ever watched someone on a documentary make cocaine or crack, it’s a long process and all the extra ingredients are highly toxic. It’s not good to put in your body. If meth has become a huge problem in the United States, I’d venture to say other parts of the world have issues too with it too. Thanks to this epidemic I can only buy one box of Sudafed at a time and have to show my driver’s license each time. They can range from Ritalin to ecstasy. Then there’s the legal drug of caffeine, which I tend to abuse in the form of ice tea and once in a while an ice blended drink.

Depressants are basically taken in pill form like Rohypnol, Xanax, and Valium although nicotine is from snuff leaves that is extracted and usually inhaled. We all know about alcohol that can be made from many things because all it needs is fermentation or distillation. Nicotine is mixed with carcinogens like tar that blacken your lungs. Alcohol is legal in most countries, but alcoholism is rampant in the United States. I can’t speak for other countries, but I’ve seen plenty of people drunk and driving drunk when I lived in Los Angeles.

Hallucinogens take the form of mushrooms or psilocybin and peyote or mescaline where they are usually eaten, smoked, or put into drinks. They cause psychedelic effects including distortions of reality. Also known as designer drugs, LSD or acid, PCP or angel dust, MDMA or ecstasy, and ketamine are often used at raves or back in time the discos. There is some overlap because obviously ecstasy is an hallucinogen.

Opiates are from the poppy plant. The most common opiate is heroin that’s usually injected. It’s no good as it spreads diseases but morphine can be beneficial especially when you have cancer and need it for pain relief. RIP Grandma E. They can be smoked, eaten, drank, injected, or swallowed in pill form. Hydrocodone, Vicodin, and OxyContin are some examples.

Inhalants can be found in anything where it is directly inhaled from a container. It can be anything from glue to pain thinners, gas, hair spray, spray paint, felt tip markers. It also includes huffing and bagging. If you don’t know what they are, look it up. It’s frightening that children are using this to combat their starvation.

Cannabis plants are the origin of marijuana and hash. Marijuana is the combination of the leaves, flowers, seeds, and stems and THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocarbocannabinol. It can be smoked, vaporized, or eaten in leaf form. It has some therapeutic properties as well as being a pain reliever. Hashish or hash comes from the flower tops of female cannabis plants in the form of dried resin. There is also hash oil, or cannabis based medicines.

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So what are the top ten dangerous drugs based from David Nutt’s test he conducted in 2007 based on three variables? The three variables are acute physical harm (immediate effects and toxicity), chronic harm (health consequences of repeated use), and intravenous (needles add significant health risks). The most dangerous drug is heroin and the least dangerous is 4-MTA from this list. The results were published in the Lancet.

4-MTA is a synthetic derivative of amphetamine and has acute physical harm and chronic harm in equal proportion.

Anabolic steroid has lower acute physical harm than intravenous danger and chronic harm. Chronic harm has the highest value.

Buprenorphine (Subutex or OxyContin) is an opioid medication and has physical harm than intravenous danger and chronic harm. Intravenous danger has the highest value.

Benzodiazepine (Valium and Xanax) is a psychoactive drug and has a lower acute physical harm than intravenous danger and chronic harm. Chronic harm and intravenous danger is equally proportioned.

Amphetamine (Adderall, Ritalin, and Dexedrine) has lower acute physical harm than intravenous danger and chronic harm. Intravenous danger has the highest value.

Street methadone is the watered down opioid and has lower intravenous danger than acute physical and chronic harm. Acute physical harm has the highest value.

Ketamine is used in anesthesia or loss of consciousness and has the lower chronic harm than acute physical harm and intravenous danger that is equally proportioned.

Barbituates is a depressant and has the lower chronic harm than acute physical harm and intravenous danger. Intravenous danger has the highest value.

Cocaine has acute physical harm and chronic harm in equal proportion. Intravenous danger has the highest value.

Heroin has lower chronic harm than acute physical harm and intravenous danger. Intravenous danger has the highest value.

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Also according to Lancet in 2010, here is a list of most harmful drugs to users and others based out of a score of 100 with the least to the most harmful. This was a study done in the United Kingdom, but it’s probably comparable to other countries and probably not much has changed in terms of chemical makeup of these drugs.

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7 LSD

9 Ecstasy and Khat

10 Anabolic steroids

11 Butane

14 Methadone

15 Ketamine and Benzodiazepine

19 GHB

20 Cannabis

23 Amphetamine

26 Tobacco

27 Cocaine

33 Methamphetamine

54 Crack cocaine

55 Heroin

72 Alcohol

December 7, 2019: Differences Between Similar Looking Creatures, Big and Small

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December 6, 2019: Various Top Ten

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December 3, 2019: Best and Worst Countries to Live

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November 29, 2019: Inventions and Garages

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May 9, 2019: Random Info and Facts

I decided to put together random information and facts most people would find interesting about three main topics: U.S. presidents (Huffpost), earth (National Geographic), and health/food (Live Science, Livestrong, Time Magazine, Health.com, Health24, Houston Chronicle, and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation)

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Earth’s inner core is a solid sphere of iron and nickel that’s 759 miles wide and as hot as 9,800 degrees Fahrenheit. The outer core is a 14,00 mile thick band of iron and nickel fluids. The mantle, which lies beyond the outer core, is 1,800 mile thick layer of viscous molten rock.

John Quincy Adams regularly skinny-dipped in the Potomac.

Nearly 30% of the world’s population is obese.

There are more than 3,800 planets orbiting other stars, some the size of Earth.

McDonald sells 75 hamburgers every second of every day.

James Buchanan was the only president not to marry.

The human body has more than 650 muscles.

Earth’s atmosphere is 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% other gases like carbon dioxide, water water, and argon.

If improperly prepared, fugu or puffer fish, can kill you since it contains a toxin 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide.

Even at rest, muscle is three times more efficient at burning calories than fat.

Andrew Johnson was drunk during his inauguration.

On average, Earth’s surface temperature is 57 degrees Fahrenheit, but without an atmosphere it would be zero degrees.

There are 7,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world, and if you tried a new variety each day, it would take you 20 years to try them all.

Exercising regularly can increase your lifespan by keeping your DNA healthy and young.

On land the Earth’s continental crust is an average of 19 miles in thickness, but the oceanic crust that forms the seafloor is an average of 3 miles in thickness.

The popsicle was invented by an 11-year old in 1905.

Woodrow Wilson was the only president to have a Ph.D.

There are more bacteria per square inch in a kitchen sink than the bathroom.

Liquid water covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and is on average 2.5 miles deep.

Fruit-flavored snacks are made with the same wax used on cars.

Brushing teeth too soon after eating or drinking can soften the tooth enamel.

George W. Bush was a cheerleader in high school.

Earth moves through its orbit at an average velocity of 18.5 miles a second.

SPAM is short for spiced ham.

Humans have 46 chromosomes, while peas have 14 and crayfish have 200.

Apples float in water because 25% of their volume is made of air.

Earth is the fifth largest planet in the solar system and the only one known to have liquid water on its surface.

Humans can cough at 60 miles an hour and sneezes can be 100 miles an hour.

And the best for last,

According to FBI statistics, serial killers comprise less than 1% of all murders and according to the numbers crunched the odds of being president of the US out of the entire population is 1 in 43,000,000 chance. So in other words, you are more than likely not to ever meet a serial killer or become president of the US. Lucky us!!!!!!!!!!!!

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November 2018

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October 2018

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On May 2, 1928 General Motors Corp. purchased Chevrolet Motor Co.

Lightning strikes about 100 times each second, with about 1,800 thunderstorms in progress over Earth’s surface at any given time.

The nicknames of baseball players are the following: Mitch Williams was Wild Thing, Mark Fidrych was The Bird, Lou Gehrig was The Iron Horse and Biscuit Pants, John Franklin Baker was Home Run, and George Herman Ruth was Babe, the Bambino, and the Sultan of Swat.

An eighteen year old Elvis Presley paid a private recording studio 4 dollars in 1953 to record “My Happiness” and “That When Your Heartaches Begin” on a two –sided record as a gift to his mother.

On May 16, 1080, rookie point guard Earvin “Magic” Johnson filled in for injured center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and scores 42 points in the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA Championship win.

In 2008, Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300, become the first female drive to win and IndyCar race.

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest in May 1953.

Mark Twain was not a fan of fellow novelist Jane Austen, at one point writing in a letter, “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”

In 1965, at age 59, Satchel Paige pitched in his last Major League Baseball game for the Kansas City Athletics. In his honor, owner Charles O. Finley furnished the bullpen with a rocking chair.

In 1991, Willy T. Ribbs became the first African-American driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.

The Eiffel Tower leans as much as seven inches in really hot weather because the portion of the structure that’s in the sun expands more than the parts in the shade.

Major League Baseball teams managed by Leo Durocher on this way to a career total of 2,009 wins. The teams were Dodgers, Giants, Cubs, and Astros.

Source Material: Andrew McMeel Publishing

March 2018

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The last American troops departed South Vietnam, ending nearly ten years of U.S. military presence in that country.

Jeopardy premiered on March 30, 1964 with host Art Fleming.

The U.S. Congress established time zones and approved daylight saving time in March 1918.

Violinist Midori Goto made her concert debut in 1982 with the New York Philharmonic symphony orchestra at the age of eleven.

Compact disc players and music CDs made their debut in the United States and the UK on March 2, 1983. The products were released in Japan the previous year.

To remove unpleasant odors from your microwave, add a tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup of water and microwave on high for a minute. Your microwave will smell lemony fresh.

The dwarf planet Pluto is only four hours away when traveling at the speed of light

The Sahara Desert once had a wet climate. The area was covered with forests about 12,000 years ago. Today it is the world’s largest desert.

Professional mime Marcel Marceau had the only speaking role in Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie.

Total winnings of Ken Jennings was $2,520,700 during his record-shattering seventy-four game winning streak on the TV quiz show JEOPARDY! (not including a $2,000 consolation prize for coming in second on his final game in 2004).

In 1958, the Boston Red Sox signed Ted Williams for $135,000, which was then the highest salary in baseball.

Number of postage stamps in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s personal collection, according to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum is 1.2 million.

Source Material: Andrew McMeel Publishing

February 2018

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Since the release of the movie Groundhog Day in 1993, crowds of up to 30,000 have visited Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania each year on February 2nd to see whether Punxsutawney Phil observes his shadow.

Seemingly fluffy, airy clouds are actually quite heavy. The water droplets forming a small cumulus cloud weigh more than a mid-size car.

During Andrew Jackson’s presidency in the 1830s, the United States’ White House lawn was home to a milk cow.

In 1986, Mike Tyson knocked out Trevor Berbick to become the youngest-ever heavyweight boxing champion at the age of twenty years and five months.

Amount of money graphic designer Milton Glaser charged the New York state tourism board for designing the “I (heart) New York” logo in 1977 was zero dollars.

On February 16, 1968, the United States’ first 911 emergency phone system went into service in Haleyville, Alabama. Today, hundreds of millions of 911 emergency calls are made in the United States each year. The Federal Communications Commission estimates that more than 70 percent are wireless calls.

John F. Kennedy was 43 when he was elected the youngest president in U.S. history.

When in Japan, slurp your noodles. It’s considered polite to do so.

The first movie ever to be screened privately at the U.S. White House was The Birth of a Nation, which President Woodrow Wilson viewed in 1915.

To clean a sink drain, put 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then flush with hot water.

On February 28, 1983, more than 60% of U.S. TV-owning households watched the final episode of the TV series, M*A*S*H. The series finale boasted a 77 percent share of the Nielsen ratings during its original airing.

Source Material: Andrew McMeel Publishing

January 2018: Looking Back in Time and Random Information

Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem “The Raven” was first published in the New York Evening Mirror on January 29, 2845. Poe was paid $15.

Astronaut John Glenn was seventy-seven when the Space Shuttle Discovery launched in 1998, making Glenn the oldest person ever to travel in space.

Roald Dahl, best known as an author of children’s books, including The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was the screenwriter of the 1967 James Bond film, You Only Live Twice.

You probably wouldn’t consider Australia as a skiing destination, but it does snow down under. The Australian Alps get about 6.5 feet of snow from June through September.

Use baking soda in place of many toxic and irritating cleaners. To clean the bathtub, sprinkle baking soda over the tub surface, then wet it, and scrub with a damp sponge. Rinse, and enjoy your shiny tub.

The South Pole is colder than the North Pole.

It is tradition to open your front door on New Year’s Eve in Scotland before midnight to let the old year out and the new year in.

Price for one pound of Oreo cookies in a novelty can when the cookie was introduced in 1912 was 25 cents.

The number of publishing companies that rejected the manuscript of Dr. Seuss’s first book for children, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was 27.

The London Underground subway began operations on January 10, 1863.

Source Material: Andrew McMeel Publishing

January 11, 2019: World’s Highest Paid Actresses and Actors

The world’s highest paid actresses in 2018 (Forbes)

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The best investment return of actors and actresses in 2018 (Forbes)

This means for every one dollar paid to the actress or actor, the average return of her or his movies earned was great to good.

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The worst investment return of actors and actresses in 2018 (Forbes)

This means for every one dollar paid to the actress or actor, the average return of her or his movies earned was okay to bad.

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The highest paid TV actresses or actors in 2018 (Forbes)

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The longest running U.S. TV series (Wikipedia)

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The longest running scripted U.S. TV series (Wikipedia)

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January 11, 2019

Here are some who dropped out of high school and doing fine when it comes to money and others who are also fine who stepped away from Hollywood to continue their education. For all the ones who come and leave Hollywood within a few years, these are the ones who manged to start on the bottom rungs of the ladder and stayed. The sources are from Bazaar, People, and IMBb.

The Drop Outs

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Jennifer Lawrence dropped out of middle school at age 14. The first thing she starred in was a TV Monk episode in 2006.

Tom Cruise dropped out of high school at age 15. The first thing he starred in was the movie Endless Love in 1981.

Catherine Zeta-Jones dropped out of high school at age 15. The first thing she starred in was the movie Les 1002 nuits in 1980.

Johnny Depp dropped out of high school at age 15. The first thing he starred in was the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984.

Chris Rock dropped out of high school at age 16. The first thing he starred in was the movie Krush Groove in 1985.

John Travolta dropped out of high school at age 16. The first thing he starred in was a TV Emergency! episode in 1972.

Nicole Kidman dropped out of high school at age 16. The first thing she starred in was the movie Bush Christmas in 1973.

Cameron Diaz dropped out of high school at age 16. The first thing she starred in was the movie The Mask in 1994.

Hilary Swank dropped out of high school at age 16. The first thing she starred in was a TV ABC TGIF episode in 1989.

Patrick Dempsey dropped out of high school at age 17. The first thing he starred in was the movie Heaven Help Us in 1985.

Daniel Radcliffe dropped out of high school at age 17. The first thing he starred in was a TV miniseries David Copperfield in 1999.

Keanu Reeves dropped out of high school at age 17. The first thing he starred in was a TV Hangin’ In episode in 1984.

Christina Applegate dropped out of high school at age 17. The first thing she starred in was the movie Jaws of Satan in 1981.

Jude Law dropped out of high school at age 17. The first thing he starred in was a TV movie The Ragged Child in 1988.

Ryan Gosling dropped out of high school at age 17. The first thing he starred in was a TV Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode in 1995.

Robert Downey Jr. dropped out of college at age 17. The first thing he starred in was the movie Pound in 1970.

Whoopi Goldberg dropped out of high school at age 17. The first thing she starred in was the movie Citizen in 1982.

Marlon Brandon was expelled from high school and military academy at age 17 or 18. The first thing he starred in was a TV Actor’s Studio episode in 1949.

The Higher Educated

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Angela Bassett graduated from Yale in 1980 and 1983. The first thing she starred in was a TV Ryan’s Hope episode in 1987

Conan O’Brien graduated from Harvard in 1985. The first thing he wrote were TV Not Necessarily the News episodes in 1985 and 1986.

Jodie Foster graduated from Yale in 1985. The first thing she starred in was a TV The Doris Day Show episode in 1969.

Brooke Shields graduated from Princeton in 1987. The first thing she starred in was a TV The Doctors episode in 1963.

Connie Britton graduated from Dartmouth in 1989. The first thing she starred in was the movie The Brothers McMullen in 1995.

Julie Bowen graduated from Brown in 1991. The first thing she starred in was a TV Loving episode in 1992.

Maggie Gyllenhaal graduated from Columbia in 1995. The first thing she starred in was the movie Waterland in 1992.

Elizabeth Banks graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1996. The first thing she starred in was the movie Surrender Dorothy in 1998.

Rashida Jones graduated from Harvard in 1997. The first thing she starred in was a TV miniseries The Last Don episode in 1997.

John Krasinski graduated from Brown in 2001. The first thing he starred in was the movie State and Main in 2000.

Mindy Kaling graduated from Dartmouth in 2001. The first thing she starred in was the movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin in 2005.

Ellie Kemper graduated from Princeton in 2002. The first thing she starred in was a TV Neutrino episode in 1999.

Natalie Portman graduated from Harvard in 2003. The first thing she starred in was the movie Léon: The Professional in 1994.

Julia Stiles graduated from Columbia in 2005. The first thing she starred in was a TV Ghostwriter episodes in 1994.

Emma Watson graduated from Brown in 2014. The first thing she starred in was the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001.

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If you’re wondering what are the best ranking U.S. colleges in 2019 from U.S. News & World Report, the top 20 are the following. We all know someone doesn’t need to attend any of them to make a difference or be successful (in your own way), but for those that are smart enough to get accepted (I know a few), great job because not many do for one reason or another.

19. Washington University in St. Louis in St. Louis, MO

19. University of California-Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA

18. University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN

16. Rice University in Houston, TX

16. Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

14. Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

14. Brown University in Providence, RI

12. Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH

12. California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA

10. Northwestern University in Evanston, IL

10. John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

9. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

8. Duke University in Durham, NC

7. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

3. Yale University in New Haven, CT

3. University of Chicago in Chicago, IL

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA

3. Columbia University in New York, NY

2. Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

1. Princeton University in Princeton, NJ

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