In high school, I was a history and geography buff. Well, more of the history buff. I loved studying the trends and the facts related to it. Little obscure things like Appomattox Courthouse, FDR's New Deal, and the Bay of Pigs (which means I know more than Dana Perino). In knowing all of these random facts, I was killer on my high school's academic team. Yeah, I was one of those nerds too. But, it got our high school a county-wide win over the other two, two years in a row, and it got me a place my senior year to go to Disney and the Florida Academic Team Showdowns. Yeah, we sucked horribly and got eliminated after two rounds, but we had a free trip to Disney! Can't complain about that.
I do think that something like this free State of the States Publication PDF would have helped out a lot. See, if you read past years publications, you can see how chock full of facts they are about the changing trends in America. Heck, save 20 to 30 years worth of these and you can have your own kids made into academic geniuses.
They do come in magazines as well, but our dear own Pru found out that the supply is already gone of those, so request 2009's early, and you won't be downloading and printing your PDFs at Kinkos this year…
[via the forums]