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Today I Learned: Adam Driver Is A Trained Marine Who Could Kick Your Arse

What you see is what you get.

When you look at Star Wars and Marriage Story star Adam Driver, you immediately feel a little intimidated due to his large physique and crazy intensity. You get the feeling that he could beat your arse without breaking a sweat if you rubbed him the wrong way or got on his nerves.

While Adam likely won’t beat you up if you make him mad, he most definitely could if he wanted to because he happens to be a trained Marine.

Before Star Wars, an Oscar nomination for Marriage Story, and the name “Adam Driver” being plastered all over Hollywood, Adam had actually failed in getting into the famous Juilliard drama school in New York.

While he knew he wanted to perform, the September 11 attacks prompted a lot of talk among his friends and family about joining the military, and Adam ultimately enlisted in the United States Marine Corps shortly after the attack.

While Adam wasn’t an athlete before joining the Marines, he adapted to the culture quite easily as it provided him a sense of comradeship and discipline that he had been lacking in his life up to that point.

Adam ultimately trained for two years (which explains the origins of “Ben Swolo“) and was hoping to deploying with his friends, only to suffer a major setback when he injured himself in a mountain biking accident.

Despite trying to push the injury (not unlike Kylo Ren), Adam was medically discharged from the Marines with the rank of Lance Corporal. After a year of uni, he applied to Juilliard again and managed to get into the school the second time around.

While he took to acting, Adam struggled to fit in with the Juilliard lifestyle as it was so different to the disciplined Marines culture and his classmates were quite intimidated by him. But he ultimately graduated in 2009 and the rest quickly became history as he got onto HBO’s hit show Girls not long after and the world was introduced to “Adam Driver.”

So if you’re intimidated by Adam Driver, well you have a right to be because the man who brought Kylo Ren to life was a goddamn Marine once upon a time and could legit kick your arse. But thankfully for us, any arse kicking is purely for the big screen because while Adam may have been a badarse Marine, he’s an even better actor.

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Sexual Assault Questions Do Not Belong On A Year 9 High School Test

Stick to questions involving unrealistic amounts of fruit please.

WARNING: This article discusses sexual assault.

High schools in the U.S. aren’t exactly setting the world alight with its standard of education or how buildings are designed to minimise mass shooting deaths. But despite this low bar, a U.S. high school in Houston, Texas has somehow managed to hit a now low by including a graphic sexual assault question in a ninth grade biology assignment.

A biology teacher at Klein Collins High School thought it was a brilliant idea to include this horrendously messed up question in an assignment for their 90 student grade nine class (via The Washington Post):

“Suzy was assaulted in an alley and is a victim of rape. The police collected a sample of sperm that was left at the crime scene and now have 3 suspects in custody. Which of the suspects raped Suzy?”

To make things just that little bit extra awful, the assignment gave the test results of a “felon” and students had to compare “DNA” samples to find the suspect.

Needless to say that parents were (understandably) outraged at this ridiculously inappropriate biology assignment question and rightfully kicked up a massive fuss. A representative of the Klein Independent School District says the sexual assault question wasn’t part of any approved curriculum and “corrective action” has since been taken.

But beyond the inappropriateness of the question, the frustrating thing about it is how it reinforces the idea that sexual assault and rape is a thing only “felons” do while disregarding the fact that rapists could well be hiding in plain sight or people you would least expect.

Here’s hoping that this aforementioned “corrective action” involves properly teaching students about consent and boundaries because a ninth grade biology assignment question about sexual assault is not the way to go about teaching young people about the topic.

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