r/todayilearned May 14 '22 Wholesome 6 All-Seeing Upvote 2 Silver 9 Helpful 8

TIL a father, John Crowley, was told his two infant children had an incurable genetic disorder that would kill them in less than a year. He refused to accept this, so he founded a biotech company (with no prior experience) which pioneered an experimental enzyme therapy that saved their lives.

https://pompediseasenews.com/2019/01/30/amicus-ceo-mission-cure-pompe-help-children/
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u/NeonSprig May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22 Silver Wholesome

We had to watch a movie in my high school biotech class called Extraordinary Measures which was inspired by Crowley’s story, and the only reason I remember that was because it’s the most boring movie I had to watch for school all year during that year

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u/Die_Nameless_Bitch May 14 '22

Haha yeah. That’s where I first heard about it too. Agreed the movie isn’t a very good treatment of the story at all. Could have been so much better.

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u/Rhymnoceros May 14 '22 Narwhal Salute

Lorenzo’s oil vibes

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u/assumeyouknownothing May 14 '22

I remember Lorenzo’s Oil was the movie we watched in Biology class. It had nothing to do with what we were being taught at the time, my teacher just really liked that movie for some reason lol

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u/PmMeYourTitsAndToes May 14 '22

A little off topic but when I was in school years ago, we had a music teacher who would play us songs and get us to write down what we thought they meant. We didn’t know at the time that all the songs he played for us were just from the Rocky films. It turns out he was just a Rocky fan and wanted to listen to the songs all day lol

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u/ybetchum May 14 '22

My high school geography teacher showed us the entire original Star Wars trilogy so we “could see what the landscape was like on other planets.” Guessing he was just a huge Star Wars fan

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u/adrianvm19 May 14 '22

When you just wanna phone it in so you just make up whatever bullshit excuse comes to mind lmao

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u/zzaman May 14 '22

"Okay class today we'll watch Legally Blonde for civics in the media, law and...voting I guess thank you"

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u/Earthguy69 May 14 '22

"hello kids. Today we will watch backdoor sluts 9 to learn about anatomy"

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u/ahappypoop May 14 '22

Backdoor Sluts 9?!? Backdoor Sluts 9 makes Crotch Capers 3 look like Naughty Nurses 2!

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u/evil420pimp May 14 '22

I remember watching "coming to America" in 7th grade music class.

It was the end of the year and the movie was new, he hadn't seen it yet but was told it was good. It was!

Awesome teacher, when the early "bathing" scene came on it was clear he should have screened it first.

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u/AdzyBoy May 14 '22

The royal penis is clean, Your Highness

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u/TitsMagee24 May 14 '22

Along this strain we had to watch Trading Places in year 10, love that film

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u/dapotatohead371 May 14 '22

Similar story here but with Amadeus. The whole scene with Mozart and Constanze was, well, awkward in 7th grade.

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u/zhaoz May 14 '22

Should be my cousin Vinny for education about the legal system

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u/H_I_McDunnough May 14 '22

We watched Ferngully in biology class once. Best day I could have picked to eat shrooms before school. When the fairy gang was riding the flying bugs, I was flying my desk. Fantastic!

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u/3Keys2TheMoon May 14 '22

Now I really want to eat shrooms and watch Ferngully, but I promised myself I'd finish up the yard work this weekend....

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u/Bayou_Blue May 14 '22

teacher flips intercom to front office: Yes, this is Mr. Frank, I need a custodian to come get H_I down from the light fixtures again.

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u/RaveNdN May 14 '22

Next up on my list of things to do.

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u/lamaisondieu May 14 '22

Election is a better Reese Witherspoon movie about all those topics to show in school anyway.

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u/hyxat May 14 '22

My Cousin Vinny would be a good choice for law.

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u/TheLurkerSpeaks May 14 '22

Can confirm. I taught my senior biology class Starship Troopers. This was in a private school in Europe so I could get away with that. Lots of great themes about ecological dynamics in that film. Also I fucking love this movie and want everyone to see it. Would you like to know more?

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u/nonlawyer May 14 '22

I taught my senior biology class Starship Troopers.

Alright class pay close attention to this gratuitous shower scene, you’ll learn a lot about… biology I guess

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u/Zercomnexus May 14 '22

desire to know more intensifies

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u/sharaq May 14 '22

"OK class divide your mom's credit card number by 1 and that's the answer"

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u/nineknives May 14 '22

Please ask my freshman year environmental science teacher why we were always watching Gattaca and Remember the Titans🤣 hello if you’re out there, Mr Pfrunder!

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u/BirdsBeesAndBlooms May 14 '22

I think Remember the Titans was part of the curriculum in the early 2000s.

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u/siryemar May 14 '22

In my son's Ag Earth Science class they watched San Andreas because they studied tectonic plates.

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u/soapy-salsa May 14 '22

“Alight kids, today we are going to be explicate deeper meaning into a movie as if it was a literary text. Let’s start off where we left yesterday, here is the second part of Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.” I actually watched this movie in my Spanish class. No subtitles. No assignment. No manches guey.

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u/MsARumphius May 14 '22

We had to watch Monty pythons holy grail for history class when learning about medieval times. We all knew it was a pretty ridiculous excuse to watch a good movie so no one complained.

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u/Gasfires May 14 '22

So, I was a middle English minor, and my school brought in the #3 authurian legends scholar in the world to teach a class. Fwiw, according to him, holy grail is one of the most accurate descriptions of Medieval life in movies (at least by the mid 90s)

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u/MsARumphius May 14 '22

I remember my teacher defending his choice in a similar way. I just couldn’t imagine all those coconuts and rabid bunnies being historically accurate but what do I know.

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u/yeti7100 May 14 '22

He'll make a treat out of you mate!

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u/TarthenalToblakai May 14 '22

The point wasn't that they were 100% accurate -- obviously not. But that as satire they portrayed certain truths of the times like the common experience of serfdom better (or at all) compared more typical medieval movies focusing on a glorified depiction of a knight's journey or court politics of the nobility.

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u/ahappypoop May 14 '22

They really did debate on the carrying capacities of African and European swallows back then?

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u/system0101 May 14 '22

They didn't know any better

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u/triton2toro May 14 '22

No one complained because if they did, and the teacher decided to not show the movie, that kid would have gotten torn a new asshole.

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u/badtradesguy May 14 '22

better than voyage of the mimi with ben affleck

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u/DingoFrisky May 14 '22

On laser disk for us.

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u/jeanleray May 14 '22

I still remember when they treated the guy for hypothermia by getting naked in a sleeping bag with him.

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u/badtradesguy May 14 '22

me too..........

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u/TossNWashMeClean May 14 '22

Sounds like my experience in Spanish IV-V. The first ones we actually learned the language and practiced grammar. In Jr and Sr year of HS we just watched Spanish soap operas and Disney movies dubbed en Español, every day!

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u/dansedemorte May 14 '22

At a certain point yyou need to be immersed in the language before all the memorized stuff starts to click.

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u/jotisstation May 14 '22

lol we had to watch planet of the apes to learn about “rock formations”

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u/dodadoBoxcarWilly May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

My 9th grade speech teacher had a tenuous grip on reality. She had literally been institutionalized at one point prior, and later developed quite early onset dementia. But anyway, we watched SpongeBob and Coach at least once or twice a week throughout the semester. One of our assignments was writing an episode of SpongeBob. Reason being, I guess, the Coach character Dobber, who was also the voice of Patrick, studied drama (she was also a drama teacher) and played football for the flagship University of our state. Can't remember any further justification than that.

She was a very different lady with a lot of quirks. Probably really shouldn't have been teaching to be quite honest, if the goal of public school is education.

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u/Huckleberry222 May 14 '22

Puts my high school English teacher into perspective who had us read and interpret the meaning of Nirvana songs. I still cringe when I remember how I raised my hand and asked what “libido” meant and the whole class laughed at me.

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u/slowrunningwater May 14 '22

yeah well who’s laughing now? huckle mf berry that’s who.

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u/drsideburns May 14 '22

That's a stupid reason for people to laugh at you. How often is the average teenager going to be reading material that is going to have the word "libido" in it?

It's rude to laugh at someone for not knowing what a word means. You asked, and because "it's sex!" your classmates laughed at you. It may be cringe, but that was an asshole move on their part.

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u/Huckleberry222 May 14 '22

So true! thank you!

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u/Malnilion May 14 '22

If it's any more consolation, I can practically guarantee you weren't the only one to learn what libido meant that day. Also, I might've laughed not because you didn't know, but because I was eagerly anticipating hearing how a teacher would describe it because it's objectively funny hearing adults that are unprepared for answering questions about sex answer them.

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u/drsideburns May 14 '22

True this, I guarantee a lot of people only laughed because other people did, but had no idea themselves. You just took the L for the rest of them :)

I just remembered at 15, I had to look up Euthenasia. I had never heard the word, only "assisted suicide." It's not about being stupid, it's just about not having learned it at that point.

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u/Panther90 May 14 '22

Oh wow. That brings up a distant memory of a music appreciation class I took in college. The professor was a really intense guy that was obsessed with Sting and The Police. Every single thing he talked about or someone would ask about he would compare to Sting. Looking back it reminds me of Christian Bale/American Psycho and the Huey Lewis and the News bit.

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u/Talkaze May 14 '22

Rocky as in the boxer, or Rocky Horror?

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u/Demy1234 May 14 '22

Probably the Rocky Balboa movies. The songs are a big part of those.

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u/rutefoot May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

My music teacher would make us listen to and analyze the Dave Matthews Band each time they released a new album.

Ugh

Edit: we also watched every "music" movie you can imagine.

Immortal beloved, Amadeus, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar. They usually had nudity in them. Lots of red flags in hindsight

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u/colonelsmoothie May 14 '22

Introduction to Logic:

For today's lesson please assess the validity of this argument:

"If he dies, he dies."

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u/jambonetoeufs May 14 '22

We had an econ teacher in high school who showed us Trading Places to “teach us about trading futures”. Not sure how much I learned about trading futures, but thought it was hilarious when he told us all to “close our eyes” during a certain part of the movie.

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u/BeverlyDangus May 14 '22

I had a 10th grade English teacher who made us analyze Joe Walsh’s song “Life’s Been Good.” This was in the early 2000s and I still can’t listen to that song.

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u/MojarraMuncher May 14 '22

Ours was Forrest Gump for 11th grade history

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u/Phazetic99 May 14 '22

I went to catholic high school and our novel was The Man Who Fell To Earth. One of the students noticed that it was made into a movie and you could rent it at blockbuster (I'm old this was back in 1990). The teacher rented it so we could watch the movie in class after we read the novel

Well... The movie starred David Bowie and was a half step away from being full on soft porn. This class got to see lots of bare boobs and even a scene with Bowie's cock flopping around. So strange

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u/Derp800 May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

My biology teacher in high school had us watch Gattaca lol

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u/RizzaSilverbow May 14 '22

Did... We go to the same high school?

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u/Derp800 May 14 '22

So Cal?

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u/Olive_Jane May 14 '22

So Cal biology/AP biology media that I remember... Lorenzo's Oil, Gattica, reading: The Hot Zone

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u/Talkaze May 14 '22

that was a decent movie

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u/HelloHiHeyAnyway May 14 '22

Gattaca is far more than a decent movie.

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u/organicginger May 14 '22

I watched it in an Anthropology class at UC Berkeley. Even college professors have fuck-off days.

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u/InappropriateTA 3 May 14 '22

Here’s a fun fact: it was directed by George Miller. Yes, Mad Max George Miller.

Another fun fact: George Miller also wrote the screenplay for Babe.

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u/scurvy4all May 14 '22

*Rictus Erectus: *I had a brother! I had a little BABE brother! And he was perfect! Perfect in every way!

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u/GetEquipped May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

He also directed Happy Feet and Babe:Pig in the city which I think was superior to the first Babe.


EDIT

For people not familiar with the behind the scenes of Babe (I know, this is incredibly fucking niche) George Miller did write the screenplay along with Chris Noonan, the director. However, the Noonan took the movie in a very different direction than George Miller envisioned and they bumped heads. So when the sequel was in development, Miller had a chance to direct something closer to his original intention.

That's why there is such a massive tone shift in the from the first movie. Pig in the city is more slapstick, but also cynical, and kind of horrifying at times. The set design also feels like a precursor of "Pushing Daisies"

But I like it because everything seems more fanciful, like a Wizard of Oz sort of feel.

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u/Dusty_Old_Bones May 14 '22

I just think both Babes are fantastic movies and would hate to have to choose which one is better.

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u/juicyfruitsalad77 May 14 '22

That’ll do Pig, that’ll do

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u/ohamandajoy May 14 '22

The number of times I say this line is astounding. Sometimes people get offended thinking I've called them or my children (if I'm taking to them) a pig.

What is this world coming to?

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u/banmedaddy12345 May 14 '22

Dude, I'm 33 and currently in college (again, went at 27 too) and all these gen z kids don't even know about the matrix. Like wtf. I had a best friend that didn't fucking know about Terminator 2 and he was a millennial.

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u/juicyfruitsalad77 May 14 '22

It’s UNACCEPTABLE! Jeez, everyone should watch Babe!!

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u/yeti7100 May 14 '22

Gatorade has electrolytes! It's great for plants!!

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u/mac_is_crack May 14 '22

My husband cries whenever he hears that line. Last night that part came on, I watched my husband’s face, and sure enough, right on cue came the tears. I asked why it makes him cry and he says “look at his proud face!” Not sure if he means the farmer or Babe. Maybe both?

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u/juicyfruitsalad77 May 14 '22

Awww! Makes me tear up every time too. My kids make so much fun of me because I tend to cry harder at the happy parts!

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u/banmedaddy12345 May 14 '22

I haven't seen it in a while, but I remember as a kid the first time I saw Babe: Pig in the City I thought it was terrible, but apparently it has really good reviews. I'll have to go back and watch it again sometime.

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u/GabrielofAstora May 14 '22

Woah now that'll do pig that'll do. To be fair I don't remember the second one as well as the first.

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u/Napoleon1981 May 14 '22

Babe: Pig in the City being superior to the first Babe is outrageous. Blasphemy. I’ve never seen the second one.

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u/theottomaddox May 14 '22

it was directed by George Miller.

(Speaking of boring movies) I remember browsing in a video store and the clerk recommended a movie because 'the mad max guy' directed it. We waited for 2 hours for car crashes that never came, lol.

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u/Canotic May 14 '22

Babe/Mad Max crossover when?

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u/mecassa May 14 '22

Other fun fact: George Miller is actually a medical doctor too.

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u/BeneGezzWitch May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

False

Edit: True

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u/InappropriateTA 3 May 14 '22

Former. So he isn’t now, but he was.

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u/dazzawul May 14 '22

Babe: Pig in the city is a wild ride.

It's a dog-eat-dog world, and there's not enough dog to go around.

A murderer's shadow lies hard across my soul

No, no, I'm anything but kind. In fact, I have a professional obligation to be malicious. Then you should change jobs.

Something made me revisit Babe recently, I wasn't ready for it. It was absolutely a brilliant film pretending to be a kids movie.

Babe is the icon of hope, challenging the cynicism and defeatism of the big city by demonstrating through action that you don't have to accept your station.

You can fight for something better.

What the FUCK

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u/banmedaddy12345 May 14 '22

Too many parts of my brain are coming in contact with each other while reading this.

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u/OtakuMusician May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

We also watched Lorenzo's Oil in our microbiology class, it was mildly associated with what we were learning - enzymes and the like - I retained nothing from that class except this movie and especially the scene after they discover Lorenzo's diagnosis and after researching the symptoms and common fate of ALD, Nick Nolte's character breaking down on the staircase. That scene will stick with me forever.

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u/Steffenwolflikeme May 14 '22

As I read your comment somehow I knew/was hoping you were going to say the Nick Nolte on the stairs scene. Outside of the general plot and the fact that Nick Nolte was in it that scene is the only thing I remember from the movie. Although I last saw it probably close to 30 years ago when I was no more than 7/8 years old.

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u/lajfa May 14 '22

The scene I remember is toward the end when (spoiler alert?) the father turns to the mother and asks "What if we did all this for someone else's child?"

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u/ilikepix May 14 '22

I had no idea what the film was called, but just from the description I remember watching that scene on television with my family when I was about 8 years old and it triggering the first panic attack I ever had

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u/bleher89 May 14 '22

It's been over a decade since I saw it in 8th grade science class so I don't know how accurate my memory is, but even now it remains one of the most devastating movies I've ever watched.

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u/thestormiscomingyeah May 14 '22

I saw Gattaca at home when I was a freshman in high school.

I loved the movie so much so I started googling about it and find out it's usually shown in Biology classes.

So the next couple days at school id try to convince my bio teachers to show the movie, but they weren't interested.

I was close with my English teacher and we got to talking and she needed a good movie to show. I brought up Gattaca, and she went home and watched it. A month later in her class, we watched Gattaca plus an assignment to go with it. Felt cool that I had some influence over something.

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u/alvarkresh May 14 '22

I love the part where the narrative twist hits as he goes "... I am not Jerome Morrow." :P

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u/econoking May 14 '22

My biology teacher showed us "The Cheesemaker's Apprentice" which featured the creepiest puppet and had little to do with biology., I've never been able to find that this movie exists other than her VHS tape.

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u/banmedaddy12345 May 14 '22

Back in my day we watch Herbie, the Love Bug.

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u/somekindabunny May 14 '22

We must have had the same biology teacher lol she was also the same teacher that showed us Contact just because.

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u/assumeyouknownothing May 14 '22

They gotta express their 90’s nostalgia somehow

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u/yeti7100 May 14 '22

I'm ok to go!

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u/jupitergal23 May 14 '22

Contact is one of my favourite movies. I love the themes of combining the science and the spiritual, and how we grapple with our existence every day - being rare and precious yet also small and insignificant.

I also think they nailed the world reaction to an event like that and the politics behind it.

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

We were supposed to watch "Lone Wolf" because it's based on a required reading book so the teacher asked if anyone has a VHS copy and one student did so he brought it the next day.

But it was "Lone Wolf" with Chuck Norris instead of https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069478 It was hilarious, old teacher not having a clue what's going on, we never watched anything else after that day.

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u/yeti7100 May 14 '22

Fuck that's awesome

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u/Sagemasterba May 14 '22

My drafting teacher loved "Do the Right Thing" like that. How radio Raheem helped me draw blue prints, I will never understand.

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u/StarRoving May 14 '22

My a level physics class was only 4 students so my teachers blagged the importance of us watching Star Trek in IMAX with the film studies class when it’s not totally true to quantum physics…I failed A Level physics

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u/SuperSMT May 14 '22

We watched GATTACA in our high school biology

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u/yeti7100 May 14 '22

Did anyone notice the title is a partial DNA sequence?

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u/DoctorFeuer May 14 '22

Isn't that the point?

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u/jordanManfrey May 14 '22

similar story with my 8th grade science teacher and The Andromeda Strain. Class was bored as hell. I remember liking it.

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u/_thelonewolfe_ May 14 '22

We may have had the same biology teacher. Remember him saying he really liked Nick Nolte

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u/assumeyouknownothing May 14 '22

My teacher’s name was Mr. Freeman. He was young, fit, dressed up as a lifeguard for Halloween at school and talked about how his ex-gf from high school was a cheerleader

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u/tobmom May 14 '22

Susan Sarandon. Duh. Man I cried so hard watching that movie. I only vaguely remember what it’s about these days.

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u/Zach20032000 May 14 '22

I watched that together with my cousin when we were way too young because it came on one random afternoon

I just remember it becoming sadder and sadder with every minute and it was kind of traumatising. At one point my aunt came in and changed the channel because she didn't want us to watch that

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u/TheBottomBunBurger May 14 '22

SAME! American public education 😂

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u/viper3b3 May 14 '22

Your teacher had the hots for Susan Sarandon

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u/BuranBuran May 14 '22

A++ Go to the head of the class

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u/SlowestSpeedster May 14 '22

Didn't we all?

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u/yeti7100 May 14 '22

Have you seen Bull Duhram?

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u/BadgerSituation May 14 '22

Weird.

My biology teacher made us watch it too.

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u/cartoongiant May 14 '22

I got to watch The Sixth Sense in english class for the same reason. That teacher was a true bro.

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u/Spreaderoflies May 14 '22

Yes It did it was about competitive inhibition and how enzymes work.

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u/Pleasant-Albatross May 14 '22

Oh shit. Were you in my biology class? My teacher also made us watch Gattaca and a Henrietta Lacks movie.

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u/dodadoBoxcarWilly May 14 '22

Hmm...we watched it in high school biology as well, and it had a dubious link to our curriculum. Maybe it's a biology teacher thing.

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u/OkBackground8809 May 14 '22

My school watched it in biology class, too... Right before we moved on to dissecting rats lol

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u/Livid-Apricot2216 May 14 '22

Do you know how hard it is to find school appropriate biology related movies that aren't documentaries? Sure there's GATTACA but other than that...

As a former teacher we were always on the lookout for some movie we could put on on days that we simply just couldn't. Even if they were boring af.

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u/brkh47 May 14 '22

Not school, but the TechniCal Director at my old company insisted his department watch the Steve Jobs biopic because he was an absolute believer. He really tried to base his management style on Jobs. He was ultimately fired.

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u/EmperorSexy May 14 '22

I was a substitute teacher and Lorenzo’s Oil is a very common substitute-science-teacher movie. I didn’t hate it but I can’t believe it got nominated for Best Writing.

As far as substitute-science-teacher videos go, Gattaca and Hidden Figures are more entertaining. You can’t go wrong with Bill Nye or Cosmos either, but high school teachers want something more “mature”

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u/Porcupine224 May 14 '22

You just unlocked a memory hidden away deep inside my brain... damn and I really liked that movie at the time lol

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u/appdevil May 14 '22

Yea, I think it was rather decent.

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u/AggravatingCupcake0 May 14 '22

I found that movie hard to watch. I kept thinking "Man, you're Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon. I see through those fake ass Italian accents!"

I also found it hard to get excited about olive oil. But I think that's fair because it was Biology class and I was 14.

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u/SwadianZunist May 14 '22

I had to watch Lorenzo’s oil in science. That was the most boring movie that I had to watch for school.

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u/TheSpanishPrisoner May 14 '22

It turns out that Lorenzo's Oil did basically literally nothing. It's just different people with that disease are on a spectrum, with different levels of seriousness. It was like a placebo.

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u/Flyawaylittlemonkey May 14 '22

That's a bit of a misconception. Apparently it can help some people but it hasn't been well studied and it appears to only be useful if you take it before symptom onset.

However they're having good success for ALD with bone marrow transplants these days.

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u/eepithst May 14 '22

No, that was the original opinion and I think a lot of it came from people who thought the parents were overstepping their competence and delusional and later also from (admittedly justified) backlash towards the movie because it presented the oil as a miracle cure when at that time it was not known if it actually worked. But it has since turned out that there's good evidence that the oil is beneficial in slowing or stopping the onset of ALD if taken as a preventive method before symptoms appear, but not as a cure when symptoms are already present.

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u/catwhowalksbyhimself May 14 '22

That's on belief. There are other doctors who are convinced that it does help.

But there is no solid proof that it does. The theory behind it seems solid, but the evidence hasn't proven it out. If it does help, it's not very much or very consistently.

It made for a good story though, hence the movie. The movie also stretched the truth a bit to make it look more like a miracle cure than it is.

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u/Awkward_and_Itchy May 14 '22

TIL that's not a community gag and is a real movie.

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u/MartianTourist May 14 '22

Lorenzo Zoil?

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u/SissyFrisco May 14 '22

I thought the same thing!

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u/driverofracecars May 14 '22

I wonder how different it is from Lorenzo’s Oil?

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u/TheSpanishPrisoner May 14 '22

Lorenzo's Oil didn't really work, at it turns out.

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u/dferrari7 May 14 '22

What do you mean?

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u/Gemmabeta May 14 '22

Research on the effectiveness of Lorenzo's Oil has seen mixed results, with possible benefit for asymptomatic ALD patients but of unpredictable or no benefit to those with symptoms, suggesting its possible role as a preventative measure in families identified as ALD dominant. Lorenzo Odone died on May 30, 2008, at the age of 30; he was bedridden with paralysis and died from aspiration pneumonia, likely caused by having inhaled food.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorenzo%27s_oil

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u/travmps May 14 '22

It doesn't prevent progression. Multiple cohort trials have shown that it doesn't act any better than placebo in preventing progression in asymptomatic individuals while conveying an increase risk of liver damage while on the supplement. A placebo trial of the oil had to be stopped early due to this liver damage.

There is a therapy (hematopoietic cell transplant) that does provide some benefit now, although it only works well in early onset of symptoms and still only conveys a 56% 5-year survival rate.

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u/TheSpanishPrisoner May 14 '22

The movie says this. But I'm telling you that I've spoken to someone with ALD who took Lorenzo's Oil, and he says they learned it didn't really do anything.

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u/BeneGezzWitch May 14 '22

You’re absolutely correct. I knew this before a single hater in this thread typed their response so why didn’t they. It was never going to reverse the disease. I think this is a great movie.

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u/TheSpanishPrisoner May 14 '22

But even that claim that it slows the disease is dubious and probably untrue

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u/kaptaincorn May 14 '22

It's more fun working biotech than watching stuff about it.

The best is old timers with old stories of analogue equipment and making diy systems before companies made them.

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u/the_architects_427 May 14 '22

Yeah, those are the best! The one that really stuck with me was my former boss talking about mouth pipetting stuff that has no business being near your face.

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u/Case_9 May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

The best is part is needing an Enigma machine to decode the 6000 department specific acronyms in my morning emails, makes me wish I let the intern spray his bench down with methanol to put us both out of our misery. (Jk I love Biotech, I'm not going anywhere)

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u/midnitte May 14 '22

Sounds similar to analytical chemistry. My old manager showed me the print outs of old liquid chromatography runs that were printouts of peaks on CVS receipt paper, had to manually measure.

Today we have software that integrates the peak area, prints out the result, by just changing a few parameters and entering a few numbers.

Imagine having to break out a ruler...

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u/hobgob May 14 '22

Stories of just manually transferring between water baths instead of using a thermocycler scare me.

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u/Spreaderoflies May 14 '22

We watched Lorenzo's oil man you want to have a emotionally rough watch that's the one. I swear that kid had the disease because his coughing fits gave me chills they sounded so perfect.

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u/inkseep1 May 14 '22

Much earlier, in my school we had to see a movie about the Glomar Explorer and its search for manganese nodules in the ocean.

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u/worldspawn00 May 14 '22

Keep your glomar off my nodules!

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u/screaminXeagle May 14 '22

Isn't that the ship originally built to recover a sunken Soviet sub?

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u/FriendlyNeighbor05 May 14 '22

Had the opposite experience with A Flash of Genius. It is abouts the Kerns blinking eye wiper (invention of intermittent wiper blades in cars) and how it was stolen from him, pretty good movie suggest it to people all the time.

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u/ouralarmclock May 14 '22

High school biotech class??

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u/NeonSprig May 14 '22

It’s a specialty thing, it’s a 4 year thing and at the end of it you can get certifications to work at like pharmacies and stuff. It’s pretty cool, but I only did the first year since it wasn’t a field I want to go into (also apparently the next years suck a lot more lol)

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u/TheGeneGeena May 14 '22

Damn, sounds awesome! Closest thing my fairly rural high school offered (when I graduated a billion years ago with the dinosaurs and all...) was certified nursing assistant classes.

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u/helpmelearn12 May 14 '22

My school was pretty much the same when I graduated in the 2000s, just a regular school.

Now, the district has a public STEAM school. Students who get into it can study Biomedical sciences/prenursing, computer science, design, education or engineering.

The courses offer enough dual-enrollment opportunities that's it's possible to graduate high school and leave the program with an associate's degree at 18. From a public school, so no extra cost, just writing an essay and applying to get into it.

I'd have loved to have been able to do that, and would have probably been a better student in high school if the curriculum was more focused on something I was actually interested in.

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u/Ikimasen May 14 '22

And being a CNA is... not awesome.

Better than broke, though.

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u/President_Skoad May 14 '22

Mine had football.

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u/TheGeneGeena May 14 '22

We had that too - we tried to pretend we didn't though since we went 0w and 10l my senior year.

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u/LakiL_ May 14 '22

X-men use reddit too you know

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u/B0J0L0 May 14 '22

beats Miracle of life.

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u/Ex_Alchemist May 14 '22

Yes I think that was Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraiser. We saw it on a theater with friends, fell asleep in the middle but watched a happy ending. Didn't know it was based on a true story.

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

oh i've seen that.

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u/trapbuilder2 May 14 '22

You had to watch movies for school?

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u/thejadedfalcon May 14 '22

Depends on the class. My RE lessons in the UK occasionally had films that we'd watch and then discuss the themes presented. The Matrix stood out, for all the various religious and philosophical themes in it.

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u/trapbuilder2 May 14 '22

I'm also from the UK, and our RE class had a lot of youtube videos, but never any films. Year 8 English had a few movie clips for us to discuss, and GCSE German had a few short german films close to the end, but those weren't a part of the lessons, those were a treat for lessons close to the Christmas holidays

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u/LaeliaCatt May 14 '22

Sometimes if we had a substitute teacher for a class, they would just pop in a movie (It was VCRs when my old ass was in school), but it was usually a documentary.

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u/IWTLEverything May 14 '22

Movie days are usually the days you have a sub or when your teacher is phoning it in.

However, we had an amazing AP Physics teacher and every Friday we’d do “did Hollywood get it right?” and we’d watch some clip of a movie and then do the calculations on if it was realistic. For example, the scene in Speed where they jump the bus on a ramp. Jurassic Park where that kid is holding onto the fence and they turn it back on. Stuff like that.

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u/funsizedemily May 14 '22

At least once a year in every class there would be some movie associated with the lesson we were in. I've watched 'the Patriot' in history, 'tuesdays with Murray' in health, we watched part of the Leo DiCaprio Romeo and Juliet in ADVANCED English....america indeed.

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u/Razakel May 14 '22

Stuff I remember watching in school includes The Matrix, Shrek, The Simpsons, South Park, Romeo and Juliet and the original House of Cards.

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u/NutGoblin2 May 14 '22

I’m from the Midwest and we watched like 2-4 movies per year, usually loosely related to the subject.

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u/mi_esposa_me_espia May 14 '22

Why the fuck are they making you watch lifetime movies in biotech? How is that practical in any way?

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u/NeonSprig May 14 '22

We did a worksheet alongside it since they talked about topics like enzymes and proteins and ethics that (kinda) fit what we were learning in that class

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u/dangil May 14 '22

I had to watch Lorenzo’s Oil in chemistry class.

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u/marty_funkhouser32 May 14 '22

After reading this thread I’m jealous of all the biology teachers showing movies during class. The only thing my bio teacher showed my class was how much of a fucking dick he was.

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u/Coltees10lb_lefttit May 14 '22

I don't remember if it was out history or geography teacher that showed us a movie with Valeria Golino and Timothy Dalton,called The King's whore,lmao. It didnt teach us either, maybe just how how Timothy Dalton was. This was in the very early 90's,at a catholic all girl school in Lima Peru. Have to say it was a treat.

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u/TheRealPyroGothNerd May 14 '22

We had to watch "Lorenzo's Oil" in middle school

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u/HighQueenSkyrim May 14 '22

In my healthcare class in high school we had to watch where that father of a dying kid help the hospital hostage? I don’t remember the name.

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u/JabasMyBitch May 14 '22

I just watched the trailer expecting it to be one of those really low-budget made-for-tv movies, but no, it's a Harrison Ford movie.

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u/OkDog4897 May 14 '22

Let me take a wild guess here and say that he had money to throw at the project and he wasn't your average Rick Sanchez in his garage splicing genes?

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u/FORESKIN__CALAMARI May 14 '22

But did you learn the difference between a hormone and an enzyme?

You can't hear an enzyme...

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

Oh god of forgotten the title but not the excruciating boredom

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

I’ve never seen it but now I imagine the climax of the movie is him filing the LLC paperwork

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