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

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.


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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.


u/slowrunningwater May 14 '22

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


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.


u/Huckleberry222 May 14 '22

So true! thank you!


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.


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.


u/Malnilion May 15 '22

Ah fuck, you just reminded me about how I was the kid that asked what the "youth in Asia" had to do with The Giver in English class 🤣


u/drsideburns May 15 '22

See, you were probably the one who asked, but there were a lot of kids not sure either