New York City’s five boroughs first became Jeff Chen-Hsing Liao’s subjects when he moved to the U.S. from Taiwan in 1999 at the age of 22.
It was the city’s ever-changing landscape that fascinated the young photographer. “Every other week, you go to the same spot and something’s different,” Liao tells Newsweek. “New York is one of the most diverse cities—there are so many different cultures that blend into New York.”
To capture that culture, he photographed the same spot over the course of a day and combined the images.
No, apparently you probably aren’t, at least not when it comes to basic math.
On the other hand, adults have jobs and paychecks and can buy smartphones with calculators in them so maybe we get the last laugh because although there’s probably a good case for learning it in 5th grade, long division and adding fractions is an extremely illogical skill to carry into your adult life. I took ten years of college between undergrad and grad school, and I did long division precisely zero times ever.
Albert Einstein once said of the memorization of physical constants: “[I do not] carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books.” That.
This is still really tragicomic, though. Because if you look at it as a metaphor for knowledge and retention of education in general, you start to weep a little as you laugh.