Who's your dream celebrity dinner date? If you're a Trekkie, it might be William Shatner. For one lucky fan in South Carolina, his dream became a reality. Shatner had promised the Twitterverse that once he accumulated 1 million followers, he would take the 1 millionth follower to dinner. So that's exactly what he did.
Tuesday night, Shatner performed his one-man show in Charlotte, North Carolina, and then met up with Troy Pound and his wife, Wendy, to treat them to dinner. Shatner posted a video of the three of them enjoying their meal together.
As for Pound, he could not wait to share the news of his celebrity connection. Pound tweeted, "Still in awe of last night's dinner...what a wonderful time we had...thank you. #humbled"
Shatner was not the first celebrity to use Twitter to invite his followers to a special encounter. In March, NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco tweeted that he would pay for dinner for the first 200 people to arrive to Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem. He tweeted, "Leave ya money/credit cards at home." The bill came to $7,914 at the soul food restaurant.
Teachers are often looking for creative ways to keep students interested in course material. Educators at a school in Jennings, Missouri, created a video of them rapping about the upcoming end-of-year tests, and it's starting to go viral.
The video has received more than 11,000 views on YouTube, but that was not the goal of the faculty at Jennings High School. Benicia Nanez, chair of the English department, approached her school principal with the idea of relating to the students by creating the rap video.
Although he was skeptical of how the student body would respond, Principal Michael Ferrer approved the idea and then decided he would participate, too. At first, the collaboration was going to be a dance montage, but then the educators decided to write their own rap to the tune of the hip-hop hit "Hustle Hard" by Ace Hood. The teachers changed the lyrics to give students actual content strategies for how to approach the EOCs (end-of-course exams).
Jessica Young, a physical science and physics teacher, admitted that she did not know anything about rap, but she figured she could hold her own and try to "bust out some beats."
The faculty presented the finished video at a student assembly, and they received cheers, laughter, and applause. More important, the students not only related to it, but some also commented that the video is helping them get a better grasp on the material for the upcoming exams.