8 Things You Didn't Know About Purdue University

8 Things You Didn't Know About Purdue University

These aren't the facts you'll hear on the typical college tour.

By now you all know I LOVE Purdue University. This university is exactly where I needed to end up, and I am thankful every day I came here. When looking at colleges, I was always one to look at statistics and facts about the universities. Since I have been at Purdue I have found out some pretty interesting facts so here are a few of my favorites.

1.The inventor of the Chicken Nugget, Robert C Baker got his Doctorate at Purdue

Chicken nuggets are popular right now. Once a day I either see a post about chicken nuggets or something chicken nugget related. So anyone who enjoys a nice 6 pack of nuggets has Purdue to thank, without his doctorate he may never have invented chicken nuggets.

2. We have sent 23 astronauts to space

We don't mess around when it comes to astronauts. We have sent 23 to the moon in total including the first man in space, the first man on the moon, and the most recent man in space. In fact, when Neil Armstrong went to space he had a Purdue University flag in his suit and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta house at Purdue.

3. CEO of McDonald's is a Purdue Grad

The current CEO of the multibillion-dollar company is a Purdue Grad and an Indianapolis native. You're welcome for those Chicken McNuggets because without Purdue you wouldn't have McDonald's or chicken nuggets.

4. We have the first university-owned airport in the US

The airport which opened in 1930, was created off land donated by David E. Ross. The airport has had groups like Purdue football, the Chicago White Sox, and Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Jet fly through. Before this location, they landed planes on a field where Elliot Hall is now located. There is still a plaque in the location.

5. Purdue is home to Indiana's first and only nuclear reactor

Only 24 universities in the US have nuclear reactors and Purdue is one of them. Located below the Electrical Engineering Building, the 17-foot deep structure allows students to have hands-on experience with nuclear reactors. According to government regulation, PUR-1 can only make enough energy for 10 100-watt light bulbs, so there is no worry about anything blowing up.

6. Kermit the Frog was named after a Purdue professor

Jim Henson was a friend of Theodore Kermit Scott growing up. Theodore Kermit Scott was a Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University.

7. The pilot of Miracle on the Hudson, Chesley Sullenberger, received his master's degree at Purdue.

When US Airways flight 1549 was struck by Canadian Geese and had to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River outside Manhattan, Purdue alum Chesley Sullenberger landed the flight safely. He saved 155 people that day with the help of his training from the university.

8. The Boilermaker Special is the only street legal mascot.

The Boilermaker Special is the official mascot of Purdue and is a fully functioning train. It even drives to every away game with the team and wakes up the students on the morning of a home football game.

Cover Image Credit: Jessie Searles

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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