History Main / NeverLearnedToRead

26th Mar '17 9:48:37 AM nombretomado
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* In a zig-zag example, in the obscenely poor country of NorthKorea, the requirement for being classed as literate is the ability to write the words [[GloriousLeader "Kim Jong Il", the Eternal President]], and your own name. Consequently NorthKorea has a 99.9% rate of literacy; [[MovingTheGoalposts highest in the world]].

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* In a zig-zag example, in the obscenely poor country of NorthKorea, UsefulNotes/NorthKorea, the requirement for being classed as literate is the ability to write the words [[GloriousLeader "Kim Jong Il", the Eternal President]], and your own name. Consequently NorthKorea North Korea has a 99.9% rate of literacy; [[MovingTheGoalposts highest in the world]].
24th Mar '17 1:16:39 PM NegiSpongie
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* Bing Bong from ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' can't read at all aside from identifying letters, which gets him, Joy, and Sadness into trouble when he leads them into an area that says "Danger" which he insists is a shortcut. Justified because he is an imaginary friend that Riley created when she was a toddler, before ''she'' could read.
1st Mar '17 2:19:39 AM JackG
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* In ''Unofficial History'' by Sir William Slim, TheScrounger of Slim's unit is caught red-handed stealing a box of supplies. To everyone's surprise, he's acquitted by a court-martial. Turns out the box was full of sugar, which the soldiers [[SpotOfTea get anyway in their rations]], so what reason would he have to steal a box of it? He only reveals afterward to Slim that because he can't read, he'd just stolen the wrong box.
7th Feb '17 3:45:17 PM MJaxon
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* The Mongols and Vikings are well-known for this, largely due to the fact that historians know very little about their ''true'' cultures and values because of their inability to record their own histories. The vast majority of information we have about them was written by Christians and Muslims, both of whom were terrified and disgusted by these barbarian invaders, which makes the actual beliefs and practices of the Mongols and pagan Vikings difficult to understand or even extrapolate on.

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* The Mongols and Vikings are well-known for this, largely due to the fact that historians know very little about their ''true'' cultures and values because of their inability to record their own histories. histories in anything but their own languages. The vast majority of information we have about them in the West was written by Christians and Muslims, both of whom were terrified and disgusted by these barbarian invaders, which makes the actual beliefs and practices of the Mongols and pagan Vikings difficult to understand or even extrapolate on.
1st Jan '17 11:30:26 AM LloydNebulon
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* [[AsianAirhead London]] from ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', thanks to years of neglect, sacrificed education and overall being a lazy ditz.
24th Dec '16 1:29:34 PM Ragitsu
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May very well lead to a [[ReadingIsCoolAesop Reading Is Cool Aesop]].
14th Dec '16 12:07:53 AM PaulA
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* Sephrenia is deliberately illiterate in the ''Literature/{{Elenium}}'' trilogy. This is her own choice, however; she speaks both the Elene and Styric languages fluently, though Styric is her native tongue (And she can read Styric). She doesn't want to learn to read the Elene language because she doesn't want to accidentally become confused in a situation where she needs to think and speak very quickly in Styric (the language in which one casts magic).
27th Nov '16 8:04:59 PM nombretomado
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* One ''{{Dinotopia}}'' book has a SatisfiedStreetRat and the son of a middle-class man wash up around the 1800s. The poor kid asks the other one to put down his occupation as "entrepreneur", preemptively and defensively claiming he ''knows'' how to read and write- he just doesn't know how to spell it. The rich kid confesses he can't spell it either, and they share a laugh.

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* One ''{{Dinotopia}}'' ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}'' book has a SatisfiedStreetRat and the son of a middle-class man wash up around the 1800s. The poor kid asks the other one to put down his occupation as "entrepreneur", preemptively and defensively claiming he ''knows'' how to read and write- he just doesn't know how to spell it. The rich kid confesses he can't spell it either, and they share a laugh.
26th Nov '16 11:38:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/IkMikLoreland'': The troll-like Karbonkel is the only inhabitant of Loria who cannot read. When Mik tries to teach him, he gets so angry that he curses it to become the illiterate country of Loreland and scatters the letters of the alphabet across different places.

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* ''Series/IkMikLoreland'': The troll-like Karbonkel is the only inhabitant of Loria who cannot read. When Mik tries to teach him, he gets so angry that he curses it to [[SugarApocalypse become the illiterate country of Loreland Loreland]] and scatters the letters of the alphabet across different places.
26th Nov '16 7:07:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/IkMikLoreland'': The troll-like Karbonkel is the only inhabitant of Loria who cannot read. When Mik tries to teach him, he gets so angry that he curses it to become the illiterate country of Loreland and scatters the letters of the alphabet across different places.
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