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World History 5th Period Mrs. Smith Feb. 25, 2007 Thomas Edison Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847. At the age of seven after spending 12 weeks in a noisy one-room schoolhouse with 38 other students of all different ages, Tom's teacher finally lost his patience with the child's persistent questioning and seemingly self centered behavior. Noting that Tom's forehead was unusually broad and his head was considerably larger than average, he made no secret of his belief that the hyperactive youngster's brains were "addled" or scrambled. If modern psychology had existed back then, Tom would have probably been deemed a victim of ADHD, and proscribed a hefty dose of the "miracle drug" Ritalin. Instead, when his mother became aware of the situation, she promptly withdrew him from school and began to "home-teach" him. Not surprisingly, she was convinced her son's slightly unusual demeanor and physical appearance were merely outward signs of his remarkable intelligence. By the age 12, Tom had already became an “adult.” He had not only talked his parents into letting him go to work selling newspapers, snacks, and candy on the local railroad, he had started an entirely separate business selling fruits and vegetables. At its peak, Tom's mini-publishing venture netted him more than ten dollars per day. Because this was considerably more than enough to provide for his own support, he had a good deal of extra income, most of which went towards outfitting the chemical laboratory he had set up in the basement of his home. But hen his usually patient and tolerant mother finally complained about the odors and danger of all the "poisons" he was amassing, he transferred most of them to a locked room in the basement and put the remainder in his locker room on the

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