Italian Teens Create T-Shirt “Cheat Sheets”

t-shirt cheat sheetChalk up another one for that particular brand of Italian genius: students have designed T-shirts bearing formulas and tricky grammar rules to get through high school finals.

Web site “scuola zoo” (zoo school) is giving away 10,000 T-shirt cheat sheets, available in six different styles; nail-biting students need only pay shipping costs. Creators Paolo and Francesco claim that fashion smarties won’t be stripped of this helpful accessory during tests.

In Italy, the comprehensive exams required for a diploma following five years of high school are the stuff of nightmares. Called “maturit√†” (lit. maturity) they are a rite of passage most recall vividly. With the advent of cell phones, many overtaxed students are trying to get high-tech help.

T-shirt info, including math, Greek and Latin head scratchers, is printed upside down for easy reading for the wearer, but also bears right side up info on the back — to help out fellow test takers.

The motto for the shirts is: “What’s not ingrained in your brain is printed on the T-shirt.”

Image courtesy Scuola Zoo.