The University of Chicago takes great pains to make sure their world-class education comes with a note of levity from time to time. One of these opportunities for frivolity is the annual […]
The Real Story Behind “Real Genius”
The 1985 movie Real Genius depicts the adventures of brilliant physics students at the fictional Pacific Tech University. If you are unfamiliar with it, you can read a plot synopsis here. While the […]
I Hope They Had Time for Their Studies
College students have long been known to be among the most loyal customers of fast-food restaurants. In 1975 the students of Caltech combined their love of burgers with their scientific and engineering […]
Surviving With This Degree May Require “A Little Help From My Friends”
If you are still trying to decide what you want to do when you grow up, and you don’t want to be a “Day Tripper” or a “Paperback Writer”, and if your […]
Relativity? Big Deal… We Want to Know About His Report Card
Albert Einstein’s 1896 Report Card. An often-repeated legend tells of Albert Einstein struggling so hard with math and physics that he failed his college entrance exams. In reality, Einstein excelled in both […]
The Original Absent-Minded Professor
Oxford Professor William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930) is best remembered for his tendency to swap letters, words, or parts of words when he spoke. The result — known as spoonerisms — are generally […]
Professor of Metaphysico— what?
Dr. Pangloss in Voltaire’s book Candide, was a professor of “metaphysico-theologo-cosmonigology.” This is a fictional philosophy that satirizes the optimistic belief that everything is created for the best and will work out […]
Do You See Me Now? How About Now?
Dr. “Jackey” Barrett of Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, was as well known for his eccentricities as he was for his ability to teach Hebrew. As a rule he prefaced everything he said […]
Fissionable Material and Teenagers… Sound Ominous to Anyone Else?
New Zealand law permits each high school to possess up to one pound of uranium and one pound of thorium for conducting nuclear experiments. Don’t worry…. The law provides for a fine […]
Doctor of UFO’s
In 2008, the University of Melbourne awarded a doctorate in Ufology through their philosophy department. The degree focused on the belief in unidentified flying objects and aliens as a philosophy that many […]