Thursday, August 28, 2008

wasting time 101

Do you think that subjects like English, Psychology, Anthropology and Calculus are just plain boring? The CollegeOTR website has searched the country and found these real college courses that are being offered this year:

  • The Joy of Garbage (Santa Clara University)
students get to root through garbage
  • Archaeology of Roman Baths (Santa Clara University)
  • The Final Four Experience (Lynn University)
students learn what it was like to go to the Final Four tournament
  • Zombies in Popular Media (Columbia College)
  • A History of the Pig in America (Xavier University)
  • The Art of Walking (Centre College)
  • Philosophy and Star Trek (Georgetown University)
  • The Science of Superheros (UC Irvine)
The course description says, “Have you ever wondered if Superman could really bend steel bars? Would a ‘gamma ray’ accident turn you into the Hulk? What is a ‘spidey-sense’? And just who did think of all these superheroes and their powers? In this seminar, we discuss the science (or lack of science) behind many of the most famous superheroes. Even more amazing, we will discuss what kind of superheroes might be imagined using our current scientific understanding.”

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