Principles of Organic and Biochemistry? Yawn! English
Literature 101? An outdated snooze-fest! Differential Equations? That one is
just begging to be skipped! Now that college students have the option to take
classes on everything from zombies to garbage, gone are the days of choosing
between Art History 1 and Art History 2 to round out a schedule. If society’s
next great thinkers don’t have extensive knowledge of the literary canon, it
might be because they were busy learning what soap operas say about gender
roles. Here are some of the wackiest college courses - a few of which have us
hankering to go back to school.
We all know about the major statistics - thousands of people
die from things like cancer, accidents, or other illnesses every day. But did
you know that enough people die from falling out of bed or getting a snack out
of a vending machine that these things qualify as death statistics?
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Invention is a foundation of the human experience. From the
wheel to the air conditioner, we are always seeking to improve our way of life through
the advancement of technology. We fail at least as often as we succeed, but we
remain tenacious in our endeavors. This list serves testimony to some of the
worst gaffes in the history of human invention.
The Footloose by Mando is doubtless going to make you want
to test ride it. Asserting that it is the world’s first chainless hybrid
electric folding bike, Korean auto suppliers Mando Corp and Meister Inc have
collaborated to bring us this beautiful design.
Everything needs sleep. The human world record holder, Randy
Gardner, stayed awake for 11 days straight. By the fourth day, he was
hallucinating. Not sleeping will eventually kill you and every other mortal
creature with higher brain functions - except dolphins, which have apparently
found a way around sleep. Baby dolphins actually forgo sleep for the first
month of life - and so, therefore, do their parents.
The trick is that these amazing sea critters can shut half of their brain off
at a time. Scientists tested dolphin reactions without rest for five days
straight and their reaction time never slowed. Blood tests for signs of stress
or sleep deprivation turned up negative. Dolphins may be able to do this
indefinitely. Another study showed that dolphins can use their sonar for 15 days straight
with almost perfect accuracy. It makes sense that dolphins evolved a way to
keep an eye out for predators while they’re dozing in the open ocean. But the
truly fascinating part about all of this is that tests showed visual
information was being passed from the snoozing side to the active side. Even
though they shut down half of their noggin at a time, the other half can take
over all the functions. It’s almost as if they have two brains.
So the story goes that a man borrowed his wealthy friends
Rolls Royce to make his family vacation that much more special. Unfortunately
somewhere in Europe the car broke down and he had to put a call back home to
the Rolls Royce headquarters in England
for assistance. They were extremely professional and courteous and they
immediately dispatched a pair of expert mechanics who made their way across Europe, and barely a half a day had passed until the two
mechanics were there at the vehicle working to fix the problem. It didn’t take
them long until the car was up and running and they set on there way once
again. The man was thankful that Rolls Royce had provided such a prompt high
quality service and that their family vacation wasn’t ruined, but he was also
worried about how much that high quality service was going to cost him.
Work often sucks. That is a sad fact of life, and one that
we must come to terms with sooner rather than later. Whilst some have the privilege
of truly enjoying what they do for a living, many feel unfulfilled with their
work. As a result of this lack of enthusiasm, it is not rare for people to turn
up intentionally late or sometimes even not at all. If you are going to do this
however, it is important you have some form of premeditated excuse in hand.
Suitable excuses depend on several things, for example the nature of your work,
your colleagues and most importantly your boss. If you ARE the boss however,
then your worries should be limited. In fact, why are you even reading this?
As a race, we appear to have an affinity when it comes to
killing each other and ourselves. In the past, there have been many accidental incidents
and disasters contributing towards much destruction and death - all of which
have been completely man-made. Here are ten of those for your perusal.