Some lecture humor for the college students...

  • hartfan

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    Dec 17, 2010 2:21 PM GMT
    Since it is Friday, and most, if not all our college student friends are done or almost done with their finals, here's some humor to brighten up the weekend and break.




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    Dec 17, 2010 2:27 PM GMT
    is that typewriter thing for real!!!??? thats sooooo funny!!!!!!!!! the ping it makes is perfect comedic timing!!!!!
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    Dec 17, 2010 8:16 PM GMT
    ROFL at the typewriter video! icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 17, 2010 9:33 PM GMT
    Many years before the advent of pocket video cameras, I saw a couple of good gags in lectures.

    In a biochem class, students used to pile up cassette tape recorders on the lectern, to record the lecture for later digestion (do they still?) The prof was getting annoyed with the clutter, so one day he wheeled in a large reel-to-reel tape recorder, started it playing the pre-recorded lecture to all the small tape recorders, and walked out. (Many years later, almost the exact same gag was used in the movie "RealGenius.)

    They were remodeling the chem building and the construction guys kept using a jackhammer upstairs, during the lecture. Finally, the prof threw down the chalk and ran out of the lecture hall, and up the stairs, cursing under his breath the whole way. When he got up there, he found the guy with the jackhammer and royally cussed out the whole construction crew. He forgot that he was wearing a wireless microphone that was broadcasting to the lecture hall. (They were pretty new back then.) When he got back, there was a standing ovation.

    In grad school, my office-mate wanted a good gag to start his first lecture as a TA. He decided to huff a bunch of helium and give his intro in a funny voice. After checking that the class room was full, he ran back to the lab, inhaled a huge lung-full of pure helium, and ran back to the class. Half way there, he passed out cold from lack of oxygen and cracked his head on the floor. Eight stitches, I believe. Made a great impression icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 17, 2010 9:53 PM GMT
    That makes me want to go back to college just to take a typewriter to class. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 18, 2010 1:18 AM GMT
    well that's two ex-students joining the work force earlier than anticipated...lmao........................Keithicon_cool.gif
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    Dec 18, 2010 1:39 AM GMT
    I can't appreciate these kind of jokes, it's really disrespectful to the teacher and your classmates.

    No, I am not a teacher, I am a student.
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    Dec 18, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    vetteset saidwell that's two ex-students joining the work force earlier than anticipated...lmao........................Keithicon_cool.gif


    I doubt it. I don't know about back then but professors nowadays don't have the time to memorize the face and name of every student of hundreds they teach.

    For example, a friends of mine's dad was taking a final exam. But when the professor called for exams to be turned in, he wasn't finished yet so he kept going for a bit.
    When he was done, he went down to turn in his exam and the professor said, "Look, I can't take that, you went over the alloted time." To which my friend's dad replied, in seeming indignation, "Do you know who I am!?"

    The professor shakes his head no, and my friend's dad just lifts up half of the exams already turned in and stuffs his own between the rest and ran out.

    (Sorry if my grammar with that possessive apostrophe is off, I'm still confused on it's use towards other people. icon_redface.gif)
  • geojock

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    Dec 18, 2010 1:44 AM GMT
    Animus said
    vetteset saidwell that's two ex-students joining the work force earlier than anticipated...lmao........................Keithicon_cool.gif


    I doubt it. I don't know about back then but professors nowadays don't have the time to memorize the face and name of every student of hundreds they teach.

    For example, a friends of mine's dad was taking a final exam. But when the professor called for exams to be turned in, he wasn't finished yet so he kept going for a bit.
    When he was done, he went down to turn in his exam and the professor said, "Look, I can't take that, you went over the alloted time." To which my friend's dad replied, in seeming indignation, "Do you know who I am!?"

    The professor shakes his head no, and my friend's dad just lifts up half of the exams already turned in and stuffs his own between the rest and ran out.

    (Sorry if my grammar with that possessive apostrophe is off, I'm still confused on it's use towards other people. icon_redface.gif)


    I'd double check your friend's story I saw a commercial where that exact same thing happens. I think it was for the aussie lotto....
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    Dec 18, 2010 1:50 AM GMT
    geojock said
    Animus said
    vetteset saidwell that's two ex-students joining the work force earlier than anticipated...lmao........................Keithicon_cool.gif


    I doubt it. I don't know about back then but professors nowadays don't have the time to memorize the face and name of every student of hundreds they teach.

    For example, a friends of mine's dad was taking a final exam. But when the professor called for exams to be turned in, he wasn't finished yet so he kept going for a bit.
    When he was done, he went down to turn in his exam and the professor said, "Look, I can't take that, you went over the alloted time." To which my friend's dad replied, in seeming indignation, "Do you know who I am!?"

    The professor shakes his head no, and my friend's dad just lifts up half of the exams already turned in and stuffs his own between the rest and ran out.

    (Sorry if my grammar with that possessive apostrophe is off, I'm still confused on it's use towards other people. icon_redface.gif)


    I'd double check your friend's story I saw a commercial where that exact same thing happens. I think it was for the aussie lotto....


  • hartfan

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    Dec 18, 2010 2:43 AM GMT
    Here's another one, by the same guys who did the Superman stunt earlier.

    P.S. (I've been in that exact lecture hall many times. Disappointed that I missed this going on.)

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    Dec 18, 2010 2:53 AM GMT
    Animus said
    vetteset saidwell that's two ex-students joining the work force earlier than anticipated...lmao........................Keithicon_cool.gif


    I doubt it. I don't know about back then but professors nowadays don't have the time to memorize the face and name of every student of hundreds they teach.

    For example, a friends of mine's dad was taking a final exam. But when the professor called for exams to be turned in, he wasn't finished yet so he kept going for a bit.
    When he was done, he went down to turn in his exam and the professor said, "Look, I can't take that, you went over the alloted time." To which my friend's dad replied, in seeming indignation, "Do you know who I am!?"

    The professor shakes his head no, and my friend's dad just lifts up half of the exams already turned in and stuffs his own between the rest and ran out.

    (Sorry if my grammar with that possessive apostrophe is off, I'm still confused on it's use towards other people. icon_redface.gif)


    honey, note the letters at the end of my post....you don't really think I would believe that statement in this day and age when people who are semi literate are actually leaving college with a sheepskin in hand......Keithicon_wink.gif
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    Dec 18, 2010 3:16 AM GMT
    I don't think the teacher or professor being a clown is a good move. Nor having an actor stage a stupid scene. At the same time, I've used some non-traditional presentations to make a learning point.

    Among my favorites were video excerpts from Monty Python movies. Got a laugh from my students, but also made my teaching point. But sometimes you can overdo it, and your students just do a --

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  • hartfan

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    Dec 18, 2010 7:09 PM GMT
    I do think there are times during a real boring lecture, when you're hoping for something to happen so you won't starting snoozing on the table. Also, one of the few things you'd remember when you look back on your college days, will probably that one time when some really awesome thing happened during a class. As long as this is not overdone, I do support bringing some humor into the classroom.
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    Dec 19, 2010 12:51 AM GMT
    Back when I was in academia I used to astound and delight my students by delivering a Bizarro World lecture: I would write upside down on the first blackboard, then write backwards (in mirror-image) on the second, and on the third board I would flip the text top-to-bottom (reflecting across a horizontal axis). This would happen once a year, on April 1.

    PS: That "Do you know who I am?" story is an urban legend.