The Topic:
"Well, I don't KNOW, exactly"

The Question:
 kapooshka

I am a student at <name withheld> University. My English professor's idea of teaching is reading 12-page essays to the class. When asked, "What were we supposed to get out of this essay?" her answer was, "Well... I don't KNOW, exactly." Why is my English prof such a moron??

Responses:
 Spoon Boy

There is no English Professor.

 Spoon Boy

At least, not at Youngstown State University.

Jerry Seinfeld  

Isn't there any sort of limit on what constitutes a "university"?

Jerry Seinfeld  

I mean, Harvard is a university. But, Youngstown State?! Has anyone else visited the great center of learning that is Youngstown State? I mean, come on!

 M.U.L.E.

The same thing happened to me, though not in English. I was taking Physics 3 at (name withheld) University, also known as CWRU, and we were discussing quantum mechanics.

 M.U.L.E.

More specifically, we were talking about a specific experiment. If you shot an electron at a triangle that can reflect it along two paths, and then it can follow two equidistant paths to the destination, the electron, according to quantum mechanics, follows both paths. However, if you ever try to watch the electron, using any form of measurement, it will follow only one path, due to the interferance caused by your observation equipment. It has been a few years, so I may be slightly off on the experiment, but that is fairly close.

 M.U.L.E.

Now this didn't sit well for many of us, and we start asking our professor all sorts of questions to try to get around this situation. We asked about setting up detectors at some point along both paths to see which the electron passes thru, using some sort of passive sensor that would not cause interferance, every time the professor shot us down. After 45 minutes of debate, someone asked how could the electron detect all our clever ploys, and the professor stopped the debate with the comment "The electron just knows." What the hell! How in the world could an electron "just know?"

The Psychic Electron  

Don't mess with me, I've got psychic powers! For instance, I know your protons have been eyeing some sexier electrons on one of your coworkers. If you don't take better care of them, they'll leave you.

 M.U.L.E.

Damn, I knew it! Wait, what the hell do I care what a couple protons think?

The Psychic Electron  

I gotta go with what I know.
Oh, and some of you neutrons are pregnant, but it isn't your child.

 Bo Griffin

You keep crowding my territory, rookie, and I'll cut you.

The Psychic Electron  

Heh heh, good luck with that.


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