Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Boring Prof

A profesor at the North Carolina State University*
was known for giving
boring, cliche-ridden lectures.

At the beginning of one semester, an innovative
class breathed new life into the course by assigning
baseball plays to each hackneyed phrase delivered
by the professor.

For example, when the professor said, "On the
other hand," that counted
as a base hit. "By the
same token" was a strike out; "and so on"

counted as a stolen base.

Divided into two teams by the center aisle of
the lecture hall, the students played inning
after inning of silent, but vigorous baseball .

On the last day of class, the impossible
happened: the score was tied
and bases
were loaded! Then the batter hit a home
run! The winning team
stood and cheered

Though deeply appreciative, the professor
later was quoted as wondering
why only half
of the students had been enthusiastic about
his lectures.

*Premier Institution of Higher Learning in North Carolina.