The most boring class I took in college was Statistics I.
It was boring and hard, which meant that no matter what I tried, I constantly fell asleep next to my computer and woke up completely lost.
If only I could have taken one of these classes compiled by Mental Floss Magazine, I’m sure my GPA would have looked much better. Instead of dozing off to the lulling sound of a professor droning on about ratios, I could have been studying muppets and watching Sesame Street.
All of these, at one time, actually existed.
The Horror Film in Context – Bowdoin – Watch people get their heads smashed in and then talk about why society likes to watch people get their heads smashed in.
Simpsons and Philosophy – Cal-Berkeley – How much does this popular show reflect society? Apparently enough to warrant a semester’s worth of lectures.
Maple Syrup-The Real Thing – Alfred – Haven’t you always wanted to know the entire history of syrup?
The Science of Harry Potter – Frostburg State – Is it possible to make broomsticks fly? Let’s discuss.
Oprah Winfrey-The Tycon – U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Race, Success, Money…and dealing with crazy movie stars jumping on your couch.
Far Side Entomology – Oregon State – Comic strips and insects. Sure, why not?
The Future is Lost: TV Series as Cultural Phenomenon – Tufts – Smart kids + mind-numbingly confusing show that went nowhere = deeper meanings that never existed.
Muppet Magic: Jim Henson’s Art – UC-Santa Cruz – How have muppets change your life, Little Jimmy?
Getting Dressed – Princeton – If you are what you wear, this class is probably full of polos and boat shoes.