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Lunatic Asylum Overcrowded? There’s Always Room at Columbia University

Posted on | February 19, 2013 | 32 Comments

Jennifer Kabbany reports on a typical Ivy League professor:

A science professor at Columbia University on Monday began a quantum mechanics lecture by stripping into his boxers and eating a banana while rap music played in the background.
Then it got weird.
The professor, Emlyn Hughes, proceeded to redress himself in black, complete with sunglasses, and hug himself on stage at the front of the classroom, a large theater.
As Hughes sat in the fetal position, two “actors” dressed in ninja costumes walked onstage and placed white stuffed animals — lambs — on stools before the audience . . .
The ninjas blindfolded the lambs, then a ninja impaled one of the stuffed animals with a long sword and banged it against the stool — right as an image of a plane hitting one of the Twin Towers on 9/11 started rolling on a large screen behind the performance.

Read the whole crazy thing. Don’t forget that Columbia University is not only Barack Obama’s alma mater, but also employs Professor David Epstein, the Palin-hating HuffPo blogger who carried on a three-year incestuous sexual affair with his own daughter.

Remember: The academic elite are our moral and intellectual superiors.



  • keyboard jockey

    Do you think working in academy “industry” attracts the lunatics?

  • Quartermaster

    “Remember: The academic elite are our moral and intellectual superiors.”

    And, ikf we ever forget that, all we have to do is ask them. I’m sure they will give us an objective answer.

  • orbitup

    I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen the video!

  • DaveO

    Quantum mechanics as interpretive dance?
    Or did he lose a bet?

  • yestradamous

    It’s a metaphor. An awesome one.

  • Rob Crawford

    Had a college physics prof who thought the human body was an antenna. Analogized it to a satellite dish… guess what was at the center?

  • ThomasD

    This is the time on Sprockets when we juxtapose…

  • Bridget Fay

    I studied quantum mechanics on both the undergrad and grad level and can’t figure out what nude professors and lambs have to do with the subject.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Bat Shit Crazy University! Higher Education Bubble? When tuition is at $40,000+ a year alone? Nah….never will happen!

  • matthew w

    Oh, “Then it got weird”

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I love metaphors and being creative about physics (Einstein’s breakthroughs were through thought experiments), but this particular episode seems more about the professor working though a personal regret of taking a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Drama instead of a Bachelor of Science. But maybe I am missing the significance symbols? I like symbolic works and underlying themes, but only if the work itself is good to begin with.

  • McGehee

    It’s no wonder Obama won’t release his Columbia transcripts.

  • richard mcenroe

    I’ll pass on the jpeg of the teaching aid.

  • richard mcenroe

    You can know the velocity of the nude professor or the position of the impaled lambs but never both at once. It’s obvious.

  • richard mcenroe

    Terry Pratchett proved Shrödinger wrong. There are three states of existence for the cat: 1. alive 2. dead 3. bloody furious.

  • Esau’s Message

    This guy’s lack of showmanship, imagination and maturity would be embarrassing to a High School Seniors Follies.

  • Esau’s Message

    You must extent the antenna to get good reception.

  • Esau’s Message

    Did he just stab Schroedinger’s cat?

  • Esau’s Message

    Good kitty, good kitty. Ahhhhh!

  • Esau’s Message

    Okay, but a metaphor of what?

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Some cats are permanently in state 3!

  • Bob Belvedere

    Methinks McGehee has won this thread.

  • ThomasD

    Never mind the cat, lets put this clown in the the box.

    For the Science!

  • Bob Belvedere

    I agree…although it would make much more sense to me if the nude professors were female.

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  • Quartermaster

    I thought that Pratchett was wrong as he left out Arrogant. Some argued that was the Cat’s normal state, and I would grant that’s true for some, but not all. A lot of them are just lazy, which is another state Pratchett negelected.

  • Esau’s Message

    I’m not sure you want to see most female professors nude.