I have this friend

who only has a BA in history. When I asked him to accompany me to a lecture about degenerate white dwarfs, he eagerly accepted. But he was embarrassed: it wasn’t what he had hoped for.

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27 Responses to I have this friend

  1. Nike's Left Breast says:

    He’s lucky not to have had a jolly red giant in the room…

  2. MawBTS says:

    Now that I think of it a brown star sounds like a personal problem.

  3. vuurklip says:

    I was also disappointed! Degenerate white dwarfs do not have black holes.

  4. jb says:

    You know, this is right on the borderline of something I could actually believe…

  5. Polymath says:

    Weepy, Sleazy, Sappy, Mopey, Stumpy, Vengeful, and Hock.

  6. Realist says:

    That is funny. But why do people get useless degrees…that is sad.

    • JW Bell says:

      I noticed my sharper cousins did practical degrees. The not so sharp ones didn’t.

    • Pincher Martin says:

      H.L. Mencken:

      “…I suppose that the inferiority of the teachers of [English] is largely due to the fact that they are recruited from the lower moiety of pedagogical aspirants. The more ambitious fellows tackle something that seems more recondite, and hence better worth knowing. A prospective teacher of biology, say, or mathematics, or physics, cannot outfit himself for his career by reading a few plays of Shakespeare, memorizing the rules of grammar laid down by idiots, and learning to pronounce either as if it were spelled eyether; he must apply himself to a vast mass of strange and difficult facts, and mastering them requires a kind of capacity that is not common. The stupider fellow turns to something that is easier and more obvious, which is to say, to the language that every “educated” man is presumed to know, and the books he is presumed to have read…”

    • Greying Wanderer says:

      the creation and massive extension of relatively easy degrees derived from sociology is how the cultural marxists engineered the brain washing of the west

    • Hugh Mann says:

      Studying history isn’t useless, but for most people (i.e. those who aren’t going to spend years looking at primary sources like manorial rolls) is probably best done outside a university, Lots of books out there.

  7. j says:

    I heard that those cool Black Dwarfs evolve from hot Degenerate White Dwarfs. Those dense lectures are not for the weak-hearted!

  8. erica says:

    That friend wasn’t one David Brooks, was it? Nah.

  9. Well they could have talked about both if they wanted to.

  10. Cloudswrest says:

    Were any of the degenerate white dwarfs in a binary relationship?

  11. akarlin says:

    How Impish of you.

  12. dearieme says:

    “Brooks” is the plural of a wet thing that runs downhill.

  13. “only has a BA in history”

    So at the top of any given pyramid, the middle looks like the bottom?

  14. Dave Pinsen says:

    You should have done like David Brooks and suggested decamping for a Mexican restaurant.

  15. luisman says:

    What do you call a nerdy shitlord. Nerdlord?

  16. iffen says:

    So, exactly how tall are you?

  17. JayMan says:

    That has to be because he didn’t stick around until they get to the part of how things can get pretty explosive if that degenerate white dwarf regularly takes it from a partner…

  18. Nivzed says:

    He was hoping for midgets, not dwarfs. Rookie mistake.

  19. It wasn’t about Wagner? Damn.

  20. Steven C. says:

    My major was history; but I tried to learn as much in the STEM fields as my poor little humanistic brain could handle, because that is a truly “liberal” education in the original sense. You can’t understand human history if you are ignorant of the changes in our understanding of the natural world and improvements in our ability to manipulate it. Also, I have had a long-standing interest in astronomy for both intellectual and aesthetic reasons.

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