I Asked 15 College Kids What The Funniest Thing They’ve Seen Happen In Lecture And Here Are The Cliff Notes

I Asked 15 College Kids What The Funniest Thing They’ve Seen Happen In Lecture And Here Are The Cliff Notes

Lecture can be a weird place.


We have all been to our fair share of lectures and have taken something away from them (hopefully). Every lecture has something special about it, whether its an amazing professor, a boring professor, a class full of athletes, or something super funny and unprompted happens that makes us remember that class forever. These are those stories.

1. "I took a new media class taught by the guy who did that emotion-manipulation experiment on Facebook and we spent one class just going on chat roulette on the big screen in front of ~100 people."

2. "There was this kid who opened a test once said “F this shit” and walked out of the room."

3. "In my 'Power of Maps' class, our teacher showed us a map of popular songs in many parts of New York City. "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" by Beastie Boys was the most popular in Brooklyn.  Our teacher, a sweet 60-year-old woman, didn't know what that song was so I belted out the chorus and the first verse."

4. "Freshman year my econ professor brought a puppy German Shepard to class, and it started to circle like it was about to poo and the professor tried grabbing paper towels but he couldn’t get it under the dogs butt in time and the dog took the wettest and MOST DISGUSTINGLY smelling poo. Everyone was gagging and my professor said right away “ok class is cancelled.”"

5. "My sociology professor was trying to prove a point about spontaneous behavior and randomly went from lecturing to screaming and threw his iclicker, it hit the ceiling and came crashing down batteries flying and all. Then, he causally walked over, collected the parts, put it back together, told us not to tell anyone and continued lecturing."

6. "I had a professor/advisor freak out because he sent a PTK promotional flyer for review. He walked into the room and asked how it looked not knowing he had forgotten to delete the second page of the template which was up on my screen. Me: "I totally would join after seeing this" Professor: "What the..." He stormed out of the room to his office across the building to resend the flyer before I could stop him."

7. "One time in my biology class last year, this kid raised his hand during class when we had a substitute teacher, and asked her, "hey so can I leave because I just really don't wanna be here" and everyone laughed and she was like "uh yeah I guess" so he left"

8. "In my English class, freshman year, none of us did this hard and dumb assignment and our professor was PISSED. He threatened to fail all of us and make us do this extra work and etc. So, one of my guy friends sang "Big Girls Don't Cry" in front of the entire lecture hall and our professor all gave us an A for the assignment we did not do."

9. "My friend was in a lecture and there was a dance off between one guy in the front and a guy near the back in the middle of the class."

10. "My public speaking professor allowed everyone to use one note card for a three-minute speech. I had to peer-review a speech where the student used five notebook pages, read her "extemporaneous" speech word for word and flipped through the pages awkwardly throughout the speech because she didn't have them in order."

11. "On the first day of my marketing class, a kid sits down next to me in the middle of a 500+ seat lecture hall, reaches in his backpack, pulls out a small bottle of vodka and goes "holy sh*t I forgot about this guy!!!!" and chugs the entire thing before the teacher even starts class. His parting words were "ooh, I'm probably gonna have to take an Uber home""

12. "In the middle of March during an exam "All I Want For Christmas Is You" started playing from my phone.  Then later on I found out my professor tweeted about it, and he was not a fan."

13. "My econ professor took a selfie with our class on the first day of lecture to convince all of us to follow him on Twitter."

14. "For my 9:30 Entrepreneurship class my professor did not say anything, just walked in class, went to the computer and put on the music video for "Natural" by Imagine Dragons, and even during class he never mentioned it, so it served zero purpose he just wanted to play it for us I guess."

15. "My Media Studies professor commonly said things like: "I am cartoonishly liberal." "If you don't like me as a professor, I don't really care, because all I have to do is look at my teaching award." "Stop shuffling." "If you hate this class, it's because you are not doing well." and "If I'm awake, you're awake."

I hope that these stories gave you a laugh and you will have your own funny lecture stories to tell someday.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.

I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The Anaheim Ducks Are In A World Of Pain

The Ducks have now lost 19 out of their last 21 games amidst a multitude of problems and a rebuild may be at its beginning stages after Randy Carlyle's firing from head coach.


On December 17, 2018, the Anaheim Ducks had just defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road 4-2, and sat in a playoff spot with a 19-11-5 record, good for 43 points and 2nd in the Pacific Division. Since then, the Ducks have lost 19 out of their last 21 games, going 2-15-4 during that stretch, now sitting at 21-26-9 and 51 points on February 12th, eight points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. After their last loss, head coach Randy Carlyle was finally axed and general manager Bob Murray stepped in as the interim coach. Many issues exist currently and for the foreseeable future in Anaheim, which could see its first sustained rebuild since the early 2000s, where the team missed the playoffs three years in a row.

One of the Ducks' bigger issues is the lack of goal scoring throughout the lineup. The leading player in goals is forward Jakob Silfverberg, with 12 in 47 games played. That's not enough for a team that is 56 games into the season. The overall points production is quite anemic too. Captain and center Ryan Getzlaf leads the club with 36 points in 50 games, and he is the only player with more than 30 points to this date.

Injuries are also factoring into the equation: center Adam Henrique and defenseman Brandon Montour are the only Ducks to have played in every game this season, with players such as forwards in Silfverberg, Getzlaf, Rickard Rakell, Corey Perry, Ryan Kesler, and Ondrej Kase as well as defensemen Cam Fowler and Hampus Lindholm, and goaltender Ryan Miller all spending at least five games on the injured reserve.

With so many players in and out of the lineup, not to mention that most of the fill-ins are inexperienced at the NHL level, it is hard to develop any sort of chemistry for an extended period of time. Goaltender John Gibson has been unable to maintain grade A performance in net, as his save percentage is now at 0.914, below where he started the season. With all of this considered, the Ducks have a tough future ahead when considering their salary cap situation.

Perry and Getzlaf, both of who will turn 34 in May, have a cap hit of $8.625 and $8.25 million for the next two years after the 2018-19 season, while Kesler, who turns 35 in August, makes $6.825 million for the next 3 years after this season concludes. Perry has only played in five games this year due to injuries, Getzlaf's production is declining and not up to par with how much he is paid, and Kesler has only six points in 48 games, and he also only played in 44 games last season due to injuries, scoring just 14 points.

These expensive contracts are untradeable unless they attach a younger asset in a trade, like prospects Sam Steel, Max Jones, Maxim Comtois, or Troy Terry. It is possible that Kesler and/or Perry will be bought out of their contracts in the offseason, meaning they will save money against the salary cap for the remainder of those contract years, but will have portions of that contract counting against the cap for a few years more.

Despite these bad contracts which currently prevent the Ducks from signing more than one big free agent, the aforementioned prospects will most likely see more substantial time in Anaheim next season, which could boost the club, but it is unlikely that any of them take the league by storm to make the Ducks a contender again. For this to happen, young forwards like Rakell, Kase, and Daniel Sprong will have to exceed expectations, while the defensive core will also need to step it up compared to their performance this, which makes them look overpaid.

As it stands, the Ducks are 4th in the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery and could see a highly touted prospect come to Anaheim next year, but the current roster and prospect core will need bounce back seasons or the management group will be forced to blow up much of the roster, which would almost guarantee missing the playoffs again.

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