s Thoughts from the Physics Chick: F is for Fetish

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

F is for Fetish

The scene is Physics 222, a class whose lectures range from dull to incomprehensible. Dr. K. has started to talk, so most students have settled in for a nap (or pulled out the Daily Universe). Suddenly, he makes an announcement:

“I have a fetish!”

This gets everyone’s attention.

He continues, “I really hate it when people read the newspaper in class.”

Those with newspapers dutifully put them away, and Dr. K. continues with the lecture.

. . .

In retrospect, I think he probably meant “I have a pet peeve.

10 Comments:

At September 12, 2006 7:25 PM, Blogger Th. said...

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I have a pet fetish.

 
At September 12, 2006 7:25 PM, Blogger Th. said...

.

Errrrr....

 
At September 12, 2006 7:41 PM, Blogger JB said...

Yeah, that's annoying. Sounds like a shamelessly intentional misuse of a word to get people's attention.

 
At September 12, 2006 10:49 PM, Blogger Becca said...

I don't know. Maybe he really does have a fetish, and decided not to share it right then. He decided he needed to backpedal, so he brought up a pet peeve instead. Sounds likely... :D

 
At September 13, 2006 12:23 AM, Blogger noelle feather said...

Years ago, in my logic class, a young kid had fallen asleep during the lecture.

The instructor (he was so rad!) wrote in huge letters on the board:

WAKE

UP!

It took all of about 5 seconds for the guy to wake up. It was freaking hilarious.

 
At September 13, 2006 9:53 AM, Blogger Melyngoch said...

I'm totally trying this in my class. Wait till everyone's bored and then shout out "I have a fetish!"

Actually, I'd probably get sued.

 
At September 13, 2006 12:00 PM, Blogger Nectar said...

Dr. Vince Skarda at BYU had a pet peeve -- students falling asleep in his advanced math classes. One day he brought to class a violin case and set in down in the front of the room. No explanation. After awhile a few students decided to take a nap. He paused, then quietly went over to his violin case and removed a large squirt gun (probably a super soaker). With a vengeance he soaked the sleeping students.

Maybe it was a fetish.

 
At September 13, 2006 4:49 PM, Blogger Curious Physics Minor said...

Sleeping in 222! I'm taking it from Durfee right now, and if I slept I might as well drop the course. I have a vague idea of what's going on when I walk in, and 50 minutes later, I am totally lost....

Oh, I get it... since you can't understand it anyways, might as well take a nap. hmmm...

 
At September 13, 2006 7:46 PM, Blogger Katya said...

th. - I don't want to know.

jb & becca - Dr. Knight wasn't a particularly subtle fellow. I'm pretty sure that he genuinely didn't know what the word meant.

cpm - Ah, yes. Professor Durfee. I TA'd 107 under him for a semester; he used to drop by and confuse my students. Good luck!

 
At September 18, 2006 7:56 PM, Blogger Wilhelmina Wafflewitz said...

Prof. Durfee is in my ward. He teaches some interesting Sunday School lessons every couple of weeks.

 

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