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Q: Do I have to kill the snake?
A: University guidelines state that you have to “defeat” the snake. There are many ways to accomplish this. Lots of students choose to wrestle the snake. Some construct decoys and elaborate traps to confuse and then ensnare the snake. One student brought a flute and played a song to lull the snake to sleep. Then he threw the snake out a window.

Q: Does everyone fight the same snake?
A: No. You will fight one of the many snakes that are kept on campus by the facilities department.

Q: Are the snakes big?
A: We have lots of different snakes. The quality of your work determines which snake you will fight. The better your thesis is, the smaller the snake will be.

Q: Does my thesis adviser pick the snake?
A: No. Your adviser just tells the guy who picks the snakes how good your thesis was.

Q: What does it mean if I get a small snake that is also very strong?
A: Snake-picking is not an exact science. The size of the snake is the main factor. The snake may be very strong, or it may be very weak. It may be of Asian, African, or South American origin. It may constrict its victims and then swallow them whole, or it may use venom to blind and/or paralyze its prey. You shouldn’t read too much into these other characteristics. Although if you get a poisonous snake, it often means that there was a problem with the formatting of your bibliography.

Q: When and where do I fight the snake? Does the school have some kind of pit or arena for snake fights?
A: You fight the snake in the room you have reserved for your defense. The fight generally starts after you have finished answering questions about your thesis. However, the snake will be lurking in the room the whole time and it can strike at any point. If the snake attacks prematurely it’s obviously better to defeat it and get back to the rest of your defense as quickly as possible.

Q: Would someone who wrote a bad thesis and defeated a large snake get the same grade as someone who wrote a good thesis and defeated a small snake?
A: Yes.

Q: So then couldn’t you just fight a snake in lieu of actually writing a thesis?
A: Technically, yes. But in that case the snake would be very big. Very big, indeed.

Q: Could the snake kill me?
A: That almost never happens. But if you’re worried, just make sure that you write a good thesis.

Q: Why do I have to do this?
A: Snake fighting is one of the great traditions of higher education. It may seem somewhat antiquated and silly, like the robes we wear at graduation, but fighting a snake is an important part of the history and culture of every reputable university. Almost everyone with an advanced degree has gone through this process. Notable figures such as John Foster Dulles, Philip Roth, and Doris Kearns Goodwin (to name but a few) have all had to defeat at least one snake in single combat.

Q: This whole snake thing is just a metaphor, right?
A: I assure you, the snakes are very real.

"The Snake Fight Portion of Your Thesis Defense" by Luke Burns (via inevitablerecursion)

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roachpatrol:

skullspeare:

man imagine aliens w no concept of interspecies cooperation or pets

'commander the scan of this shelter reveals three primary lifeforms'

'excellent. elaborate please'

'all mammals. two quadrupeds, one feline and one canine, as well as one biped sapien. they appear to be… relaxing and eating in a shared space'

'what the fuck'

imagine these guys trying to be really polite about it because for some reason the bipeds really enjoy harboring these strange freeloading carnivores. an alien warlord meeting some diplomat’s cat and being all tentatively like ‘ah… yes. your parasite is remarkably large and complacent. you are no doubt a very well-used host and oh my stars don’t let it touch me no no NO.

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annabellioncourt:

deadgirlshoes:

nO NO NO BUT GUYS 

CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT YEAR FRED, GEORGE AND TONKS LIVED IN HOGWARTS AT THE SAME TIME

MCGONAGALL LOSING HER SHIT ON A DAILY BASIS

I WANT A BOOK ABOUT FRED AND GEORGE WORSHIPPING HER

I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS ALL THE TIME WHEN I FIGURED OUT HOW OLD TONKS WAS. IMAGINE THE BOYS TRYING TO OUT DO HER USING THE MAP. IMAGINE THEM FALLING OVER EACH OTHER TRYING TO TALK TO HER AND BOTH HAVE MASSIVE OBVIOUS CRUSHES ON HER AND ALSO SOME SERIOUS MUTUAL RESPECT AND WHEN SHE GRADUATES SHE KISSES BOTH THEIR CHEEKS AND SAYS “SORRY I’M INTO A SLIGHTLY OLDER CROWD” AND THEN THEY SEE HER AGAIN IN THE ORDER AND BLUSH BRIGHT RED AND KNOW IT WON’T WORK BUT SAY “HEY…WE’RE OLDER NOW” AND IT DOESN’T WORK BUT SHE’S TOTALLY INTO THEIR JOKE SHOP IDEA AND HELPS WITH SOME OF THE DESIGNS AND BECOMES LIKE A PSEUDO-OLDER SISTER TO THEM LIKE SHE WAS TO HERMIONE AND GINNY.

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ericnorseman:

Chris Evans on Captain America’s fighting style in The Winter Soldier (x)

In between the first Captain America movie and The Avengers, I had played the Captain America video game; and the way Cap moves in the video game, there’s a fluidity and it’s very acrobatic. It’s very aerial. He uses his environment, and it’s almost this beautiful, smooth dance, and when I first met with the [directors], I said, “Have you played the video game?” And I swear to God, they said: “You know what? We referenced the video game, too.” I said, “Good, good, we’re on the same page. But that means we need to incorporate a little bit more of an acrobatic approach to fighting.” And so we put myself in gymnastic classes, which is something I always wanted to do – kind of, anyway [laughs]. I mean, I wanted to go play on like, the balance beam, but it was more like tumbling, essentially. Parkour-style gymnastic stuff. Flipping, and spinning, and just kind of getting a sense of your body in the air. So we did about two months of that. We did two months, a few hours each day, and it was invaluable. It really lends itself to a lot of those fight scenes.

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