Friday, April 21, 2006

Why Teaching is Unintentionally Hilarious

From a paper (mostly pretty good) analyzing "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and what it says about society's views of sex:

" 'There is no way that there are people out there around forty years old and have never had sex before.' This seemed to be what most people thought, coming out of the theatre. The truth is there are people out there who are that age and a virgin. It is not terribly common but they do in fact exist. Sire Isaac Newton died at 85 and historians think he died a virgin. If it is okay for Sir Isaac Newton to be a virgin than [sic] it is probably safe for someone else to be one too."

I don't know why, but to me this is like the funniest thing a student has written in a long time. I love the comparison to Isaac Newton (of all people) and I love the way they talk about adult virgins like they're on a nature show or something: "Here we are tracking the rare adult virgin. Some people believe these people to only exist in myth, but we have the rare privelege to see one if we wait patiently." I can totally imagine the crocidile hunter saying that.

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