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2012-10-01 09:55:13 PM
Maybe he got confused and thought it was meth class?
 
2012-10-01 10:11:42 PM
Lead by example? Trying to get the girls to follow?
 
2012-10-01 10:12:35 PM
Huh. I told my students the first day of class that I'd be holding classes in the nude, and if they didn't like it they could leave. It wasn't the result of a mental breakdown.

/no, I didn't actually do that
//would've been awesome though
///maybe if I had tenure...
 
2012-10-01 10:13:13 PM
oh, com on, it was his lesson on irrational numbers!
 
2012-10-01 10:13:44 PM
1+1=2?
 
2012-10-01 10:14:37 PM
He was showing them how to count to 21
 
2012-10-01 10:15:55 PM
If it's the guy that the reddit threads say it is, he's tenured. So he'll be fine, and whatever glimpse of old man ass those kids might have been subjected to was still probably less painful than a typical Calc 1 lecture.
 
2012-10-01 10:16:21 PM
Wow, that's actually really sad. Sounds like this guy is probably schizophrenic and off his meds.
 
2012-10-01 10:16:35 PM
What's cal cool us?
 
2012-10-01 10:17:07 PM
Sounds like the guy reached his limit.
 
2012-10-01 10:20:17 PM
Yeah nuts! He was in the hallway, screaming! Went nuts in the classroom! Happened around 2pm! Some friends sent me some texts!
 
2012-10-01 10:21:33 PM

semiotix: If it's the guy that the reddit threads say it is, he's tenured. So he'll be fine, and whatever glimpse of old man ass those kids might have been subjected to was still probably less painful than a typical Calc 1 lecture.


Calc I instructors at random state universities are not typically going to be tenured research faculty.
 
2012-10-01 10:21:37 PM
He then came back into the classroom and took off his clothes, except for his socks.

Clearly he was just trying to get down to business.
 
2012-10-01 10:22:03 PM
The Engineering Building will do that to you.

/Hope he's alright and gets the help he needs
 
2012-10-01 10:23:05 PM
If only being brilliant sucked...
 
2012-10-01 10:23:15 PM
I wish my math instructor would do that, but she's, well, female, and not fat, so pretty much opposite of what I see in the picture.
/Hate that class, and I can math
//Instructor kinda sucks, and this is coming from somebody who's taken maths from Chinese and Indian grad assistants
 
2012-10-01 10:23:51 PM
Thought I'd see John Cleese by now, tsk tsk
 
2012-10-01 10:25:22 PM
Meh. Had worse professors.
 
2012-10-01 10:26:11 PM
And that surfer guy pulled a knife on Mr Hand.
 
2012-10-01 10:26:28 PM

The First Four Katy Perry Albums: semiotix: If it's the guy that the reddit threads say it is, he's tenured. So he'll be fine, and whatever glimpse of old man ass those kids might have been subjected to was still probably less painful than a typical Calc 1 lecture.

Calc I instructors at random state universities are not typically going to be tenured research faculty.


It's Michigan State. It's an R1. Dude has tenure (he's also faculty, not instructor).
 
2012-10-01 10:26:41 PM
Awkward.
 
2012-10-01 10:29:42 PM

Kumana Wanalaia: Awkward.


Yeah.
I looked for socks left on porn, too.
Rules 34 is broken on that one.

Except for the lemon party folks.
Those folks,
Hell. Anything goes.... but the socks.
 
2012-10-01 10:29:55 PM
I'm actually surprised there isn't more math teachers driven to insanity from the inanity of the students.
 
2012-10-01 10:30:14 PM
Poor guy, sounds like a bi-polar episode. I have a friend who watched his 23 yr. old son smash a water glass against his forehead at the dinner table once, happened right out of the blue, no warning signs or prior behavioral problems. Everyone is okay now but that was a dinner to remember, no lie. Nowadays it's better living through chemistry, thankfully.
 
2012-10-01 10:32:01 PM

I liked the students explanation as to how he determined the teacher had finally lost it.

He then came back into the classroom and took off his clothes, except for his socks. You know someones crazy when they leave their socks on lmao.


Because yeah honestly if he had taking all his clothes maybe there was a chance something was going on other than teach having a breakdown, but leaving the socks on is really a sign shiat ain't right lol.

As stupid as the comment seems on the surface, it seems to make sense for some reason.
 
2012-10-01 10:34:40 PM

davidphogan: Maybe he got confused and thought it was meth class?


He does sound a bit like Walter White.
 
2012-10-01 10:35:16 PM
he has tenure so hell be back in class by friday.
 
2012-10-01 10:35:20 PM
Haha. Mental illness is hilarious.

/hope the guy gets help
 
2012-10-01 10:37:26 PM
I had the unfortunate pleasure of seeing this guy in action. Dude rounded the corner as I was going down the engineering hall toward class. He was talking to himself and clearly out of his mind. Biggest "WTF" moment I've had in loooong time.

Also, I'm out of eye bleach. Any donations? =(
 
2012-10-01 10:39:52 PM
Well I guess he tried to divide by zero and was driven mad.
 
2012-10-01 10:40:01 PM
Proving once again that calculus is not for the weak minded.
 
2012-10-01 10:40:10 PM
Tumor pressing on his brain?
 
2012-10-01 10:42:07 PM
This seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to do in the face of a meaningless existence, don't knock it till you tried it.
 
2012-10-01 10:43:42 PM

DrgnMech: I had the unfortunate pleasure of seeing this guy in action. Dude rounded the corner as I was going down the engineering hall toward class. He was talking to himself and clearly out of his mind. Biggest "WTF" moment I've had in loooong time.

Also, I'm out of eye bleach. Any donations? =(


GIS for eye bleach:

s2.hubimg.com
 
2012-10-01 10:45:40 PM
He was ranting about computers, Steve Jobs(pronounced Jobes), and how everything is just an act.

Apple sued him for having rounded edges.
 
2012-10-01 10:46:15 PM

Kumana Wanalaia: DrgnMech: I had the unfortunate pleasure of seeing this guy in action. Dude rounded the corner as I was going down the engineering hall toward class. He was talking to himself and clearly out of his mind. Biggest "WTF" moment I've had in loooong time.

Also, I'm out of eye bleach. Any donations? =(

GIS for eye bleach:

[s2.hubimg.com image 496x718]


You are a scholar and a gentleman, good sir.
 
2012-10-01 10:47:39 PM

Barricaded Gunman: And that surfer guy pulled a knife on Mr Hand.


Got right in his face and went YOOOOUUU FUUUUKKINN' DIIIICKKK!!!!
 
2012-10-01 10:47:55 PM
Ahhh my alma mater
 
2012-10-01 10:53:00 PM

The First Four Katy Perry Albums: semiotix: If it's the guy that the reddit threads say it is, he's tenured. So he'll be fine, and whatever glimpse of old man ass those kids might have been subjected to was still probably less painful than a typical Calc 1 lecture.

Calc I instructors at random state universities are not typically going to be tenured research faculty.


Maybe so. But the guy that reddit named is. Whether that guy is the guy, I couldn't say for sure.

Of course, tenure isn't meant to protect people who just go crrrrrRRRRAAAZEEEEE, and it probably won't really help this guy either, at least in terms of being let back into the classroom. He'll probably be gently encouraged to take disability and retire.
 
2012-10-01 10:56:02 PM
What is classier?
A) taking a photo of a man who had a mental breakdown
B) selling that pic to a news source
C) publishing that pic on the internet

the answer is D) profit

/people suck beyond the telling
 
2012-10-01 10:56:07 PM
Don't worry. He's got tenure so he will back on the job in a short few days.
 
2012-10-01 10:56:40 PM

semiotix: If it's the guy that the reddit threads say it is, he's tenured. So he'll be fine, and whatever glimpse of old man ass those kids might have been subjected to was still probably less painful than a typical Calc 1 lecture.


Can you teach from a padded cell?
 
2012-10-01 10:57:37 PM

DoctorCal: Sounds like the guy reached his limit.


He just couldn't integrate...
 
2012-10-01 10:58:19 PM
He has a Beautiful Mind. And body, apparently.
 
2012-10-01 11:02:40 PM
Shouldn't have divided by zero.
 
2012-10-01 11:03:42 PM

The First Four Katy Perry Albums: semiotix: If it's the guy that the reddit threads say it is, he's tenured. So he'll be fine, and whatever glimpse of old man ass those kids might have been subjected to was still probably less painful than a typical Calc 1 lecture.

Calc I instructors at random state universities are not typically going to be tenured research faculty.


I went to Random State U, and my calc I, II, and III profs were all tenured. Recitation was handled by grad students, though.

/ not MSU
// home of the Fighting Brownian Particles
 
2012-10-01 11:04:13 PM
I just feel so bad for this guy. So bad. He's clearly not evil or malevolent, he's just had his brain break down so totally that he can't control his behavior. I can't imagine how much pain he's in at the moment - he's either still so delusional that he's hurting too bad to act rationally, or he's finished with his psychotic break and therefore sane enough to know that he's just farked his career and the way that his colleagues will always see him.
 
2012-10-01 11:05:35 PM
Something something drink and derive.

/Had a calc prof who stared at the projector screen for a minute or two when the Mac plasma ball screen saver came on before finally saying "oh, you see it too. so it isn't just an acid flashback"
 
2012-10-01 11:05:46 PM

Eligarf: Shouldn't have divided by zero.


Event Horizon.
 
2012-10-01 11:06:02 PM
Need some CSB up in here.
 
2012-10-01 11:08:14 PM
Why, he's unattractive!
 
2012-10-01 11:08:39 PM
That guy looks a lot like me
img.gawkerassets.com
except I am not quite that pixelated.
 
2012-10-01 11:09:28 PM
So do news agencies, and I realize that term does not really apply to Gawker, pay people to sit around and read reddit all day? Because I can do that for half of whatever the current guy makes and still keep my regular job.
 
2012-10-01 11:10:05 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-01 11:10:58 PM
THERE'S NO RULES!
 
2012-10-01 11:13:38 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: THERE'S NO RULES!


You lie unnecessarily.

You just don't understand the rules yet, man.

You'll learn eventually...
 
2012-10-01 11:13:41 PM
Yay, we made FARK!

/grad student
//pretty much constantly just seconds away from snapping like this
 
2012-10-01 11:14:40 PM

foxyshadis: Can you teach from a padded cell?


I teach from an unpadded one just fine. I can't see how padding would hurt anything.

/oh, you weren't talking about my office.
//padding would actually be nice, I could nap
 
2012-10-01 11:14:42 PM
He found out the truth, and it he couldn't handle it.
 
2012-10-01 11:17:24 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: THERE'S NO RULES!


PUT YOUR SHIRT BACK ON!
 
2012-10-01 11:20:35 PM

Mixolydian Master: PC LOAD LETTER: THERE'S NO RULES!

PUT YOUR SHIRT BACK ON!


No.

You first.
 
2012-10-01 11:22:13 PM

ZeroCorpse: He found out the truth, and it he couldn't handle it.


"it he?"

"It he stood and surveyed the ground: it was bloodied and downtrodden; woe be to they it he saw..."
 
2012-10-01 11:24:38 PM

gonegirl: I just feel so bad for this guy. So bad. He's clearly not evil or malevolent, he's just had his brain break down so totally that he can't control his behavior. I can't imagine how much pain he's in at the moment - he's either still so delusional that he's hurting too bad to act rationally, or he's finished with his psychotic break and therefore sane enough to know that he's just farked his career and the way that his colleagues will always see him.


Couldn't have said it better. The poor man. I know this is Fark, but... yeah, there's nothing funny about this. Article needs the sad tag.
 
2012-10-01 11:34:25 PM

bextraordinary: Yay, we made FARK!

/grad student
//pretty much constantly just seconds away from snapping like this


You might get a kick out of this: Link
 
2012-10-01 11:34:42 PM

rwfan: That guy looks a lot like me
[img.gawkerassets.com image 300x400]
except I am not quite that pixelated.


He looks a lot like me and I definitely feel that pixelated today.
 
2012-10-01 11:55:01 PM
Speaking as someone still struggling to get his math degree after many years, hampered by mental illnesses.....yeah. Sucks, but is unfortunately correlated to be into seeing the world through alternate lenses. One of my favorite mathematicians spent his end days in an asylum.
 
2012-10-01 11:55:17 PM

Mixolydian Master: PC LOAD LETTER: THERE'S NO RULES!

PUT YOUR SHIRT BACK ON!


THERE'S ONE RULE!!!
 
2012-10-01 11:57:09 PM

Farabor: Speaking as someone still struggling to get his math degree after many years, hampered by mental illnesses.....yeah. Sucks, but is unfortunately correlated to be into seeing the world through alternate lenses. One of my favorite mathematicians spent his end days in an asylum.


Cantor?
 
2012-10-02 12:00:52 AM
I am fark all dissapoint that no one has asked what his hark handle is yet.

/Anyone seen Gat_00 lately 
//Gor...something?
 
2012-10-02 12:02:54 AM
 
2012-10-02 12:02:57 AM
Er rather fark handle.....
 
2012-10-02 12:04:17 AM

semiotix: If it's the guy that the reddit threads say it is, he's tenured. So he'll be fine, and whatever glimpse of old man ass those kids might have been subjected to was still probably less painful than a typical Calc 1 lecture.


"Tenured" doesn't mean you can strip in class and start screaming obscenities at your students.
 
2012-10-02 12:13:20 AM
Was it this teacher? Please?

www.holytaco.com

/hot
//hot
 
2012-10-02 12:18:41 AM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-10-02 12:24:15 AM

chopit: Haha. Mental illness is hilarious.

/hope the guy gets help


Yeah.

This.

/As for the "Calc 1 Profs Don't Have Tenure", my two intro Physics profs certainly had it. Never took Calc 1 at college.

Farabor: Speaking as someone still struggling to get his math degree after many years, hampered by mental illnesses.....yeah. Sucks, but is unfortunately correlated to be into seeing the world through alternate lenses. One of my favorite mathematicians spent his end days in an asylum.


Obligatory Good Will Hunting / Unabomber quote goes here.

Best of luck to you, though - and honestly, if you're not registered as a Student with a Disability - look into it. Took me until my last year to break down and do it, and at first the stigma I mainly imagined in my own head really sucked... but it helped immensely with things like 'rescheduling midterm because I physically couldn't get myself out of the bed during the originally scheduled time"

/narcoleptic but was misdiagnosed as depressed at that point
//actually got the 2nd highest grade in the class on that midterm
///had to set my phone alarm for every 15 minutes - benefit of taking test by myself - and it woke me up 3 times in 2 hours, too
 
2012-10-02 12:28:37 AM

poorjon: Something something drink and derive.

/Had a calc prof who stared at the projector screen for a minute or two when the Mac plasma ball screen saver came on before finally saying "oh, you see it too. so it isn't just an acid flashback"


My friend had a calc grad student instructor who would frequently start writing in Cryllic letters on the chalkboard. They were all so damn terrified of him no one brought it up, and he never noticed (or if he did, never cared enough to apologize or correct it).

Made me feel better about *my* calc grad student instructor at the time, who wore the same t-shirt and fairly certain had his hair in the same ponytail all semester.

Math is fun.

/of course, the one awesome, ridiculously normal professor I had was an assistant professor who left after it was apparent he wouldn't get tenure
//but of course
///he had students coming to his office hours 3 or 4 semesters after they first took a class with him, cause he'd still help
 
2012-10-02 12:47:20 AM

CrispFlows: I'm actually surprised there isn't more math teachers driven to insanity from the inanity of the students.


If you RTFA, you would see that the students' actions were exemplary during the incident.
 
2012-10-02 12:48:05 AM
The most important thing to remember is that, if the mathematical formula don't match empirical reality, then it is the formula that is wrong, not reality.

/also, knowing what is wrong is an essential step in eventually determining what is correct
//everything can be modeled mathematically, if you know the right formula... even climate
///which is how you can tell AGW is fake... the accurate models don't produce the "hockey stick" graphs needed to justify forced social changes
 
2012-10-02 01:01:40 AM

Kevin72: CrispFlows: I'm actually surprised there isn't more math teachers driven to insanity from the inanity of the students.

If you RTFA, you would see that the students' actions were exemplary during the incident.


By their own testimony.
 
2012-10-02 01:01:57 AM

DrgnMech: I had the unfortunate pleasure of seeing this guy in action. Dude rounded the corner as I was going down the engineering hall toward class. He was talking to himself and clearly out of his mind. Biggest "WTF" moment I've had in loooong time.

Also, I'm out of eye bleach. Any donations? =(


You're going to MSU, and you joined FARK in 2003? What, did you join Fark when you were 10? (I get it, you're probably in grad school). Anyway, i now have you favorited in MSU green 5. Congrats on being there and witnessing what had to be seen to be believed.
 
2012-10-02 01:03:59 AM
What math class stripping should look like...

i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-02 01:05:01 AM
How come nothing this exciting ever happened when i went to MSU (and briefly majored in engineering my 1st year...)
 
2012-10-02 01:11:27 AM
A Beautiful Mind references, and no Jennifer Connelly pictures? I am disappoint.

imageshack.us

www.perfectpeople.net

imageshack.us
Pops bigger


/DNSTFM
//(did not see the movie)
 
2012-10-02 01:11:35 AM

gonegirl: I just feel so bad for this guy. So bad. He's clearly not evil or malevolent, he's just had his brain break down so totally that he can't control his behavior. I can't imagine how much pain he's in at the moment - he's either still so delusional that he's hurting too bad to act rationally, or he's finished with his psychotic break and therefore sane enough to know that he's just farked his career and the way that his colleagues will always see him.


Meh I wake up every week at least once thinking this. You get used to it.
 
2012-10-02 01:14:41 AM
Leibniz season!
Newton season!
Leibniz season!
Newton season!
Leibniz season!
Newton season!
Leibniz season!
Newton season!
Duck season!
 
2012-10-02 01:16:57 AM
What another mathematics professor who went insane may look like:
www.newseum.org
 
2012-10-02 03:34:23 AM
it's the new math, man.... driving 'em right to the streets...
 
2012-10-02 03:58:59 AM

Speaker2Animals: What math class stripping should look like...

[i.imgur.com image 850x637]


That's physics class. Awwww yeeaaaaah.
 
2012-10-02 05:08:30 AM

Gawdzila: Speaker2Animals: What math class stripping should look like...

[i.imgur.com image 850x637]

That's physics class. Awwww yeeaaaaah.


Had the same reaction upon seeing it.
 
2012-10-02 05:54:50 AM

Tatterdemalian: everything can be modeled mathematically, if you know the right formula


this is not true if you use actual computers instead of some sort of computer run by unicorns or fairies

Yes it`s from WIKI but it`s easy to copypasta from there so,

"Chaos theory is a field of study in mathematics, with applications in several disciplines including physics, engineering, economics, biology, and philosophy. Chaos theory studies the behavior of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions, an effect which is popularly referred to as the butterfly effect. Small differences in initial conditions (such as those due to rounding errors in numerical computation) yield widely diverging outcomes for chaotic systems, rendering long-term prediction impossible in general.[1] This happens even though these systems are deterministic, meaning that their future behavior is fully determined by their initial conditions, with no random elements involved.[2] In other words, the deterministic nature of these systems does not make them predictable.[3][4] This behavior is known as deterministic chaos, or simply chaos.

Chaotic behavior can be observed in many natural systems, such as weather"
 
2012-10-02 06:55:42 AM

ultraholland: oh, com on, it was his lesson on irrational numbers!


Seeing how it was calc I he was teaching, I would say he reached his limit.

/got nothing
 
2012-10-02 06:56:45 AM

DoctorCal: Sounds like the guy reached his limit.


*shakes tiny fists
 
2012-10-02 07:02:52 AM

Gyrfalcon: Mixolydian Master: PC LOAD LETTER: THERE'S NO RULES!

PUT YOUR SHIRT BACK ON!

THERE'S ONE RULE!!!


for some reason, I really like that commercial and chuckle everytime I see it.
 
2012-10-02 08:23:56 AM
The fact that it was a dude sort of adds insult to injury. I mean, old man-ass is something you've gotta get ready for at least a day in advance.
 
2012-10-02 09:51:22 AM

dready zim: Tatterdemalian: everything can be modeled mathematically, if you know the right formula

this is not true if you use actual computers instead of some sort of computer run by unicorns or fairies

Yes it`s from WIKI but it`s easy to copypasta from there so,

"Chaos theory is a field of study in mathematics, with applications in several disciplines including physics, engineering, economics, biology, and philosophy. Chaos theory studies the behavior of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions, an effect which is popularly referred to as the butterfly effect. Small differences in initial conditions (such as those due to rounding errors in numerical computation) yield widely diverging outcomes for chaotic systems, rendering long-term prediction impossible in general.[1] This happens even though these systems are deterministic, meaning that their future behavior is fully determined by their initial conditions, with no random elements involved.[2] In other words, the deterministic nature of these systems does not make them predictable.[3][4] This behavior is known as deterministic chaos, or simply chaos.

Chaotic behavior can be observed in many natural systems, such as weather"


And if you don't use computers, or understand and control for digital imprecision... what then?

/Einstein never used a computer
//and if mathematics couldn't control for chaos to a predictable degree, we would not have seen a single successful moon landing
 
2012-10-02 10:18:25 AM

Hyjamon: Gyrfalcon: Mixolydian Master: PC LOAD LETTER: THERE'S NO RULES!

PUT YOUR SHIRT BACK ON!

THERE'S ONE RULE!!!

for some reason, I really like that commercial and chuckle everytime I see it.


Same with my wife and I. Funny stuff.
 
2012-10-02 10:55:28 AM
The guy ranted for 15 minutes and the only bit that stuck in their heads was about Steve Jobs?

Attention spans like that are probably what drove him off the deep end to start with.
 
2012-10-02 11:50:25 AM
Getting old and paunchy in a place where there are always young and pert women can't be a good thing for the mind.
 
2012-10-02 12:54:08 PM

DoctorCal: Sounds like the guy reached his limit.


Epic win.
 
2012-10-02 01:40:33 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: poorjon: Something something drink and derive.

/Had a calc prof who stared at the projector screen for a minute or two when the Mac plasma ball screen saver came on before finally saying "oh, you see it too. so it isn't just an acid flashback"

My friend had a calc grad student instructor who would frequently start writing in Cryllic letters on the chalkboard. They were all so damn terrified of him no one brought it up, and he never noticed (or if he did, never cared enough to apologize or correct it).

Made me feel better about *my* calc grad student instructor at the time, who wore the same t-shirt and fairly certain had his hair in the same ponytail all semester.

Math is fun.

/of course, the one awesome, ridiculously normal professor I had was an assistant professor who left after it was apparent he wouldn't get tenure
//but of course
///he had students coming to his office hours 3 or 4 semesters after they first took a class with him, cause he'd still help




I was in the first class that my Calc 1 teacher ever taught IN THE US. He was Mexican and his english was terrible, like nearly indecipherable-bad. (I can *speak* spanish and often wished he would just teach in that). It took me the whole first semester just to realize he was saying "evaluate". I would see him out every night at the bars, yet I made it to more classes than he did....he even missed test days, some days he was SOOOOO hungover. I told him at the final, when he asked how I did, that I probably failed he said "Don't worry you'll pass..." then winked.

Needless to say I failed and so did 21 out of the 24 in that class.

Passed it easily with my next professor.

Walked into Calc 2 and I heard a "I remember you" in a thick mexican accent....I turned right around, walked out the door and dropped the class.

Never saw him after that semester.
 
2012-10-02 07:35:37 PM
This was taken in the Engineering building, where I've nearly had a mental breakdown just trying to find my way around that damn place.
 
2012-10-02 10:25:53 PM

DoctorCal: Sounds like the guy reached his limit.


I find your humor...derivative.
 
2012-10-03 07:05:46 PM
Proof?
 
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