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(Buzzfeed)   Professor gives student a failing grade on a paper comparing America and Australia, because Australia is a continent, not a country, and also it's the place where Hitler was born   ( buzzfeed.com) divider line
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2018-02-09 04:31:24 PM  

ukexpat: nekom: In my mind Australia is a country on the continent of Oceania.

Nope

Australia - continent


I thought Australia was incontinent.
 
2018-02-09 04:35:23 PM  

nekom: In my mind Australia is a country on the continent of Oceania.


When I was in school we were taught Australia was a country on the continent of Australasia
 
2018-02-09 04:35:47 PM  

MagicBoris: So... am I the only one picking up on the irony that, technically, it's America that actually is a continent?


America is two continents.
 
2018-02-09 04:37:30 PM  
Dan Quayle Misspells 'Potato'
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Is our children learning?
 
2018-02-09 04:37:34 PM  
Mind blowing?
I've had arguments that not only are Tasmanian Devils real, there really is a Tasmania.
 
2018-02-09 04:37:54 PM  

The High Llama: A few years ago, I had a polite argument with a co-worker who insisted that Sydney, not Canberra, was the capital of Australia. He had actually been to Sydney when he was in the Marines, and used that as the basis for his argument as to why I was wrong. He also argued that Andorra was the smallest country in the world, which it is not. Why do people insist on arguing over verifiable facts when they can just use the Google?


Yeah, it used to be that there was some wiggle room because there wasn't a farking encyclopedia in every bar, house, and office.  But the internet is a thing now.
 
2018-02-09 04:46:40 PM  
The professor seemed like at twat overall.  Even if you assume impossibly that Australia was not a country (but a collection of smaller countries or one part of bigger country - not sure what the f$ck it was supposed to be), that's no reason to slash and burn the entire paper and fail the student.

The point was a comparison of societal norms across two societies.  Not a f$cking geography test.  So sure, you dock them some points, maybe a big chunk of points but you don't fail them for that reason alone.

If I assigned that paper and a student came back to me with a comparison of the US with the European Union.  If wouldn't be a f$cking prick and fail them.  I would dock them some points.  Maybe if the explained why the used the EU instead of an actual country, I would give them full marks if their reason made sense.
 
2018-02-09 04:50:05 PM  

RedVentrue: Destructor: Hollie Maea: It's amazing how many people think the country of Australia and the continent of Australia are "the same". No, they have the same name. The country of Australia is one of three countries on the continent of Australia.

Oh, so "islands" are part of continents nowadays. Is that how it works? Oh, and we have submerged continents? I'm afraid that would revise what I've been taught and graded on.

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Look up the continent of Zealandia


What is that, a continent for ants?!
 
2018-02-09 05:05:29 PM  

The Goddamn Batman: The professor probably got her PhD from Trump University.



The Buzzfeed article jumped thru hoops to avoid any reference to the gender of the prof.

There would be pics and lots of ponouns like he, him, & his if da prof was a stupid white man.
 
2018-02-09 05:42:30 PM  

UsikFark: Dewey Fidalgo: Smelly Pirate Hooker: MagicBoris: So... am I the only one picking up on the irony that, technically, it's America that actually is a continent?

It's part of a continent. It isn't the whole continent. There's the tiny nation of Canada up there north of us. Or does it not count? Also, Mexico, but since we're about to build a wall to keep them away, it probably doesn't count, either. Although it has North America's most populous city.

These nations are also technically "American" (North American), usage has devolved to calling only the residents of the United States of America, Americans.   But being called a United Stater doesn't have the same ring to it.

The correct term is Usonian.


It's Usona in Esperanto.
 
2018-02-09 05:43:52 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Benevolent Misanthrope: feckingmorons: Five bucks says it is an adjunct.

It's SNHU. I'm not saying "diploma mill", but...

I thought that at first with their # of commercials on TV all the time, but they are a nonprofit with an actual campus, which does put them a few steps higher than the likes of Phoenix or Everest/Corinthian.


You know how Phoenix likes to advertise that they have a bunch of graduates working high up who preferentially hire and promote other Phoenix grads?

I never believed it until I started looking into the credentials of the Director/VP cadre at my Fortune 500 employer, mostly out of curiosity as to where such legendary mismanagement should might be learned.

More than half of them have at least 1 degree from Phoenix.

This realization (that they are all suckers and pretenders with only the thinnest actual education) has allowed me to tailor my interactions with management to my personal benefit.
 
2018-02-09 05:46:57 PM  

The High Llama: A few years ago, I had a polite argument with a co-worker who insisted that Sydney, not Canberra, was the capital of Australia. He had actually been to Sydney when he was in the Marines, and used that as the basis for his argument as to why I was wrong. He also argued that Andorra was the smallest country in the world, which it is not. Why do people insist on arguing over verifiable facts when they can just use the Google?


To be fair to your friend, we DO consider a 64 pack of Crayloa Crayons as fine dining.....
 
2018-02-09 05:47:36 PM  

kendelrio: The High Llama: A few years ago, I had a polite argument with a co-worker who insisted that Sydney, not Canberra, was the capital of Australia. He had actually been to Sydney when he was in the Marines, and used that as the basis for his argument as to why I was wrong. He also argued that Andorra was the smallest country in the world, which it is not. Why do people insist on arguing over verifiable facts when they can just use the Google?

To be fair to your friend, we DO consider a 64 pack of Crayloa Crayons as fine dining.....


GODDAMMIT.... We MARINES consid....oh nevermind....
 
2018-02-09 05:49:51 PM  

kendelrio: The High Llama: A few years ago, I had a polite argument with a co-worker who insisted that Sydney, not Canberra, was the capital of Australia. He had actually been to Sydney when he was in the Marines, and used that as the basis for his argument as to why I was wrong. He also argued that Andorra was the smallest country in the world, which it is not. Why do people insist on arguing over verifiable facts when they can just use the Google?

To be fair to your friend, we DO consider a 64 pack of Koala Crayons as fine dining.....


FTFY
 
2018-02-09 07:31:38 PM  

feckingmorons: Five bucks says it is an adjunct.


Yes, it was an adjunct, but my god .... The prof must have got her degree online. Even then, why argue? If I mistakenly believed X was not a country, and someone else claimed it was, I would check. Several places.
 
2018-02-09 07:44:48 PM  

swamp_of_dumb: Student learned that PhDs are usually pretty intelligent in their own field, are mouthbreathing morons outside of it.

/an important lesson


And being a philosopher doesn't mean they can't be a mouth breathing moron in their field, and still get a PhD.
 
2018-02-09 09:35:18 PM  

Z-clipped: Smelly Pirate Hooker: Dewey Fidalgo: Smelly Pirate Hooker: MagicBoris: So... am I the only one picking up on the irony that, technically, it's America that actually is a continent?

It's part of a continent. It isn't the whole continent. There's the tiny nation of Canada up there north of us. Or does it not count? Also, Mexico, but since we're about to build a wall to keep them away, it probably doesn't count, either. Although it has North America's most populous city.

These nations are also technically "American" (North American), usage has devolved to calling only the residents of the United States of America, Americans.   But being called a United Stater doesn't have the same ring to it.

Yeah, I get it, but that doesn't change the fact that all 3 countries are part of the continent of North America. It could have just as easily been called New Canadia or New Mexia, but as Americans, we (typically) think everything is all about us.

Point of order:  The American continents were named by a German map-maker who never even came here.  If he hadn't been trying to piss of Christopher Columbus, it's most likely that they would have been called North Columbia and South Columbia.

/not our fault


...and in that case, United Statians would have usurped the name Columbians for their exclusive use.
 
2018-02-09 09:50:58 PM  

RedVentrue: Look up the continent of Zealandia


Never.

Waste of time anyway. This stupid planet doesn't have much longer to survive as is. What, with the constant threat of asteroids, and supernovas and such.
 
2018-02-09 11:39:00 PM  

Mikey1969: Here are some members of the Australian women's soccer team, the Matildas.

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That Matilda loos to have an amazing ass. You could bounce bullets off that thing.


Current jersey #21 is Ellie Carpenter (yes, she's wearing #20 here):
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2018-02-10 02:16:12 AM  

Destructor: Hollie Maea: Would you say that Manhattan is not part of North America? No, you wouldn't say that because that would be stupid.

Billions of years ago, when I was going to school, a continent was a continuous land-mass. Islands were islands. Not part of some strange, abstract, continent system.

Of course, it's not that abstract, and I embrace this new found learning. The point is: Don't be too hard on someone that thinks that Country Australia is all there is on (the poisonous) Continent Australia.


There is just not a strict set of criteria for calling something a continent. The continent of Australia may not include Tasmania, or it may. People talk about "Continental Europe" and they don't mean to include the UK, you know.
 
2018-02-10 03:02:22 AM  

The Yattering: My college girlfriend, a PhD candidate in geology, once argued with me for over an hour that a glass of apple juice would "completely evaporate" if left at room temperature for a long time. I contended, as I still do, that the water in the juice would evaporate and leave behind sugars and whatever else makes apple juice. She tried a number of sciencey-sounding arguments and failed to change my mind.

Some time later she admitted to me that she knew she was wrong right from the start, but couldn't bear the thought of losing the argument to "a liberal arts major."


Been on both sides of that so many times. Ego, it's a wonderful thing....
 
2018-02-10 07:51:07 AM  

Mikey1969: Here are some members of the Australian women's soccer team, the Matildas.

[img.buzzfeed.com image 715x425]

That Matilda loos to have an amazing ass. You could bounce bullets off that thing.


I'd like to see her waltz...
 
2018-02-10 10:08:25 AM  

RedVentrue: MagicBoris: So... am I the only one picking up on the irony that, technically, it's America that actually is a continent?

America is two continents.


It WAS one until Teddy Roosevelt sawed it in half for the Panama Canal.
 
2018-02-10 11:21:00 AM  
I'm sorry, if you're that farking stupid, your name should be published.

WTF, this person gets paid to fark other people's lives?  She should be protected?
 
2018-02-10 06:34:47 PM  

Farabor: The_Sponge: The Yattering: My college girlfriend, a PhD candidate in geology, once argued with me for over an hour that a glass of apple juice would "completely evaporate" if left at room temperature for a long time. I contended, as I still do, that the water in the juice would evaporate and leave behind sugars and whatever else makes apple juice. She tried a number of sciencey-sounding arguments and failed to change my mind.

Some time later she admitted to me that she knew she was wrong right from the start, but couldn't bear the thought of losing the argument to "a liberal arts major."


I once made $20 in college because this moron thought helium was flammable....easiest money I ever made.

How noble of you.


I am damn glad I came back to this thread....well done, sir.
 
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