When I spend ages working on (and failing) to solve a question in maths: Maths you are stupid, I hate you and I never want to see you again.
When the same thing happens in physics: Physics, it's not your fault I don't understand your mystic ways, I still love you.
And I have to major in both of them...
The thing with being an engineering student is that your escapades around the campus start being the ones that entertain everyone else. I mean, only one out of four of my subjects are engineering and already I've got quite a few weird stories to tell.
The thing with being penniless students with no proper equipment is that we have to improvise. And sometimes that looks weird. So if you had happened to be walking by a certain stairway in the engineering area of campus you may have been met with a strange sight. My group wanted to measure the spring constant of a spring which involves putting weight on one end on the spring and measuring how far it stretches. Except all we had to use was the stuff in our houses so we brought a bucket, measuring cup and some string. So now we had to tie the top end of the spring onto something. We looked around, and the only thing we could see was the stairs. We spent a good half an hour pouring water into a bucket tied to a spring tied to stairs and taking measurements. Plenty of people saw us, some people even went up those stairs, and didn’t even react to what we were doing. Makes me wonder what counts as weird in the engineering faculty.
The reason we needed this spring constant was for our project which was tennis ball flinger, which needed to fling a tennis ball 10 metres so it would hit a target 1.5 metres off the ground. So obviously we could not test this thing inside, which called for more public demonstrations of undergrad engineering. Like, using a footpath as a firing range. Because obviously footpaths are just waiting to be made into firing ranges.
Before you think it’s just my group that’s weird, it’s not just us! To date I have witnessed the civil engineering kids carrying around LOTS of long sticks made out of newspaper and sticky tape (to make into mini bridges of course) and some aerospace eng people throwing paper gliders in the foyer of one of the science lecture theatres.
So that might be why when my tennis ball flinging machine group was carrying our machine along with a 12 litre container of water to the testing site, people asked questions and looked at us weirdly around most of campus but when we got to the eng section of campus, no one really cared except to comment that it looked cool.
Oh and also our lecturer shows us videos like this one:
Ok, I've got to confess, every time my astronomy lecturer say the word 'Uranus' in lecture, I get the giggles.
There are two ways (that I'm aware of) to pronounce the word Uranus. The kinda weird but less entertaining Uran-us, or the extremely hilarious Ur-anus which sounds almost exactly 'your anus'.
The entertainment value should be obvious.
Please allow your mind to interpret these the wrong way:
Uranus is a gas giant.
So, how was Uranus discovered?
Uranus has quite a cold surface...
If we were to take a spaceship into Uranus... (okay so it was actually Jupiter, but it's a lot more entertaining with Uranus)
Uranus is gaseous.
I know it's really quite immature but at least I have fun :D