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Sometimes, college courses can be incredibly
dull. With a core curriculum requiring a wide range of undesirable courses,
it's hard to
find that motivation to learn.
If you find yourself becoming jaded and
unable to transfer the plethora of unpractical facts, numbers and theories
into the gray
matter, try learning something fun for
The World Wide Web offers information on
every subject imaginable, and some of it is actually from reliable sources.
Here's a little to get you started on the
real road to a higher education:
You've read countless movie reviews, but
www.metaphilm.com actually gives interpretations of films, from box office
hits to cult
This site goes far beyond contemporary
criticisms and digs beyond the surface, explaining the symbolism and rhetoric
In the interpretation of Tim Burton's Planet
of the Apes, metaphilm.com draws a parallel to the controversial films
Birth of a Nation
and White Man's Burden.
Both movies were highly esteemed by the
Ku Klux Klan and propagandized the concept of the helpless white minority
dangers of other races rising up in society.
The interpretation asserts that "Burton's
Planet of the Apes fuels this exact kind of racial defensiveness."
Another profound interpretation compares
Fight Club to Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes cartoons, even bringing
between the minor characters in the movie
and in the cartoon. This site includes good visuals and is well written.
If you've been lying awake all night trying
to figure out the answers to questions like "What's the origin of 'yellow-bellied?'"
and "Is it
possible to be addicted to Chap Stick?"
there is hope for you.
Answers to common random questions, all
from a single genius mind, are provided to the masses at www.thestraightdope.com.
Someone out there really does "know it
all" -- Cecil Adams, a syndicated columnist from The Chicago Reader who
"fighting ignorance since 1973." All the
questions you can possibly ponder, and more, are included on this Web site.
A list of
questions Adams refused to answer are
also included. Among the list are "How can we have jumbo shrimp?" and "Why
This is a great site for inquisitive minds
and for anyone who ever needed a quick answer. This site is mostly text,
but there are some
interesting illustrations included in
Finally, every student needs to be well-informed
about that wonderful substance that enables the right level of alertness
all-night cram sessions.
At www.nationalgeographic.com/coffee, you
can learn everything you could possibly want to know about java.
Try the origins, for example. Circa 800
A.D., an Ethiopian goatherd found his flock dancing among the coffee shrubs.
After he had
tried it himself, news of the wonder drug
Coffee's popularity grew rapidly and continues
to the present, when Starbucks franchises are launching a diabolical plan
worldwide beverage domination.
This site includes a map of major coffee
producers around the world and how many bags each country produces each
year, and a
thorough discussion of roasts.
If you haven't gotten your information
fix yet, check out the online National Geographic article about the wonderbrew.
The only thing
this site is missing is a coupon for a
In spite of the mundane nature of some
college courses, students must never forget that learning can actually
be fun sometimes.
After all, knowledge is power.