Despite the best efforts of the scientific and medical communities, no one has any idea why SUNDS only affects men in the prime of their lives, or how to cure it. The best guess comes from Shelley Adler, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, who postulates that the deaths stem from the Hmong belief that a nightmare is an actual visit from an evil being intent on murdering the shit out of you in your sleep. That's right: Science's most plausible explanation for SUNDS is Thai Freddy Krueger.
Engineering Schools Are An Inexplicable Breeding Ground For Terrorists
First off, we are absolutely not saying that all engineers are terrorists. That's crazy talk. What we are saying, however, is that a disturbingly high percentage of extremists are engineers. And no, we don't mean that terror groups send recruits to engineering schools so that they can learn techniques to use later. We mean that engineering schools appear to be breeding grounds for terrorism, and nobody knows why.
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It can't be all wanting to blow up the teacher for refusing to grade on a curve.
Researchers examined 207 Middle-East-born Islamic terrorists who pursued higher education, and found that a whopping 45 percent of them studied engineering. For perspective, regular, law-abiding college students in 19 Middle Eastern countries were also examined, and only 12 percent studied engineering. And this isn't a uniquely geographical phenomenon. Of 71 Muslim terrorists who grew up in Western countries, 32 of them studied engineering.
"Oh," you figure, "So Jihadists probably target and recruit these populations because they'll be useful." That would make sense on the surface, since an engineer could help a group of terrorists create explosive devices or craft attractive recruitment websites. Well, researchers looked into it and found that in most instances, the engineers were not recruited -- they joined the groups of their own accord. Also, of 228 terrorist plots reviewed, a mere 15 percent of the engineers crafted the incendiary devices involved. Their engineering skills weren't even put to use.
So yet another example of your diploma being worthless for the career you end up in.
"Okay," you think, "Maybe there's some kind of other weird connection between extremist Islam and the type of Muslims who pursue those fields?" Not really -- it turns out that other extremist groups, such as white supremacists and neo-Stalinists, also feature a disproportionate number of engineers. What the fuck?
Is there something about that field that attracts angry, antisocial types? Is there something about that field that turns normal kids into angry, antisocial types? Is it all a big coincidence? Nobody knows.
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Until we do, we should probably cover MIT and all who attend in a thick blanket of cement. Just in case.
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