Students got more than they bargained for recently when a professor at a prestigious Ivy League university stripped down to his underwear during a lecture in a packed theatre.
Columbia University students were left astounded this week as their professor proceeded to take off his shirt and pants while eating a banana at the beginning of a lecture on quantum mechanics. The teacher began disrobing in front of a screen playing footage of the 9/11 attacks before curling up into a ball on the stage as a stereo blasted rap music through the lecture hall.
Professor Emlyn Hughes told his class it was necessary to 'strip to your raw' to learn quantum mechanics.
However, the Professor Hughes did not stop at simply undressing in front of his students. His attention-grabbing lecture also contained two assistants who brought two different stuffed animals on the stage, blindfold them, then impaled one with a sword and flung it to the floor.
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In video footage of his performance, one stunned student can be heard to say: “What is happening?”, while another asks: “How does this relate to anything?”
Another bemused female undergraduate says, “Is this real life?”
The video of Professor Hughes' lesson at the university in New York was immediately uploaded onto the Bwog website, according to a New York Daily News report.
The video shows the Professor removing his clothes amid cheers, yells and laughter from a shocked student body. Those same students are left further confused as the Professor’s helpers bring out what appear to be two stuffed lambs.
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One teacher’s assistant then proceeds to impale one of the lambs against a backdrop of footage of a plane flying into the World Trade Center. Not coincidentally, Columbia University is located where two of the 9/11 hijacked planes flew into the Twin Towers almost 12 years ago, killing thousands of innocent Americans.
“So many questions...” says one student, as the images appearing on the screen flick between Adolf Hitler, bombs, and Osama Bin Laden, the al Qaeda leader who became a major target of the War on Terror launched in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
The video then goes on to show Professor Hughes pull out a microphone, which one girl in the student body initially mistakes for a handgun.
Addressing the class at the end of his display, the Professor said: “In order to learn quantum mechanics you have to strip to your raw, erase all the garbage from your brain, and start over again. Nothing you have learned in your life up to now is in any way going to help prepare you for this, because everything you do in your everyday life is totally opposite to what you're going to learn in quantum mechanics."
“I've been tasked with the impossible challenge of having to teach you quantum mechanics in one hour - what basically the most brilliant minds, Einstein and so on, couldn't figure out working on it their whole life. So that's actually a bit of a big goal for today,” said Professor Hughes, who then points out that all the students in attendance needed to pass quantum mechanics in order to gain their undergraduate degrees at Columbia.
“So it's probably worth looking into a little bit,” he casually added.
Columbia University nor Professor Hughes have publically responded to requests for comment.