Monday, August 04

Bach To School

by John Osebold

Johann Sebastian Bach, arguably the greatest composer of all time, faces his greatest challenge: <record scratch> college life. His only hope of being popular is with the guidance of an initially-nerdy-then-suddenly-drop-dead-gorgeous website called Woot.com. Will he succeed on the road to popularity? Will Woot.com change his tune? Can money really buy happiness? The answer to the last one is yes.

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Friday, August 17

Back-To-School Wisdom For My Former Self: Day 5

by Sam Kemmis

Returning to school was always a stressful time for me, because I was a half-witted ball of neuroses. If I could go back and visit my former self, I would say: "Sam: Cool the f%$* out, buddy." In that spirit, I've written a series of letters to my former schoolboy self, providing heartfelt advice for the new year. The first series of letters can be found here, day two is here day 3 is here, and yesterday's is right here

Today's letters: Soft-Shelled Man (11th through 12th grade)

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Thursday, August 16

Back-To-School Wisdom For My Former Self: Day 4

by Sam Kemmis

Returning to school was always a stressful time for me, because I was a half-witted ball of neuroses. If I could go back and visit my former self, I would say: "Sam: Cool the f%$* out, buddy." In that spirit, I've written a series of letters to my former schoolboy self, providing heartfelt advice for the new year. The first series of letters can be found here, day two is here and yesterday's letters are right here

Today's letters: The Dork Ages (9th through 10th grade)

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Sean University: Drop Out The Right Way!

by Sean Adams


 
It’s back-to-school week here at Woot, and since The Sean Adams University of Business Management Development Leadership is the only school actually run from WITHIN the site, I figured I should put something together for it. Unfortunately, though, when they told me it was back-to-school week, what I heard was “it’s back-out-of-school week.” That’s why I’ve put together this, a comprehensive guide to dropping out of college THE RIGHT WAY!

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Wednesday, August 15

Back-To-School Wisdom For My Former Self: Day 3

by Sam Kemmis

Returning to school was always a stressful time for me, because I was a half-witted ball of neuroses. If I could go back and visit my former self, I would say: "Sam: Cool the f%$* out, buddy." In that spirit, I've written a series of letters to my former schoolboy self, providing heartfelt advice for the new year. The first series of letters can be found here, and yesterday's letters are right here

Today's letters: Gangly Warfare (6th through 8th grade)

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SHOCKING Little-Known Facts About America's TOP Universities!

by Jason Toon

  • In 1991, the Linguistics and Philosophy Department at M.I.T. was suspended for three years for NCAA recruiting violations.
  • Memorial Stadium at the University of Nebraska has more toilets than Guatemala.
  • Since 1872, every commencement address at Vanderbilt University has ended with the phrase "in my pants."
  • Gonzaga University was named for Bartholomew of Gonzaga, patron saint of soffit and fascia.
  • "Princeton University" was a hoax created by Woodrow Wilson to pad out his resume. When he feared that the press would uncover the secret, he hastily assembled an actual university.
  • At Johns Hopkins University, every January 31st is officially "Baby Talk Day".
  • In 1969, two University of Missouri students were arrested for streaking through the men's showers.
  • Columbia University was created as a front for laundering counterfeit-handbag profits.
  • After a tough loss in the 1985 Big Ten championship tournament, Indiana coach Bobby Knight ate most of two tires off of the Purdue team bus. 
  • Incoming freshmen at Arizona State University are required to take a course in safe vomiting.

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The Trivial Eye: School Movie Posters

by Jason Toon

School: crucible of learning, forge of character, backdrop to films both sublime and substandard. As us Woot bloggers think about school all week for our Dealgebra 101 event, we'd be remiss not to reflect on some of our most powerful formative experiences: the ones we watched other people having. Can you name these eight filmic adaptations of the educational experience, as depicted by their posters?

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Tuesday, August 14

Back-To-School Wisdom For My Former Self: Day 2

by Sam Kemmis

Returning to school was always a stressful time for me, because I was a half-witted ball of neuroses. If I could go back and visit my former self, I would say: "Sam: Cool the f%$* out, buddy." In that spirit, I've written a series of letters to my former schoolboy self, providing heartfelt advice for the new year. Yesterday's letters can be found right here

Today's letters: Almost Worthwhile (3rd through 5th grade)

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Dorm Room Space Saving Techniques: The Fridge

by Sean Adams

You’re excited! You’re finally going to college and getting away from your parents! Total freedom! You get to campus, get rid of mom and dad as quickly as possible, grab the keys to your dorm room, and now it’s to check out your new palace! Except it’s not a palace. It’s a closet. And you’re sharing it with someone. All of the sudden you’re missing your bedroom at home and dreading the next four years.

But hey, calm down! There are ways to make any dorm room, no matter how tiny it is, feel sprawling and luxurious! And the place to start is choosing the right fridge!

Now, you’re probably thinking, “Oh! I know what to do! Buy a MINI fridge!” But here’s the thing – a mini-fridge isn’t all that mini. Sure, it’s small in comparison to its traditional brethren, but in comparison to, say, a pile of twigs? It’s way bigger (unless you’re using a lot of twigs). That’s why you should consider some of these other options:

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