Sex School (The Austrian International School of Sex, Austria)
If you felt that Sex Ed classes in school were rather inadequate, we have some good news for you. There is now a school that provides courses related exclusively to sexual education, and includes practical instructions as well. The Austrian International School of Sex (AISOS) will soon be open to students near Vienna. The opening was announced by the headmistress of the school, Ylva Maria Thompson. The vision of the school, according to Thompson, is to teach people how to be better lovers. She goes on to say that people spend time and money on training their mind, muscles, and fitness, but do not spend enough effort on developing their love-making skills. This is precisely what the sex school hopes to address.
Curious to know more? Well, all we know for now is that the school plans to provide theoretical and practical training. Courses such as the history of sex and modern sexual theory will be taught. A major chunk of the course, however, will be ‘hands-on'. An entire semester at the school consists of five full-term and three special intensive courses. The cost for a semester is €1,400 which is roughly $1,850. According to the school's website, classes will take place at an 18th century mansion, which is about a half-hour drive from Vienna. The mansion has been redecorated to suit the needs of the school and is equipped with high-tech teaching rooms.
I couldn't find any information on what title you could get after finishing the course, but I think that nailing a husband would be guaranteed.
Note: our readers pointed out that this school turned out to be a hoax. It was made up by a facebook group called The BirdBase. The incident caused some furor in German and Austrian newspapers.
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Wizard School (Grey School of Wizardry, California)
He is the real-life wizard headmaster giving Harry Potter's Dumbledore a run for his money. Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, 68, has dedicated his life to studying the Dark Arts – even doing the shopping in his wizard costume and wand. Now the magic master has opened the world's only registered wizard academy, the Grey School of Wizardry, as he prepares to make Hogwarts and the world of Harry Potter a reality. Today, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart's Grey School of Wizardry is the first wizard school to be officially recognized as an academic establishment. Like Hogwarts, the Grey School teaches 16 departments, including Alchemy, Beastmastery, Horse-whispering, wand-making and spell casting. Pupils who attend s unique ‘conclave' magic schools are split into four ancient houses – Winds, Undines, Gnomes and Salamanders, and like Potter, students study a defense against the deadly Dark Arts.
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Medical Marijuana Growing (Med Grow Cannabis College, Michigan)
At most colleges, marijuana is very much an extracurricular matter. But at Med Grow Cannabis College, marijuana is the curriculum: the history, the horticulture and the legal how-to's of Michigan's new medical marijuana program.
“This state needs jobs, and we think medical marijuana can stimulate the state economy with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars,” said Nick Tennant, the 24-year-old founder of the college, which is actually a burgeoning business (no baccalaureates here) operating from a few bare-bones rooms in a Detroit suburb. The six-week, $485 primer on medical marijuana is a cross between an agricultural extension class covering the growing cycle, nutrients and light requirements (“It's harvest time when half the trichomes have turned amber and half are white”) and a gathering of serious potheads, sharing stories of their best highs (“Smoke that and you are … medicated!”).
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The Beatles, Popular Music and Society (Liverpool University, England)
It may be 2011, but Beatlemania is alive and well in the most unlikely and likely of places: academia and Liverpool. Oakvillian Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy, a former Miss Canada finalist, is the first graduate of Liverpool University's master's degree program entitled The Beatles, Popular Music and Society. The program has 12 full-time students and aims to analyze the Fab Four's impact on Western culture by determining the “significance of the music of the Beatles in the construction of identities, audiences, ethnicities and industries, and localities.”
Bagpipe Major (Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania)
It's not unusual for young boys to be spellbound by pirates. But when Nick Hudson would watch the movie version of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Kidnapped" as a child, it wasn't for the sword play or the adventure on the high seas. Rather, he was completely captivated by a bagpipe duel. More than a decade later, Mr. Hudson is a senior at Carnegie Mellon University -- and the nation's only graduating bagpipe major.
In 1990, the school instituted the world's first bagpipe degree, a major -- complete with a designated need-based scholarship -- focusing on both studio performance and the history and culture behind bagpiping. Mr. Hudson is just the third bagpipe major to graduate from Carnegie Mellon since the establishment of the program, though there are two other majors now enrolled behind him.
Sullivan University offers an online degree in what they believe is a growing concern: nannying. The school is producing Professional Nanny Graduates who they believe are skilled, educated and “ready to join your team as an in-home childcare provider.” Nannying can be a high-paying job if you manage to find a stable position with a good family. Having a degree in Professional Nannying will give you a leg up on the competition, but crossing over into another profession with this degree won't be easy.
Packaging (University of Wisconsin-Stout)
Students who enroll in one of the nation's few undergraduate packaging programs don't spend four years learning to think outside the box. They learn to think about the box. A degree in packaging teaches students how to create the most economically, aesthetically, environmentally and technically sound packages for the good we use on a daily basis.
According to the University of Wisconsin-Stout, graduates of its packaging program go on to work for companies like Snap-on Tools, Frito-Lay, Kohler and FedEx.
In a survey on 2009 graduates of the UWS program, in the months following graduation, 95 percent of packaging graduates were employed, 90 percent in a field related to their major.
Poultry Science (Auburn University, Alabama)
This major is pretty self-explanatory. Students studying poultry science will learn how to raise and manage healthy chickens, turkeys, and ducks for the purpose of producing eggs or meat. Students use principles of chemistry and biology within this niche field of study.
Meat Cutting (Eastern Oklahoma State College)
Yeah, you read it correctly. What, you didn't think that butchers went to school for their craft? If you have a passion for cutting up meat, then you can follow your dreams all the way to Eastern Oklahoma State College or Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi. Making it through college can be difficult. You just have to find a way to stay focused and cut through the tough parts.
Turfgrass Management (Michigan State University)
Michigan State University is one of a handful of schools in the country that offers a turfgrass specialization.Under its College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, students in the MSU program learn to maintain golf-courses green, athletic fields and parks by taking classes like "Weed Science" and "Pest Management Strategies for Turfgrass."Graduates of the program have nabbed some pretty notable jobs, too. According to Jill Cords, a career consultant with the college, two alumni actually faced off at last year's World Series. One alumnus was a groundskeeper for the Texas Rangers, and another was working for the San Francisco Giants.