1. Akira MacKenzie says

    Ah yes! Many a burnt offering (i.e. overdone grilled cheese sandwiches) did I make up on the altar of Bullshiticus back when I was in college!

    Io! Io Dude!

  2. says

    Grading final exams is so much easier for math teachers than for English teachers. And math students can’t just BS their way through a solution. :)

  3. Callinectes says

    Bullshitting is an essential life skill. It may not be what you’re grading, but it’s worthy of partial credit.

  4. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    We had our imaginary Journal of Irreproducible Results to write our bullshit papers, providing our moments of comedic relief from the pressure of FINALS at The ‘Tute (IE MIT)

  5. malachiconstant says

    Ah, sometimes it’s good to be a high school AP science teacher. The last of my students are taking their AP test today so my year is basically over. I get to use the extra days to talk about why homeopathy is BS and the current state of space exploration!

  6. says

    Am I the only one who thought about sexism the moment I saw this image? My problem with this artwork are the poses. There’s a guy in the middle who sits on a throne in a dominant pose and looks almighty. Kneeling next to his legs are two women. I perceive this pose as immensely sexist.
    Here is the explanation of why this pose bothers me so much. It’s surprisingly common and I have seen it way too often.

  7. Rob Grigjanis says

    Andreas Avester @7: And if it was a woman called Bullshittica sitting on the futon, that wouldn’t be sexist?

  8. VolcanoMan says

    I think the point was that this pose IS extremely common in Classical artwork. It’s a parody of stuff that actually exists. It wouldn’t be a very good parody if it didn’t look like the thing it was parody…ing? That a word? Parodying? Looks wrong somehow. Anyway, so often you see Apollo or Poseidon or whatever attended by muses or naiads or nymphs or whatever. That’s what the artwork (often) looks like.

  9. ridana says

    At least they’re not clinging to his leg. Maybe they should be pouring out their vessels’ contents on his head?

    Heh, I have a lovely coffee mug with the handle being a statue of the winged goddess Caffeina, posing with her own tiny coffee cup (which makes a nice thumb-rest). On the underside is written:

    All hail to the goddess Caffeina!
    She hangs out by the coffee machina.
    We’re all on the run,
    But we get more work done
    Since Caffeina came onto the scene-a!

    No mere handmaiden is she!

  10. gijoel says

    To paraphrase Homer Simpson: Bulshitting is what separates us from animals. Except for bulls.

  11. magistramarla says

    On one of our trips home from a Junior Classical League convention, my Latin students were inspired by their Starbucks cups to invent a story about Caffeina. They were aided and abetted by my husband. They decided that she was one of the many daughters of Nereus, which explained her appearance. They came up with a number of myths about her. I think I have them in a file somewhere. Some of them were quite clever. She does seem to strike a chord with many coffee drinkers.