Niche careers can be a good move if chosen carefully. Anyone who commits to a BSc program like the Leather Technology (Hons) from the UK’s Northampton University had better be sure the industry has a future.
Sometimes you meet people who can recite the entire family tree of rock: which bands spawned which other bands, which members left and formed their own bands, where they came from, who produced them, the names of all their albums in chronological order, what was on the B side of all of their hits, and what their pets were called.
Before science really got going, curious minds tried to convert substances into other substances by trial and error and a whole lot of wishful thinking. Attempts were made to create an elixir of immortality (science is still working on that), a panacea that would cure any disease, and the well-known turning-lead-into gold conundrum. An associated philosophy grew up around these practices: alchemy. An alchemist’s lab looked similar to a chemistry lab, and he would boil and burn and crush and mix things as chemists do, but nobody knew about atoms yet so it was all a bit hit-and-miss.
Yes, that’s a thing and there’s a course for it. There are three grades of Pokémon Professor: Basic Rank Professor, Stage 1 Rank Professor, and Stage 2 Rank Professor. The courses are delivered via Pokemon.com.
In 1984 an American Biologist and ‘father of sociobiology’ Edward O. Wilson published a work Called Biophilia in which he laid out his reasoning for why animals can make humans feel good. His theory goes that our fondness for and attachment to animals stems from the possibility that early human survival was dependent on signals and warnings they gave out. The biophilia hypothesis suggests that when we see animals in a restful or peaceful state, this elicits feelings of safety and wellbeing in us because they aren’t warning us about anything.
A college course about ice cream? Is this yet another frivolous course that exists only in order to acquire college credits? A professor who has lost their grip on reality a little? No, this is a 119-year-old course whose alumni read like a who’s who of the ice cream industry: Ben and Jerry’s, Baskin-Robbins, Haagen-Dazs, Hershey, Nestlé, Dairy Queen and most other well-known ice cream manufacturers. Apart from the big boys, mom and pop operations can also attend the course to learn the secrets of ice cream making.