As the mangled saying goes and TIME Magazine proclaimed, the geek shall inherit the Earth ... but they have a little bit of trouble meeting women. So Neumont University, a computer-science only school, decided to help them along by requiring courses in interpersonal communications and even creating social clubs:
Cameron Murray, a leather jacket-wearing 20-year-old from Cleveland, estimates that the gender ratio is one woman in a billion (it's actually 1 in 20). What's more, he complains, the women at Neumont "are more like dudes with long hair," which hurts the dating scene.
Eager to flirt, he and eight other members of a student group known as the Gentlemen's Order moseyed down to a mall recently and split into teams to see who could get the most phone numbers from women. The eager Lotharios wandered from food court to department store and back again, spending an afternoon in search of potential dates.
The sum total of their efforts: a single number.
"We got shot down as hell -- it was horrible," Murray said.
Alana Semuels of the Los Angeles Times' Column One has the story, that for many of us, I'm sure, hit close to home. Too close. Link (Photo: Wally Skalij / LA Times)