A Handy Guide to the Snake Fight Portion of Your Thesis Defense

Your defense is tomorrow and you haven't prepared?! What were you thinking? Your entire career is riding on your performance!

Here, read Luke Burns's FAQ on the subject:

Q: Do I have to kill the snake?
A: University guidelines state that you have to “defeat” the snake. There are many ways to accomplish this. Lots of students choose to wrestle the snake. Some construct decoys and elaborate traps to confuse and then ensnare the snake. One student brought a flute and played a song to lull the snake to sleep. Then he threw the snake out a window.

Q: Does everyone fight the same snake?
A: No. You will fight one of the many snakes that are kept on campus by the facilities department.

Q: Are the snakes big?
A: We have lots of different snakes. The quality of your work determines which snake you will fight. The better your thesis is, the smaller the snake will be.

Let us not forget that Alex, the founder and owner of Neatorama, has not one but two doctoral degrees. And in the natural sciences at that. For his dissertation defense, he had to fight two snakes simultaneously. If you ever meet Alex, he'll gladly tell you about it. Here at the office, we've all heard the story. Many, many, many times.

Link -via Boing Boing | Photo: Patrick Feller

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