Did you read the syllabus? Dr. Joseph A. Howley, a classics professor at Columbia University, suspected that most of his students didn't. So he hid a test in his syllabus. It instructed students to email him a picture of Alf, the alien character in the 80s sitcom ALF. The Daily Beast reports:
Like a lot of professors in 2015, Columbia professor Joseph Howley had a problem with students “class shopping.”
Some would sign up for his class only to see if it was easy, then bail after the first session if it wasn’t. But only Howley thought to counter this quiet menace with something that could stop it: a cat-eating space alien who was expelled from Earth to face his inevitable death in 1990.
The assistant classics professor stuck a command for his students to send him a picture of Alf—the ’80s sitcom star and alien from the planet Melmac—into the middle of his syllabus to see if anybody noticed.
So far, 8 of his 20 students have done so, emailing Dr. Howley with pictures of Alf. He tweeted:
My "are they reading the syllabus?" easter egg has yielded quantitatively dismal results but is still paying off. pic.twitter.com/OCTyV2Rtct— Joseph A. Howley (@hashtagoras) September 11, 2015
-via Ed Driscoll