...AND HOW ABOUT A DOCTORATE IN SLEEPING?
It seems that education in the UK is not quite as hard as it used to be. Apparently students can get certified not only in mathematics, physic, biochemistry, and English literature, but also receive an award for catching a bus.
The Youth Support Services in Bury, England, offer a course called Using Public Transport (Unit 1), which tests an individual's ability to (a) walk to the local bus stop, (b) stand or sit at a bus stop, (c) wait for the arrival of a public bus, (d) sit on the bus and (e) observe through the windows. A comprehensive education indeed.
According to a recent article in the UK's Daily Telegraph, Bobby McHale was one of 920 pupils on the council-run Bury and Rochdale Activity Generation outdoor activities scheme who managed to become proficient in catching a bus. Presumably unsuccessful candidates are those who do such things as (a) walk under a bus, (b) wait, but fail to get on, (c) hang upside down from the hand bars rather than use a chair, or (d) fail to get off a bus and who are presumably found dead once the smell causes passengers to complain.
Which is less funny when you realize that Bobby's 13-year-old brother, Joe, failed to get the qualification. Presumably he doesn't got around much.
In an effort to justify the certification, Youth Support Services Manager, Barbara Lewis, said: "This certificate isn't just about getting on the bus, it's about time management, working out bus routes and for some people, traveling alone for the first time."
I suppose after managing to use a train you can get a Masters degree, and taking a flight gets you your Doctorate. And having caught a train to an airport and then successfully flown on two flights, I'm expecting my full Professorship to be arriving in the mail very soon.