How to get a bachelor's degree in advanced silliness

01 February 2018 - 16:05
Ace Magashule, inspiration for the course Political Physics, an advanced degree in which students discover how objects can alter their anatomical makeup simply by saying they have.
Ace Magashule, inspiration for the course Political Physics, an advanced degree in which students discover how objects can alter their anatomical makeup simply by saying they have.
Image: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

Do you want to fascinate and horrify people by making the sound of an angry dolphin crossed with a teenage boy whose voice is breaking? Do you want a university degree? Well, why not combine both these goals by enrolling for a degree in yodelling at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art?

According to the BBC, the Swiss university is now offering a three-year bachelor’s degree and two-year master’s, during which time you will learn the secrets of catastrophically loud throat-wobbling. (There is no word yet on whether it will also offer a degree in avoiding master’s-level yodellers, perhaps something along the lines of Defence Against The Dark Vocal Arts, but give it time.)

At first glance it seems a profoundly silly use of time and money, but this is unfair. Yodelling is a proud Swiss custom, and studying it more closely will undoubtedly help the Swiss understand themselves a little better.

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