On Wednesday nights, I have class from 6:40 to 9:20. It's rough. We're in the computer lab, so no food or drinks allowed - that's right, no caffeine in a night class on research methodology (which is actually pretty interesting, but would be a lot easier to follow at, say, 4pm). And anyone who has been around me after a long day knows that caffeine is the only thing that enables me to keep the verbal filter firmly attached.
By 8:30, I was mentally switching between trying to paying attention and daydreaming about pie (which the professor had mentioned about five minutes earlier, so that's on him) when I refocused on his discussion of the difference between experimental and quasi-experimental research design.
Prof: Some people will tell you that it's either experimental, or nothing. There's no such thing as quasi-experimental research. It's like, you can't be alive and dead at the same time.
Me, out of nowhere: What about Schrödinger's Cat?
Classmates: Silence/confused stares.
Me, trying to recover/provide context: I mean, uh, all I know about Schrödinger's Cat is from the Big Bang Theory, so, ha...
Classmates: Continued silence/confused stares/apparently people in Portland don't watch the Big Bang Theory because this is not the first time this has happened to me.
Prof: Well, actually, I once had a student in a seminar give a whole presentation about leadership and Schrödinger's cat (continues anecdote…).
Classmates: More silence.
And THAT is why they should allow us to drink coffee in the computer labs.