Guru asks

Fraternity

What has Phi Beta Epsilon at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) added to their fraternity house?

A) Self-help books on how to pick up girls.

B) Vomit-proof carpet.

C) Special hangers to hold shirts with popped collars.

D) A high-tech customised beer pong table worth $1,200 (B37,600). Phi Beta Epsilon member and CEO of Outsmarting Technologies Christian Reed designed and built "The Formidable Beer Pong Table", which can withstand some of the more advanced techniques of the game such as slam-dunk plays. Special features of the table include a gutter system to collect runoff, a solid frame that can hold up to 215lbs (98kg), and dual automatic ball washers (instead of dipping beer pong balls into a cup of nasty water, as is common practice). For step-by-step instructions on how to build this table to make your next house party super awesome, visit www.instructables.com and search "How to make the best Beer Pong Table on campus".

SCHOOL

Why did the headmaster of the Calvary Christian School in Columbus, Georgia, decide to arbitrarily cancel school for a day?

A) Because Jesus told him to.

B) Because he needed a break from the students.

C) Because the janitors went on strike.

D) Because of gorgeous weather. Len McWilliams, head of the school, called off classes on a Friday earlier this month because "it was too beautiful a day to go to school". According to the Associated Press, McWilliams has had to cancel school because of bad weather for years, so he wanted to find one positive reason to give students and staff the day off before he retires at the end of the year. Man, if only our bosses could do the same when it's torrentially raining!

Well, they don’t have to be rude about it!

RECORD

What does Thailand have more of than any country in the world?

A) Traffic congestion.

B) Illogical plans.

C) Hookers.

D) Political dynasties. According to a report released last week by King Prajadhipok's Institute, the number of Thai MPs who had inherited political power from their families was higher than in any other country. In the most recent general election of July 2011, 42% of MPs elected were replacing family members, compared to 40% in Mexico, 37% in the Philippines and 33% in Japan. While this nepotism shouldn't be surprising to anyone who understands Thai politics, we just fear we're gonna see the name "Shinawatra" for a long, long time to come. G

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Writer: Sumati Sivasiamphai
Position: Guru Editor