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The Daily Fail strikes again. [20100407|13:23]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I normally wouldn't read articles written in the Daily Mail, but the Imperial College Twitter feed tricked me into it today, and so I was given the opportunity to become infuriated by this article:

Why so many University Challenge champions fail to win at life

The premise is that most UC winners, because they haven't gone on to become famous, whether as television personalities or eminent professors or both (Hi, Professor Brian Cox!), have ended up being "mediocre". The examples of mediocrity include opting to teach maths, become a software engineer or computer analyst, or, horror of horrors, choosing an academic research career that doesn't result in winning a Nobel prize.

I'll tell you why I think those University Challenge contestants have won at life: They don't write for the Daily fecking Mail.

Bonus: The Daily Mail song by Dan & Dan
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[User Picture]From: recycledfaery
2010-04-07 12:43 (UTC)
Your post made me giggle and that article pissed me off.

What is success anyway? A million bucks in the bank? Ten million? A veggie patch in your back garden? Feeling content and happy with where you are in your life?

I don't know what success is, but it is NOT the Daily Mail's definition. Actually I think the Daily Mail would call someone successful if a person appeared on what is that show? Celebrity Island or I'm a celebrity get me out of here... Don't you think? *winks*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-14 20:42 (UTC)
I don't even think it takes that much. Getting papped in a photo standing Peter Andre holding a poster saying "I ♥ Jordan" would probably be enough.
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From: jerrycoat
2010-04-07 21:26 (UTC)
Yeah seriously, heaven forbid people pursue knowledge
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-14 20:37 (UTC)
Absolutely. It can't possibly be as fulfilling as fame.
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[User Picture]From: senusert
2010-04-08 13:27 (UTC)
Dear me, it seems all my worst fears have come true. Pity it doesn't feel like that - I'm quite content with my job, education and future prospects.

I think the Daily Mail should have to print "This is a fictionalised account of the news and any resemblance to the truth is entirely coincidental" on the front of the paper.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-14 20:37 (UTC)
Sadly, I think the only people who would (a) understand that and (b) laugh are those who aren't Daily Mail readers.
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