There exists a field of study at universities called Leisure Science. Now, don’t get me wrong. All knowledge has intrinsic value. Knowing more about anything, no matter how mundane or trivial, is good. Having said that, give me a frickin’ break. Leisure science? (I see that it is sometimes called “leisure studies.” I guess that’s for students who don’t like math.) I haven’t taken a moment to look at this in detail, mainly because I might find that it is a legitimate field of study and that would make it less humorous.
This answers a number of questions I was wondering about. Ten of them, to be exact.
Top Ten questions about leisure science
10. When will we know that it won’t be long before “web surfing” becomes a college major?
9. How do you take a break when you are studying leisure science?
8. What do pro athletes major in when they are at college?
7. How can a student get financial aid to pay for a Nerf Super Soaker?
6. Can I get paid to figure out why people like to have fun rather than work hard?
5. Is there a way to take something fun and relaxing and graph it?
4. If laboratory scientists wear a lab coat, do leisure scientists wear a leisure suit?
3. Do we need any more evidence that there is a higher education bubble?
2. Would it be bad if you said that leisure science doesn't attract serious students?
1. How embarrassing is it when somebody asks, “Oh, you’re a scientist. Do you work at NASA?” and you respond, “No, Six Flags.”