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Professor Smashes PC Dipped in Liquid Nitrogen

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Aren't chemical elements fantastic teaching tools?

It kind of goes without saying that liquid nitrogen is a lot of fun. Anytime you hear the terms 'liquid nitrogen' and 'computer' in the same sentence, it usually evokes thoughts of LN2 cooling. Why wouldn't it? Well, what if that computer was actually a laptop? What would you do with your liquid nitrogen then?

One University of Oklahoma professor used his bucket of liquid nitrogen to make a point about bringing laptops to class. Students say (via Engadget) he has a strict policy about bringing notebooks to lectures because he considers them a distraction.

To prove how serious he was about the whole thing, he dipped a laptop in liquid nitrogen, assuring the class that it won't harm the computer. The professor then hurled the machine at the floor, smashing it into what we can only assume was a million little pieces.

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    kyzar , 22 February 2010 21:34
    And this is news because..?
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    swamprat , 22 February 2010 22:05
    kyzarAnd this is news because..?

    ..because it shows that in the US they call any Tom Dick or Harry a professor just because they teach or give lectures (correct if you're meaning to use the French for teacher I suppose) rather than having to be proper professors with a chair in something?
    (sorry just something that annoys me)
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    waxdart , 22 February 2010 22:43
    I've got a chair. I've got a few and some more in the shed. I'm a very professor?

    Pub o'clock soon!
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    donovands , 22 February 2010 22:55
    Well to be fair the liquid nitrogen did not damage the laptop. The sudden stop at the end of the fall did.
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    Ghaz , 23 February 2010 00:29
    What a dick. I'm glad none of my lecturers are like this :) 
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    mildiner86 , 23 February 2010 01:31
    Lol he was cool till he smashed it at the end and was then a total dick, laptops can be useful in classes depends how you like to work, and he has no right to tell a fee paying student how they can work as long as they get the work done.

    id have taken his jenes and burned them and said id expect all my lectures to be in smart work outfits
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    redkachina , 23 February 2010 01:34
    I thought he was going to run a C2D lappy @ 5.0Ghz with it LoL
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    delayedreaction , 23 February 2010 07:10
    Interesting experiment, but that last bit was unnecessary.
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    tinnerdxp , 23 February 2010 15:06
    Shame it wasn't a macbook....