The American University of Mediocrity is a college in the United States dedicated to admitting extremely talented scholars, artists, musicians, scientists and deep thinkers and teaching them to be bank tellers, tollbooth operators and constructioon workers. The college's mission is to help the unfortunate minority who have been blessed with intelligence achieve mediocrity and therefore be more readily accepted by their friends and neighbors.
Reasons to attend
The school seats 5,000 students, and over 45,000 students apply each year. It's frankly very depressing to be a person of gifted intelligence in the United States. You're different from all your peers, first of all. Anyone who knows complicated phrases such as "Antebellum economics," "Multi-dimensional physics" or "independant thought" has a very difficult time making friends. School president and mechanic Jim Stubbles elaborates: "There are a great number of people in this country who unfortunately suffer from intelligence. Some of them become poets, others become amateur philosophers, and still others devise cures for diseases and social injustices. But they all share one thing in common: they're all DIFFERENT. And being different is an awful, awful thing. They all know that. That's why I've created a school dedicated to teaching these people how to be normal. We start with easy classes like "misinterpreting shakespeare" and move on to more difficult ones like "despising art," "ignoring politics," "swearing regularly" and "hating all forms of education." It is with this extensive program that the American University of Mediocrity helps remarkably gifted scholars forget their intelligence and live normal lives.
The American University of Mediocrity has criticized middle and high schools as "too focused on education." A pamphlet for the school reads: "Small children are taught that they can accomplish anything that they want if they put their mind to it. We believe this is wrong. We think the truth is that people can become whatever they want AS LONG AS they work in an office job or a gas station. There are two types of people, those who accept their mediocrity and get dead-end jobs and then die, or those who strive for excellence before realizing that excellence isn't normal, and then getting dead-end jobs and dying." The school is devoted to helping the latter.
The curriculum is based around a set of core classes that all students must take, including Using a cash register, Swearing, Eating fast food, Ignoring all literature except Playboy and some comic strips, and The stapler: an introduction. Many students have difficulty at first, especially since some classes require the burning of classic literature such as the works of Shakespeare and Dickens. "I set a very rigorous syllabus," says one teacher, "Many students have a lot of trouble with burning the classic plays at the beginning of the year. But by the end of the year, if you hand them a classic Shakespeare play, they'll throw it away without second thought because it's too big for rolling paper."
John Kendle, a student at the University, was asked to write an essay about a trip to the beach before he started to study mediocrity. This was his essay:
"Today I drove down to the beach, and as I walked along the sand I allowed my thoughts to wander to the nature of humanity in this vast, confusing world. I turned around and watched the waves obliterate my footprints. It seemed an allegory for something much more vast. No matter what we accomplish in our lives, humans are ultimately tiny and insignificant, and all traces of our existence will eventually be wiped out by the endless flowing waters of time."
After four years of majoring in Ignorance (with a minor degree in Sexual Obsession), John was asked to write another essay about the beach. This was the result:
"Today I drove down to the beach, and I thought it would be a great place to fuck my girlfriend."
Clearly the university successfully drove all traces of intellectualism from Mr. Kendle, who said in his graduation speech: "God, back when I was smart, nobody ever talked to me. I was so ashamed of who I was. But now, I get invited to parties every other day--and I've been getting laid! Sometimes even by women under 40!" Kendle's is only one of hundreds of heartwarming tales of people who came to the university burdened by excessive intelligence and came away from the university as scholars in stupidity. "I used to be a nerd," says Jane Svenson, "I was interested in all kinds of taboo things--the world around me, the climate, history, science--but this school taught me what was really important. Football games, fast food restaurant, and paychecks. I used to be really unpopular. I'm still unpopular--probably because my boobs aren't big enough--but at least I'm the same as everyone else!"
At the end of their four years at the Mediocrity University, students are put through a rigorous Mundaneness Test. They are asked to chose between objects (for instance, a Big Mac or a telescope, a cardboard cutout of Mickey Mouse or a historical textbook). If they make the right choices, they are then asked a series of philosophical questions, including "In your opinion, do human beings have any purpose on this planet?" and "Can the existence of God ever really be proven or disproven--and does it matter?" If the students give responses that show too much intelligence, they fail the exam. However, if they respond with the correct answers (A response of "I don't give a shit, Deal or No Deal is on!" warrants a perfect score), they are given full credit and they graduate.
Beer college is a smaller college located near the university. Beer college has abandoned classes altogether and teaches solely about alchol consumption. Like the larger university, beer college has a strict moral code under which acts of honesty or kindness are strictly forbidden, and acts of violence against women take place every Saturday in the cafeteria as part of a school sport, competitive raping. In classes at beer college, students are taught about different brands of beer and how to open the cans. However, most students are actually penalized for attending class (they recieve credit for skipping).
When looking at a student's application, admissions officers at Beer College look for evidence that the student has been as uncommitted as possible in his or her high school days. "We prefer students who've had at least three DUI's," says one admissions officer, "And we are especially impressed by any student who has killed at least five people in drunk driving accidents."
Students are expected to devote all time to mediocrity--any textbook not devoted to traffic jams, fast food, or other class subjects is banned. Students caught with books on philosophy, painting, or calculus are immediately suspended. "I had one student who really, REALLY wanted to shed her genius and become a common sheep," says a professor in Housewife 101, "But she kept doing calculus equations in class when she should have been practicing her sweeping technique, which was poor at best. She wasn't showing the commitment necessary to become a stereotypical housewife. She was still showing signs of abnormal intelligence, which is unnacceptible. We suspended her. She vandalized the school before she left--she wrote the pythagorean theorem on a wall of my office."
Students who graduate recieve a gift certificate to Burger King, a stick of chewing gum, and a bottle of suicide pills.