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just for kicks - Nov 11, 2004 at 10:42AM
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I was thinking how awful the GRE's sound (I never had to take the physics test, myself) - thought it might be fun for folks to come up with some alternatives.  Nothing formal, but if I see any I totally dig  , I *might* send you a ComPADRE T-shirt.  

Go Read Everything!


Dodge this.

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Re: just for kicks - Nov 11 2004 3:35PM
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I assume that you meant we were to come up with something worse than taking the GRE?  Here's my story.

When I was about 17, I drove a 1967 VW bug.  I was at a friend's hous late one night, when a drunk driver plowed into it, destroying the left rear fender.  One of the nice things about VW bugs was that they were easy to work on, so I went and found a replacement fender and proceeded to remove the damaged fender and install the new one.  The fender is held on by a series of bolts that go through tabs in the fender on the underside.  While tightening a bolt on the new fender, the wrench slipped, and I jammed the knuckle of the ring finger of my right hand into one of the aforementioned tabs.  I laid back a rather sizable flap of skin, as well as damaging some of the joint cartilage.  This of course necessitated a trip to the emergency room, where they taped up the cut and put my figner in a splint.  You might think this is bad, but it actually gets worse.

     The day after this incident, I was going to the beach with family and friends.  One of our favorite pastimes at the beach was body surfing, and the question arose as to whether it was prudent to body surf with an open wound on my finger.  I don't know how many of you are aware that seawater is one of the most UNsanitary substances on the face of the planet.  It's full of microbes, germs, fish feces, etc.  Anyway, being a reckless 17 year old, I bought a couple of condoms, and put them over my finger while I body surfed.  Had a fun day.

     Early the next morning, I awoke with a severe throbbing in my finger.  It was swollen around the tape the doctor had placed on it.  So swollen in fact that I couldn't cut the tape off to relieve the pressure.  This of course necessitated a second  trip to the emergency room where the doctors had to pry open the healing cut to drain the infection that had been caused by the exposure to seawater.  I still have a scar and a slight deformation of that knuckle.

    I think the scars from taking the physics GRE might be deeper, though ;).

Dave


Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value -- Albert Einstein


Re: Re: just for kicks - Nov 11 2004 3:39PM
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I was actually thinking about alternative acronyms ...   good story, though!

:)


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Re: just for kicks - Nov 12 2004 10:55AM
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GPA...I hate that I'm connected to that little bitty number forever


-al


further clarification... - Nov 12 2004 11:17AM
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Okay.  Teach me to post quickly without thinking about it.

I was aiming at alternative acronym explanations for GRE... i.e. Greatly Reddened Eyes, Go Read Everything.... yeh?

:D


Dodge this.


Re: further clarification... - Nov 12 2004 1:06PM
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How about Getting Really Excited!!!! (Is there a sarcastic prize?)


The funniest part about this message is that by the time you realize that it doesn't say anything, it's too late for you to stop reading it.


Re: further clarification... - Nov 12 2004 2:06PM
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oooooooooh, now i get it!

How about:

Getting Relativistically Exasperated
Gotta Really Exert
General Review Extraction

ok enough distraction...back to studying


-al


Re: just for kicks - Nov 14 2004 4:50PM
Sanjay Arora
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They should do away with the GREs and look at the research the student has done.



Re: Re: just for kicks - Nov 15 2004 12:45AM
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What if you haven't done any...some undergrads(like me) can't do research they want in the department.


-al


Re: Re: Re: just for kicks - Jun 20 2005 2:32PM
Rebecca
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well then i guess you won't be going to graduate school



Re: just for kicks - Nov 19 2004 1:29AM
Asma
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Here's a few that I think describe GREs pretty well:

Gruesomely Raw Experience

Getting Ridiculous Equations

Getting Refraction Errors


;)



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Re: Re: just for kicks - Jan 22 2005 8:19PM
atomcorrall
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GOD REWARDS ENGINEERS



Re: just for kicks - May 24 2005 3:43AM
wintercarver
san francisco
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well, i have to take the general GRE in a matter of weeks  
and the physics GRE this coming november, so my innovative suggestion is to just not have the GREs :)

i often think to myself, someone who has always done well in class but done poorly on bubble tests and the like that if only there were a way to measure one's genuine interest or passion i would get a leg up on my relatively mellow classmates that are bubble-test-savy. the GRE is a computer adaptive test nowadays, at least the general one is, so why not hook up a polygraph-like passionate-o-meter. it's my opinion that a 3.0 GPA student that is absolutely in love with the subject will do better than an uninspired unhappy 4.0.  so there ya go, i suggest the passionate-o-meter.

-wc



Re: Re: just for kicks - May 24 2005 3:47AM
wintercarver
san francisco
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and now that i've actually _read_ other posts i realize i completely missed the point too, acronyms huh?
woops :)



Re: Re: just for kicks - May 25 2005 8:10AM
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Here Here!

I took the general GRE yesterday actually (finally!)  Here's to my cumulative 1070!  I hate verbal!


-al


Re: just for kicks - Dec 21 2005 12:28PM
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God's Really Evil



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