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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
A University Catechism
College Humor
 
Compiled for Sub-Freshmen and Members of the Professional Schools

From “The Harvard Lampoon”

Q.  WHAT is a university?
  1
  A.  I do not know.  2
  Q.  You are quite right. Who does know?  3
  A.  Nobody in America, though some people think they do.  4
  Q.  What are the objects of a university?  5
  A.  To unfit people for practical life.  6
  Q.  To whom do you refer by “people”?  7
  A.  I refer to the teachers and students alike.  8
  Q.  And what are the effects of a university?  9
  A.  To unfit the same people for life here or hereafter. This, however, is of little importance, as a university teaches that there is no life hereafter.  10
  Q.  Then a university effects more than is intended?  11
  A.  Much.  12
  Q.  What is necessary to make a university?  13
  A.  Money.  14
  Q.  Anything else?  15
  A.  Yes; a mixture of assurances and self-con——  16
  (The rest of the catechism has been, for some unexplained reason, suppressed by the faculty.)  17
 
 
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