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21 Weird College Majors We Wish We Would Have Known About While Still In School

When I was in college, we all made fun of the people that came to school just to end up taking easy classes. There was classes on baking arts and physical education. It’s only now, ten years since I graduated, that I realize some of those people may have had it right since the beginning. Although there’s a lot of weird college classes out there, there’s good news for those of us who love that kind of thing: Weird college majors!

If you’re in college now or are reminiscing about your school days, this list is for you. From a major that deals with the science and technology of surfing (yes, really) to a Ph.D in Decision Sciences (yes, as in, the science of making a good decision), here are the 21 weird college majors… that we kind of sort of seriously wish we would have known about while we were still in school. Although I’m ultimately happy with where I ended up, it’s nice to know that there are many more options out there. Plus, if I ever wanted to go back to school, a Master’s in Packaging is always an option.

1. Bagpiping

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If you head over to Carnegie Mellon University, you can take up bagpiping. This is “a program of study where a person can get a complete grounding in music as well as specific instruction on the instrument.” Pretty neat, huh? Though you probably have to REALLY love bagpipes to do this. 

2. Family Enterprise

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Head over to Stetson University of a major that is all about teaching you about “self-awareness, family systems, utilizing family involvement as a strategic advantage and how to consult with family enterprises.” Basically, if you want to run a family business or work with a family business, then this is the thing to study. 

3. Citrus

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If you’ve ever fall in love with an orange or started every single morning by eating half a grapefruit, then perhaps a Citrus degree at Florida Southern College is the one for you. You will learn about “planting, irrigating, weed management, pruning, fertilizers, pest identification and management, and other aspects of tree management working with our on-campus collection of many varieties of citrus trees.”

4. Cannabis Cultivation

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It really shouldn’t be shocking that a university in California would allow their students to get a degree in cannabis, as you can if you go to Oaksterdam University. Considering the legal and thriving industry of medical marijuana and now recreational use in The Golden State, this actually kind of makes sense. You’d take classes in history, politics, and legalities of the herb. 

5. Theme Park Engineering

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If you’re a fan of theme parks, then you can actually get a specialized degree in Theme Park Engineering at California State University. This will include training in civil and mechanical engineering but especially electrical engineering, with topics covered such as electrical power as well as electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic control. 

6. Decision Sciences

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If you want to seem like a total smarty pants, then head on over to Indiana University for their Ph.D in Decision Sciences. This is actually serious business, where you will study a range of quantitative methods in order to make great business decisions. As a grad with this degree, you will have the skills to apply research, data, and analysis to solve problems in many different disciplines. 

7. Adventure Education

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Do you love the Great Outdoors? Well, then head over to Plymouth State University for their degree that teaches you how to “expose children, adults and at-risk populations to challenging adventures, personal growth and self-discovery.” You’ll learn everything from rock climbing fundamentals to whitewater kayaking and more. 

8. Farrier Science

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There’s degrees in knowing everything you can about horses out there, but this is even MORE specialized. At Masalands Community College, you will learn the art of horseshoeing. Yes, that’s right, horseshoeing. You will learn things such as blacksmithing, hors hoeing theory, and even equine anatomy and physiology. That’s pretty impressive if you’re, you know, a really huge fan of horseshoeing.

9. Poultry Science

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If you’ve always wanted to learn everything you can about chickens, then here you go. Texas A&M University offers a degree in the science of poultry, where you will get to study, research, and service a potentially important career in this agricultural commodity. You can study everything from biology, chemistry, and zoology, along with public speaking and even technical writing. 

10. Floral Management

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Mississippi State University is all about the pretty flowers… or, as they like to put it, floral management. This is a really interesting degree where you will learn things such as floral design, interior panting design, and more. Courses involve “sourcing, purchasing, distributing, marketing, designing with, and selling floricultural products.” So you want to be a florist or deal in flowers? Here you go!

11. Turfgrass Science

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At Penn State University, you can get a Bachelor of Science degree studying turfgrass… which is, if you didn’t know, the grass that you can likely find at the local country club. It’s actually a lot more complicated than that, though, and you will be able to have a career in professional lawn care, sod production, and athletic field maintenance. The courses are actually pretty serious in science, though, so this isn’t just some easy degree.

12. Bassoon

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Just as you can have a degree in bagpiping, you can also get a bachelor’s degree in the bassoon. For those that don’t know, the bassoon is a 19th century woodwind instrument that mimics that sound of a male baritone. If you head over to the University of Arizona, you can get your degree in instrumental studies with this instrument as your musical weapon of choice. Wow!

13. Fermentation Sciences

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You can get a degree in Fermentation Sciences at Appalachian State University, and study the engineering and systems design behind wine and brewing in order to “understanding the social and cultural implications of food and beverage production.” There’s a lot of classes that focus on biology and chemistry, as well as the business, marketing, and entrepreneurial principles of fermentation. Definitely a fun degree to drink to!

14. Race Track Industry

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This degree at the University of Arizona is one those who love horses and horse race tracks. That’s right, with this baby, you can learn to either follow the business track and learn all about race track management, regulation, and “pari-mutuel racing organizations” or you can follow the more biology-focused path and study racing and breeding animals. Either way, get ready for a lot of horse… stuff.

15. EcoGastronomy

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If you’ve ever wondered how food gets from the farm to your plate, then you might want to consider a degree in EcoGastronomy at the University of New Hampshire. There is a serious study towards sustainability where students get to study food at a number of steps as it goes from the farms to our plates, such as the ecological impact of what we eat. 

16. Packaging

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Do you love boxes and packing and organizing? Well, then perhaps you should head to Michigan State University for a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science or even Ph.D program in packaging at their School of Packaging. This sounds almost silly, but it’s basically exactly what you imagined: Student here study all sorts of packaging because they are passionate about improving the functionality and environmental impact of… yes, packaging. 

17. Auctioneering

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Did you ever pretend to be one for those people at the auction who calls out names and paddle numbers and gets people to bid? You know the ones: They talk a mile a minute and sound oh-so-funny as they scream out “Sold!”. Thankfully, if you want to take your amateur status professional, you can actually head to the Harrisburg Area Community College to study auctioneering in order to learn the “auctioneer’s chant” and learn how to obtain and appraise items, as well as run an actual auction from start to finish.

18. Mortuary Science

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If you want a recession-proof degree, then you might want to consider going back to school to Lincoln College of New England, where you can earn a degree in mortuary science. This is where you, as a student, will learn all about the funeral services field. Sure, it sounds a bit morbid, but you will never want for a job… sadly.

19. Bowling Industry Management and Technology

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Do you love bowling? No, I mean, do you LOVE bowling? Well, lucky for you, Vincennes University offers a degree in Bowling Industry Management and Technology. That’s right, you can turn your favorite hobby into a real career as you study “overall learning and preparation for employment” in the bowling industry at this school. Some of the classes you might take include lane and pinsetter paintemant, pro shop operations and instruction, and so much more.

20. Puppet Arts

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Who doesn’t love puppets? I mean, okay, some of us find them a bit creepy… But if you love puppets, then you’re in luck. The University of Connecticut allows you to study puppetry or the art of the puppet. Meaning, you’ll be a student in charge of learning how to create, build, and manage puppets as well as learn all about puppet shows. This is definitely a really interesting degree, and one that can include work in the theater, in film or TV, at a school, or even museum programs.

21. Surf Science and Technology

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You can get a lot of cool and interesting degrees if you head over to the U.K. (such as a Master’s degree in The Beatles at Liverpool Hope University), but the most useful one might just be a two-year course that is offered at Plymouth University. This schooling includes surf practice, culture, and coastal environmental classes. You’ll learn so much about the art of surfing, as well as the science and technology behind it. And what you do with it afterwards, whether for personal pleasure or for business, is totally up to you.

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A Latina UFC Fighter Took Out A Man Who Tried To Mug Her And This Is Why Parents Should Sign Their Daughters Up For Self-Defense Classes

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A Latina UFC Fighter Took Out A Man Who Tried To Mug Her And This Is Why Parents Should Sign Their Daughters Up For Self-Defense Classes

What happens when you try to rob a woman who just happens to be one of the best UFC Fighters in Brazil? Well, you get your behind quite swiftly kick, as a man in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just found out after attempting to rob Polyana Viana. According to Buzzfeed, the 26-year-old mixed martial artist had quite the eventful night last Saturday.

Viana was waiting for an Uber on Saturday night, just outside of her apartment in Rio, when a man approached her. Soon enough, she realized that he wanted to rob her. Well, she wasn’t having it.

Speaking with MMA Junkie, Viana recounted what happened when the man approached her around 8 p.m. in Jacarepagua, a neighborhood in the West Zone of Rio:

“When he saw I saw him, he sat next to me,” Viana told MMA Junkie. “He asked me the time, I said it, and I saw he wasn’t going to leave. So I already moved to put my cell phone in my waist. And then he said, ‘Give me the phone. Don’t try to react, because I’m armed.’ Then he put his hand over (a gun), but I realized it was too soft.

“He was really close to me,” she continued. “So I thought, ‘If it’s a gun, he won’t have time to draw it.’ So I stood up. I threw two punches and a kick. He fell, then I caught him in a rear-naked choke. Then I sat him down in the same place we were before and said, ‘Now we’ll wait for the police.'”

Clearly, the man did not know about her impressive 10-2 record or what a badass she is in the ring.

In an even more surprising turn of events, Viana later found out that the man didn’t even have a gun at all. Instead, it was a cardboard cutout in the shape of a handgun. At the time, Viana suspected it wasn’t a real gun but thought it may have been a toy weapon or a knife. After the man was subdued, Viana asked for help from strangers walking by to call the police. According to MMA Junkie, Viana said that she kept the man’s arm immobilized until the police came and took the man to an emergency care facility in order to treat his sounds. Eventually, they took him to a police station, where she was able to file a report. While there, she learned that he had only recently been released after having been arrested before.

Well, he might think twice about approaching any women who are alone on the street for fear that they fight back with the same power and ferocity that Viana demonstrated.

Unsurprisingly, her story has now spread (thanks to UFC President Dana White) and women are celebrating Viana’s victory over her assailant.

It’s pretty fair to describe this whole thing as a “bad idea” for sure. Although the robber likely didn’t know that Viana is a UFC fighter, he should have been clued in by the shirt she was wearing.

That’s right, Viana was even wearing a “UFC” shirt when he tried to rob her.

Here’s something that we should all probably learn, in addition to just never attacking anyone ever, definitely don’t attack anyone wearing a UCF shirt. You never know when that person will turn out to be exactly the wrong person to attack. Of course, if we could simply teach men to not rob or attack women, that would be even better. In the meantime, we could all learn a lesson from Viana and perhaps sign ourselves up for MMA classes.

In fact, one mom is already celebrating Viana’s victory by reminding us all that this is precisely why she takes her daughter to MMA classes.

This is definitely enough to make any mother proud and enough for any woman to decide to take self-defense classes herself. Sure, Viana is a professional fighter… But we can all stand to learn a thing or two from her, can’t we? Learning to defend oneself, as she has, can definitely come in handy.

Of course, Twitter users agree that this man deserved every punch and kick that Viana gave him.

There’s no question that Viana is Twitter’s (and our) new hero after the way she stood up to this would-be robber. We’re also betting that he is very, very sorry for approaching her in the first place. In the meantime, though, it’s probably time to subscribe to Viana’s YouTube Channel to learn a move or two for ourselves.


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12 Extraordinary Luchadoras That Prove Mujeres Are Strong As Hell

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12 Extraordinary Luchadoras That Prove Mujeres Are Strong As Hell

Machismo in the Latinidad can make many spaces difficult for women to break in. However, the boy’s club has never stopped Latinas from making their mark and owning just how amazing women can be. A prime example of this is the Luchadoras who excel in the male-dominated world of Mexican wrestling. Lucha Libre was started all the way back in 1863 by Enrique Ugartechea, the first Luchador.

Ugartchea developed Mexican wrestling based on the wrestling of the Greco-Romans. The high flying maneuvers and theatrical drama was an instant hit with sport fans. The sport spread from the regions of Mexico up to the United States during the 1930s and 1940s. At first, Lucha Libre was only a guys sport but women eventually began making room for themselves in the macho sport. Today, Luchadoras wrestle in every major league and even have their own. In 2000, Lucha Libre Femenil, an all-female promotion company, was established.

Now, there is no shortage of extraordinary Luchadoras to entertain and inspire us. Here are some of the most boss mujeres in the business:

1. Mystique

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Mystique became interested in the world of Luche Libre because her boyfriend was a big fan. After showing her videos of wrestling matches, the Mexicana decided she wanted to train and begin wrestling. She took inspiration from X-Men character Mystique for her name but her persona is straight out of Japan. Dressed like a masked ninja luchadora, Mystique has fans all over the world, especially in Mexico and Japan.

2. Vulcana

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Wrestling out of California, this Luchadora is a newcomer who made her debut in August 2018 with the Empire Wrestling Federation. Vulcana takes her name from famous strong woman Miriam Kate Williams. Active in the late 1800’s through early 1900’s Williams’ stage name was also Vulcana. Vulcana is all about showing the strength of women. By using her own power, her goal is to bring the knowledge of the ancestors back into Lucha Libre.

3. La Hiedra

Nicknamed La Nueva Reina del Escandalo, La Hiedra is a Luchadora from Northern Mexico. Two years after her debut, La Hiedra advanced to the final of the Quien Pinta Por La Corona. Though she didn’t win that title, the Luchadora has had great support with Lucha Libre fans. Since 2015, La Hiedra has wrestled with Lucha Libra AAA Worldwide and has also appeared with the International Wrestling Revolution Group.

4. Sanely

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Luchadora Sanely started out as a mystery woman during the 2015 CMLL Bodybuilding Competition. She was so impressive during this appearance that it earned her a debut with Consejo Mundial Lucha Libre. Sanely isn’t just a boss Luchadora, she’s a legacy! Her father, grandfather, brother, and brother-in-law are all Luchadors. In fact, Sanely’s nickname is La Dama del Guante Negro after her father’s stage name, Mano Negro.

5. Baby Puma

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Baby Puma is another bit of proof that Lucha Libre runs in the family. Her father is the famous Luchador Ultratumba and her sister is Lady Pumba. Wrestling since 2008, Baby Puma has made a name for herself separate from her famous familia. Wrestling at the Arena Femenil, Baby Puma’s high energy moves have earned the Luchadora her own legion of loyal fans.

6. Lluvia

Lluvia is a fishnet-clad Luchadora who wrestles with CMLL. Utilizing her signature move, the Octopus Cradle, she claimed the title of Reina Tag-Team Champion alongside Luna Mágica in 2011. Family is very important to Lluvia. In 2017, the Luchadora became a mama! She’s also from a Lucha Libre family. In fact, her sister is #3 on this list, La Hiedra.

7. Magic Girl

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Magic Girl is a Mexican Luchadora who trained with stars of Lucha Libre like Pantera II and El Diablo Jr. Her first experience wrestling was at a sports festival. Magic Girl was so good that the audience threw money into the ring at the end of the match. Lucha Libre is also a family event for Magical Girl. Although, she was the one to inspire her father, Blasniety, to train and perform as a Luchador.

8. Sexy Star

Sexy Star started her career as a Luchadora under the name Dulce Poly. However, it’s under stage name Sexy Star that she’s done her best work. The Latina is a three-time AAA Reina de Reinas Champion as well as a AAA World Mixed Tag Team Campion. Despite her huge success, Sexy Star chose to leave the world of Lucha Libre. In 2017, the Luchadora allowed herself to be unmasked so she could work on her new career as a boxer.

9. Lady Flamer

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19-year-old Lady Flamer might be young, but she’s already a champion. Among her victories, the Latina won the LLF Championship and LLF Tag Team Title alongside Lady Puma. The daughter of the Red Flamer, Lady Flamer was the first of his children to train in the family business. She was the surprise Luchadora in her debut match during The Crash at Auditorio de Tijauana.

10. Goya Kong

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Goya Kong is a plus-sized Luchadora who uses her size as a strategy in the ring. She uses humor in her performances just as her Luchador dad, Brazo de Plata, did in his wrestling. The Luchadora started her career with AAA but switched to CMLL in 2010 when her father also changed leagues. In 2013, Goya Kong won the Trofero Arena Coliseo 70 Aniverserio Championship, beating the Luchadora who unmasked her the previous year.

11. Danah

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Danah is the younger sister Luchadora Goya Kong. Starting her career as Muñeca de Plata, her debut name was a call back to her father, Brazo de Plata. Danah spent several years as a part-time Luchadora with AAA and CMLL. However, in 2015 the Latina debuted anew with Lucha Libre Elite as a league regular.

12. Lady Shani

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Lady Shani is kind of a big deal. She is the current AAA Reina de Reinas Champion and the 2017 winner of the Producciones Cordero Copa Femenil. She began her wrestling career with the name Sexy Lady and was a ruda or villain. Her fans didn’t seem to mind her role as a bad girl, though. She has adoring fans over the world.


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