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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby Pit » Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:35 am UTC

I'm at a leadership conference at the moment, but I'll add them this weekend.
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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby the tree » Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:49 pm UTC

See, I've never gotten to make up an essay title - and thinking about it - probably never will (I guess I'll get to write the exact title of my dissertation) - except for if I decide to write an essay for my own amusement sometime.

I'm aware that plenty schools have terrible everything, but in terms of what you get to do while you're at school - it seems to be pretty different.

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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby Labot2001 » Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:11 pm UTC

steak112 wrote:The weirdest essay that I wrote is about how atheism came to be.


I'm interested in how you went about doing this.

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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby GraphiteGirl » Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:14 am UTC

The tree, that's a fantastic list.
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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby Quenouille » Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:38 pm UTC

Pit wrote:An essay on Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, in which everything you write is both true and untrue (myspychoticself)


I am curious as to who could potentially pull this off other than Mark Twain.

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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby Pit » Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:24 am UTC

Me too.

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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby darkspork » Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:42 am UTC

My next essay: "The Pirate Bay: Hideout for maritime terrorists or an ideal society?"

This'll be fun.
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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby nyeguy » Sun Apr 19, 2009 12:08 am UTC

I am writing an essay that argues that Pokemon embodies the ideals of capitalism.
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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby Tahu826 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 12:55 am UTC

The Western Judicial System: Corruption Presented Through Frankenstein and Zadig.

It's odd because those two sources are not really the sources one would choose when dealing with such a topic.

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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby Darin!!! » Sun Apr 19, 2009 4:34 am UTC

nyeguy wrote:I am writing an essay that argues that Pokemon embodies the ideals of capitalism.

it totally does!!! what points have you got?

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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby the tree » Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:23 pm UTC

Tahu826 wrote:The Western Judicial System: Corruption Presented Through Frankenstein and Zadig.
Wait, wait, wait. The west has a judicial system?

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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby wst » Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:12 pm UTC

How about "Developments in the socio-economic situation of the Star Wars Universe through the film timeline"

I would love to do that, but I'm not studying anything vaguely related :D
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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby rath358 » Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:39 am UTC

We have basically been assigned a form-essay on whether or not Antony's speech condemning the conspirators in Julius Caesar was ethical and responsible or not.

I have been thinking about instead writing a speech/essay very similar to Antony's condemning my English teacher for assigning such a stupid essay.

Good idea?

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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:44 am UTC

rath358 wrote:We have basically been assigned a form-essay on whether or not Antony's speech condemning the conspirators in Julius Caesar was ethical and responsible or not.

I have been thinking about instead writing a speech/essay very similar to Antony's condemning my English teacher for assigning such a stupid essay.

Good idea?

Not if you expect to get a grade on it. You were told "analyze this passage" and instead opted for "insult the teacher."
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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby rath358 » Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:11 am UTC

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rath358 wrote:We have basically been assigned a form-essay on whether or not Antony's speech condemning the conspirators in Julius Caesar was ethical and responsible or not.

I have been thinking about instead writing a speech/essay very similar to Antony's condemning my English teacher for assigning such a stupid essay.

Good idea?

Not if you expect to get a grade on it. You were told "analyze this passage" and instead opted for "insult the teacher."

rats.

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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby darkspork » Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:38 am UTC

More fun ideas for open-minded professors:

-Essay Titles: Useless?
-Why my previous essay received a low grade
-Why Accepted Spelling Convenshuns are Just a Suggestshun (in which all words ending in -tion are spelled -shun)
-How 1" margins cause global warming / deforestation
-Why the .doc format is bloated and useless (Submitted an .rtf when teacher was sick and asked to be emailed papers in .doc format)
-The Earth is flat (Anyone up for some IRL trolling?)
-The Game
-Proper punctuation on the Internet (Periods are rare, replaced with newline characters. Complete sentences are unnecessary.)

At my school, detention meant sitting down and writing an essay for an hour. I failed to see the punishment in this.
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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby Angua » Fri May 15, 2009 3:06 pm UTC

In my friend's English comp O level one of the options was write a letter to the police complaining about your neighbours, so he wrote complaining that his neighbours were having sex too loudly and keeping him up at night. He got an A (the highest mark, we don't get A*) He said that he did it very formally, using fornication in stead of sex and such.
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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby Pit » Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:21 pm UTC

darkspork wrote:More fun ideas for open-minded professors:

-Essay Titles: Useless?
-Why my previous essay received a low grade
-Why Accepted Spelling Convenshuns are Just a Suggestshun (in which all words ending in -tion are spelled -shun)
-How 1" margins cause global warming / deforestation
-Why the .doc format is bloated and useless (Submitted an .rtf when teacher was sick and asked to be emailed papers in .doc format)
-The Earth is flat (Anyone up for some IRL trolling?)
-The Game
-Proper punctuation on the Internet (Periods are rare, replaced with newline characters. Complete sentences are unnecessary.)

At my school, detention meant sitting down and writing an essay for an hour. I failed to see the punishment in this.


You'd have to have some pretty open minded teachers to be able to write any of this for an acceptable grade. Especially the second one.
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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby Darin!!! » Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:13 am UTC

But the second one is my favorite!!

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Postby zaqwithaq » Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:29 am UTC

We were once assigned to do an essay based off of a biography or autobiography. I chose Steven Colbert's I am America and so Can You!
i got an 86
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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby NeverGrowUp » Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:14 am UTC

Part of the application for the Honors program at my university was an essay on a film, work of art, or piece of literature that has greatly influenced your life. Naturally, I wrote my essay on Oh The Places You'll Go! by the one and only Dr. Seuss.

I got in. :D
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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby Darin!!! » Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:43 am UTC

Genius!

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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby phider2 » Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:52 pm UTC

xkcdb wrote:<Sydney> pseudonym: I once wrote an essay on "The Use of Rhetoric to Obscure a Lack of Meaningful Content".
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Also, 9th grade I wrote a persuasive essay about Linux vs. Windows. IIRC I got an A.

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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby Vault » Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:48 am UTC

I wish I had the ability to choose what most of my essays were about, that would make school much more fun. The papers we write are fairly defined (well relatively defined at least), and the most I get by doing is including really really subtle jokes in them, like things that only I would find amusing. I have gotten seen some pretty interesting essay topics though. Here's one that I was given in my Theory of Knowledge class: "It is often claimed that information and communication technologies are blurring the traditional distinction between simulation and reality. If this is so what might be the consequences?" That essay ended up being kind of weird, and I ended up citing xkcd in it (this comic). The essay also ended up containing references to The Matrix, The Last Book in the Universe, and Neuromancer. I only had one factual source for the entire thing and I ended up with an 87.

Also at one point my teacher brought in a letter from a principal in another school district to said principal's students about why they should not go and see The Golden Compass when it came out. The goal was to look at all of the things that this person had done wrong, but a friend of mine went a step further. He wrote a reply explaining why everything that the principal had said was inaccurate and baseless and submitted it to our teacher who mailed it off to the principal. My friend got extra credit for it too.

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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby GraphiteGirl » Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:42 am UTC

Vault, I'm just gleeful that someone else has read The Last Book In The Universe, I thought I'd imagined it!

An odd/meaningful essay topic from my Theatre Studies elective unit:
"Identify and evaluate two functions of comedy in society".
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Postby NecklaceOfShadow » Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:32 am UTC

GraphiteGirl wrote:Vault, I'm just gleeful that someone else has read The Last Book In The Universe, I thought I'd imagined it!


I read this almost three years ago. I can't believe that I forgot about it. I have to look it up and read it again.

Now, for the actual topic. How about:

  • The technological possibilities of what happened in the Back to the Future series
  • The stress that society puts on people's sexuality
  • A comparison between a book and its movie counterpart
  • The history of modern theater
  • What you think the future will be like in 15 years
  • The importance of avatars on forums
  • The various classifications for languages [ Romance languages, Germanic languages, Slavic languages, etc... ]
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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby Zeroignite » Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:08 am UTC

For my next paper, I will try to prove, to a hostile audience, that perpetual motion/free energy is impossible. Should be fun, since the hypothetical reader my not even start with a belief in the validity of the scientific method.
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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby darkspork » Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:15 am UTC

If you want fun essay writing, take a few philosophy classes:

-Science and Chaos: Murderers of Choice and God - A critique of Determinism and Indeterminism, presented as a mystery short story
-You Can't Always Get What You Want – But You're Not Wrong For Wanting It - About the theory of Ethical Subjectivism
-Without Morpheus (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Own Existence) - Descartes' cogito argument and The Matrix
-Moral Home Improvement - Why we're too stubborn to accept the truth

Three of these essays discussed or mentioned Hitler at some point.
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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby snowyowl » Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:30 am UTC

Umm.. My Philosophy exam was last Thursday. Weird questions. "Is it absurd to desire the impossible?", and... umm... whatever the other one was, I didn't take it, so it must have been bad.

Math is expressing complicated ideas in simple terms.
Philosophy is the opposite.

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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby Pit » Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:11 pm UTC

Slowly adding them. Sorry for not being around often enough!

I, too, have read The Last Book in the Universe. It was one of my favorite books of all time, until there were these random hapenstances where I ended up falling madly in love with some works that people still yell at me for liking.
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Postby The EGE » Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:13 am UTC

Damn do I feel unoriginal now. I'm only just starting to get into the higher level high school classes, where we are asked to analyze literature on our own thoughts instead of just coughing up the teacher's ideas. Previously my best stuff has been my thesis papers, where we were allowed to choose our own topic, albiet topics the teacher understood. This past year, I chose to deconstruct the US electoral system. I wrote a 9-page paper, 80% of which was math and purely deductive theoretical arguments, much of which was so dense that my teacher could not understand it, and got an A for my troubles.

I've actually had some success in chemistry as well. Our teacher was a big fan of open-ended essay questions and I would often riff on those, proving one question in particular (can't remember which one. !This cheese is burning me!) with a completely different explanation from what the teacher gave.
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Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

Postby Pit » Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:49 am UTC

The EGE wrote:Damn do I feel unoriginal now. I'm only just starting to get into the higher level high school classes, where we are asked to analyze literature on our own thoughts instead of just coughing up the teacher's ideas. Previously my best stuff has been my thesis papers, where we were allowed to choose our own topic, albiet topics the teacher understood. This past year, I chose to deconstruct the US electoral system. I wrote a 9-page paper, 80% of which was math and purely deductive theoretical arguments, much of which was so dense that my teacher could not understand it, and got an A for my troubles.

I've actually had some success in chemistry as well. Our teacher was a big fan of open-ended essay questions and I would often riff on those, proving one question in particular (can't remember which one. !This cheese is burning me!) with a completely different explanation from what the teacher gave.


I always find that I have more to write with open-ended questions, but it's significantly harder for me to come up with a topic I'd enjoy writing about (thus is the power of the freedom to choose our topic).

Don't feel unoriginal or uncreative by the list or the ideas that people contribute. It's from past experiences through many classes where we've learned how fun essay writing can really be (or, hobnob, I could be a loser and just think essay writing is tons of fun). I hope you enjoy those higher leveled courses, because that's when I know I started to feel my literary analyzing skills implode into goodness knows what it is now. I think it's a good thing.

I've recently gotten back into reading, and all that good stuff. My latest essay (summer it may be) was a persuasive essay about how English classes should start to teach and analyze picture books (or Children's Books), because those books have to say just as much as a novel sometimes, but portray it in much fewer words and images.
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