A Beautiful Mind is way better in real life

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10.02.12 24 Comments

Remember A Beautiful Mind? That movie where Russell Crowe played a schizophrenic math professor who triumphantly overcame his paranoid delusions to bang Jennifer Connelly? Well, it turns out that the real-life version involves more meth, and more stripping butt naked during class and getting arrested. See, that’s the kind of schizophrenia most of us are used to. (Yes, I know A Beautiful Mind was already based on a true story, shut up).

A Michigan State University professor was taken into protective custody after students say he went on a naked rampage in the middle of class.
“My math teacher just stripped naked during class and was arrested! Go MSU!” one student wrote on Reddit, posting a blurry cell phone snap of a nude man sitting in the school hallway.
Students identified the professor on social media as John McCarthy, but the university wouldn’t confirm the man’s identity.
Police got a call Monday afternoon “about a man in the Michigan State University Engineering Building shouting in the hallway,” according to a statement posted on MSU’s website.
Students described the man as an “eccentric” mathematics professor who “smoked meth” and never seemed quite right.

So smoking meth is considered “eccentric.” God, I miss college.

“Halfway through class he started screaming at us, swearing left and right,” one student wrote on Reddit. “He then started slamming his hands on the window and pressing his face against it, still screaming. Eventually he walked out and down the hallway to the end, all while screaming. He then then came back into the classroom and took off his clothes, except for his socks.”

Those poor kids, damn teacher pulled a Richie Tenenbaum on them! Needle in the Haaaaaay….

Another Reddit user commented that “everyone in class could probably have seen this coming from day one, it was just a matter of time until it happened.
“He made the weirdest analogies, the most notable being about beating his wife,” the student added.
Before stripping, the professor was “ranting about computers, Steve Jobs (pronounced Jobes), and how everything is just an act,” another student wrote. [NYDailyNews]

Inappropriate nudity, coarse talk about the olden days, mispronouncing names of celebrities – this might be the best “drunk grandpa” story I’ve ever read. I hope there was a lengthy diatribe about “the Orientals” that didn’t make it into the story. I hope this guy gets help and doesn’t get fired, but if he does, he and the f*cksaw professor from Northwestern should hook up and start their own college for people who aren’t afraid to party.

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