- You can read as many modules as you want to, to make your fees worth... to make your money's worth (get)
- There was a year when the President of the Economics Society was not an Economics major. He was a Political Science major.
- [Being reminiscent of Professor Umbridge in Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix] Well! Isn't it great to be back in school? And to see so many happy little faces smiling at me again!
- [On sending email] If you are 'Tan Meiling', tell me you are 'Tan Meiling'. Don't put there: 'Blue Devil', 'Golden Arrow'. I don't know who you are. (won't)
- [On the best 5 of 8 class quizzes being used for cumulative assessment] Some of you, you do so well. After 5 you do so well, you decide not to come to class anymore. That's alright, you're adults.
- [On class quizzes] Some of you like to do this. Your tutorial is on Thursday. You come for the Tuesday class, you get all the answers, then you come on Thursday.
- I try not to have tutorial on a Monday. Then your weekend is spoilt (schedule tutorials)
- If you really have problems, come to me in a group, but with the problem solved (?)
- A student came up to me. 'Can we have more interaction?'. So I began to ask questions. But he did not want to answer questions. I think he just wanted to observe them [interacting].
- Some of my colleagues... Oprah Winfrey. Walk around with the mic.
- Just nod your head or laugh, so I know you've understood.
- Switch off the front lights? Ok. I'm gonna switch off the front lights. I'm also an electrician [not just a lecturer]
- pah'rah'meters (parameters)
- see'mul'tay'shear'ness changes (simultaneous)
- Very big derry association (dairy)
- The worst is LT8 and LT11. I'm always being punished, given LT8 and LT11.
- [On something boring] Don't make noise. We are coming to the most exciting part.
- I don't know what's wrong with the first row. NUS disease. Everyone sitting in the first row is contaminated.
- From my experience, at least a third of you think that evolution is complete nonsense, or are deeply skeptical.
- [On reasons for doing the module] The main reason is you have to get rid of your science requirement... and you don't want to do physics. I fully understand. I also don't want to do physics.
- [On learning what science is] The next time you talk to a scientist, you can tell him what science is all about.
- mee'no'pause (menopause)
- West Berlin. Those were the good old days, when we had a wall. Everything was subsidised.
- I went to Cornell. That was a horrible place. You don't want to go there... Middle of nowhere. Half the semester, everything is covered in snow.
- I am totally against lectures. You spend 2 hours getting more information than you can absorb, then you spend 2 hours trying to recover from all that.
- [On course requirements] Willingness to think, discuss and argue... 'Just let him talk, he can't possibly mean this; this is NUS after all, correct?'
- [On laymen being willing to talk about evolution but not quantum physics] If you talk to a psychology or philosophy major, they'll say: that's exactly the problem. People think they know what they're talking about.
- [On Evolution] If I teach Chemistry I don't have to deal with aversions to redox reactions
- [On the archaic meaning of 'Symposium'] Plato's Symposium, which is not an argument with a guy named 'Symposium'... I once saw a poster: 'Symposium on drinking problems'. A drinking party on drinking problems.
- [On Aristophanes] This guy, believe it or not, is a comedian. He looks like a hangman, but he's really a funny guy.
- We try to play a game in the clast (class)
- When are my consultation's times? (consultation)
- A flastic of anxeity (fluster)
- A lot of you are complaining that since you came to University you have no time. Is it true? [Everyone: YES!] We shall analyse that later.
- The drivers may be late off (laid)
- [On being conned into buying a timeshare] I was hooped in once. One timeshare somewhere. I never go [there]. You see, even as an economist, not applying the principles. (?)
- baking pisa / pea'zah (pizza)
- I want to dwelve into these (delve)
- Apparently some people enjoyed the readings so much last semester that they stole them
- A hundred percent continuous assessment. You know what that means? You all got graded today
- [On formatting essays for submission] You don't need to put my name on it, I know what it is.
- Everyone thinks that they know about English Literature, so they can talk about it... Science, we are slightly better, we pretend that everything is very complicated.
- Can you have science without a paradigm? [Student: No] Primary school: One word answers. Secondary school: Two word sentences. Tertiary education: Full sentences.
- No biologist thinks that inheritance is passed on in any way other than DNA. There are a few with different theories, but we call them freaks. In the social sciences we would call it a different point of view.
- many unobserved a'n'air'meh'lees (anomalies)
- American textbooks make the world so easy, but they're very heavy to carry around. Because what can be explained in half a page, they take ten pages to cover. That's why they're so easy.
- [On feedback] They said the course is difficult, it is dry, it is boring. I won't tell you what they said about the lecturer. You can go find out for yourself.
- [On supplementary reading] It's bedtime reading... After you have done your tutorials, from 8 to 10am, you read this book from 10 to 11am. You sleep better. (pm?!)
- amaze'n (Amazon)
- the re'noy'cence in Europe (Renaissance)
- A lot of the statements people make are actually very cover'lier (cavalier)
- You can find order in chaos. That sounds more like poetry than econometrics.
- [On describing inferential statistics] Most textbooks are not very helpful. They just put a lot of crap like this to get it out of the way... At least I'm honest.
- This is what the private sector does all the time. Con you with statistics. Nowadays, with Excel - very nice graphs... Distract you from the important data.
- [On students walking out of lecture before the bell has sounded] In economics we call this rational expectations of the end of the lecture. In statistics we call it 'perfect forecast'.
- Some of you may be unlucky enough to get me as your tutor.
- One day you will wake up in the morning and scream: Eugh'ray'kah! You realise what the mean is. (Eureka)
- Don't you guys wish you had wheels in your chairs, so you could spin around like me?
- Unit 3: Give me the answer to the meaning of life. That'd be great for me
- [Me: Then he lambastes Descartes] Descartes's been lambasted for centuries. He can take one more lambasting in our class.
- Elascity of demand (elasticity) (written and spoken)
- Pluck back into the equation 2 (plug, equation)
- The book uses 'c' and 'f'. Very confusing. So I use 'x' and 'y'.
- I give you a break after this *stirrings from audience* Yah, you'd like that. (I'll)
- [On the break] I give you... just go out, go to the toilet, and come back
- [On the class roster] And now I do attendance. In part I do attendance because that's how I remember all your faces. As you can see, these pictures are not terribly accurate... The hair has become longer in the female population (take)
- [Student: My dog loves durians...] It's very nutritious. Orang Utans love it. I don't know why I don't like it.
- [On the 9am fieldtrip] Unfortunately I had to move it to 10:30[am]. Not because I couldn't get out of bed. (can't)
- The Origin of Species, which he calls an abstract. 500 pages. The longest abstract ever.
- [On why the captain needed an unpaid naturalist on the HMS Beagle] This guy basically wants someone to talk to him during this long journey
- Gala'pah'goes islands (Galapagos)
- He had more of a cloud (clout)
- Is it very hot today? Look at my cup of Coca-Cola. How many of you would want it? *almost no one puts up their hands* Come on, play lah.
- At every priced (price)
- In your normal experience, that's what you experience too (find)
- The demand curve for other fractors (factors)
- Where I come from, Alberta beef is very very good, but they have Mad Cow Disease now.
- Complement goods. When you use one, you use another. Tea and coffee (complementary, the other, milk)
- Nowadays I see you guys and girls changing your handphones every 6 months.
- Icks and chickens (eggs)
- boo'khas (burkhas)
- [On Vietnam entering the market] The price of coffee fell tremendously. But when you go to Starbucks, coffee is still four fifty.
- I confused you. No wonder you're looking so strange. (puzzled)
- [On claims purportedly substantiated by evidence but not actually so] Bamboozled again by science. They think you're illiterate... Not to be antagonistic to Churchland. 'Aha! [You're wrong so you suck]' You outgrow that after high school.
- You have to write it down. No sighing! It's a writing class.
- He said the readings were too hard: the reading for that day was 10 pages of Descartes. He took the landscapes class: their reading for that day was 40 pages of Foucault, who makes Descartes look like child's play.
- Should Intelligent Design be taught in a Science class? [Student: You're teaching us Intelligent Design in a Science class] Then I'm a bad teacher.
- There's a huge debate about whether Intelligent Design should be taught in schools. Mainly in the mid-Western states. If you go to the coasts, where the developed people live...
- [On not teaching Creationism in schools] The courts don't heed the Constitution very much, but this time they took a quick look
- [On misspelling 'irreducible' twice] That's why it's good to have English Language majors in this class
- [On quartiles] Why are we studying all this boring stuff? Personally, I find it very boring. Some of my colleagues study income distribution. They spend day and night staring at quartiles
- Amos, what's your name? (full name)
- Boys: there are more girls here. Come and join them.
- These are some of the games we play. You can get to know each other better. Have you found out each other's names?
- [On Singapore] How about human capital? What have we been doing [to increase it]? [Someone, whispering: USP]
- The minister mentor lamented that he allowed women to come to the University. Then all of you don't want to have children.
- Some people, like Italy (countries)
- You'foo population (youthful)
- How many of you are Singaporeans?... Most of you are Singaporeans. I thought most of the time I am not speaking to Singaporeans.
- [On almost no one living below the poverty line in Singapore] We hardly have people begging in the streets. [Me: That's because they put them in jail.]
- OECD stands for 'Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development'. It's a rich man's club. But now some of them are quite poor. (for)
- Who else is from China? Who is from China?... *incredulously* You're all Singaporeans.
- Singapore received a lot of ate (aid)
- [On imperfect information] Do you know everything about your girlfriend before you marry her?
- air'true'istic (altruistic)
- [On an economic analysis of Ah Beng and Ah Lian's decisions] Of course she doesn't have to pay for the meal. Ah Beng is paying for her.
- [On Sungei Buloh] I heard a lot of SMSes coming in. For some providers, this is [considered] Malaysia. So you better be careful.
- Do plants need to breathe? Maybe I should make you stand up. You're all, like... [Student very quickly: Yah, plants need to breathe]
- [On squirrels] They eat meat. You think they eat nuts alone? Nooooooooo...
- [On the girls' more skimpy dressing] You know girls can adapt to heat better than guys? We're baking.
- mud flats (flies)
- You can go to Splash. I don't know where young people shop at nowadays. Zara, Mango. Not: CK Tang, the dowdy place. Metro, the dowdy place.
- I give you a feel of what you can expat later on (expect)
- [Phone rings] Eh, if I can switch off my handphone, why can't you? I better switch if off now *Laughs from audience* Nobody calls me.
- Let me tell you a little bit of stories (more)
- Angles' curve (Engel)
- [On a video of an archerfish extinguishing someone's lit cigarette] NUS should have some of these guys, huh... Prevent the smoking ban from being violated.
- If you go back to Chomsky, what does Chomsky say about the origin of language? Not that anyone reads Chomsky, because he's so hard to understand.
- [On 'observing' Evolution] Very few of us have seen Africa, but we still believe that Africa is out there... Anything you do about Shakespeare is not by having Shakespeare come and talk to you. (done by)
- [On seeing my custom made Wo-hen Nankan badge] Who is that girl on your bag? [Me: It's a guy.] Who is he? [Me: His name is Wo-hen Nankan... W-O-dash-H-E-N N-A-N-K-A-N] Who is he? A singer? [Me: Yah] What nationality is he? [Me: Vietnamese] I need to know what young people are into. Is he your idol? [Me: Yah]
- Actually you all are quite good. You don't ask me for so much. Some people even ask me to upload my scribblings [of working on OHTs].
- You need a care'feign fix (caffeine)
- The racial of the marginal utilities (ratio)
- pair'r'el shift of the budget line (parallel)
- [On an irrelevant quote] The student just stuck a quote in there. It could be from a pop song or the Declaration of Independece
- This is less than meaningless, this essay. It's about an argument that doesn't even exist.
- [On a really bad essay on close reading] Have you learned anything from reading this essay? [Student: That if I don't understand the essay, it's not my fault]
- There will be a day, I haven't planned the day yet: I'll come in with a gag. All of you will be doing the talking
- export demand for w'air't (wheat)
- in this kay (case)
- Envelope the extended brain size (Envelop)
- [On the chin] A lot of scientists, if they can't explain something, will say: 'sexual selection, sexual selection'
- [On fair dice] We ignore all those Hong Kong dramas, where the die is loaded, and the outcome depends on the skill of the gambler
- [On the symbol for a null set: Ø] By the way, that is not a 'no entry' sign, nor is it the sign for the London Underground
- [On probability] Philosophers in the philosophy department here and elsewhere are still getting a big kick from arguing about this sort of thing.
- [On probability] You can't conduct the experiment an infinite number of times. You have to stop somewhere, to go to the toilet, to eat, to sleep - whatever.
- [On defining probability] Unless you decide to become a philosopher, you will never have to worry about any other definition.
- Some people are para'nail optimists (perennial)
- I promise you that I'll give you a lot of ana'dotes about famous statisticians to liven up the lecture. Thomas Bayes lived in the 18th Century. This sounds like a kindergarten story, doesn't it? (anecdotes)
- After 5 lectures, your experience was so bad that your a priori probability of me being a good lecturer went down.
- Those of you who come from engineering and science... I'm an economist. My views of probability and statistics may not be as politically correct as you expect. (?!)
- [On x! being the number of ways to arrange x objects] If you can't [understand], then just stay back after this lecture and ask 10 of your friends to stay back.
- [On the factorial sign] Not exclamation mark, please. I will shoot on sight anyone who says 'exclamation mark'
- You don't have to remember this, because it is an open book exam.
- [On conditional probability] If you think about it for seven days and seven nights without eating or sleeping, you might be able to understand it.
- The a priori probability was that I was a very nice guy, until this mid-term question came out. Then the a priori probability changed.
- [On the Monty Hall game show Let's Make a Deal Car and Goats problem] If you prefer the goat to the car, stop thinking about this problem.
- I always like to bully econs majors in this class.
- These lifts are in need of an overhow (overhaul)
- It's a pee'ray'nial problem (perennial)
- [On presenting a solution to the class] It's always the case, when you stand next to the board, you forget everything.
- [On imposing a tax and a new supply curve] Actually the curve does not shift. But I was taught that way.
- [On paying construction workers a lot] Five thousand dollars is low prestige? Who cares? (for a low prestige job)
- [On Bird Flu and a Kaya Toast outlet closing] I live in Sengkang. Rivervale Mall. Everyday I walk past [it]. One day, I noticed: why is it closed? Then I thought: I can set an exam question. *palpable discomfort in audience* All of you are paranoid now.
- 'Don't show them this post-modernist stuff. They're kids.' They're adults!... Strange stuff, written by strange people, with strange ideas.
- I know it's quite a critical time for you to have your tutorial at this time. Nap time - you've just had your lunch. [There's an] aircon. (bad, now))
- [On divining an answer] Intuitive? Don't write it in the final exam. (that)
- Check that this is the right class. Is this the right class? Sometimes I go to the wrong class.
- Time for some sales talk... You can still add/drop [modules] during the first week or so.
- I don't think you have taken this module, because it is a very ancient modules. None of you look ancient.
- [On the mid-term] Make sure you dont have any... dancing lessons, or whatever.
- [On the textbook] If you find mistakes don't jump and down, very upset. If you find mistakes, that means you're reading.
- [On '!@%#!'] If you understand this sentence, it means you read a lot of comics.
- This is differentiation. I can't teach you [this]. I expect you to know [this].
- [On paying to access government funded research] It is one of the unpleasant things that have come out of the last 10 years - copyright laws.
- [On birds secreting uric acid in their faeces] You never get shit upon by a bird. You always get shit and peed upon by a bird... That isn't much consolation.
- [Student on an Archaeopteryx fossil: It could be an angel] Why would an angel look like a reptile?
- [On horse evolution] They're basically running on their middle finger... very insulting.
- warms (worms)
- Someone sat down and compiled a list of all the fossil flies known. You might think that that is very boring, but it is pretty interesting to me.
- [On assuming that all dating methods are inaccurate] You can do that, but that's settling into the lunatic corner.
- [On returning of e-submitted assignments] Same address: You mail it from your grandmother's account, she will get your grade.
- a pee'ser'rear (pizzeria)
- [On sunk costs] Some of these football players can only play football. They have no other use.
- [On Singapore] Our labour unions are really trashed.
- Reaches a maximum, and then it increases (minimum)
- They actually produce these rubber chickens. It's awful: no skin. They swing them around [at] everybody... They have the factories in North America.
- still smelting (steel)
- They talk about dot con companies (com)
- [On Das Capital] I tried to read it in my undergraduate days, when all my friends were touring Europe and America.
- [On Karl Pearson] He changed the spelling of his name to K-A-R-L [from CARL] because he was so impressed by Karl Marx.
- [On the Bernoulli family] Their contribution to the world is more lasting that the Italian fashion designers that some of you like
- [On probability in gambling] If you're curious about this, purely for intellectual curiosity, I'll encourage you to find out about it.
- [On my Wo-hen Nankan badge] If you were in a different course, you could probably do an [close reading] essay on him
- [On Chinese New Year Ang Baos] Can you imagine? They give you a Robinson's voucher. You have to go there, walk around a few times. [Or] worse: They give you a Metro voucher.
- [On corner solutions for indifference curves] Don't push yourself into a corner, [or] pain yourself into a corner *hysterical voice* How come I'm there?! (paint)
- Don't leave this room more confused. Some of you have not done econs before. [Student: I've done econs] Good. Next one [diagram] - you draw.
- [On non-pecuniary items] Still monetary. let's talk about some psychic things.
- [On fulfilling patriotic duties] Let me encourage you. Have 3 or 4 [babies]... Girls, you forget the pain. It's really a joy... Go and have 5 or 6 more. I've done my job already.
- What's the benefit of having children? *silence, then nervous laughter* Did your parents tell you it was a joy to have you? Not yet ah?
- We don't know whether the disincentives have worked (these incentives)
- I think being the last class should be very beneficial. You gather up all the possibilities and gather information.
- What we usually did (do)
- Morning, class. I see some of you have already taken off for the holidays.
- Quieten down. I might be saying things that are useful for the exam.
- 'o/p' is the output, not the clothing store.
- Don't worry. I'm almost done. Hang on there. (in)
- [On the imperfection of 'intelligent design'] You know whenever you tweak an essay for a module that you have used for another module before, it comes out funny? (for a module, you tweak an essay)
- [On the imperfection of the vertebrate eye, which needs a lot of signal processing to get an intelligible image] It's kind of like Windows. It kind of looks fine, but you have to do a lot of work behind the scenes to make it appear to work fine.
- [On the imperfection of design for human delivery] Have you ever seen a cat giving birth to kittens, then it gets up and starts eating? It's not a problem for them.
- [On pets] They go to the vet and do crazy things. They give the dog dialysis and all those [other] things
- [On human spines being badly designed for walking upright] You should run around on all fours. That would really help your [spinal] discs. but give you all sorts of other problems.
- If Evolution explained everything, I would be out of a job. I'm happy that it doesn't explain everything.
- If your faith is so weak that I can convert you in 24 sessions, then it isn't very useful.
- [On human sperm] A bath prior to sex - in hot water, will make you infertile.
- What we have is this continum (continuum)
- I use this luohan. Do you know this grotesque-looking fish?
- You can do your analysis in reverst (reverse)
- [On a video] It's not that old. You know sometimes the clothes are cheesy, and the hair is really bad.
- [On pirating a video] When you look at it: God, it's so boring. Who'd want to copy it for fun?
- [On someone's essay] He made eliminative materialists sound like they only cared about how cunning babies are... Ridiculous, but very well done in every other way.
- The only thing worse than a 'What is truth?' essay is one which concludes: 'Well, we're all right'.
- More brackets is better than less brackets (fewer)
- Logically, ee'rare'few'terble (irrefutable)
- See? I lost my thread of thought now. (I've, train)
- *Heavy voice* Some of you are falling asleep *end voice* It might come out in the test.
- 'Would you expect to see entry into or exit from the industry in the long run? Explain.' Finally, you have a chance to express yourself.
- *Moves OHT down* Can you see? Good. *Promptly moves OHT up where no one can see it* *laughter from audience*... Don't laugh, don't laugh. You laugh, I ask you to come down and do. (If you laugh, I will)
- The science faculty is one of the weirdest constructions on the planet. You can literally work in one building and go from level 2 to level 4 [by walking along a corridor]
- [On the Robin in the New World being different from that in the Old] The European colonialists... They looked for the first thing with a red belly and called it a Robin.
- [On being the same species] We're capable of reproduction [with each other] in principle. We don't want to try that out, but in principle we're capable of reproduction [with each other].
- [On the old school of bird watching] In the old days, people conducted field trips with a gun. They ran around with a gun and shot things.
- [On a spider emitting moth pheremones] So sex is a very dangerous business... cruel life.
- Biologists are only human, they want their dogs to be a different species from wolves. But from an evolutionary point of view, they are the same thing.
- [On a tigon] A very cool [Ed: cruel?] experiment: You put a male tiger and a female lion into a cage. Eventually they'll get so - what do you call it, horny, that they'll interbreed.
- I'll give you the simple task here of counting how many species of birds there are in Singapore.
- [On limit pricing] Don't be hoodwin by Microsoft when they say they are pricing Windows at 200 dollars when they can price it at 2000 dollars. (hoodwinked)
- I never liked to play board games... when you live in North America you have nothing to do in the winter. People invite you to their house for dinner. After dinner they take out the board games.
- fyu'gee'tives (fugitives)
- Inside a squirrel *Draws a deformed squirrel* This looks like a squirrel, doesn't it? You guys are gonna have nightmares tonight.
- [On biologists not adhering to the reproductive definition of species] First you ask whether they are a botanist or not. If they're a botanist you don't trust anything they say about species.
- [On ending reproductive isolation] Eventually the plants will reproduce with the animals, and you get some unimaginable creature.
- [On 2004] Last year was a bad year for evolutionary biologists. They all died.
- [On Donoghue] The fact that he talks about whether species exist outside the mind tells you about the confused mind of a botanist.
- After we finish speciation, we move on to the next subject. Does anyone know what the next subject is? [Student: Sexual selection] You wish.
- Actually in a triathalon, if you're a triathlete and you're riding on a bike, there's a good chance that your [evolutionary] fitness is very low.
- [On the relentless march of modern technology] If there is some chalk, I will write on this board, but nowadays chalk is a very scarce commodity.
- [On the Uniform Distribution] This distribution has nothing to do with school uniforms, or police uniforms, if you were hoping for that (?!)
- Now you have to know how to integrate. Not integrate with your friends or with the school.
- How long before the next person arrives in the queue - which is very useful - not just because you're kaypoh [Ed: nosy] - if you go into business. Last time they called it 'Operations Research'. Now - 'Management Science'. They want to make it sound good - 'science'.
- I thought these comments would liven up the class, but some people are just closing their eyes.
- The final exam and the mid-term test is open-book. You can bring in anything you like, including your favourite comics. (are)
- [On the normal distribution] There is one distribution to rule all of them, like the Lord of the Rings tri'lorgy - One Ring to Rule Them All. *laughs from audience* What's so ticklish about that? I thought it's quite a good analog'gee. You're all giggling. (trilogy, analogy)
- Carl Frederick Gauss (Friedrich)
- You want to impress your friends at a party, you want to turn people off, you talk about the normal distribution. If you want to turn people off some more, if you want people to leave you alone, you tell them: 'I was studying the Gaussian Distribution yesterday'.
- [On the probability density function for a normal distributed random variable] When you go out into the working world - all the businessmen, all the statistically illiterate people, they will be talking about the bell-shaped curve. You can talk about the Gaussian Distribution, and you can write down this formula. You'll be one up against your colleagues.
- [On finding the points of inflection in a normal distribution] You can prove this by differentiating the equation. Probably more productive than going to a disco on Saturday night.
- [On sending errata to textbook authors] I hope they will send me a free copy for pointing out the errors in the book.
- If you want to check it up, look for this book: Kendall's Advanced Theory of Statistics. There're always a lot of copies lying around in the library, because no one wants to read it.
- That's what beauty parlours are trying to do. They're trying to turn people from platykurtotic to leptokurtotic.
- I like cats. Some of them have very fat and ugly tails. But the normal distribution has a very nice tail that's nice and thin.
- [On Murdoch and Barnes' Statistical Tables] You'll be given this red book, which has hon students in NUS for decades. (haunted)
- Any other questions? Class participation graded ah.
- A Colonel Sanders suit... All of us wouldn't want to be caught dead in it.
- [On the shopping experience giving consumers satisfaction] Probably not a thing for guys, but girls! You love to go shopping.
- Here's a revised schedule for you, so you can frame and show your parents and be proud of. (that)
- [On the expected value of an opinion poll being 3.5] There are a lot of macroeconomists so it doesn't matter if we cut one into half.
- [On the door to the secret vaults of a museum] This is like the gate to hell over there.
- Too early in the morning is 8 o'clock. I had a 8 o'clock lecture yesterday. They should make that illegal.
- [On fur colour in humans] Ang Moh.
- [Here we have] A monkey in alcohol looking very depressed because it was the last of its kind, and it was attacked by a dog.
- Do we have a Life Science student here? Too bad. I like to torture Life Science students.
- buy'lair'tear'ial symmetry (bilateral)
- [On Sharks' method of shedding teeth] If I had been designed by an intelligent designer I would have had one of those.
- [On a crab display] This display is mostly here because the director of the museum loves crabs. He not only studies them, he also eats them.
- [On preserving birds] Arsenic is not there not for people to steal them (so people don't)
- The British Museum used to have a Dodo... The curator cut off a head, cut off a wing: he burnt the rest... He went mad... You know museum people: *looks around shiftily*
- [On Ernst Mayr] When he was 96, people were referring to him as 'the late Ernst Mayr'. They thought he was already dead, but he was still alive.
- [On the perils of museum life] No dead animals coming out: *adopts zombie bunny pose* 'I'm gonna stuff you!'
- There is an error in your book. I put a correction of it on the web but that correction is still not correct.

--- NUS Staff (before mid-semester break)

 

- It's a very clever class, because sometimes he offers it and calls it 'Simplicity', and sometimes he offers it and calls it 'Complexity'.
- The probability that sears will exceed 1000 (sales)
- Fortunately, what is shown in your textbook is the whole area under the sun (curve)
- Jeero poin nine (Zero point)
- [On the projector] 'No signal'. That means no class. Very good.
- If you want to know what topics are available, you can go to IVLE *clicks link in Powerpoint slide and keeps getting 'A security problem has occured'* If we can overcome the horrible security problem that we seems to be having this afternoon (seem)
- Any more questions regarding the essay? [Student: How many percent {of our final grade} is it?] Ask me something more interesting.
- [On a 5 page final essay] 25%. Each page 5% [of your final grade]
- [On promulgating discussion of the peppered moth on the online forum] It's another desperate attempt to get IVLE acting and booming.
- [On Richard Dawkins on Natural Selection] We'll listen to him again. [Student: In English.] That was in English. He's an Oxford Scholar.
- If you reproduce you automatically make replication arrows (errors)
- Sell'mern used to be very expensive (salmon)
- [On stalk-eyed flies] The girls like it when the guys have very long eyestalks.
- [On a photo of a chihuahua and wolves morphing into dogs] Obviously the stone age people were not interested in this sort of thing.
- I used to have a link to my lovely pigeon website. They replaced it with one only slightly less bizzare. Pigeon breeders - I will never understand them. They're so bizarre... [Student: Like the botanists?] Botanists are just weird. Pigeon breeders...
- [On pigeon breeding] You can breed them for any bizarre fantasy you may have
- [On the German Beauty Homer] One of them was called 'beautiful', but I didn't see anything beautiful about it
- These people are really weird. You can kind of figure out by looking at them... Owners have hair like their pigeons.
- If you think that pigeons are weird you should look at the goldfish.
- Dog owners at dog kernels (kennels)
- [On the curve of the normal distribution] I know curves are usually not very popular at USP
- [Student on defining 'survival of the fittest': If we take what we learn from the class {presumably as opposed to what actually happens}...] Think of all the nonsense you learn here, then.
- [On the Writing Module] This is graduate school level stuff.
- 'He absorbs rap and hiphop naturally as if by Osmosis'. Who's the biologist in this room? No one? Ok, then we'll let Gabriel explain it. *I sputter*
- [On rapidly flashing answers on Powerpoint] Please scream if you want to ask questions.
- Morning class. [The] mid-term is over. Some of you don't want to come to class. It's alright.
- They ban smoking on the campus. It is very costly to you. You go all over the campus looking for secluded places to smoke.
- You want a break? Ok, come back in 2 minutes.
- [On a level 2000 module] I'm doing a lot of things in this lecture that cover things in level 3000.
- [On monogamy (?)] Gibbons. They have these really interesting songs to tell each other about what happened last night.
- This is an instable situation (unstable)
- [Student: There's almost no cost to siring a child] At the age of 80? You just drop dead... get a heart attack [while in the act of congress]... Risk of death during childbirth or conception is low... unless it's a very timid male. He dies from the horror [of witnessing childbirth]. 2 chances to get a heart attack.
- Pushing off all the little deers (deer)
- One male can usually fertilise many males (females)
- Males are more likely [than females] to die. [Student: Why?] There's a whole lot of arguments about that. Because they act like idiots, mostly. [Someone: {They} work harder... women: relax at home the whole day]
- I have lots of stupid things to do. Careers 2005 fair: People asking me what's the difference between chemistry and applied chemistry. At the back of my head [I'm thinking]: I have absolutely no idea. Fortunately I had a book there.
- [On a journal article] Unfortunately I'm not allowed to send it to you due to copyright reasons. You can download it yourself for private use, which I'm sure you're all dying to do.
- You cannot mist it (miss)
- It is envy'saged that in the future everything will be competitive (envisaged)
- [On naked molerats at the Singapore Zoo] You can see the queen molerat lying on the poor, oppressed males.
- [On the naked mole rats] They're the world's most beautiful animals. Ugly in video and ugly in reality too.
- [Video narrator: The Queen prevents female workers from reproducing by producing a hormone in her urine, which the females get exposed to when they use the colony latrine.] So be wary of public bathrooms.
- [On worker ants being female] You can astonish your family by saying: 'That's a female ant.' When they ask how you know: 'I look at the private parts.'
- [On the fallaciousness of the common naive moralistic tales of hardworking and subservient ants living in harmony and working for the common good, and the implication of this being a laudable model for human societies] So it's a war out there. You think they're all working for the common good, but it's a war.
- [On the secret war in ant colonies between workers and the Queen to skew the sex ratio either way] I always have to put this in. From an Evolutionary point of view it makes perfect sense. Intelligent design cannot explain this. This is what good science can do [- explain and predict]... Yes, natural selection rules. *Throws a punch into the air*
- They might be es'strange'd brothers (estranged)
- If your mother comes up to you and wants to borrow a hundred dollars, you will lend it to her quite easily. If a stranger in the street comes up, you won't borrow him a hundred dollars. [Student: That's because you can track down {your mother}... [Students from] business administration... (lend)
- [On R. Nesse being disturbed that altruism was shaped by Evolution] I don't believe he slept badly. When I first found out about it I thought it was very interesting... knowing the future of altruism is assured, I sleep better at night.
- Would you want to call something altruistic that's harmful to you but helps others? That's just stupid.
- The level 200 [modules] noticeboard (2000)
- I majored in Philosophy in my undergraduate days. Philosophy and Economics. They offered me honours in Philosophy and Economics. I chose Economics, which I think is a mistake, in retrospect (or)
- [On picking random people from the phonebook not being a random sample of the population of Singapore] Some people don't have phones, you know. Either because they are too poor or because they have 10 handphones already. Can you imagine, 10 phones ringing at the same time?
- This is where we move from Philosophy to Statistics. Philosophy is about how to move from the specific to the general... [Philosophy is] Very fun at night with the beer and such, but this is 2 o'clock.
- The Moe'zart of mathematics (Mozart)
- X bar will converse to µ (converge)
- [On talking about convergence in probability] Textbooks don't put this in because then no one would want to buy them. But you must take this course as a pre-requisite, so I can afford to put this in.
- [On the chi-square distribution] I have a Greek friend who did a PhD in mathematics. He said it's supposed to be pronounced as 'kee'. But I can't get used to it, so I'm pronouncing it as 'kai'. Most people, even in the US, pronounce it as 'kai'.
- [From the person setting the exam] I don't know how much of what I teach you will come out in the exam.
- [On provision shop owners being crowded out by NTUC] Another option you might not agree with is to turn their outlet into a Cheers. (outlets, Cheers)
- [On Sheng Shiong surviving] Mr No Frills... he lives in a warehouse in Marsling. He stays upstairs. He says it saves money because at night he can watch over his stocks... he still drives his lorry.
- [On NTUC] If they get out, who will get in? Cold Storage is owned by a Hong Kong group. They have a social mission. *laughs of derision from audience*
- The Japanese never let you earn their money. They arrive - Nippon Airways, ANA. A Japanese bus will take them to the hotel - ANA or Daichi. They eat at Japanese restaurants, shop at Japanese outlets. They shop at duty free, then they go home... the Japanese are very insular.
- NTUC... they are into everything. Even funerals.
- We can talk until the cow comes home (cows come)
- Have you been to a hypermarket? Err, I refuse to go in. I'm lost inside. Don't know what to buy.
- [Student: I heard there are families that hangs out in Carrefour.] Singapore - we are so pathetic. We have no place to go... Go and shop, let your children frolic. Then you go home - tuition for the next day.
- Statistics are like bikinis, what they reveal is interesting, but what they conceal is even more fascinating (written)
- The standard deviation should be calculated for the means of means. Just watch out for my grammar. (mean of the)
- [On dragging in Excel] Ok. A little more... Ok, you made it.
- [On the computer] Hopefully it is not hanged (has, hung)
- [On dexterity in Excel] I do that a lot, but you can do it at home, to practise.
- Let me just briefly summarise what we have did (done)
- Lighter'rary digest (Literary)
- The variance will shrunk (shrink)
- [On price fixing] The CEO who proposed it was fined, and promised not to do it again *laughs from audience*
- The bad thing is when I talk about sexual selection it's not a very interesting or erotic topic... but we have some videos of animals doing it, to wake you up.
- [On the tiffin girl of the day coming in with food for many people] It's like food supply here. I'm also hungry.
- [On the Prisoners' Dilemma] If it's only for prison people then it's not that interesting.
- [On Vampire Bats overfeeding] Basically they pee out all the serum, and once they have reached critical size or critical weight - [To someone eating salad with faux bacon bits made of soy protein] how's lunch coming along over there? Nothing red [inside], I hope.
- Tit for tit (tat)
- [On a journal article] When you read the paper, what's the hidden message? To endlessly confuse everybody?
- Billy Gates. What has he been doing lately? Besides writing a lot of crappy code.
- [On teaching altruism] No one wants to sit down and talk to a eight year old child and say that you should be good to your neighbor because the benefits outweight the costs... you don't want to start explaining the dictator game and the ultimatum game to young kids.
- [Student on differences between males and females: Size] Size of what? *laughs from audience*
- [On family] The Italians - very close knit. The Italian Mafia - very close knit.
- [On the CPI] The MTI economists are trying to come up with it, but my colleagues are complaining that their methodology is flawed.
- If you are transisting to a knowledge-based economy (transiting)
- This is particularly [important] in the United States, which is a welfare state (?! - a welfare state?)
- Socrates always frames his questions so they don't have answers
- These are the killers, all the other readings are child's play compared to these... This will get your mind in a taffy, which is not my intention. I know now you think it is: he just wants to mess with our minds.
- [On balance] I don't want you to say: therefore everything is equal and there's nothing to say. If you have nothing to say, don't write the essay.
- When you write your essays you get lost in abstractions supported by abstractions supported by more abstractions.
- There's a huge difference between the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science. At 9 o'clock, the Faculty of Science is bustling. At 9 o'clock, the Faculty of Arts is sleepy. [Student: No one's awake].
- [Counting students] 3, 6, 9. Looks like I've to get better video clips to get you to attend.
- [On sexual selection] There's selection in humans too, but we better not go into that.
- Today's going to be a lot of [video] clips [Students: Yay! *laughs*] (Today there's)
- [On paternity testing] 10 to 35 percent of the offspring are not sired by the father. That's in all societies. Not just decadent Western Societies... highest [rate was] in England.
- Females tend to fantasise about other males at the time of ovulation... At the time of ovulation they prefer males with more angular features. When they are not ovulating, they prefer males with more feminine features.
- Lung term partnership (long)
- [On diopsids - flies, which he likes] I have to show at least some fly videos
- [On mate choice in humans] Male terns: Instead of fish you give diamonds. [Professor: Not very healthy to eat] (Male terns give fish, humans)
- [On female and male mate choice in humans] I personally think it's genetically determined... but most of you think it's a social construct.
- Males with symmetrical ears run faster than males with asymmetrical ears. No, it's not because of aerodynamics.
- [On beauty vs wealth in determining male attractiveness] Ugly but fabulously wealthy - can work. Just look at Donald Trump.
- [Someone with only one earring in one ear on symmetrical faces] Now I know why babies like me. [Me: Then you should put one earring in each ear - symmetrical]
- When you're invited to a party you only talk to certain people. You don't talk to the others. [Student: Like him - {he's} laughing.] Let's be realistic here.
- Copulation in many animals is not a very big affiar. Swallows - they fly around. *claps hands* That was it.
- I see that everyone is falling asleep. You shouldn't be, otherwise you'll be falling asleep for 2 more years, in econometrics.
- The mean is BLUE [Ed: Best Linear Unbiased Estimator]. This is very consoling, very reassuring. You can sleep soundly tonight.
- 99.9 percent of the population in Singapore, maybe less in other countries, is statistically illiterate. All of you are better than them. By the end of this course you will all be statistically literate, and I'll be so proud of you.
- If your census left out someone living underground, or living in the jungles of Bukit Timah...
- I just mentioned 'after the break' and suddenly everyone got so excited. I haven't finished!
- If someone puts a confidence interval on the front page of the Straits Times, you'll get a whole lot of letters asking: What is this guy talking about?... You will see them in the Economist, but that's no surprise because it is the very best magazine in the world, at least according to me. If you read only one magazine, read the Economist. It has the best political analysis, it has the best economics analysis, even the level of English is the best.
- [On the 'Confidence Trick' for Confidence Intervals] Whether or not it's trickery, you'll have to do it for exams.
- [On the 'Confidence Trick' for Confidence Intervals] Make sure you don't think too much about it. These things - you can go insane. Or you can go to the philosophy department, which is a better alternative.
- Shore dinger's cat (Schrodinger's)
- The veil might burst or the veil might not burst (vial)
- That's why you never see confidence intervals in the newspapers. I tried it once personally, in the Business Times, and it backfired very badly on me... At the presentation, I explained like I am explaining to you now. All the journalists sat at the back. The next day, it came out in the newspapers. They completely misinterpreted what I said. The next day, all the letters came in. 'What is this guy talking about?'... That's why I don't talk to anyone about confidence intervals. I only talk to you about confidence intervals.
- I'm going to tell you a story about the t distribution... Why are you moaning? People complain it's too boring, so I try to liven it up with stories, but you all don't like it... for module feedback you can complain about it. Then next semester I'll change strategy again. No more 'Lady Tasting Tea', no more stories, no more pictures of Fisher. I'll put in a lot of mathematical formulas. So you will kill your juniors.
- [On Student's t distribution and yeast in Guiness Stout] The Guiness Stout you are drinking is so good because of Gosset and Poisson *laughs from audience*
- [On punchcard computing] Every 25 years the alumni office will have a dinner... For my year they sent us a punchcard as the invitation card, to remind us of those days.
- It was a really nice, real written article. You should read it before you go to bed. (real?)
- [On computer upgrades] They will send in a team to migrate my computer from here to there, and everytime they migrate something will get lost.
- My kids went on my computer in my office and they changed everything. They changed it to Mozilla... It fouled up everything... these kids of mine, they fouled up everything... She changed the configuration.
- We shall talk about Paul Krugman next time in our lecture because he has not very flattering things to say about Singapore.
- It might be worst (worse)
- Have you re'wound your tape? (rewound)
- mer'new'pew'lated (manipulated)
- [On half hearted experiments on competitive markets in Singapore] Just a bit and they cry to the government. Because they are a government-linked company they cannot lose money... 'Ok, we've tried already, it's failed'
- What's reading week like for you guys? We don't have reading week in the States... Do you sit under a tree and read a novel?
- [On a reading] I thought it was very hard when I first read this book. I sat down with 4 University Professors and took a year to finish the book, and we still weren't sure what *** was saying. I wrote to *** *** and he came down from San Francisco and spent 2 nights going through the book with us. So of course I'm going to assign it to you in your first year of college.
- Here we have a grammatical error. The next sentence is not a sentence. Why is it not a sentence? Come on, this is elementary grammar school stuff.
- 'I often hear' is not the kind of sentence I want you to use in your essays. *** *** can do that because he has 55 pages of references... you can't do that.
- [He talks about] 'truncated and degenerate' [languages], and he gives an example of a truncated and degenerate sentence. I don't think he did that on purpose. If he did, he's brilliant, but I'm not willing to concede him that.
- There's no sound in this clip because the narration was really goofy and the music was [annoying, so I removed it]
- Graph is very powerful. I don't know why you hate to use that. (Graphs are, them)
- [On a student answering another student's question] Ok thanks. You saved my life.
- Poly'boose (Polybius)
- vision'near cipher (cigenere)
- [On fast food discount coupons] One whole page of discount coupons. So mind-boggling. But who has the time to pick them out one by one? [Student: What's so hard about that?]... There are people who really use these coupons. [Me: She doesn't ah?] [Student: She's rich enough]
- When Texas Instruments first came up with the handheld calculator... 4 functions: add, divide. Add, subtract, multiply, divide. So bulky, [costing a] hundred dollars. I should have kept it, because I would be able to sell it on eBay.
- You look very confused, this girl sitting there. Come and see me. [Student: We're all very confused]
- Have you been to Disneyland? I'm sure you have... I haven't been there, don't bring me... The fee to enter Disneyland is very high, but all the rides are free. Actually the rides are not free. As economists you know that you pay a cost, in time. Queueing... Actually the queue is not very long.
- Getting Gertie's Gartle (Garter)
- It's pretty amazing what birds will do to impress their mates. *displays notice of assignment deadline* Here's what you have to do to impress me.
- [On sensory exploitation] This sounds like a theory thought up after a drunken night.
- Fashion - yes, fashion is a social construct. I've used the 's' word, in a positive sense.
- It's not a social construct. Some of you say it takes the romance out of love. You don't take the romance out of it. The romance is still in there. You just know how it comes about.
- [Student on love being genetically advantageous: How do you explain courtly love?] [Me: 'Social construct']... Victorian era... Queen Victoria did not like her huband.
- If you were a hermaphrodite, what would you do? [Student: Find another hermaphrodite and decide who's the male and who's the female] That would be a dumb thing to do.
- Just a rule of tum (thumb)
- The survey on Island (Ireland)
- [On Ireland] If they want to ask for aid, they use GNP... If they want to show that they are developed, they use GDP. Actually we do that in Singapore. There are many ways of defining the budget surplus... They give you the lower figure.
- [On Singapore's growth not coming from improved technology but increased labour and capital] It's very interesting, because he compare us to Soviet Union. That we would be like Soviet Union... our growth is by perspiration, not by inspiration. We are like a sausage factor, and will come to a dismal end. (compared, the Soviet Union)
- [On Woo and Thia, 2002] They found our TFPG [Ed: Total Factor Productivity Growth]. It was 0.94. That means it was above 0.
- [On Krugman's criticism of Singapore's not using technology to raise GDP, and Woo and Thia] Of course you may say 'sour grapes'. They say our TPFG is low, so we try and prove them wrong. That's what a lot of my colleagues did. They took the data and found ways of looking at it.
- East of Swears (Suez)
- [On import substitution] That's why sometimes you hear people say 'we just need to annex johor, and we'll be fine'.
- dry, clow clockwork (cold)
- This is known as the 'Red Queen' hypothesis. Which is very nice because it comes from another faculty. English Literature. Finally, you've something from English Literature.
- [On a description of Oregon being peaceful, with beavers and ducks] Beaver and Duck. But we've heard that ducks are very good at raping. So it's not that gentle.
- [On ants being a bad meal] Ants... A lot of poison and not very much nutrition. Mostly roughage. [Student: But they taste great.] If they're big and chocolate coated, yes.
- [On a cecidom cloning maggots] I actually find it rather cute but you will probably find it disgusting.
- [On sex having explanatory value for the world around us] If you look around campus you see a lot of evidence for the phenomenon of sex.
- [On senescence] You guys are too young to have experienced much of that. It's when your joints start hurting and you start getting really fat.
- [Me on senescence: After menopause.] Except we don't have menopause. [Male Student: Yay.] [Girl: Beer bellies.]
- The guy is going to be let off scots-free (scot)
- [On understanding the law courts] You need to be legalistically trained (legally)
- The British are very statistical people... They have statistics in their blood.
- [On Karl Pearson] He wrote so much that people during his time dind't know what he wrote.
- I'll read you a short grandfather story... Listen, listen: this is the only time I'm gonna read a grandfather story in this course.
- Have you been to the sixth storey of the Economics department? It is the only department in this faculty with photos of economists... after the lecture please make a beeline there (Why would the sociology department have photos of economists?!)
- This is like throwing a dard at a board (dart)
- [On an unbiased estimator] This could be a dart thrower who is really cock-eyed, or something like that.
- [On the Neyman-Pearson Lemma] 2 people. Jeremy Neyman and Pearson. Not Karl Pearson. Hahah! Here is the twist. Karl Pearson was dead by 1934, if you remember my little story last week.
- Polish Jew (Polish - pronounced as pore'lish]
- That's the problem with scientific theories. Once you discover it, they will seem obvious. Newton's Law of Gravity is now obvious. Einstein's Theory of Relativity is still not obvious. (them)
- [On the Uniformly Most Powerful test] When you find such a test, you should scream in joy.
- [On not covering something but recommending that we read it] And it's not easy. Not difficult to understand. (hard)
- [On hypothesis testing] Most teachers of statistics will say: Nah, there is the rule. Memorise it. Last time it was a closed book exam. Everyone can memorise it, everyone can apply it. Everyone will score 100 marks. You ask them what they are doing, they have no idea... At the end of the course they have no idea what statistics is all about. I'm determined not to fall into that trap. Sp that you know what you are doing. So that you can carry out a decent conversation with a scientist. Just remember to tell them who your teacher is. (him)
- Think through it yourself. I have already said it twice. I can repeat it n times, or even to infinity, but I will probably collapse well before that.
- studies on tweens (twins)
- Prostitution is legal in Singapore? I didn't know that.
- [On F1 racing and such] The government became a bit puritanical, then they got rid of all these things. The now they've gotten decadent and they're trying to bring all these things back.
- Another question which I can't answer here is: This is how our system works. They ask for feedback, then have a song and dance. Then the man comes up: go back to work. They have already made up their minds. They just want to give you a sense of participating.
- You're laughing, because you haven't been doing any work ***. I know. You don't do homework but I still have to teach you.
- [On student feedback] We're trying to find out. Do you all have too much work to do? *cries of assent from students*
- They pull the rug under your feet (from under)
- [Possibly on woman dominating certain industries] All these women. Slimming agencies. Gabriel, did you take a look? All these trading houses, slimming centres.
- 12 thousand. For that you can hire 3 young accountancy girls. 3 accountancy students... You can hire 3 young accountancy students. Brighten up the office, instead of this old man there.
- [On RSA deciphering] So that is why it is very secure up to, up to this moment, because you are not able to factorise a 200 digit number, in a short time. It wills take 10 to the power of 9 years to do it... the message, although you value, um, nobody will be around to read it anyway (will)
- Some of you are asking me for my instructor's manual... As the book suggests, the instructor's manual is for the instructor. (book's name)
- Economics have a long tradition (has)
- Each firm's treats the output of the competitors (firm)
- You have 3 of these equilibriums (equilibria)
- [On the break] Alright. Come back in 1 minute.
- [On deadlines] The usual loose interpretation of 'midnight' that we have in this class.
- [On a survey answered using scrap paper] In reality, it's just a survey by the paper industry to find out what paper students use.
- [On asking questions after a survey] No opinion? Brainpower has been used on the 5 points. It's going to be sleeping for the rest of the 2 hours. 'I've done my job. I've given the 5 points.'
- [On defining what's alive - respiration, metabolism, movement, reproduction etc] That definition - the 7 categories. That's for a biology textbook. But in reality it's complete nonsense.
- [On someone using a handout for scrap] Wah! Leftover paper from the lab. *Tragically* You're not supposed to recycle it till next semester.
- [On people fearing the cessations of their consciousnesses] If we were thinking with our gonads I'd think we'd be less concerned with death.
- Most of the dust in your home is actually dead skin cells. And the dust mites feed on it. *starts then stops video* How's your lunch there?
- [Video: Very little of your body is more than 10 years old.'] So the next time someone asks you how old you are you can tell them 10 years old, and you'd be mostly right.
- [On copying problems being responsible for senescence and skin and gut cells being replaced very often] This is the kind of nonsense you get from medicine students... Most people I know who died did not die of skin problems.
- If you lower the testosterone level or raise the estrogen level, you get feminised males. [Student: But they live longer.] I don't think anyone has tried that.
- All sigh murs (Alzheimer's)
- Which country has [a] comparative advantage in producing chips? Obviously Chipland.
- There was this article which I was just read (reading)
- mer'cantle'lism (mercantilism)
- [On Concorde's ad celebrating its failure and withdrawal] Retiring after 28 years - a success. But actually it was a failure.
- They boycotted the import of tuna from Mexico (banned)
- A Korean farmer went all the way there to commit suicide, to Cancun.
- [On Singapore's stand on free trade] What is Singapore's stand on this? Singapore is all things to all people.
- Everybody else? Notice I didn't say 'anybody else', I said 'everybody else'.
- [On library skills] You can go to the library and have a 2 hour lecture. And it's ex... This way is better.
- [Me on a random essay topic: 'What is truth?'] No, that's too broad. I'll make up a topic. 'What is the effect of watching too much Power Rangers on USP students?' [Student: They write good critical thinking papers]... 'What is the effect of watching too much Power Rangers on the Writing and Critical Thinking skills of USP students?'
- [On library skills] You go down to the 'DS' shelf, which is probably before the 'DT' and after the 'DR'. *chuckles from audience* It's 2 hours! That's why we shortened it.
- [On anal citation formats] This is to teach you how to follow arbitrary rules. [The skill of] Which will serve you will in life.
- [On citations] Think like a computer. Do what you're told and only what you're told.
- [On grading] It's not how much I like you. You'd all get an A if it's how much I like you.
- It's important that you don't do this. *opens essay* B! *throws away essay* Don't do that. Or don't do that in front of me. I already have rashes. Don't stress me out.
- [On essay returns] There are comments at the bottom and comments throughout. I have no life. I just do this.
- We're almost done... 3 more classes... No one's said: "But we won't see you anymore Dr ***!"
- We should start with chickens. Chickens are really dumb... Pigeons are really dumb. All they can do is shit. It actually turns out that they are art connoisseurs. They can distinguish between a Monet and a Picasso.
- [On some claims for animal cognition] If you see some of the researchers - they're so intrigued by their animals that I don't quite believe them.
- [On Bonobos] Pacman is something that they are very good at. They like Pacman.
- Tee'toe'ler (Teetotaler)
- [On a woman in a video who kept cheering her chimps on from when they were young] This is a very annoying woman... What a traumatic childhood.
- [On evolutionary psychologists' theories on most artists being males in their reproductively active years] This is what they say, which often gets them into trouble.
- [On evolutionary psychology's explanations] Funeral music... No one composes that to attract mates... Philosophy is a different issue altogether. No one uses philosophy to attract mates.
- If you're a boyband, it will give you a lot of access to females. It's not theoretical. There's a lot of evidence for this phenomenon.
- [On rhesus monkeys paying with fruit juice to see female genitalia] That's something like an innate interest in pornography.
- The first question is how to define language. Since we have lots of English Language Majors we can get a better understanding of that.
- [On Kanzi, the smart Bonobo] Since he gets a reward everytime he does something right, he's very fat.
- 60% of talking is social interaction [as opposed to 'useful' information exchange] - gossiping. So if I want to teach 2 hours of *** I need to talk for 6 hours (5)
- Plair'toe (Plato)
- [On why we use Greek letters for population statistics and Roman letters for sample statistics] The Romans conquered their Empire, so the Greeks became the population and the Romans became the sample (?!)
- I know some students I see in tutorial classes: I never see their faces in lectures, even though I peer here and there.
- Pearson's Correlation Coefficient. Which Pearson? Are you interested to know? *silence from audience*
- Although in last year's exam paper, I convinced students that playing 4D is futile.
- real'lee'tee (reality)
- spew'ryears (spurious)
- Statisticians always tend to ignore the econometricians
- Spear man (Spearman - this is someone's name)
- A supervisor is someone you have to work with. So it has to be someone reasonably congenial.
- There are some questions that you can't answer in an academic context. Where did I come from? Who am I?
- I'm not a biologist but I know I'm very similar to a pig.
- We always use American books, so we have American data. I'm trying to write a book. So maybe when your children come here to do Economics they will use my book.
- fuels (fuel)
- Any comments on the figures? Very exciting. You don't think so? You're all falling asleep.
- They don't have much money, you know. All around the world... Tobacco taxation is regressive... Beer and cigarettes are important sources of recreation for the lower income groups.
- There are goods goods and bads goods (good, bad)
- [On CPF topups and lower income groups] For them it's very important. The next day they withdraw it and it's all gone.
- Hay'gern Dazs was actually a nobody. Then they changed their name to something exotic [ie 'Häagen-Dazs'] (Häagen-Dazs)
- You go to Mandarin, how much is the chicken rice? $15. Whereas if you eat here [the Arts Canteen]... Here is not so good.
- Even the University has a hire and fire system. So if you don't see me anymore, I got fired.
- We don't take things that we know are unreasonable and try to make them sound reasonable. Despite all the articles that I've given you that may make you think that, that's not what we're trying to do.
- Could I possibly go out on a limb here? The terms are too broad? 'Truth'?, in an 8 page essay?
- People are extraordinarily not stupid, despite evidence to the contrary.
- You can laugh to your parents exponentially, where you can laugh to your boyfriend only linearly (love, while you can love)
- The peak and the tr'ow (trough)
- The Passion Correlation Coefficient (Pearson)
- Today is our last lecture. You can celebrate after this.
- Every firm in the industry is so doing. (doing so)
- I don't know why it is jug'ter'pose here (juxtaposed)
- impirical (empirical)
- These people have no alternative use for their talent: no transfer payments... After a while Tiger Woods becomes a coach. He earns very much less, but he has already made his millions. He'll sell some clothes and all of you will buy.
- See'ah'co (Seattle)
- Sair'teris paribus (Ceteris)
- The union can also tries (try)
- [On labour unions] Singapore is a unique case. The workers are all hammered into compliance.
- There are 4 short answer questions. You have no choice... Everything will be tested. *laughter from audience*
- There will be 20 short answer questions (MCQs)
- Make sure your calculator can do those power things. A simple calculator: plus, minus, times, divide - you will be in trouble.
- Make sure that you quickly sketched it (sketch)
- Actually you are graded on your class participation. Most of you don't talk. Now it's too late.
- Viz a vihz the US dollar (Viz a viz)
- When we exports goods to them (export)
- There are very much details involved (many)
- They let our Singapore dollar fluk'cheh'ate (fluctuate)
- [After the last lecture before the final] You won't be tested on this topic [, this is how I got you to come to class and pay attention, muahaha!]
- [On Singapore only controlling inflation] The whole gair'mute of things you learn in your textbook. All the monetary and fiscal policy... Singapore is a small country. (gamut)
- Your response paper is also due. You will get it back on the day of the exam. *cries of consternation* After the exam.
- [On assignments] I know you'll stay up all night doing it. That's why my assignments are always due at midnight. It's not healthy.
- [On proper replies in conversation] He could have said 'Charlemagne'. He could have juggled onions. He could have tap-danced.
- [On peer review] Don't let me give you your essays back. That's a classic Dr *** move.
- [On someone illegally zapping exorbitantly priced exam solutions for sale at a lower price] He's the pirated VCD seller... [charge a] two-part tariff.
- The same as firm's one (firm one's)
- [On Galton discovering that tall fathers have shorter sons, and vice versa] This is something that I can verify [personally] *laughs* You are making your own hypothesis already.
- [On error terms in regression analysis] Why am I telling you these stories about the History of Science? Because that is my hobby...
- I think everyone should know who Alfred Marshall is. If you don't know you should leave the room, you shouldn't be doing economics. *someone stands up* Just kidding, just kidding.
- [On something about putting Price on the Y axis instead of the X axis, as it should be, since it's the independent variable] This leads to all sorts of misery for students today, and we call that Marshall's Curse.
- This word here is homo'scare'dare'city. If you find that hard to pronounce, blame Karl Pearson. (homoscedasticity)
- Remember our ep'sai'lorn? (epsilon)
- As China assess to the, join the WTO. (accedes)
- The government simply bills you out (bails)
- [On the US and the Middle East] Either they try to be on good terms with those countries, or they attack them, for the oil.
- You are supposedly to grant every nation 'Most Favoured Nation' [status] (supposed)
- They could be buying hwheat (wheat)
- If all the developing countries are in this shoe, this framework (situation)
- [On instructor evaluation] The product you sold me is defective. I'm returning him for a full refund.
- [On handing up stuff] Who will take this mighty responsibility upon their shoulders? Thanks ***, I knew you would.
- [On instructor evaluation] I will vanish into the shadows, before all the cursing and the 'Dr *** is a big fat...' [start]
- Not even mun'ly (monthly)
- [On error values in regression] Everyday you have tsunami, right, how do you estimate GDP?
- Monty Python game, or something (Hall)
- Some very in'tyou'tive (intuitive)
- Phua song distribution... 'Phua song' is French for 'fish' (Poisson)
- I'm just differentiating. Moronic thing.
- Hello, are you talking again? Pay attention. It's coming out. You don't believe me? Ahh!
- Okay, I give you one minute to talk while I look for the transparencies.
- This is what you have for the subsidy... *flashes graph* Nice or not?
- You should come and see me... When I see your name and your marks are at the borderline, one mark for an A Star. I can give you one mark. You must have a personal relationship with me. So you must come and see me. What was I talking about?
- You might have to go through a few I-T'ray'shions (iterations)
- [On a National Geographic clip with no sound and only Old Chinese subtitles] Now you guys speak Mandarin, so you should be able to read this. Mother tongue specialists: start translating.
- If you had a life before this module, which I don't think you had, it was boring and seriously misguided... After this module you see the world in a new way.
- [On playing Devil's Advocate] You can have an essay... Last sentence: 'I don't think any of this makes sense'... You get 5 points for amusing me.
- [On humans compared to other primates] What's unique here? [Student: Erogenous attachment to mammary glands.] That's a very technical term. To put it bluntly - large breasts.
- 30% of Filipinos believe that children are god-sent. They have no idea children come from sex.
- Your pigeon: your pigeon knows Picasso. Your pigeon also knows how to walk upright. So it must be closely related to us.
- [Student on laughter in humans indicating interest: She can laugh all she wants but in the end say: 'We're only friends'] [Everyone: Aww!] This is false signalling. Next time that happens to you tell the woman: if you laugh, it means you must be interested in me.
- [On uniquely human features] Big breasts: that's basically it.
- The larger penis size in humans is not very well understood. Here's an essay topic for you guys.
- [On human penis size] Anomaly. We must put it on our list. But it's not like Intelligent Design can explain it either.
- Rare view of the module (review)
- In Singapore a lot of people learn about Evolution not by learning about it and forming reasoned opinions about it.
- [On ID proponents] It often comes from non-biologists. Chemists, physicists. Talking about things they probably shouldn't be talking about. Just like I shouldn't be talking about quantum physics.
- You are donning what [sweater] - Chelsea? [Student: This is RJC]
- Just because the topic is not coming out for the exam doesn't mean that you shouldn't pay attention. I wish we could all leave.
- You can think of multiple regression as a sneak preview of what is about to come. Not as exciting as Episode 3 of the Star Wars tri'lor'gy, perhaps. (trilogy)
- Calculators, of course, are indispensable, unless you can perform calculations in your heads, in which case you shouldn't be taking this statistical course.
- Please bring scientific calculators, not the kind you use to calculate the price of fish or chickens in the market.
- I will be open to consultation at all times. Which means during office hours. For me, office hours is 11 am to 4 pm. Don't ask me why.
- You can see me, but not in May. Because I will be away for a while. To prepare me for the torment of marking exam papers.
- Ignore the shit of glass (sheet)
- It's no problem for the human species, because we live in 3 dimensions. Cats and dogs see the world in black and white, and in 2 dimensions. I wouldn't try to lecture multiple regression to cats and dogs, but to you it's no problem.
- Sum of squared residals (residuals)
- [On multiple regression] Who can see more than 3 dimensions, please put up your hands. Maybe we can teach it to the aliens. The aliens can see in more than 3 dimensions.
- [On seeing in more than 3 dimensions] Try very hard over the weekend. If you can, let me know. If you can't, never mind.
- It is out there in mathematical space. Just like the truth is out there. *comparative silence* Not everyone got my last joke. 'The truth is out there' is a line from the X-files - my favourite TV show.
- mare'trix (matrix)
- For some reason Singapore maths teachers at the Primary and Secondary level are very fond of saying that anything divided by 0 is infinity. That is nonsense. I also learnt that [and thought that] - until I learnt that it was nonsense.
- Quite dreyd'ful (dreadful)
- *Phone rings* The F statistic is too interesting for me to be distracted.
- This is the sort of multiple regression that you're going to do in your Econometrics lecture. You're going to go beyond this, and I hope you have a lot of fun...
- There will be 5 questions, and you just answer all questions, okay? To save you the trouble of thinking which one to choose. Because invariably I, I notice if I give you a choice you will spend more time thinking how, what to choose than you actually do the problems (doing)
- [On the exam] Don't write unnecessarily. Don't write your life history, or or or, go and describe your dog or whatever.
- Now if you, if you look at the mirror, English you know - ambulance, if you, if you actually you must have seen all the ambulances, especially you see, you walk around here - NUS is just nearby. If you look at the ambulances you'll see on the front of the ambulances, there's a word. What looks like a word. If you look at it you see: how come this, this guy doesn't know English? The words are ups-, looks like but they're not word. Maybe the guy's I - dys'lick'sic, suffers from dys'lick, dys'lick'sear, reverses the the the, the position of the words. (dyslexic, dyslexia)
- Vee curls making safe turns (vehicles)
- Even deconstructionism can be deconstructed... you get an infinite regress
- Please leave the statistical tables on the table. Do not take them back with you, not even as a souvenir.

--- NUS Staff (after mid-semester break)

 

- [On answering the question she posed about the text] I have no idea. That's why I asked the question.
- Day'car (Descartes)
- Both are just sensual'ry experiences (sensory)
- Days'cart (Descartes)
- The glare will dis'dress him (distress)
- [Me on FHM: I last read it when I was a slave]... You mean you all get it for free?
- There's nothing textal about them (textual)
- Discuss (Descartes)
- [To me] It feels really weird not sharing classes with you this semester... No weekly dose of sarcasm.
- The pigs are at the side (peaks)
- [On someone who folds paper very quickly] Eh, you sell popiah one ah
- [On hair under the Nipah plant's leaves] [They] reach puberty
- Is there an insect on my hair?... It had legs... That's why I tied up my hair. [Someone: That's why I did my hair in a bun] [Me: Why don't you wear a tudung?]
- [Staff member on the ecosystem: Who eats garoupas?] Me
- [Staff member: How about soft shell crabs?] They evolve so we can eat it (them)
- [On a plant particle landing in some girl's hair] It's trying to pollinate you
- [On 'How Girls Waste Time'] Strictly speaking it's not a waste of time, because they're not doing anything anyway.
- Dee cart (Descartes)
- in this kay (case)
- [On the holes in the skull below the eyes for nerves to run through] Is this why we have eyebag? (eyebags)
- Crocodiles, when they lay eggs, the gender depends on the temperature. So when the temperature fluctuates? [Me: You get a hermaphrodite]
- [On her canines] Mine look very horrible... mine look like a chimp['s]
- [Foisting homo erectus skull cast] Say hi
- [On the other group] Why are they taking so slow? Less developed. (long)
- [On me and the Asian Prince badge] This fucker is damn weird. He has serious issues.
- [On the badger song] I think I heard that being played at Zouk
- [On some disgusting picture] This is something no man should be made to see [Someone: No woman either]
- abundant by his parents (abandoned)
- I have a very weird view. How can we decide if a thing is conscious or not? [We see] whether it i able to commit suicide.
- When you rare'fer to the consciousness (refer to)
- Moral and ethnical (ethical)
- [Me: Quote liberally from the text. That's a good way to pad the word limit] I do that a lot. (count)
- [On textual evidence] We have to support our arguments? I didn't.
- The order's argument (author's)
- The prof says that we'll learn something important by doing these writing exerices. But what?
- divided into foul classes (four)
- The faculty runks (ranks)
- udder why (otherwise)
- [On Chatterbox, the student lounge] The dustbin is outside. To prevent terrorist attack (attacks)
- [Me on embryo morphology: How about the intelligent designer used a template?] [Lecturer: So how do we phrase this?] Lazy.
- Close reading is not like lit. It's worse.
- 'Heritage' is a collection of historians and academics who have nothing better to do, so they come together to talk.
- [On the delayed effects of the baby bonus] It takes a pretty long time to get pregnant. (bear a baby to term)
- I want to have a children (child)
- [On vestigial organs] It's designed for artistic purposes.
- [On Aristotle's 4 causes] You do that for Philo? [Me: No, I do it for fun]
- [Professor on pregamic isolation mechanisms: We don't have any urge to mate with a dog] Sheep
- People are into bastiality (bestiality)
- [Lecturer: Did you have a good Valentine's Day?] Doing your tutorial.
- [On the failue of the government's policy of encouraging entrepreneurship and scholarship simultaneously] Usually the entrepreneurs are the school dropouts.
- [On the GEP retarding entrepreneurship] For those of us who came from THAT particular program, we know that we're the top 1%... Those of us from THAT particular program: we can do whatever we want, but they want you to become a President's Scholar... Only 20-30% go into the private sector
- [Professor: Did anyone bring in any music?... I brought in some special essay-returning music.] Is it sad music?
- [On the teacher leaving the class to let the students engage in independent discussion] Where's his webcam?
- [On an essay] So you got a B+ without a thesis? So we don't need a thesis. First question answered!
- I don't think a normal person is interested in Churchland. [Someone: If they're interested in Churchland, they're not normal]
- [On close reading] It's getting something out of nothing.
- We should mark each other's papers and take the average. So you give the other person A+
- He said what we write is too shallow... He has a PhD in Philosophy... It's not our problem, it's his problem (fault that's it's too shallow, fault)
- [On deep analysis] The more you wirte, the more you realise you dare'rer'vate (deviate)
- [On the Engineering writing module compared to the USP one] You should look at these 3 page readings. I can finish it in 3 minutes. I take twice as long to read a single paragraph [from our readings]
- [On writing essays for general readers rather than the teacher] We write for the sake of readerS. Not [a particular] reader. [Someone: The reader. The reader.]
- Provided the judger will be fair enough (judge)
- [On a shark's jaw whose bottle was labelled saying that human remains were found in its gut] Where're the human remains?
- [On the crabby/craggy (?) rock crab] It looks like a black pepper crab.
- Some of the traits which they sim to prefer (seem)
- Survival of the foetus (fittest)
- I can't go back to PGP. I'll get wet. [Me: You don't have an umbrella] I bet you do. You're the only guy who carries an umbrella around.
- Arts is so different from Engin. There're colours [on the wall], there're plants growing. In Engin, there're no plants. The only plant we saw was on the ceiling - a creeper.
- Old absolute hammers (obsolete)
- *My handphone SMS ring tone of Krusty the Klown's laugh sounds* For a moment, I thought the teddy bear was talking to me.
- [On living opposite Nee Soon Camp] I live up north. They have really bad air pollution.
- I don't wear female footwear. I've decided that when I get married I'll wear boots.
- [Professor: How would you catch bigger fish?] Use bigger bait
- A cheating male... can lay his own eggs [Professor: Males don't lay eggs.] Oh.
- The female isn't the oppressed one. It's the males. They all want to be queens. [Student 2: Huh?] Oops. [Student 3: Freud's heart would've been broken] (???)
- They might be es'strange'd brothers (estranged)
- [Me on genetic altruism in the Great Apes: How do you know it's genetically based?] Because they don't have 'Our Shared Values' on the back of their notebooks.
- Snapper / Snaypearl (Snapple)
- We all wonder why NTUC got the 42,000 square foot compound in Marine Parade, which we all know is a PAP heartground. (stronghold)
- Tool park (toolpak)
- Data anna'lie'sis (analysis)
- I used the ver'rai'ance (variance)
- [Me: Question: What do you learn in 'Biodiversity'? He can't answer the question.] Neither can I.
- The more attractive the peacock, the more it gets to pro-[create] [Other student: Mate. Mate. Mate.]
- [On differences between males and females] Hair loss.
- The reading only do this: spoil my eyes (did)
- [On the writing module] This module can kill my 3 other modules
- moral lerty (morality)
- [Some guy to some girl] Fuck you. No, I won't fuck you, you're a prude.
- [On science girls] Science is full of 'floaters'... They float from place to place. They like to wear extremely baggy clothes. They look as if they are floating around.
- [On my not-so-secret hair fantasy] Why don't you just shave your hair and wear a wig?
- [Me: Shrill, Anorexic, Chinese-Speaking Ah Lians] Arts is full of them. *gets frosty looks from the 2 Arts girls beside him* Non-USP arts girls.
- [Me on science floaters: Their primary prerogative is not to look good] Did you just use the word 'prerogative' when talking to me?... Never mind. I should talk more to you, then I'll become smarter. [Me: I've been told that before. Oh but you may also become more annoying.] You're annoying. [Me: Thank you.]
- [On moorhens] They're scratching like girls
- [On babies liking symmetrical female faces] Horny baby.
- It's a weird discman. It works better when spoilt.
- [On Windows] I don't know if it's a superior product, but it works for me. [Professor: Because you're locked into it.]
- [On reading week] We're not revising, we're learning new things.
- The hats of birds and mammals (heads)
- [On a class video] This is like, pirated. Stop piracy.
- You can employ a maid to replace your mom. [Professor: You replace your mom, then what will your mom do? Your mom has no job.]
- [On the Moral Majority] They can go to [a] Star Cruise... There are so many casinos in America. It's just a small casino, why are they kicking up such a big fuss?
- In Singapore, you don't just study what you want. Everyone is doing life science, because that is what the government wants.
- [On the caption for a NUS dance group in a commemorative video] 'With their feisty opening number'. 'With their slutty opening number', more like.
- [Professor: What's the function of testosterone?] Makes you horny.
- Eh nax (annex)
- [Professor: Is 'atman' the fourth state of reality?] Atman is not the author?
- Singapore adopted the Westministerial system of government on independence (Westminsterial)
- True an unaccountable, dishonest government. (through)
- Our usherers, who are located on either side of the lecture theatre. (ushers)
- I think Singaporeans are apathetic to politics. For 2 years I stay in Singapore I do not see any demonstrations. (I have lived)
- I would also like to take this op'pour'tchoo'nity... without further adue (opportunity, ado)
- [On Boys don't Cry] It wasn't very entertaining. [Me: It's not meant to be entertaining. You mean moving... Maybe you're not easily moved.] Are you kidding? I cry at commercials.
- [On a psychological experiment] Some of them, especially the guys, were quite sad because they thought they were gonna meet a girl.
- How come the richer people spend less [of their income] on health? Are they healthier?
- He is in search for the absolute truth (of absolute)
- Plair'toe (Plato)
- [On an essay on robots] I'm using Nagel [which doesn't talk about robots] and that text. [Me: What does the text say about robots?]... [Professor: Good. What does this text say about robots?] The text doesn't say anything about robots.
- The first number is force. The second number is nice. (four, nine)
- Do you want to switch papers? I'm writing a paper on anime, sex and pornography.
- [To me] Your hair looks different everyday
- The pencil-sized battery in India. It was seven bucks. [Professor: Seven bucks?] Seven Indian rupees.
- Some mandatory draught (momentary drought)
- [On a counter] The reception, there. The 'ding ding' bell, there.
- I don't know what USP is. That's why I come here. (didn't, came)
- [Professor: There's been lots of surveys showing women dind't think a longer penis mattered in sex.] LIARS! *Raucous laughter* [Other male student: {He speaks from} Personal experience]... The nerves in the vaginal lining only extend 3 inches in] [Female student: How does he know these things?!]
- They're offering a full ger'mutt (gamut)
- Tray leers (trailers)
- core don off (cordon)
- What's the ray'sh'yearn'nell for this? (rationale)
- A monopoly will generally lets to lower quantity and higher price (lead)
- David Beckham has a hairstyle that looks like a grasscutter mowed him over.
- [On his Indian and Chinese groupmates] Of course you can make out which of the 2 is Gundeep and which is Lina.
- Lina wants to earn me (own)
- [On budget hotels] They charge a daily rate of 40 to 80 dollars. Or a two hourly rate of 40 dollars. So they just - yah, you know.
- Summer tay'vern compared with... better box (Tavern, Betel)
- [On hotel room designs and budget hotel product differentiation] Yesterday's newspaper - [Mount] Fiji there. [Other student: Fetish] Other hotels: Underwater. [Other student: Even weirder fetish]
- [On places other than Hotel 81] They don't have the 2 hour rule, so they maintain a clean image.
- They don't learn chem in chem engin. They only know how to operate the machines. They know squat about what happens in the machines. [Me: So they're just technicians] We don't know how to operate the machines.
- [On the difference between Chemistry and Applied Chemistry] Instead of washing test tubes, we wash machines.
- You wait till 9 or 10om, then you go up to the 7th floor, you see an Indian construction worker and his girlfriend. [Someone: What if it's the Dean of Engineering?]
- [On one of the Miss Singapore Universe contestants] That looks like one of my friends. Who's a guy.
- [On the wonders of the web] The image search is very interesting. You type in 'beer' you get pornography.
- [On game theory in the airline industry] Let's say Boeing is already very fat. Airbus is very thin. Boeing doesn't need to eat anymore... Boeing eats too much, then it grows too fat and explodes. Airbus goes to other restaurants to eat.
- car nerg model (Cournot)
- Co'yo'to protocol (Kyoto)
- Yellow gold jewel'ler'ree (jewellery)
- Twelve ounce (troy)
- ack zit (exit)
- Elevant the problems of oversaturation (alleviate)
- a more modern fill (feel)
- Some pors'tation of future trends (postulation)
- these jewel'ler'rees (jewellery)
- [On being a Bishop] What talent do you need? Turn Undead?
- [On the girls on their toilet outing] They'll take quite long. 5 girls and 1 guy.

--- NUS Students

 

- [On a network folder] We change it every sem[ester]. So when you graduate - no point trying to hack in.

--- Assorted NUS people

 

- [On a NUS Shuttle Bus] No eating and drinking within bus premises (interior)

--- NUS Signs