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Andrew Huff / January 4, 2010 11:02 AM

For reference: Discovery Center, aka that place that puts a weird retro catalog in The Reader every month or so.

I'd probably teach a class on how to blog or something. Or, for something wacky, maybe TV Avoidance, for people who can't help but stare at televisions wherever they may be.

Jim / January 4, 2010 11:33 AM

Classic North American turtle husbandry techniques... proven to nab that wealthy real estate lawyer you've been eyeing at the bar by using the pickup line, "Hey, my one friend can store sperm for 4-5 years" [wink] [wink]

Caffrin / January 4, 2010 11:53 AM

True answer: something about how to write a good resume and cover letter. What I'd rather teach: how to make a killer mixtape (although, admittedly, there are plenty of sources out there for both of those). Class I'd most like to take? How to fret less. Or a class on having better handwriting.

Andrew / January 4, 2010 12:26 PM

I should have mentioned that this question was inspired by Caffrin, btw.

Mucky Fingers / January 4, 2010 12:33 PM

Introductory or intermediate guitar. I have 22 years experience, although I'm sure being left-handed will visually confuse a few students.

R / January 4, 2010 12:48 PM

"When You Say You'll be there in 10 minutes, but it takes 30: the Art of Always Running Behind Schedule"

annie / January 4, 2010 12:51 PM

Nothing and not only because I can't think of a thing I could teach, but because I had a horrible experience at their main office a few years ago. Picture the waiting room in Beetlejuice (the guy with the shrinking head, he exists!)

paul / January 4, 2010 1:12 PM

I already teach enough Web Development classes - and I'm not sure Discovery would offer the highly specialized stuff I'd like to teach more of -Troubleshooting Cross Browser Compatibility in 30 Seconds or Less, Replacing Your Cheesy Flash Effects with Cheesy JQuery Effects, etc.

I would love to really put some "Bootcamp" in 'Bootcamps'. DROP and give me 20 CSS3 rules!

I think I could do some good if I taught Photoshop (or Elements) for Foodbloggers. Learn how to White Balance people!

Also, I probably have the credentials to teach an Advanced Beer Drinking Bootcamp.

Guy Smiley / January 4, 2010 1:49 PM

"I See You...First!: How to Spot People Before They Spot You And Avoid Awkward Situations". Seriously, I am really good at doing this.

kstud / January 4, 2010 1:51 PM

It was mentioned this weekend that I should teach a Charades workshop at the Discovery Center.

Here's a free taste - Step 1: Abandon fear of looking stupid. Step 2: Acquire a ruthless desire to win.

There are more, but you'll have to sign up for the class. Getting your hands on my handy dandy "sounds-like" cheat sheet is worth the price alone.

Tracie / January 4, 2010 3:05 PM

I'd love to teach a class on cellphone/blackberry/iPhone etiquette. In my fantasy, this would be a required class prior to buying these devises.

I would also love to teach a class on networking for introverts. We can do it, just not the same way as extroverts.

fluffy / January 4, 2010 8:10 PM

How to relate to & communicate with your cat (as long as your cat is not an idiot), How to properly curse, How to effectively drink manhattans

cliff / January 5, 2010 10:09 AM

Andrew, I'd totally sign up for your TV Avoidance class. I have "shiny object syndrome" and I hate it when a TV is on in a restaurant. So much so that I've seriously considered purchasing one of those keyfobs that broadcasts the "off" signal across all major brands.

As far as classes I would teach? Perhaps "Social Skills for Geeks"? Or maybe "Hygiene Is Your Friend: A Primer for Gamers".

jlp / January 5, 2010 4:23 PM

how to be anxious when your life is great and fabulous.

Meems / January 5, 2010 5:21 PM

How to get people to warm up to you when they want to automatically not like you

Spook / January 6, 2010 11:19 AM

I'd be school'n em on how to.... kick it over here baby pop and let all the fly skimmies, feel the beat mmm drop!

A. Lewellen / January 6, 2010 1:36 PM

Advanced Garbage Picking For Dummies.

Anon / January 6, 2010 5:32 PM

Use of the library.

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