Trinity College sacks Professor Conan T. Barbarian – top Irish university site parodied
Prank profile announces the arrival of a novel new member to the English Department
Trinity College Dublin’s website was parodied by an unknown prankster who set up the academic profile of their English Department’s newest lecturer Conan T Barbarian.
The fake profile, including a photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his 1982 role, was soon removed but not before it was archived. This parody site has now gone viral.
Spokeswoman for Trinity, Caoimhe Ni Lochlainn, said the University’s website had never been tampered with before. She also confirmed that it was an inside job and not the work of an external hacker.
The mock profile includes references to the plot of the 1982 movie which launched the former Schwarzenegger’s movie career.
Prof. Barbarian’s full title on the was given as “Dr Conan T. Barbarian, B.A.(Cimmeria) Ph.D. (UCD). F.T.C.D. (Long Room Hub Associate Professor in Hyborian Studies and Tyrant Slaying).”
The profile went on to describe how Barbarian had been “ripped from his mother's womb on the corpse-strewn battlefields of his war-torn homeland, Cimmeria, and has been preparing for academic life ever since”.
“A firm believer in the dictum that ‘that which does not kill us makes us stronger,’ he took time out to avenge the death of his parents following a sojourn pursuing his strong interest in Post-Colonial theory at the Sorbonne.”
It said Barbarian has completed a PhD entitled ‘To Hear The Lamentation of Their Women:
Instructions of Masculinity in Contemporary Zamoran Literature’ at UCD"
It stated that he was appointed to the School of English in 2006, “after sucessfully decapitating his predecessor during a bloody battle which will long be remembered in legend and song”.
The mock profile also announced ““In 2011/12, he will be teaching on the following courses: ‘The Relevance of Crom in the Modern World’, ‘Theories of Literature’, ‘Vengeance for Beginners’,
‘Deciphering the Riddle of Steel’ and ‘D.H. Lawrence’.
“He strongly objects to the terms of the Croke Park agreement and the current trend for remaking 1980s films that he believes were perfectly good enough in the first place.”
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