Somethings are just so stupid that the surpass all records for idiocy. A Rome university professor has committed an act so idiotic that even someone like Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee would recognize its absurdity. The Professor invited the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner to lecture students on emergency procedures.
You remember the Costa Concordia, the Italian Cruse ship which capsized and sank after striking a reef off the Isola del Giglio, 32 lives were lost in that accent. Not only was the captain supposedly steering the ship close to the shore because he was trying to impress a lady friend, but he forgot that thing about getting all the passengers off the ship first. This guy was one of the first people off the boat. And this is the person you have lecturing on cruise safety? What the hell was this professor thinking?
Thankfully the Professor is being disciplined:
The dean of Rome's Sapienza University, Luigi Frati, on Wednesday expressed anger at the professor's decision to invite Capt. Francesco Schettino to give a seminar, calling it an "inappropriate and unworthy choice." Frati said he was turning the matter over to an ethics committee.Congratulations Professor, Vincenzo Mastronardi you are the latest winner of the Rep. Hank Johnson, Guam is tipping over award.
The university in a statement said that the fact Schettino was ordered back onto the ship during the evacuation of passengers in a now-infamous call leaked to the media "would be enough to brand the initiative as void of any academic purpose." It also dismissed "pathetic excuses" offered by the professor, Vincenzo Mastronardi, when confronted by the dean.
Italy's education minister called the news "disconcerting," while the prosecutor in Tuscany who is arguing for Schettino's guilt expressed indignation also at reports that Schettino had been awarded a diploma.
"What did the young people get out of this?" asked Francesco Verusio, according to Italian news agency ANSA. "I hope they made fun of him."