“Rocks that are next to each other in Massachusetts now were also next to each other 400 million years ago.” That’s how one anonymous Amherst geology major summarized his or her senior thesis for lolmythesis.com.  

How would you sum up your own thesis in a single sentence? After coming across lolmythesis.com, the college asked this question on Facebook; some of the responses are above.

This rock-researcher is not the only Amherst writer to contribute to lolmythesis.com this winter. From one music major: “Being Czech, and writing music that sounds Czech, are similar but different.” A European studies major posted, “Mothers-in-law abuse daughters-in-law because Patriarchy.” And from a political science major: “Party system institutionalization: never want to type institutionalization again.”

“If you’re used to analyzing things based on distance, then you might consider doing a different kind of analysis using a different kind of distance.” Benjamin Dickman ’08

“Some genes don’t change much, some do.” Christine Cain ’86

“The 13th century French version of The Quest of the Holy Grail was written by an evangelical Christian.” Robert Owen Williams ’91

“Interstate highways help the American economy, but it is hard to assess the magnitude of the effects.” Robert Elwood ’96

“The narrative of The Awakening cannot operate without Edna Pontillier’s body.” Kate Silbaugh ’85

“Gerry­­mandering based on race raises complicated issues.” Adam Bonin ’94