Sent to me by my oldest friend, who is now a teaching assistant at university and encumbered with marking frosh term papers. She didn't come across this one, but apparently someone else was endowed with that distinction. And they ran with it by making a Flash movie out of it a la Stick Figure Theatre.

I dedicate this to everyone in my life who has dealt with malignancy and are giving the finger to cancer at every step of the way, and to my aunt, who died of breast cancer in 2000:

Subject: FW: What it's like reading, or listening to me complain about reading, freshman comp papers
Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2006 18:03:36 -0600
To: salinworld@krn7yoqa3.ct

Wylie forwarded this to me after a friend sent it to him. I second his original subject line, although I pointed out to him that this student may be a non-native speaker, whereas our students produce the same quality of work without that excuse. (And yes, I really do get papers this bad. Not all of them, of course. But some.)

Here's the original paper:
http://www.blackroses.com/~skip/tower/mphtower.com/videos/cancer.pdf

And here's where some clever person animated it:
http://www.mphtower.com/videos/cancer.html

That second link requires sound (and possibly some sort of animation plug-in, ie flash, but I'm not sure about that) and lasts several minutes. But it's quite funny--especially the conclusion.

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