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15 bizarre college courses

By: Laura Moss on Nov. 24, 2010, 12:25 p.m.
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The Science of Superheroes

How do you transform physics into a more exciting subject? The University of California at Irvine does so by studying the science behind superheroes like Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. For example, students in the Science of Superheroes course examine the physics of flying and fluid dynamics by studying Spider-Man. The class also studies the nature of "spidey sense" and the mechanics of Wonder Woman's invisible jet.