Thanks for the tip, anonymous reader!
Looks like success has absolutely nothing to do with a Harvard degree.
Turns out, according to the Wall Street Journal, that tons of cool, smart people got rejected from the revered institution — and then went on to achieve greatness. And so, we have to ask — though in fairness, NY Magazine asked it first — “is Harvard stupid?”
Harvard just employed its first Professor of Egyptology, Peter Der Manuelian, since the last person to have this position died 68 years ago. The last professor, George A. Reisner, died in 1942 on an excavation in Giza, Egypt. It makes some sense that a discipline devoted to a 4,000-year-old civilization takes 68 years to get a new professor… so better late than never? Possibly, but Harvard still has a ways to go before competing with our Department of Egyptology.