Hell-raising prof inspired by Ig Nobel winner

GoToHell_250wA professor who contractually condemned his students to hell was inspired by an Ig Nobel Prize winner. WKRN reports:

Frustrated over cheating allegations, one professor at Middle Tennessee State University took the idea of a traditional honor code in a controversial direction. Suspecting that one of his MBA candidates had just cheated on an exam, Professor Thomas Tang had each of them sign a pledge that said if they had cheated, they’d be condemned to an eternity in Hell. The pledge went on to say if the student cheated they will “be sorry for the rest of [their] life and go to Hell.”…

tang_250wTang said he based his pledge on an academic study showing students who read the Ten Commandments before an exam were less likely to cheat.

The academic study that inspired Professor Tang was performed by Dan Ariely. Professor Ariely, a polymath, was awarded the 2008 Ig Nobel Prize in medicine for demonstrating that high-priced fake medicine is more effective than low-priced fake medicine.

News Channel 5 put Professor Tang’s contract on line, where you may draw inspiration reading it.