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Updated on Saturday, October 18

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OMG: Play #31: The Iron Ring

In my experience, there is not a single group that is more intolerable than the engineers. They walk around with their cocky leather jackets, traversing the halls as slowly as possible as if they own the place, and never hesitate to rub it in your face how inferior your program is to theirs. They routinely get open book midterms and exams, yet still end up with mediocre marks. They have a whole week off when they need to study for midterms, with no assignments or homework to worry about. Lastly, their exams are purposely scheduled to be evenly spread out, showing just how much they are babied and coddled.

Despite all of this hullaballoo, people seem to respect them. One must ask, what exactly do they have that makes them so respectable? I’ve heard tell that it’s the way that they think and solve problems. If that’s the case, *I* can be an engineer by solving a Su-Doku puzzle every time I drop a deuce. What makes them so special?

It’s their iron ring. Putting it on makes them the hero. Women are drawn to their irresistible cocky attitude.

The play: Pretend to befriend an engineer. Then, pretend to be mopey about not really having a keepsake after finishing your challenging degree. The engineer will suggest pretending to have his/her ring lost and will and order a replacement ring for you. Put it on, and you can rule. Girls will flock to you when they think that you will make something out of your life.

Why it Works: Despite being unruly, self-centered, egotistical, sassy, pampered, bell-curved, sanctimonious, unreasonable, over-compensated, under-worked, tactless, cocky, complacent, impossible, pompous, self-righteous, lazy, and completely unacceptable, women will accept them because of their ring. By putting on the ring, you can walk both worlds: the success of the engineer and the responsibility of the working man.

68 comments

  1. You might have schizophrenia.

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  2. I'm in engineering and I've never seen anyone wear an iron ring outside of IRC/S week.

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    1. Really? My cousin and uncle are engineers, and they never take their rings off.

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    2. That is weird.

      All of the engineers I know wear theirs.

      It is a mark of pride and achievement.

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    3. I think he/she is referring to never seeing anyone wear an iron ring "traversing the halls as slowly as possible as if they own the place". Which seems to be something that OP is complaining about.
      Engineers don't get their ring until their last school term.

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  3. Have you considered that perhaps you're the intolerable shithead? You can take your pathetic arts degree, useless high GPA and shove it up your insufferable asshole.

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    1. It sounds like you are the intolerable shithead / insufferable asshole.

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    2. So funny, you just proved the OP right.

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  4. Someone's mad because girls aren't swarming him. Also, you can't be an engineer by solving a Sudoku puzzle, sorry.

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    1. His fedora is cocked the wrong way

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  5. Lol bud you got it all wrong, come write one of our core course exam in Eng and you'll be running back to Arts like the little girl that you are.

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    1. Sounds like OP was right.

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    2. Not that I agree with the OP, but you're only helping his case. Grow up.

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  6. Open book exams don't make the exam easy. Did it ever occur to you that not all courses are set up the same way? Most of our courses don't involve memorization and spitting out facts.

    Why don't you try to be proud of your own program instead of hating on others? So what if engineers wear iron rings? It's been around for almost a century and has great symbolic values. Not all people share your opinion on the iron ring.

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    1. Seriously.

      Open book scares the crap out of me, it means nothing will be held back when it comes to the complexity of the problem.

      They try not to set up our courses like a lot of the arts and some of the science courses where we don't regurgitate the contents of our textbooks, we actually have to understand the concepts at a fundamental level.

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  7. I'm a girl and whether a guy is wearing an iron ring or not does not influence how attracted i am to him.

    * also, the reason students are allowed open-book tests/exams is because the book won't make a difference because the exam is like 40 times harder.

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  8. I'm a girl, and I don't think I'm gonna get any guys when I get my iron ring.

    I don't think I'm going to get any guys, period. LOL

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    1. ... you could get me ... I'm a guy ... !

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    2. you can do better, 9a!

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  9. "It’s their iron ring. Putting it on makes them the hero. Women are drawn to their irresistible cocky attitude."

    *Tips fedora*

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  10. I've never had an open-book exam, but I think they'd be even more terrifying than the ones we go through. Also, the only engineers who get midterm week off are the ones in 1A. Many of us just choose to skip classes and assignments that week. I'm not sure how this "fact" keeps getting spread around!

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    1. Even with the week off, those lectures are reassigned as makeup lectures that are distributed throughout the remaining weeks, which makes your schedule even more packed.

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    2. Nope, some disciplines get hell week up until 4th year.

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  11. OP, what about female engineers? Do women flock to them too cause they wear the iron ring?

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  12. sounds like OP met some Engineers that made him feel bad.

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  13. Are engineers often cocky ? Perhaps.
    Does open-book make an exam easy? definitely not.

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  14. lmao, like engineers could solve a sudoku puzzle #toplels
    / le math faculty master race ~_~

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  15. Wow I don't even know where to start with this completely uninfirmed post...

    "They walk around with their cocky leather jackets" - Never owned one, I think it's a nice concept for showing your pride in your program, but those jacket looks hideous!

    "traversing the halls as slowly as possible as if they own the place" - I HATE people who walk slowly and congest hallways.

    "never hesitate to rub it in your face how inferior your program is to theirs" - I've never thought that. All programs have their highs and lows. Sure im probably a decent engineer but that doesn't mean that I could ever be any kind of a scientist. Society needs variety, and some people are better suited for particular jobs. Thats OK in my books.

    "They routinely get open book midterms and exams, yet still end up with mediocre marks" - I think I ony had 1 or 2 open book midterms. These are WAY more terrifying that a closed book exam. You never know what to expect and that open book RARELY helps. I graduated with good grades in my opinion (mid 80s). I had to work hard for this, same as ANY other student, regardless of their program.

    "They have a whole week off when they need to study for midterms, with no assignments or homework to worry about" - I NEVER had this. I think there are only a handfull of programs who do this early on. \i doubt it hlps because you still need to catch up on everything you missed that week.

    "their exams are purposely scheduled to be evenly spread out, showing just how much they are babied and coddled" - I think I had a decent exam schedule 1/8 of my semesters. I think our schedules MAY be a little more spread out because we don't really get a wide variaety of course selection (even for "electives") so everyone pretty much has almost idential schedules.

    "Despite all of this hullaballoo, people seem to respect them.... etc" - I personally think that if I had to pick the one most valuable thing I was taught it is problem solving. Different faculties teach material different, and there are always exceptions. I think its important for engineers to be able to effectively solve problems... thats like a core requirement! It's like saying that a German Studies student needs to speak German.

    "It’s their iron ring. Putting it on makes them the hero" - I LOVE my ring beause I worked really hard to earn it. Do I wear it every day? Yes. Do I shove it in someones face? No, I only point it out if someone akes me specifically about it.

    "The play: ... etc" - Uh... what? Seriously?

    "Why it Works:... etc" - I don't even know what to say to this. I definitely think that I am underpaid and overworked. But I just graduated and I want to prove myself.... to myself. And I really wish that this statement worked for both genders. I've nEVER had a guy "drop his panties" or so to speak because I am (or will some day be) a "successfull" engineer.

    You sound like somene who probably had a bad experience with an engineer (or a few). Your response was to create a stereotype that you applied to EVERYONE. I hope that I don't have to tell you that sure, maybe there are stereotypes, but that doesn't mean that every single person fits into it. I was offended by that you said, and I don't even kow you.

    Why did I respond to this? Because I worked hard to be where I am now, and it sucks to have complete strangers think that you're a douchebag just because I chose to become an engineer.

    - Recently graduated female engineer

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    1. "I definitely think that I am underpaid and overworked."

      That may have to do with the aforementioned female thing :( Don't settle for a shitty job!

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    2. I'm sure if he was fob, good looking, and sexy he would get away with it.

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  16. > Women are drawn to their irresistible cocky attitude.

    FUCK OFF YOU MISOGYNISTIC ASSWIPE, WOMEN ARE NOT YOUR ARMCANDY PRIZE, WOMEN *ARE* ENGINEERS

    And you *wonder* why you can't get a date....

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    1. It's true! Women *ARE* engineers....of babies.

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    2. temper tantrum much? any who jesus, stop exposing stuff about ppl's characterz

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  17. As an Engineer, nothing could make me happier than you thinking I'm a cocky shithead. And no engineer would ever order a ring for someone else. That'd never happen.

    U mad bro!?

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  18. Jesus.. You might have some other issues..

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    1. Jesus DEFINITELY had issues.

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    2. I did not have an issues! I am a normal human, you people are the ones with issues!

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  19. Has anyone thought that maybe OP is trolling?
    im an engineer and I thought this was a little funny

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  20. I only skimmed this post because it was so fucking boring.. so all I got out of it was someone has an issue with their cock ring. Is this close?

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    1. yea except it only fits pussies, a conundrum i know.

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  21. Can't we all just get along?

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  22. OP is this you

    http://glossynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Bundle-of-sticks1.jpg

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  23. Yes and no. If OP is arts, then go check out the arts, you'll have the same cocky attitude, just applied to different subjects. Science, AFM, CS, etc., it's all the same. However, you can also find the nicest people in all subjects. It's not the one symbolic item that makes the person cocky, it's the person themselves who chooses to be cocky. There are mean people all around, there are also the nice people everywhere.

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    1. "If OP is arts, then go check out the arts, you'll have the same cocky attitude, just applied to different subjects. Science, AFM, CS, etc., it's all the same."

      Nope. Those in CS / engineering / Math are the worst when it comes to the cocky attitude. The only time I ever hear artsies complain about engineers are when they are attacked first -- which is usually the case.

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  24. Lmao op is a gayfag. Gtfo op run away with your toilet paper arts degree!!!!

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    1. You sure sound admirable. /s

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    2. lol stfu u skinny bitch

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  25. We in CS and Math also solve problems and understand concepts at a fundamental level. The only difference with engineering is that the engineering program includes 7 courses instead of 5. What now.

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  26. Guys chill, it's obvious OP asked a bunch of girls out and they turned him down in favour of dating an engineer so he thought, "well I'm gonna go write a seething post on OMGUW, that'll show them." Good job, OP, you sure got us.

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  27. Just so everyone knows, those jackets are available to everyone, it is just more common for engineers to get them

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    1. http://www.waterloostore.uwaterloo.ca/leather_jackets.html

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  28. https://ece.uwaterloo.ca/~dwharder/epel/Lecture_materials/

    Read the first set of slides and understand why the Iron Ring is so important and what it means to have an; perhaps it will help you understand what it means beyond a simple tool to 'pick up' girls. It is a symbol for Engineers educated in Canada to remind them that they have a responsibility to the public's safety.

    Pro Tip: You having an Iron Ring won't change the fact that you can't get a date. Too bad there is nothing you can buy to change your personality. Maybe you should buy the jacket and stuff it down your throat; your inability to talk will definitely help.

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  29. In engineering and can confirm that ~ 75% of engineers act like autists

    arts degree is literally worthless though, it's literally a quick money grab by unis. better no degree than an arts degree imho

    protip: that writing was so fucking horrible, i threw up when i fucking read it. i sincerely hope you're not majoring in anything english-related

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  30. Why do all non-engineers make sweeping generalizations about other people? I'm so sick of it!

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  31. Must get 69 comments on this thread... Hnnnnngg

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  32. why are you writing like that?

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