Students at another university have for decades complained about the painting of polar bears savaging the sinister blood red sails of a wrecked ship that stares down at them from the exam room wall. They claim it has caused all students who sit directly before it to fail. Urban myths have arisen about students who were driven to suicide (apparently in the exam room – and no, this never happened) but only after scrawling “the polar bears made me do it” on their exam paper. Well, it’s one step up from the inky hand print and “I am a fish” of Red Dwarf fame. If that reference eludes you, watch the pilot episode of Red Dwarf free on BoB. Many other good things are also available to view for free.
The real mystery is why the university never took it down or moved it to another location, preferring instead to cloak it in a flag to protect the terrified exam candidates from its malign influence.Happily, no-one has yet claimed that staring into the benign if beady eyes of our resident penguin has led to mesmeric episodes of wanton madness. It is hard to see what effect Pablo could have other than an urge to conscientiously recycle or to eat more oily fish.