In the UK, the best unis square off against each other on University Challenge, so Jeremy Paxman can berate boffins on TV when they can't answer an incredibly complex question about string theory or identify some random aria that was only ever heard by a French countess in the 18th century.
To America I say, keep your athletes, with their extensive sexual history and embellished grade point average. I'll take a Classics undergrad with a stammer, an IQ of 180 and the social skills of Hellen Keller any day. Like Ted Loveday, who absolutely crushed it on UC last night when it took him a nanosecond to deliver a correct answer that was literally two words no one on earth has ever heard before:
Ted's school, Gonville and Caius Cambridge, went on to accumulate 255 points, which puts them in a pantheon of University Challenge greats that rests at the foot of the Gods.
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