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    Posted on Sep 29, 2017

    Five Cool Things You Didn't Realize You Could Do At The University Of Kentucky

    UK is famous for a lot of things, but some of the coolest things on campus are the things nobody knows about. Here are 5 hidden gems that I discovered while studying at UK. Disclaimer: The information contained in this post is strictly for entertainment purpose. The opinions presented here in no way reflect the opinions of the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences. Laughing, giggling, smiling, chuckling and snickering are highly encouraged.

    Sing in an opera about basketball (or just watch)

    UK has a good basketball team, and we also have a good opera program. So obviously, the logical thing to do is to combine them, right? Get excited for the world premiere of this new opera!

    Experience a medieval baptismal font

    This beautiful item from the 11th century was part of the personal art collection of Mr. John Gaines, a long-time benefactor of UK. He donated many items from this collection to UK's Newman Center, and several, including this baptismal font, are on display there. Not only is this font kept in plain view, it is used. Every day. You can literally dip your fingers into a font that people have been dipping their fingers into for almost 1,000 years.

    See a lock of hair from William Wordsworth

    Via poetryfoundation.org

    William Wordsworth was an English Victorian poet. UK's Special Collections center, housed in the M.I. King Library, managed to get ahold of some strands of his hair. If you ask nicely, the staff will let you see them for yourself.

    Have a conversation in Ancient Greek

    Raphael's School of Athens / Via upload.wikimedia.org

    Yes, it is a dead language. No, there are no native speakers anymore. But yes, there are people who speak it anyway. Every Wednesday at 1pm, a group of students meets to have conversations in the same language that Socrates spoke 2,500 years ago.

    Hold an 8,000-year-old clay tablet

    Photo taken by Evelyn Hudson: 95m 10: cuneiform tablet, Joe Nickell Collection, 2004 B.C.-1990, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

    If you thought Ancient Greek was old, try Sumerian. That's the language of the inscription on this clay tablet, written using a writing system called cuneiform. Like Wordsworth's hair, this is housed in Special Collections in the M. I. King Library, just a hop, skip, and a jump away from White Hall Classroom Building. The staff is always happy to show it off, and they will let you look at it, take pictures of it, and even hold it.

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