Underwater Basket Weaving: The REAL Story

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Weaving Baskets Under Water Is Not As Easy As It Sounds

We’ve all heard “Underwater Basket Weaving” used as a synonym for easy, impractical college courses. Turns out that underwater basket weaving is challenging, rewarding, and offered by at least two American universities: UCSD, and Saint Joseph’s College Indiana. So whence the joke about UBW?

The earliest reference to the term that I could find, searching on Newspaper Archive, was May 9, 1960…