You don't have to be a student at the University of Toronto to know what went down yesterday in that first-year psychology lecture. In fact, you don't even need to be a student or resident of Toronto at this point. Practically the entire province is now aware of a professor's slip up that resulted in one of the most simultaneously awkward yet hilarious moments we've ever heard of when it comes to university lectures. 

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If you aren't aware of what went down, students in a psychology class at the University of Toronto took to social media to share what can only be described as the most embarrassing thing that could ever happen in a lecture hall.

The professor of the class had just set up his laptop and begun teaching when a porn video that was on his browser began to play on the projector for the entire class to see. The video quickly made its rounds on Twitter but has since been taken down.

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September 25, 2018

Surprisingly, the professor didn't cancel the lecture or really do anything apart from taking the video down and, according to students, said "well that was awkward" and resumed teaching. At face value, it seemed that was the end of the story. Though many students are convinced it's actually a part of something bigger. 

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September 24, 2018

One Reddit user who claims they were a student of the professor's back in 2008 believes the whole thing was staged. This is because a similar odd instance had happened in their own class with the professor, that had been part of a skit meant to enhance the lesson that was being taught that day: 

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Surprisingly enough, it turns out that using pornography as lecture material isn't a foreign concept. It's actually been used as educational material in Psychology, Sociology, Gender Studies and sexuality-based courses. But, when you start including that kind of media in your lecture, it is common practice to give students the option not to participate. 

Considering it can be a slippery slope with that kind of content, and many professors would be expected to give students a heads up, it does seem like a bit of a stretch that this was all a part of the professor's plan. But, if the alleged former student is right, maybe it really was intended to be some kind of stunt to enhance the class. Everyone was paying attention, that's for sure. 

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September 25, 2018

As of now, the University of Toronto hasn't released any statements on the issue. Since the situation is being treated as more of an accident than a topic of appropriate lecture material, we most likely won't hear about the situation again regardless of the intention, or lack thereof, behind the video.

While we may never know the truth, at least we have some quality memes and the professor's Rate My Prof page to remember this monumentally hilarious moment in Canadian university history.

Source: Reddit, Inside Higher Ed