There’s little doubt that True Detective has permeated the culture. The HBO drama, currently in production of a much talked-about second season, has inspired everything from kitschy crafts to Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Now comes further proof of the extent of the show’s appeal: a finance professor used the names of the show’s characters in his test questions.
Okay, it’s only a practice test, but still, finance students should take solace in the fact that their discipline is not as fusty as it appears, and that your professor can be just as on top of the zeitgeist as anyone else. Is this the beginning of an academic trend? Will we see economics test questions asking for the exact extent of the Lannisters’ debts? Or Walter White-inspired chemistry projects? Oh, hang on, we’ve already had that. By the way, can anyone tell me the answers to the finance questions?