Professor pees on other professor's door

Tihomir Petrov, a 43-year-old mathematics professor at California State University, Northridge, was charged with two counts of uirnating in a public place, specifically the office door of a colleague in the same department. As BB pal Jim Leftwich emailed me, I guess you could say that Petrov "is a real math whiz." From the AP:
Investigators say a dispute between Petrov and another math professor was the motive.

?The Los Angeles Times says Petrov was captured on videotape urinating on the door of another professor's office on the San Fernando Valley campus. School officials had rigged the camera after discovering puddles of what they thought was urine at the professor's door.

"Professor charged with peeing on colleague's door"


  1. Heh! Heh! That is my Alma Mater, too. I can tell you, when it rains in Southern California, it pours.

  2. There are over 23 different campuses in the California State University system. This was specifically the Northridge campus.

  3. Remember folks…just because I know more about math than you could begin to understand, I put my pants on one leg at a time, and piss on my enemy’s doorknob just like you.

  4. So will he have to become a registered sex offender for the rest of his life and not go within so many yards of a school or library now? Public urination is categorized as a sex offense.

  5. Too bad this wasn’t the physics department. He could have claimed he was working on “stream theory”.

    Ba dump bump.

    I’ll be here all week, folks.

  6. Two counts? That’s interesting. I imagine the first count was for the main stream, then another count for the final shake.

  7. Theorem.
    Given p subspaces of an infinite vector space P, the maximum range of each p will be < or = to the distance, d, between P and the target door, D.

  8. Students are advised to submit their papers to Prof. Petrov by leaving them on his desk, or when he is left inside on evenings so inclement that he cannot go walkies, on the floor of his office.

  9. >>”Public urination is categorized as a sex offense.”<< No it isn't. Sincerely, A guy with a ticket for public urination.

  10. Best comment I’ve seen elsewhere: “I’m surprised he didn’t make a grad student pee for him.”

  11. I wouldn’t be surprised if there wasn’t alcohol involved. I had a co-worker, a teetotaler, who was very repressed and uptight. When he got fed up with the company one day, he started peeing in the stairwell until they caught him and fired him.

    Oddly, a month after losing his job I saw him and he seemed defiant about it, not embarrassed, like doing that actually satisfied some urge that was important to him. I don’t know if he thought that made him Cool Hand Luke, but to everyone at the flood company it was just “Eeeew! He did what? Why? Why would someone do that?”

    1. Ahahaha! I know exactly who you mean, chumpmeat!

      Luckily, you mentioned what kind of company…and yes, I saw him a few months afterward, still doing his Cool Hand Luke bit.

      A few crazy incidents occurred at that place, didn’t they?

    2. For some strange reason, this has got me to thinking of how many ways kitty litter can be marketed. And the various kinds of scoops they sell that let you sift through your cat’s poop.

      If toxoplasmosis was somehow involved, it would make sense that there would be a market for cat-poop toys. Socially unacceptable, but the pet makes a good alibi.

      It sounds like maybe your CHL and Dr Petrov might both benefit from joining a diaper pail club.

  12. A good friend of mine (and a Cal State Northridge alum, oddly enough) told me about a prank they used to pull in the dorms there. They called it the “piss puck,” and it entailed freezing your urine in a petri dish and then sliding the resulting pee-disk under the victim’s locked door. That way, you could pee on their floor without ever setting foot in their room.

    Too bad Prof. Petrov didn’t know my friend.

    1. You can get more volume by cutting a small hole at the bottom of a plastic bag. Then slide the plastic bag partway under the door. Pour your urine into the bag. It flows out the hole.

  13. There’s something about California universities and mathematicians. When I was in grad school back in the ’80s, a UC math graduate student attacked and killed his major professor as the professor stood at a urinal.

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