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Doesn’t Know What The Devil He Is Saying

| Japan | Learning | December 16, 2013

(I teach English to high school kids in the middle of nowhere in Japan. Their English ability can lead to confusion.)

Student: “[My Name]! Go to Hell!”

Me: “What? [Student], that is so rude. You can’t say that to a teacher!”

Student: *looking horrified* “Sorry, sorry, sorry! Umm. Let’s go to Hell together!”

An Alternative Train of Thor-t

| Lincoln, England, UK | Learning | December 16, 2013

(Our history class is studying the post-Stalin thaw during the cold war. Most British accents, including ours, pronounce the word ‘thaw’ almost identically to ‘Thor.’)

Teacher: “Okay. Who can tell me a sign of the thaw?”

(The class is silent.)

Teacher: “Come on guys. Sign of thaw?”

Classmate #1: “Bifrost patterns?”

(The entire class laughs. Our teacher manages to call order.)

Teacher: “That could be a sign of any Asgardians. Anyone else?”

Classmate #2: “Trashed universities?”

Classmate #3: “Fangirls?”

Me: “Follow the hammer?”

(This carries on for roughly ten minutes before we get back to the original point. Best. Lesson. Ever.)

Swearing By The Wrong Word

| Sheffield, England, UK | Learning | December 16, 2013

(My friend’s son has gotten in trouble for swearing.)

Friend: “What did you say?”

Son: “No! Can’t say that.”

Friend: “Okay. What letter did it start with?”

Son: “It was the g-word!”

Friend: “The g-word? Spell it.”

Son: “G-O-B!”

Friend: “Is that really all you said? The punishment seems a bit harsh.”

Son: “Yeah. I only told the teacher to ‘shut her f****** gob’ and I got in trouble!”

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5 Stories of Returnaholics!

Not Always Right | Right | December 15, 2013

Weekly Roundup: 5 Stories of Returnaholics! In this week’s roundup, we take a look at those customers who try and return anything and everything!

  1. Not Quite Getting What “Return” Means
    (2,256 thumbs up)
  2. Little Console-ation In This Situation
    (1,149 thumbs up)
  3. It’s What Grammy Would Have Wanted (1,452 thumbs up)
  4. Of All The Lies To Tell (6,363 thumbs up)
  5. Past The Point Of No Return (3,158 thumbs up)

PS #1: check out our Extras section, with pictures, videos, and news!

PS #2: Read more roundups here!

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