Fractionally More Stupid

| Learning | January 5, 2016

(While at history club, the topic wanders over into ethnicity. We start discussing what ethnicities we are:)

Me: “I’m 1/8 Danish.”

Student #1: “I’m 1/3 German.”

Me: “No, you’re not. It’s not possible to be 1/3 anything.”

Student #2: “Well, my daughter is 1/3 Mexican, 1/3 Thai, and 1/3 White.”

Me: “Let’s ignore the fact that “White” is not an ethnicity. That’s not possible. What are her parents?”

Student #2: “I’m Mexican, and her father is 1/2 Thai and 1/2 White.”

(I then proceeded to draw a rough diagram of how that meant the daughter is 1/4 Thai, 1/4 White, and 1/2 Mexican. Not one person in the room of five other students agreed with me.)

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