Filling Up On Logic

, | Alberta, Canada | Learning | April 20, 2013

(I work part-time as a clerk in a small store while I was in university where I can study when it’s not busy. I’m reading a logic textbook one afternoon when a customer comes up to the till.)

Customer: “Logic! that looks interesting!”

Me: “Yes, I enjoy it but it isn’t enough to make a career out of, unfortunately.”

Customer: “That’s not true! My brother has a PhD in phenomenology and he was the best fit of all of our siblings to take over my father’s gas station!”

Romulus & Dufus

| Poughkeepsie, NY, USA | Learning | April 19, 2013

(We are playing a game modeled after a game show on TV to go over material for our history class.)

Teacher: “Okay, here’s the question: What people lived in the Roman Empire before the Romans?”

Ditzy Student: “Italians!”

Tolerating Intolerance Can Be Intolerable

, | USA | Learning | April 19, 2013

(The professor has just finished a lecture involving the vanara, a race of monkey-like semi-divine beings in an Indian religion. One student is frowning and clearly upset.)

Professor: “Ah, [student]? Do you have a question?”

Student: “I don’t know. Do people, like, actually believe in this stuff?”

Professor: “…What?”

Student: “I mean, it’s so ridiculous! People don’t actually believe this is real, right? So stupid.”

Professor: “Well, all right. You’re a Christian, aren’t you?”

Student: *proudly* “Yes, I am!”

Professor: “Do you interpret the Bible literally?”

Student: “Of course I do!”

Professor: “Well, there are plenty of things in the Bible that seem ridiculous or impossible as well, and yet you believe in those. I think it’s a little unfair to treat Hinduism — or Hindus — any differently.”

Student: “That’s completely different!”

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Dating A Psychology Student

| Learning | April 19, 2013

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Now Play The Thong Song

| MA, USA | Learning | April 18, 2013

(I teach viola lessons to students ages 6 to 18. One day I am showing a fourth grader how to change a string.)

Me: “You unwind it from here, see, and then just take it out of the tailpiece.”

(The student successfully removes the string and brandishes it.)

Student: “Look! I pulled off my G string!”

Me: *trying very hard to keep a straight face* “Good job, honey. Just never say that again, okay?”

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