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    Missed A Few Breadcrumbs Of Knowledge

    | Las Vegas, NV, USA | Extra Stupid, Food & Drink, Students

    English Teacher: *on analogies* “…Okay, so this answer would be ‘bagels: bread’ because, that’s what they’re composed of. See?”

    Student: “Wait a second… BAGELS ARE MADE OUT OF BREAD?!”

    An Inventive Take On History

    | CT, USA | Extra Stupid, History

    (My fifth-level French class is studying France in the 16th century. In French, the word for “this” is “cette,” and the word for “seven” is “sept,” which sound similar.)

    Teacher: *in French* “Name two inventions from this century.”

    Student: *in French* “The seventh century?”

    Teacher: *in English* “No, in THIS century. Can you imagine if I asked about inventions in the seventh century? ‘Hmm, the wheel, fire…'”

    (The other students continue making suggestions along these lines.)

    Me: “Um… the seventh century was after the fall of the Roman Empire.”

    Teacher: “Oh. So I guess they had fire already, huh?”

    Me: “Yup.”

    Canada: America’s Hat, Part 9

    | IA, USA | Extra Stupid, Geography

    (I was in a group of soon-to-be-college students playing a guessing game at our college orientation.)

    Me: Okay, so I’m thinking of a state up north…

    Girl: Canada!

    (We haven’t let her live it down.)

    Related:

    From: NotAlwaysRight:
    Canada: America’s Hat, Part 8
    Canada: America’s Hat, Part 7
    Canada: America’s Hat, Part 6

    Scientific Knowledge Is In Hot Water

    | London, England, UK | Extra Stupid, Math & Science

    (A 10th-year high school class is visiting my library. I overhear the following conversation:)

    Student #1: “…Well, submarines can’t stay down forever. They need to come up for air.”

    Student #2: “Nah, they just have to boil some water.”

    Student #1: “What?”

    Student #2: “Well when you boil water, it turns into air, so they just take water from the ocean and boil it to get fresh air.”

    Student #1: “Oh, my f***** God, [Student #2]. Are you serious?”

    Student #2: “What?”

    (I didn’t hear the rest. I had to walk away quickly to stop myself from laughing. These students were around 15 years old!)

    Needs A New Word For That Book

    | FL, USA | Books & Reading, Extra Stupid, Language & Words

    Teenager: “I need a book about ‘sars.'”

    Me: “Do you mean the disease SARS? Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome?”

    Teenager: “No. It’s for a class. That Sars book.”

    Me: “Do you mean a book on dinosaurs?”

    Teenager: *becoming agitated* “No, no. That Sars book. You know, you need it

    for school.”

    Me: “What class?”

    Teenager: “English. You know with words.”

    Me: “Wait, you mean a thesaurus?”

    Teenager: “Yeah! The Sars Book!”


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