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    History Is Either Black Or White

    | Toronto, ON, Canada | Extra Stupid, History, Movies & TV, Students

    (I am taking a class on transportation technology, which is essentially glorified auto shop, and is extremely easy. We are currently watching a video on the Montgolfier brothers, who invented the first hot air balloon. The video features historical reenactments of small parts of their lives.)

    Student #1: “WAIT! If this was during the 18th century, how did they get this footage?”

    (Half the class looks at her.)

    Teacher: “This is a historical reenactment. People dressed up like them and were filmed like that.”

    Student #2: “Yeah! If they’d filmed the actual events, this would be black and white!”

    Calling People Numbers Is Just Mean

    | UK | Extra Stupid, Math & Science, Students, Theme Of The Month

    (I’m a TA, answering students’ queries about lab report writing in psychology.)

    Student: “Okay, I’ve got the mean age 22.5. What else do I need to describe about the participants?”

    Me: “What other information do you have from your questionnaires?”

    Student: “Um, gender and ethnicity. Oh, I can report those… So they had a mean gender of 1.6 and a mean ethnicity of 1.3.”

    Me: “What?!”

    Student: “A mean ethnicity of 1.3.”

    Me: “Are you sure about that?”

    Student: “Yeah, look, the mean is 1.3.”

    Me: “So, if you’d never met me and I wrote you a letter saying that my ethnicity was 1.3, you wouldn’t find that a bit weird?”

    Might As Well Search All Of History

    , | GA, USA | Books & Reading, Crazy Requests, Extra Stupid, Students

    Student: “Can you help me find a book my professor told me to get?”

    Me: “Of course. What is the name?”

    Student: “Umm, I don’t remember…”

    Me: “That’s fine; do you happen to know the author?”

    Student: “No…”

    Me: “Oh, well, is it on reserve? What’s your professor’s name?”

    Student: “…the class is history?”

    Me: “Which history class is it?”

    Student: “Um…”

    Me: “Okay, well, we’ll try a general search. What’s the book about?”

    Student: “I think dead people…?”

    Sin (Free) City

    | ON, Canada | Extra Stupid, History, Religion, Students

    (I overhear this conversation in geography class.)

    Student #1: “Jesus was a Jew.”

    Student #2: “No, he wasn’t.”

    Student #1: “Yes, he was!”

    Student #2: “No, he wasn’t. He was Christian!”

    Student #1: “He was a Jew! That’s why they call it Jew-rusalem!”

    Knows My ABCs But Not ‘E’s

    | The Netherlands | Extra Stupid, Students, Technology

    (One of my colleagues is supervising students in a research project. The day she is supposed to train them on how to conduct the study, she falls ill and asks me to take over. During the training, I help the students install the necessary software.)

    Student: “So where do I get those files?”

    Me: “Do you have an Internet connection?”

    Student: “No.”

    Me: “Then take this flash drive and open Explorer, please.”

    Student: “Explorer… Er… Internet?”

    Me: “No, Windows Explorer.”

    Student: *now puzzled* “What…?”

    Me: “Just hit Windows key and E.”

    Student: *more and more confused* “What…?”

    (I reach over and hit the appropriate keys. Windows Explorer pops up.)

    Student: “Oh my, that’s just too technical for me!”


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