(This took place in my junior year chemistry class, as we were discussing half-lives. I have always been a well-known theatre geek, and that year a popular musical had just been made into a movie.)
Teacher: “So, to figure out this half-life, you need to know how many minutes are in a year. Who can tell me that?”
Me: *hand shoots into the air*
Teacher: *rolling her eyes* “Oh, I know how you know, [My Name], but let’s see if someone else does. Not everyone knows it that way.”
Girl Behind Me: *who was also in chorus with me* “525,600!”
Teacher: *shakes her head in bemusement*
(This story takes place during jazz band rehearsal at my high school.)
Band Director: “[My Name], please play [this part of the jazz piece].”
(I get nervous when I’m singled out, so I play it rather quietly.)
Band Director: “Now that’s real cute and all, but I want you to play it loud. I called on you because you play it correctly. Try again.”
(I do, playing my trumpet at what I think is reasonably loud.)
Band Director: “Can you play it any louder than that?”
(I play the last measure in a volume that’s just short of blasting. Everyone in the room lurches backwards, not expecting that volume.)
Band Director: *feeling his scalp* “I had more hair before that!”
(I am almost finished an incredibly difficult chemistry test. My chemistry teacher is well-known for being tough and not well liked in the first place but this test stressed everyone out even more than usual. I have turned my test over to the back where the bonus question is.)
Bonus Question: “For an extra 10%, please fill in the missing step in the A.K. process.”
Me: *thinking* “What the f***?!” *out loud* “[Teacher]!”
Me: “I don’t think we covered this.”
Teacher: “You can figure it out on your own.”
(Frustrated by his unhelpful answer, I read the rest of the question:)
Bonus Question: “For an extra 10%, please fill in the missing step in the A.K. process:
Step 1) What I got you gotta give it to your mama.
Step 2) What I got you gotta give it to your papa.
Step 3) What I got you gotta give it to your daughter.
Step 4) You do a little dance and you drink a little water.
Step 5) ________”
(Almost everyone in the class answered the question correctly, with the exception of a couple students who didn’t get the reference.)