Rejection Stings In Any Language

| Waterloo, ON, Canada | Language & Words, Love/Romance

(I’m taking a Japanese class and we’re going over affirmation/declination statements. The professor is trying to encourage students to decline/reject statements to no avail… until…)

Professor: “Enough! [Guy]! You’re doing well in this class; ask [Girl] if she would like to have coffee.”

Guy: *in Japanese* “Would you like to have some coffee?”

Professor: “Now [Girl], how would say no?”

Girl: *in Japanese* Sorry, [Guy], I would not like to have coffee with you.”

Professor: “OOOOOH! REJECTED! And that is how you turn people down ladies.”

Passed The Class On A Wing And A Sphere

| WI, USA | Art/Design, Teachers

(For our painting class, we’ve been tasked with choosing a historical piece of art and a thematic word from which to draw inspiration for our final project. I chose ‘The Lament For Icarus’ by Herbert Draper and the word ‘instability.’ My proposal included a winged person, because I wanted to draw from the story of Icarus and the massive scale of the wings in relation to people in ‘The Lament For Icarus.’ The day we give proposals, he happens to have his ten-year-old niece visiting the studio for the day.)

Professor: *disapprovingly, looking at the sketch I did for my proposal* “This, this is very… fantasy-novel cliché. You know what I mean? It looks like the cover of a fantasy novel.”

Me: “Um… okay. You mean, like, the composition or colors?”

Professor: “No, no. The winged person. That’s cliché.”

Me: “Well, I wanted to evoke a similar feel as The Lament For Icarus, and wanted to use the physical wings to express the mental state of the subject.” *all of which I had explained in the written portion of the proposal*

Professor: “The wings are fine. It’s the person that’s cliché. You could get rid of the person and replace it with… a black sphere.”

Me: “O… kay.”

(The next two proposals? Two boys who both independently decided that for the theme ‘nostalgia,’ they wanted to paint baseballs. Neither of them had an artistic reference/inspiration, sketch, a written portion, or a composition. The professor thought their proposals were great. The next day, he tells me:)

Professor: “My niece really loved your proposal. She wouldn’t stop talking about it. She thought the winged person was really cool.”

(He still made me replace the person with a black sphere. He absolutely loved the final project and went on and on about how symbolic and deep the sphere was. He still gave me an A-. I would’ve rather impressed the niece.)

Third Time Lucky

| Melbourne, VIC, Australia | Geography, Movies & TV, Musical Mayhem, Students

(I’m an overseas student from a third-world country studying in Melbourne, Australia, but I grew up in an international school and have a thick American accent and way of life. After introducing ourselves to the class on our first day, the teacher showed us a famous music video for our media class.)

Teacher: “So, did you all notice anything special about this music video?”

(Class is silent.)

Teacher: “Did you all notice anyone famous from another… industry?”

Me: “I think Ron Jeremy was in it.”

Teacher: *points at me* “There you go! There! A girl from a third-world country knows about Ron Jeremy and none of you do?”

Doesn’t Understand The Concept

| SC, USA | Extra Stupid, Homework

(My mother is a nursing instructor at a local technical college. She has called a student into her office to discuss an assignment.)

Teacher: “You’ll have to redo this. There are no concepts on it.”

Student: “You didn’t tell me I had to put concepts on my concept map!”

Teacher: “…”

Student: *blushing* “Oh! Never mind…”

That Should Curb The Population Explosion

| Erie, PA, USA | Health & Body, Language & Words

(I’m a graduate student in forensic anthropology and we are in a class studying trauma to the human skeleton. Today we are discussing explosives.)

Professor: “So in the Middle East when they talk about IUDs…”

(All of the students stare at him for a minute wondering if he knew what he said, but he continues with the lecture for a minute until he catches our barely contained laughter.)

Professor: “Did I say IUDs? I meant IEDs! IUDs are…” *he fumbles for the words*

Other Student: “Inter-uterine devices, for birth control.”

Professor: *laughing* “Yeah, so IUDs are very controlled explosive birth control apparently.”

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