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snopes 17 February 2007 07:19 PM

Snappy answers to difficult questions

Squishy0405 18 February 2007 02:46 PM


Originally Posted by snopes (Post 66480)

I agree with this one. Unfortunatley some people *don't* check & it leads to an awkard morning with disasterous results :fish:

Oh yeah and...:lol: to the others

lazerus the duck 18 February 2007 03:42 PM

I'd like to know if the teacher had any definate proof this wasn't the answer?

ds_40 18 February 2007 11:47 PM


Originally Posted by snopes (Post 66480)

I seriously thought about doing that all through high school, when I had absolutely no idea what the hell was going on. Of course I didn't cause I'd probably get partial credit if I at least tried.
Although I think I may have annoyed my math tutor by doing the above :)

Cervus 19 February 2007 12:05 AM

I wrote a similar thing on a General Ecology test. Several factors were working against me: a mind-numbingly boring teacher, my laziness, my lack of studying, and a broken air conditioner that made the room 115 degrees and left me with nothing in mind but getting out of the test as fast as possible. I failed it anyway.

Sadly, I also wrote a similar thing on a Calculus test. It was one of the few questions I answered. IIRC, my final grade was a 23.

snopes 19 February 2007 12:13 AM


I'd like to know if the teacher had any definate proof this wasn't the answer?
Especially since the question doesn't provide any information about what the engineer was trying to accomplish. Maybe he was trying to illustrate some ridiculous flaws in the company's procedures and should have been rewarded rather than fired.

- snopes

inkrose115 19 February 2007 12:15 AM

One student knowing he was bound to fail a test, instead of writing about the phsyics calcuations he was supposed to instead wrote a 3 page essay on his pet goldfish. :D

I was bored on my history exam, knew I had at least an 80, and filled my last essay question about my quest to discover why the animated LOTR was so horrifically done. :lol:

Artemis 19 February 2007 12:21 AM

For some reason, the elephant one really appeals to me. :)

Morrigan 19 February 2007 12:35 AM

I love the Batman one and the elephant one. I've done the calculus one with the cat-that answer, I mean.

I love those-too funny!

Missie 19 February 2007 02:09 AM

Oh lord, the 'Find X' one made me laugh so much.

I have to take beginning Algebra again (I took it in highschool but failed) before I can continue onto geometry (*grumble*), so we'll see if I have this kind of courage when faced with a difficult question that I can't answer.

ilxlumixnati 19 February 2007 03:17 AM

I think I may use the 'Find X' response in my basic mathematics class (followed closely with "No, really..." and the appropriate math.)

But... probably not, my teacher is rather old-fashioned and wouldn't be amused. :(

me, no really 19 February 2007 03:43 AM

When I was in highschool a mate was doing an exam, and just couldn't do it, so he was doodling down the page. He got about halfway, and wrote "I can't do this" on the page and kept doodling. The teacher wrote "But you are having fun" underneath. The reply from the student was: "Sarcastic Bastard!"


MapleLeaf 19 February 2007 05:06 AM

The elephant one cracked me up.

"No. There is an elephant in the way." Fantastic!

ganzfeld 19 February 2007 05:34 AM

:lol: I like the elephant one best, too.

We invariably get a few of these kinds of answers during entrance exams but it becomes a problem because some checkers stop every time they find one and pass it around to yuk it up with everyone at the table. This catches on and a few begin to pass around ones that are just barely over the smirkline, even a few that aren't very funny at all. By the middle of the day the supervisor usually has to tell them to knock it off and just mark it no matter how funny it is.

snopes 19 February 2007 05:39 AM

The Batman answer looks suspiciously like a Roz Chast cartoon to me ...

- snopes

Invictus 19 February 2007 06:06 AM

I'm going to try the elephant one on either the management or computer science exam I have later this week.

RingKeeper 19 February 2007 10:47 AM

I got this from my brother just yesterday. It didn't have the "Find X" question, but it did have this extra one.

Don Enrico 19 February 2007 11:37 AM

I school-mate of mine (well, he was a few years older - call it a school-acquaintance) didn't need to pass his last maths test for his final exam, because he got all the grades needed in other topics. He came unprepared and spent the time writing a three page essay on why it is wrong to try to 'calculate' human, especially social problems using maths, since humans follow different rules. His teacher took the time to answer with a three letter essay himself (basically agreeing, but pointing out that there are problems where maths is usefull) before marking the test zero points.

Both essays ended up in the students paper (with the consent of both student and teacher).

RingKeeper, I guess your brother is the teacher marking the above test, not the student taking it. If so, he has a good sense of humor - nominate him for one of the "teachers we loved" threads!

Eddylizard 19 February 2007 11:45 AM

The "Find x" was my favourite, followed closely by the ship engineer (what is the answer anyway?)

Slightly reminded me of a test we took in primary school. It was a sheet of drawings of different angles which had to be identified (obtuse, acute or right.)

There were two drawings of a right angle, but the L shape pointed in different directions.

One of my classmates identified one as a right angle, and the other as a left angle. I guess this doesn't count because he was serious.

Tarquin Farquart 19 February 2007 11:47 AM

The Batman one is my favourite. Calculus does have its uses! :)

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