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Student Airs #2

Mathematics teachers often "fear" yet share the humorous mistakes (i.e. gaffes) that students make on tests. As revealed in these ten Actual mistakes by students on non-mathematics questions, mathematics teachers are not alone in their "misery."

  • The finger next to your thumb is the insect finger.
  • The big artery in your neck is called the jocular vein.
  • A mirage is an optional illusion.
  • I'm going to be a doctor--a general partitioner.
  • The two kinds of books printed are friction and non-friction.
  • Stand beside her and guide her with the light from a bulb.
  • A radiator is a person who used to fight lions in an arena in Rome.
  • Once I had a caterpillar and it started spinning a raccoon.
  • A bicycle built for two is called a tantrum.
  • When we built our house my father went to the bank and got money from the Loan Ranger.
Note: All of these student "misteaks" were collected by Jerry Robinson, who published a set of them each Sunday in the New York News column "Flubs & Fluffs," accompanied by an interpretive cartoon. He did this for twenty years, which implies perhaps that students always will have "airs"! Thanks Mr. Robinson...

And, as a piece of trivia, this same Jerry Robinson was an early (and legendary) artist for the Batman comic book series... in fact he is the co-creator of Robin, Alfred, The Joker, and The Penguin.

Source: J. Robinson's True Classroom Flubs & Fluffs, Scholastic Books, 1970