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Student Airs #3

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."

  • Our house is heated by ducks running from the furnace.
  • To succeed in life, wake up each morning with a porpoise.
  • The student was expelled from school for using profound language.
  • An indentured servant is a waiter with false teeth.
  • At every election, one candidate wins and one is deflated.
  • Claustrophobia is the fear of Santa Claus.
  • When a person swallows poison. he should be given an anecdote immediately.
  • President Lincoln said: "In onion there is strength."
  • Alexander Dumas' stories came out in cereal form.
  • In English class we are studying the "Oddity of Homer."
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