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Student Airs #4

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."

  • Because of the teacher shortage, many retarded teachers are being asked to teach again.
  • A Dust Bowl is a post season football game.
  • Even teachers make mistakes, as they are not inflammable.
  • Our heridity is determined by the number of jeans our mother and father gave us.
  • Columbus discouraged America in 1492.
  • There are many caterers on the moon.
  • I like the story "The Last of the Moccasins."
  • An ignoramus is a pre-hysterical animal.
  • The Russians live in the Gremlin.
  • Most of the world's automobiles operate on the principle of internal commotion.
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