Student Airs #5
Mathematics teachers often "fear" yet share the humorous mistakes (i.e. gaffes) that students make on tests. In four previous humor sections, actual mistakes by students on nonmathematics questions have been shared. So, it is only right to share some from the mathematics area.
 The hypotenuse is a dangerous animal.
 A prism is a place where they put criminals.
 Circumference was a knight in the Round Table.
 A foursided figure is called a reptangle.
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 cocreator of Robin, Alfred, The Joker, and The Penguin.
Source: J. Robinson's True Classroom Flubs & Fluffs, Scholastic Books, 1970
