[LMB] OT College students' andtheir unintended humour
Daniel R. Reitman
dreitman at spiritone.com
18 Dec 2002 21:29:57 +0000
Andrew Lambdin-Abraham <a.abraham at mail.utexas.edu>:
>. . . .
> I think my family has the best "Paper read aloud" story. My father and
> mother both teach in the same department, though different fields, at
> UT. One evening my mother was grading papers and read a particular
> passage aloud. My father said "That sounds VERY familiar..." He had
> actually already returned his papers to his students, so he had to make
> them all turn them back in again, to find that indeed a pair of
> students had turned the same paper in to different classes, not
> realizing the instructors were married...
>. . . .
There's a variant of this kind of story at Oberlin, probably an urban
Student decides to write 4th hour paper in a course set for 3-4
hours. His/her strategy is to select an obscure topic and write an
encyclopedia paper on it.
Prof takes one look at the finished product and says, "Oh? I wrote
my thesis on [subject]."
(The usual coda is that prof takes pity on student and gives the
minimum passing grade for trying.)
Dan, ad nauseam