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One year in a freshman physical science class, we were discussing a close approach of an asteroid. At the time, the news was reporting that the asteroid would come as close as 240,000 miles to the earth (the estimate changed quickly to a much larger distance). I put this in perspective by saying that this was about the same as the distance between the earth and moon... "What would happen if it hit the moon," one student asked, "would it destroy the moon?" "Well, then, instead of a full moon, we would have two halves," I jokingly responded. "But, if the moon was destroyed, we wouldn't have nighttime." stated a third student. OOPS. ---- The second is better, but not one I heard first hand. Since this forum is based on a NSFW Twitter meme related to stuff my dad says, I thought it was appropriate to share - My dad was a 7th grade life science teacher. During a discussion of characteristics of cephalopods, one student said, "An octopus has eight testicles." And yes, this was in front of a class of 30 middle school students... Perhaps we could add a "bad science joke" discussion thread too?

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Mary Willard's picture

I love teaching Shakespeare to my students, and introducing them to a world beyond graphic novels and teenage vampires. As we read I always assign students to read the parts and I try to match the students to the character as close as possible. This year was no exception as I cast Othello and we began to read. As we got half way through Act I scene i, Iago was reading his lines informing Brabantio that, "Now, now, even now a black ram is tupping your white ewe" one student asked for clarification. Not unusual when teaching Shakespeare, once the class understood we continued reading and suddenly the young man I selected to read Othello burst out with, "wait Othello is black?" The young lady I selected to read Desdemona responded with, "Duh, this is about an interracial marriage that is why she cast you and me to read these parts."

Becky's picture

19 years ago in a tiny rural K-8 school I asked a mixed grade class what they hoped to learn in science that year. A third grade boy answered immediately, "I want to digest a frog!"

Becky's picture

19 years ago in a tiny rural K-8 school I asked a mixed grade class what they hoped to learn in science that year. An enthusiastic 3rd grade boy's hand shot in the air, "I want to digest a frog!"

Elizabeth Simpson's picture

My tenth grade sophomores were writing an autobiographical essay inspired by a photo of themselves as a child. One boy asked, "If it's the year 2000, but it's summer, is that 1999?

Elizabeth Simpson's picture

After a student had done a presentation for independent reading on Hamlet, another student (who to her credit, maybe, had just woken up) asked, "What country is Denmark in?"

Several other students answered, "England, stupid."

I was telling the story to the following class - you know, because I thought it was funny - and yet another student said, "Duh, Massachusetts."

I'm guessing none of them are doing very well in Geography class.

Rick Capello's picture

The hook on a personal narrative:
When i get out of school i want to be a writar cause I'm god at it.

barbaracreed's picture

[quote]One year in a freshman physical science class, we were discussing a close approach of an asteroid. At the time, the news was reporting that the asteroid would come as close as 240,000 miles to the earth (the estimate changed quickly to a much larger distance). I put this in perspective by saying that this was about the same as the distance between the earth and moon...

"What would happen if it hit the moon," one student asked, "would it destroy the moon?"

"Well, then, instead of a full moon, we would have two halves," I jokingly responded.

"But, if the moon was destroyed, we wouldn't have nighttime." stated a third student. OOPS.

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The second is better, but not one I heard first hand. Since this forum is based on a NSFW Twitter meme related to stuff my dad says, I thought it was appropriate to share -

My dad was a 7th grade life science teacher. During a discussion of characteristics of cephalopods, one student said, "An octopus has eight testicles." And yes, this was in front of a class of 30 middle school students...

Perhaps we could add a "bad science joke" discussion thread too?[/quote]

barbaracreed's picture

I teach one period of Religion a day and we had talked about Abraham and the Covenant with God. The rest of the time I am the Music teacher. Later that day, for the same students, I played a famous piece of music and asked who knew the title, and a girl called out "Pomp and Circumcise!" And turned red as a beet.

Margie M's picture

My 7th grade language arts class was reviewing punctuation for the final exam, and the focus was on correcting run-on sentences. "Split into two sentences!" Yep. "Comma-conjunction!" Right. They knew there was a third one, but it had escaped them until one young lady called out, "Ooo! I know! It's that computer thingy!" We all looked at her, bewildered, until she explained her view of a semicolon, gesturing dramatically. "It's the Dot Com!"

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