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Old 08-03-2010, 07:40 AM
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This one wasn't a test, of course, but I wish I could send a check like this to Comcast ~



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Old 08-03-2010, 12:02 PM
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How to flunk a test with dignity ~
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This one wasn't a test, of course, but I wish I could send a check like this to Comcast ~



I gotta be honest, stupid people usually tend to piss me off, but that's on;y when i have to interact with them. Being able to mock them from afar on the intra-webs is sooooo much better!!!
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Old 08-03-2010, 01:02 PM
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I like the creative answers. It's better than just leaving it blank.

I do remember taking a quiz one time in early grade school. I was not prepared at all. The question was something like "How many cups are in a gallon?".

My answer: "That depends on how big the cup is."

I honestly didn't know that a cup was a unit of measure. I probably slept through that class.
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Old 08-03-2010, 01:36 PM
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I like the creative answers. It's better than just leaving it blank.

I do remember taking a quiz one time in early grade school. I was not prepared at all. The question was something like "How many cups are in a gallon?".

My answer: "That depends on how big the cup is."

I honestly didn't know that a cup was a unit of measure. I probably slept through that class.
here's a creative answer for you....


The following concerns a question in a physics exam at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark several decades ago...

The simple question was: "Describe how to determine the height of a skyscraper with a barometer." To which one student replied: "You tie a long piece of string to the neck of the barometer, then lower the barometer from the roof of the skyscraper to the ground. The length of the string plus the length of the barometer will equal the height of the building."

This highly original answer so incensed the examiner that the student was failed. The student then appealed on the grounds that his answer was indisputably correct, and the University appointed an independent arbiter to decide the case. The arbiter judged that the answer was indeed correct, but did not display any noticeable knowledge of physics. To resolve the problem it was decided to call the student in and allow him six minutes in which to provide a verbal answer, which showed at least a minimal familiarity with the basic principles of physics.

For five minutes the student sat in silence, forehead creased in thought. The arbiter reminded him that time was running out, to which the student replied that he had several extremely relevant answers, but couldn't make up his mind which to use. On being advised to hurry up the student replied as follows:


"Firstly, you could take the barometer up to the roof of the skyscraper, drop it over the edge, and measure the time it takes to reach the ground. The height of the building can then be worked out from the formula H = 0.5g x t squared. But bad luck on the barometer."

"Or if the sun is shining you could measure the height of the barometer, then set it on end and measure the length of its shadow. Then you measure the length of the skyscraper's shadow, and thereafter it is a simple matter of proportional arithmetic to work out the height of the skyscraper."

"But if you wanted to be highly scientific about it, you could tie a short piece of string to the barometer and swing it like a pendulum, first at ground level and then on the roof of the skyscraper. The height is worked out by the difference in the gravitational restoring force T = 2 pi square root (l / g)."

"Or if the skyscraper has an outside emergency staircase, it would be easier to walk up it and mark off the height of the skyscraper in barometer lengths, then add them up."

"If you merely wanted to be boring and orthodox about it, of course, you could use the barometer to measure the air pressure on the roof of the skyscraper and on the ground, and convert the difference in millibars into feet to give the height of the building."

"But since we are constantly being exhorted to exercise independence of mind and apply scientific methods, undoubtedly the best way would be to knock on the janitor's door and say to him 'If you would like a nice new barometer, I will give you this one if you tell me the height of this skyscraper'."
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i bet this is mac's favorite

my answer woulda been , "cause she didn't make me a sanwich"
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here's a creative answer for you....


The following concerns a question in a physics exam at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark several decades ago...

The simple question was: "Describe how to determine the height of a skyscraper with a barometer." To which one student replied: "You tie a long piece of string to the neck of the barometer, then lower the barometer from the roof of the skyscraper to the ground. The length of the string plus the length of the barometer will equal the height of the building."

This highly original answer so incensed the examiner that the student was failed. The student then appealed on the grounds that his answer was indisputably correct, and the University appointed an independent arbiter to decide the case. The arbiter judged that the answer was indeed correct, but did not display any noticeable knowledge of physics. To resolve the problem it was decided to call the student in and allow him six minutes in which to provide a verbal answer, which showed at least a minimal familiarity with the basic principles of physics.

For five minutes the student sat in silence, forehead creased in thought. The arbiter reminded him that time was running out, to which the student replied that he had several extremely relevant answers, but couldn't make up his mind which to use. On being advised to hurry up the student replied as follows:


"Firstly, you could take the barometer up to the roof of the skyscraper, drop it over the edge, and measure the time it takes to reach the ground. The height of the building can then be worked out from the formula H = 0.5g x t squared. But bad luck on the barometer."

"Or if the sun is shining you could measure the height of the barometer, then set it on end and measure the length of its shadow. Then you measure the length of the skyscraper's shadow, and thereafter it is a simple matter of proportional arithmetic to work out the height of the skyscraper."

"But if you wanted to be highly scientific about it, you could tie a short piece of string to the barometer and swing it like a pendulum, first at ground level and then on the roof of the skyscraper. The height is worked out by the difference in the gravitational restoring force T = 2 pi square root (l / g)."

"Or if the skyscraper has an outside emergency staircase, it would be easier to walk up it and mark off the height of the skyscraper in barometer lengths, then add them up."

"If you merely wanted to be boring and orthodox about it, of course, you could use the barometer to measure the air pressure on the roof of the skyscraper and on the ground, and convert the difference in millibars into feet to give the height of the building."

"But since we are constantly being exhorted to exercise independence of mind and apply scientific methods, undoubtedly the best way would be to knock on the janitor's door and say to him 'If you would like a nice new barometer, I will give you this one if you tell me the height of this skyscraper'."
Smart student. Except the Earth's gravitational pull method of swinging the barometer like a pendulum wouldn't work. I believe the difference would be so insignificant you couldn't measure it.
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I do remember taking a quiz one time in early grade school. I was not prepared at all. The question was something like "How many cups are in a gallon?".

My answer: "That depends on how big the cup is."
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