How to fail a test with dignity

It’s been a long time since I’ve had to take an exam, but I wish I would have thought of some of these answers when I was stumped:

This student shows promise as future director of The Institute for Creation Research:

This one’s for Bug Girl:

I think this one takes the cake for thinking outside the box:

Elegant in its simplicity:

“Oh dear!” is right:

Technically, this is correct:

I’ll bet some of you professor-types could share a few that top these!

I thank my friend, colleague, and Ozark Trail hiking buddy Rich for sending these to me.

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2009

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About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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16 Responses to How to fail a test with dignity

  1. The funniest answer I ever had on an exam related to the question: what is adaptive radiation?

    Answer: The ability to glow in the dark.

    This was a great post, I’m still laughing!

  2. Bug Girl says:

    My favorite, when I asked about the asymmetry of gamete production in humans:

    “Sperm won’t ask for directions either.”

  3. This is one hang of a way to start off my Friday Ted. I have been laughing so much my boss wants to know what the joke is? You are a star for posting these, they are EXCELLENT!! Thanks. All I can say is I am glad they not my students on the other hand, they seem to have a great sense of humor so maybe all is not lost. LOL!! LOL!! LOL!!

  4. Chris says:

    Nice one, thanks a lot great piece.

  5. Kolby says:

    Thanks, Ted. You tested me, alright. You tested my ability to laugh so hard I shed tears all-the-while being quiet enough not to disturb my co-workers! I got an A+

  6. estan says:

    hmmm, tough questions but the answers are so funny 🙂

  7. Thanks, all – I wish I could take credit for the humor!

  8. Cheshire says:

    Yeah. There was a test I had recently where the instructor asked something about something random he passed around the room.

    I didn’t remember something about the label so I just drew a ninja fighting an Anomolocaris.

    Haven’t gotten the test back yet.

  9. Sofie says:

    lol this was so funny now let me try these answers on my own test n see the reaction of my teachers since im a straight A student

  10. Phyllis Syzdek says:

    How funny!!! I would never even know what some of the questions were about, but loved the answers. We all need to keep our sense of humor. no matter what!

  11. Cheshire says:

    Oh, hey…forgot to post this.

    Most of those appear to be from here.

  12. Dale says:

    Define the following:

    gonad — Wandering Arabic tribe.

    (From a Zoology 101 exam, circa 1961.)

  13. Chabellini says:

    So funny!
    When I first saw these, my mom and I laughed all day!
    The other day I had a mid term exam/test and I went thinking at all the smart-mouthed answers I could write instead of the ones I studied!

  14. Jenna says:

    hahah those are funny!!!!


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