The Fifty-First State

Especially for Savvymom:

In my editing class today, the teacher asked, "Who thinks they came the farthest to BYU in this classroom?"

Of course no one wants to answer that. You don't want to raise your hand and say, "I'm from Idaho?" to have someone else in the class then raise his/her hand and say, "I am the first human being to have been born and raised in Antarctica." So no one answered for a while.

Then a girl raised her hand and said, "I came from Washington, D.C."

The teacher asked, "Is there anyone who came from farther away than that?"

I raised my hand and so did another girl. The other girl said she was from South Carolina.

I said, "I'm from Northern Ontario."

The teacher said, "That's great! Now, is there anyone here from outside the United States?"

9 comments:

Th. said...

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You need to follow the news, Cicada. We annexed Timmons a couple weeks ago, so if that's your hometown, welcome to America.

Cali said...

Wow...apparently no geography in her background. Where did she go to school?

Cicada said...

The thing that disturbs me is that people keep referring to my teacher in the feminine form. So if I had said, "My professor," would people refer to him as a man? Anyway. My professor is a man. And after everyone in the class started laughing as I timidly raised my hand again, then he started laughing and said, "Well, I mean outside of the US and Canada."

Miss Hass said...

oh, the shame...

daltongirl said...

Oh, Cicada. Everyone knows girls are no good at geography. And math. Barbie even says so. Pull the string and she says, "Math is hard." I bet there's a Geography Dunce Barbie too, but I haven't purchased that one for Taylor yet. I should look for it . . .

So give us all a break for assuming your teacher was a woman.

Nemesis said...

That sounds like what happened to my friend in a recent college class. The teacher wanted people to tell her which writer they wanted to write a lit/anthropology paper on, and my friend said Emily Bronte for Wuthering Heights and the teacher talked about what a great paper that will be and how much she loves Emily Bronte. Other people gave their ideas, and then the teacher said "I'm kind of surprised that no one picked any non-American authors."

My friend hesitantly raised her hand and said, "Um . . . Emily Bronte is English." The teacher got flustered and answered, "Well, you know, Western Europe & America are pretty much the same thing."

Savvymom said...

I just don't know how anyone could think we come from the same country. Seriously.

Also, it turns out barbie is better to play with than baby dolls. It was a Dateline Special one time.

Mary said...

HAAAA! I hate when I say stuff that reveals just how retarded I am. That poor guy.

Even teachers are nervous on the first day it would seem!

Lo said...

In my english class, we had to say something that is not on our resume, and then say something we really believe in. One girl said she heard her high school had the highest teen pregnancy rate in the country, but she didn't get pregnant. Then she said she believes that people can change. The teacher said, "So, we'll put down that you're not pregnant, but that could change." HA HA HA.