Funny Test Answers Given By Junior High Students

Updated on January 1, 2016
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Dianna is a writer with a background in education and business. She writes to inspire and encourage others.

Funny, But True!


The majority of my junior high years was spent trying to fit in and adjusting to the new class schedules. Trying to comprehend pre-algebra was a mental challenge. I was not the most studious adolescent; in fact, I spent most of my time out of the classroom, pretending to be sick at home.

For me, a test was overwhelming, let alone a basic quiz of knowledge. Given that I barely studied, my responses at the time were somewhat humorous. But you must believe me when I tell you that they were actually quite sincere. Since the questions were garbled bits of information my mind couldn't process, I simply wrote whatever came to my mind in response. The reason for this is another story and I may have to post an article on this in the near future.

Today as an educator, I come across some interesting test answers to questions I'm sure baffle the mind of many adults. I love how the young mind responds with quick wit. I decided to share some of the most recent findings with readers.

Yes, have a good laugh; but remember, some of the responses are written with serious intentions. You just have to admire the adolescent spirit of creativity!

English Is All Greek To Me!

Name three articles of clothing Jon can wear to school.
A shirt and a pair of pants.
Use the word “doldrums” in a sentence.
I cannot play the doldrums.
In what circumstances does the fourth act of “Hamlet” begin?
It starts immediately after the third act.
Define epitaph
A short and sarcastic poem
Name three relative pronouns.
My aunt, my uncle, and my brother.
Who is it that helped Theseus escape from the labyrinth?
David Bowie

Visual Aids For The Teacher


Science Is A Mystery

Over the last 50 years there has been a significant change in the concentration of carbon dioxide. Give a reason for this.
It is easily distracted.
List five ways that plants interact with each other.
They don’t. They’re plants. They can’t talk or hang out. Is this a trick question?
Give three ways to reduce heat loss in your home.
1. Thermal underwear 2. Move to Hawaii 3. Close the door
In the Hawaiian Islands there are about 500 difference species of fruit fly. Give a reason for this.
There are approximately 500 varieties of fruit.
Define germination.
To become a German citizen.

The Exact Angle?


Math: I Can't Figure It Out!

A train is blowing its whistle while traveling at 33 miles per second. The speed of sound is 343 miles per second. If you are directly in front of the train, what is the whistle frequency you hear?
You will get hit by a train before you can even figure out what that whistling sound is.
Steve is driving a car. He is traveling at 60 feet/second and the speed limit is 40 mph. Is Steve speeding?
He could find out by checking his speedometer.
What is a random variable?
Someone with multiple personalities.
If Andrew invests $25,000 at 8.5% APR compounded monthly, how much money will he have after ten years?
$0, with the economy like it is.

Math Is Visually Attractive


Multiple Choice

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Who Knows Their History?

Why was the Berlin wall built?

Germany was competing with China.

When did the founding fathers draft the constitution?

It was a second round pick, right after LeBron James

What did Mahatma Gandhi and Genghis Khan have in common?

Unusual names.

It Is Just Common Sense


There are 250 eleventh grade students. Tina and Phil want to know what color the students favor most. Tina asks 50 people. Phil asks 200 people. Phil states his conclusions are more reliable than Tina’s. Why does Phil believe he is right?

—Because Phil is a man.

What is a partnership?

—A ship that takes two people to drive.


In the US, what is the chief cause of divorce?


What is the purpose of a US census?

—During the census a man goes from door to door and increases the population.


What do the people of North Dakota raise?


Where is Chicago?

—Right now, they’re in 5th place.


Give an example of a smoking-related disease.

—Early death

What does it mean when we say he has a terminal illness?

He became ill at the airport.


What is the significance of an altar?

God knows!

It's All Relative


© 2014 Dianna Mendez


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      Denise McGill 

      7 months ago from Fresno CA

      This is so funny. Great answers. I like the fruit flies!



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      Dianna Mendez 

      21 months ago

      Shyron, glad it put a smile on your day.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago

      Dianna, this is too funny, and it reminds me of many things my sons, cousins and brothers have said.

      This was really an enjoyable read.

      Blessings my friend

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      Dianna Mendez 

      3 years ago

      Rajan, glad I could put some laughter in your day. Stay well, my friend.

      Reginald, sharing laughter is good for the heart. Thanks for visiting and your support. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      The answers are just too funny. Enjoyable read.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Thank you Coloruflone, Glenn, and Patty for stopping by to leave such positive feedback. I still chuckle when I read these answers. As a teacher, I come across some very creative students that keep me smiling and young at heart.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      4 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      "Define epitaph...A short and sarcastic poem." Sometimes that is true!

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      Glenn Stok 

      4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      You had me cracking up all the way through this hub. Totally hilarious! But it's also very meaningful to see how intelligent kids can be when they are still so innocent.

      I noticed how they tried to put logic to determining the answers. That's what made it so funny - they made sense in a sort of round-about way.

      I just found this hub now, but congratulations for being selected as Hub Of The Day last year.

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      Susie Lehto 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      You got me laughing so hard, and remembering some of the answers my own kids would give on tests in home school. This is funny! I'll be chuckling the rest of the day, thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Ubrish, kids do add much to our life, don't they? Glad you enjoyed the laughter and saw the wit of these precious students.

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      ubrish ali 

      5 years ago from Pakistan(Asia)

      Kids do these types of attempts to make us laugh.I really enjoyed to read your article

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Leslie, I am glad the post is funny the second time for readers. It is so good to laugh any day. Thanks for the comment and return visit, dear lady.

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      Leslie A. Shields 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      This is my second time reading this hub.... it cracks me up every time..... LOL

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Peach, so true my friend. Thanks for validating the content and for your visit. Enjoy your day.

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      All i can say is kids are great at answering wuestions truthfully and logically without lookibg at the textbook

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Mothersofnations, laughter is the medicine for the soul. God bless you, too.

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      Mothers of Nations 

      5 years ago

      That was very funny! Great way to begin my day :) I look forward to reading more lol God bless you...

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      SheGetCreative, so good to hear this post put a smile in your day. I have to admit, they make me laugh still! Enjoy your week.

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      These are great - so glad I put my coffee cup down as I was reading!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Tony, it is always good to hear the article gives one a good laugh. Laughter is good for the soul. You were better off not answering questions as such, believe me, it gets you in trouble!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Paula, you must certainly know and enjoy how teens can respond to questions. Have a great weekend!

      Brite-ideas, yes, we teachers see these answers now and then and we have to keep a straight face! I will have to post a second article soon on these responses.

      Ann, I totally understand the 13 year old mindset and how they reason. They can be endearing but frustrating! Love that teen for me.

      Mel, glad you enjoyed the post and that it have you a good laugh. I am thinking about writing a sequel soon. Enjoy your day, dear lady.

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      Melody Lassalle 

      5 years ago from California

      These are the best! Please write more! Reminds me of the book Anguished English. Thank you, you gave me a good laugh today. And, I will never forget the definition of germination.

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      Ann Hinds 

      5 years ago from So Cal

      I have a 13-yr-old who would answer some of these questions in the same way. Not because he doesn't know the answer but he is at that smart-alecky stage where the other answer makes more sense and it's funny. Thanks for the laughs.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This is hysterical! 'Where is Chicago' ..right now they're in 5th place (lmao!) and the answer list 5 ways that plants interact with each had me rotflmao! I'll bet teachers see a lot of this - wonder if I ever made one laugh? Love your page

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      Tony Payne 

      5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Read a few of these before, but still funny every time. I just wish I had been resourceful and original enough to write something like this on a test paper. Mind you, an "F" is no fun :(

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      Paula Atwell 

      5 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I live with a teenager and one not much older, so I really appreciated reading this. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      You made me see another side of it.. Ubanichijoke, Humor is good. Stay well, friend.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      5 years ago from Lagos

      Define germination? To be come a german citizen. Damn right! Haha

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Lambservant, I am glad you came back to enjoy the humor a second time. Thanks for sharing with others. Have a great week, dear friend.

      Catherine, as a teacher you have to consider the student's real meaning behind the response. There is usually a good reason for it. However, it is hard trying to remain serious when the answers are so creative! I enjoyed our chat and wish you a lovely evening. Blessings.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      5 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I enjoyed your funny article. Teaching is hard work; at least you get to laugh. Or do you cry when you see some of those responses.

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I read this when it first came out and enjoyed reading it once again. I am going to share it with my teacher friends on FB. Hilarious.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Hello Michelle, some of the jokes make me laugh each time too. Good to see you here and thanks for the support.

      Mary, you just have to enjoy the kids who make teaching interesting every day. Hope you are keeping dry up in your part of the state. We are soaked here today.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I really don't know which answer I thought the most comical! They are all great. Teachers must have a good sense of humor! I admire all of you!

      Voted UP, etc.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      This had me laughing my socks off when I first read it and it still does!! Sharing again, Dianna!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Tolovaj, I love your quote on sincerity, it's so true! Glad you stopped by and I appreciate your insightful comment. Take care.

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      6 years ago

      Great stuff and perfect way to start the day. As a former part time teacher I can confirm the sincerity is the mother of humor:)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      DreamerMeg, glad this put a smile in your day. Have a great day out there.

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      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Really funny. Started my day off on great note!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      MsDora, I am happy to hear this post put a smile in your day. Good to see you here and I appreciate your comment. Blessings.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      While I was reading through these questions and answers, I shared some by phone with a friend of mine who is a teacher. We both enjoyed them. Thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Barbara, when I come across one of these creative responses it does put a smile in my day.

      Mekenzie, you are so right, you gotta love them for their quick wit. One day they will be great leaders!

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      Susan Ream 

      6 years ago from Michigan


      Thanks for writing this hilarious hub. It produced a lot of hearty laughter on my part. Some of your students may be quick witted and some may not have moved past concrete thinking yet.

      I smiled and laughed through it all! Laughter does good like medicine ya know. ;) Gotta love those Junior High Students!

      Blessings to you my friend,


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      Barbara Badder 

      6 years ago from USA

      This must make grading test papers more fun. I'd get a good laugh for the day out of some of them. Laughter is the best medicine they say. You should be healthy.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Crafty, enjoy those teens when they come to this point. It will happen! Thanks for the comment and support.

      MissLong, I do enjoy the students humorous responses to questions. They keep live interesting. It was nice seeing you here. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Michele Kelsey 

      6 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      This is super funny! I loved the top reason for divorce being marriage! Actually a smart kid really. Lol. I bet you got a lot of laughs as a teacher! Great article! :)

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      6 years ago

      This is great! My favorite: "They don’t. They’re plants. They can’t talk or hang out. Is this a trick question?" I guess this is what I have to look forward to when my children become teenagers!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Linda, thanks for your kind comment. It was a post I enjoyed writing. Take care.

      Merej, I will delete it. Sorry, I forgot. HP was notified and they are on top of it, as you say. Thanks for the heads-up. I appreciate your support and the forum link. Be safe and well.

      Truth, glad you got a chuckle out of the post. Enjoy your evening.

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      Marie Hurt 

      6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      This is so funny. Very fun read.

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      Meredith Loughran 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi! Please delete my comment with the link to the bad site. I don't want to give them any more traffic! (Feel free to delete this one too so I don't junk up your comments section).

      HP is actually looking into it. Here's a link to the discussion (this is a GOOD link) ;)

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      Linda Chechar 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      What a hoot! You have to give the students credit for imagination, wit and creativity. Congratulations! This certainly deserves to be a HOTD!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Well, I'm not surprised. As Nell says, it is annoying. I've had them stolen before and complained to sites and HP. It is an endless battle. Thanks for the heads up, Merej99.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Thats terrible merej99, teaches is going to be really annoyed, I had one the other day too, I had to argue with four sites to get them to take it down! I only came back here to say well done Dianna for HOTD!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Girishpuri, Thank you for stopping by to read the post. God bless you as well.

      Rajan, so glad you found some student humor creative. It is what makes them so loveable. Take care. Blessings.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thanks for the laughs. Students are really creative.

      Voted up and funny.

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      Girish puri 

      6 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Thanks Dianna for this great hub. God bless you

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Eddy, so good to see you this Saturday afternoon. I hope all is well in your part of the world. Blessings, dear lady!

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      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you Dianna for this refreshing and entertaining hub. Voted up, across and shared.


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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Thank you, Tracy, for your kind comment. I am so glad it brought laughter to your day.

      Thoughtforce, thank you for the kind wishes. The math questions are indeed funny, but I think I may have written these as a child!

      ICV, Thank you for the compliments and support. I enjoyed writing this post. I especially am grateful for the views of interest.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      Congratulation to the Hub of the Day and thanks for the laugh! I especially love the response to the science and the math questions. I also like the way you have written this article, you have manage to write a funny but warmhearted article.


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      6 years ago

      congratulations for the selection of hub of the day. very interesting and funny hub. you described with flair. Any way I congratulate you for getting 100000 views to your hubs.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 

      6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Thank you for a great big laugh! Voted up and shared.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago




      Thank you for stopping by and for your feedback on the post. I appreciate your support.

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      6 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      Theses test answers are great! Unfortunately, however, I am not too surprised given our society promotes via mass advertising virtues that collect at other end of the spectrum - far away from improving one's intellect in more meaningful ways.

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      6 years ago

      I was smiling while reading your hub. This is great. I got entertained the whole time. Hierarchy of needs? Nice Answer. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jayme Kinsey 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Congrats on HOTD. This was so fun to read. I do have a confession though...even though I was a straight A student, I was always sooo tempted to give some witty answers like this on purpose. Especially if tests were worded so that they could be taken two ways. I resisted, but it was hard. :) You never know...could just be some brilliant future comedians in there somewhere. Voting up!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Thank you to each and everyone of you who commented and for your support. I so appreciate your best wishes and glad the test answers put a smile in your day. Blessings!

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      6 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Came back to say congratulations! :)

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      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      Made my Tuesday afternoon :)Too funny, and must share this for my Facebook friends to see. :)

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      6 years ago

      Absolutely hilarious. You have too much fun. My favorite was the train one, where you get hit before you can figure it out. Priceless.

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      6 years ago

      LOL! This is too funny. What is funnier are the way some of the questions are worded. No wonder the students answered some of these as they did. Too, too funny!

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      Dale Anderson 

      6 years ago from The High Seas


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      Rosie Rose 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Oh my goodness, this article is just so funny. I'm still laughing here. These kids are definitely very creative. Thanks for the laugh. Awesome! Definitely deserving of being HOTD!!!!

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      6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on HOTD. This is a great and funny article.

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      Liz Elias 

      6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      LOL These were great! As a math-challenged person myself, I always hated word problems. They gave me fits, and to some extent, still do.

      I especially liked the answers to the train and investment questions.

      Voted up, interesting and funny....(but, you might also say 'scary' if this is widely representative of the end product of our schools these days...)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Congrats on HOTD!! :)

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      6 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Hahaha hilarious. Some of these answers make sense. Lol.

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      6 years ago

      I'm impressed. A lot of these answers were very clever.

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      6 years ago from Manila, PH

      Like. These students are really smart seeing things in different ways. I had fun reading this start to finish. Engaging. :)) Congrats!

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      6 years ago from northeastern US

      shared on facebook. my teacher friends will love it.

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      Cynthia Taggart 

      6 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks for this one. I enjoyed it and I am still laughing.

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      Dom Begbour 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is great! thanks

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      Lee Tea 

      6 years ago from Erie, PA

      Hilarious. Thanks for the good laugh - much needed and appreciated. Congratulations - well deserved!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      Congrats on your HOTD! This is an awesome hub and oddly enough, I can relate to some of the answers. Of course my favorite is the train blowing it's whistle. I always hated questions like this, so I commend the person who answered it.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      6 years ago from New Delhi , India

      How wonderful that the hub we relished reading with all our heart got HOTD ! Congrats, teaches12345 for this fantastic tag on your very entertaining hub.

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      Yvette Stupart PhD 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      I found the responses so humorous, I laughed right through reading your hub. But as a high school teacher for many years, when I got answers like these I was upset. But you helped me to see things in a different light. Thanks for posting

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      Gous Ahmed 

      6 years ago from Muslim Nation

      This was so funny that i couldn't concentrate on my work and i was reading them while i was seeing clients! These are just too funny!!!

      Shared, thumbs up!!!

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      6 years ago from USA

      I'm back to say Congratulations on HOTD. Well deserved, as your hub brought lots of chuckles.

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      Better Yourself 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Awesome hub, I laughed all the way down! Congrats on HOTD, voted up!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      6 years ago from Norfolk

      Congrats on your HOTD - so pleased for you.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 

      6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic


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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hooray HOTD!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Congratulations on the HOTD! Very funny! I was laughing all the time that my relatives here were thinking I´m getting crazy reading. LOL! Thanks for writing this and I love this so much.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Congrats on HOTD! This is such a great hub!!!

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      Jasmine S 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      "In the US, what is the chief cause of divorce?


      HAHAHAHAHAHA! That one totally killed me!! Such a hilarious article and true. I'm pretty sure if I was a student today I'd answer the same way LOL. Congrats on HOTD. Well deserved.

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      Leon Moyer 

      6 years ago

      1)Briefly explain what hard water is.



      If only imagination and creativity was allowed to receive credit in answers.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      I would guess you have to give the imagination credit of the least. Well received thinking of experiences similar to these wonderful observation. I must admit a fun bit of time with giggling while enjoying this article. Thank you for starting this day off with a smile teaches12345 :)


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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago






      Thank you for the supportive comments. It is a fun look at student test responses.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      6 years ago from Iowa

      Cute and funny. Congrats on your hub of the day!

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      6 years ago from INDIA

      Extremely funny teaches, a very good article. Voted up.Congrats on hub of the day.


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