Example: [Collected on the Internet, 1999]
On the day of the exam, the professor has a table with five paper bags on it. Under each bag is a model of a bird. The professor lifts the first bag to reveal only the legs, and tells the class to write down the type of bird. The student groans, because she can't even guess the type of bird. When the professor gets to the third bag, the student stands up, walks up to the table, and throws her crumpled test paper onto the table. She says, "This is the most ridiculous test I have ever seen, and you are an IDIOT!"
The professor says, "Just hold it right there, what is your name?"
The student raises her dress to the knees and says, "You tell me!"
Variations: In another version, the students are asked to identify stuffed birds whose bodies (except for their feet) are covered by bags.
Origins: It's something that's happened to many of us during our academic careers: we study long and hard for an upcoming exam, covering as much
The student's defiant parting shot echoes the
Last updated: 20 June 2011
Brunvand, Jan Harold. Curses! Broiled Again! New York: W. W. Norton, 1989. ISBN 0-393-30711-5 (p. 277).
Also told in:
The Big Book of Urban Legends. New York: Paradox Press, 1994. ISBN 1-56389-165-4 (p. 207).