16 Times Teachers Tried to Teach Something That Was Straight up BS

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There is nothing more satisfying in life than proving that a teacher is completely full of shit. I was too stupid to ever do this myself, but I loved it when other kids would occasionally pull off this minor miracle during my school years.

These 16 stories from AskReddit brought all of those wonderful memories flooding right back.

1. Seems a bit high

Had a teacher in community college tell us there are 60 billion smokers in the US. My buddy and I were only ones in the class that began to laugh. I raised my hand and said “there are 6 billion people on earth, are you sure you don’t mean million?”

She assured us again “no, 60 billion, with a B.”

2. Social Studies

I was dating my social studies teacher’s son in high school. One day, I was at her house and she asked me if I was ready for the test next week. I said yes. So she gave me a quick, verbal, 3 question quiz. One of the questions was “what is laissez-faire economics?” I said it was free market economics wherein the government does not interfere. She said I was wrong and told me it was the opposite of that. I let it go because she was my teacher and my boyfriend’s mom and I didn’t want to get into it right then. My boyfriend, however, ripped into her and we ultimately got out the textbook and she saw she was wrong and was super angry and embarrassed.

She was not the best teacher.

3. Old Glory

That the American flag only has 49 stars. (I live in England so it isn’t like we pledge allegiance everyday). I was adamant that there were 50, and she denied it and docked me marks on the quiz.

10 years later a friend of a friend ended up working with her and she remembered the incident. She realized half way through the argument that she was wrong, but felt she couldn’t back down to a 12 year old.

4. Extinction

Not me, my brother. When we lived in Virginia his teacher tried to tell him that bison were extinct. He objected and told her that not only are they still around, he’s seen them (There’s a farmer about 20 miles from our hometown that raises them, plus there’s tons out in South Dakota).

His teacher got mad and told him he was wrong and for telling “lies” in class he got 2 days detention.

5. Totally Worth It

That a harvestmen (or daddy long legs) was a spider. I said it wasn’t, and she insisted it was. She said “it is a spider, count the legs”. I said “an octopus has 8 legs but that doesn’t make it a spider-fish”.

I got detention. Worth it.

6. Dolphins

When I had just started the 7th grade my science teacher tried to teach us that dolphins didn’t have blow holes. We were comparing sharks and dolphins and when I pointed this out as a difference he said I was wrong. The whole class called me stupid for thinking they did.

The next day I brought in a printed sheet with photos of dolphins having/ using their blowholes and he apologized and corrected himself in front of the class.

7. Hmmmmm

 “Your blood is actually blue until it comes in contact with oxygen.” *cringe*