It’s always funny until someone gets their identity stolen…

“The Answer is NOT always C” by Jeff Rosenberg on CollegeHumor
Dear Michael,

Every year I attempt to boost my students final grades by giving them this relatively simple exam consisting of 100 True/False questions from only 3 chapters of material. For the past 20 years that I have taught Intro Communications 101 at this institution I have never once seen someone score below a 65 on this exam. Consequently, your score of a zero is the first in history and ultimately brought the entire class average down a whole 8 points.

There were two possible answer choices: A True and B False. You chose C for all 100 questions in an obvious attempt to get lucky with a least a quarter of the answers. Its as if you didnt look at a single question. Unfortunately, this brings your final grade in this class to failing. See you next year

May God have mercy on your soul.

Sincerely,
Professor William Turner

P.S. If all else fails, go with B from now on.
B is the new C

It’s a funny story, and if you follow the link above there is a picture of the scantron form. The story has a sad undercurrent though… Many colleges use the student’s Social Security Number as their student ID. This means that Michael Benson was not only exposed to public humiliation, he may also be exposed to increased risk of identity theft as well. At least with his understanding of simple concepts like true/false tests he isn’t likely to get far in life, so his identity may not be worth stealing.

-Chris

2 Replies to “It’s always funny until someone gets their identity stolen…”

  1. (1) The story is almost certainly an urban legend.

    (2) The student ID has clearly been altered. The numerals have been typed using a font that resembles handwriting (thus the identical 2s, 3s, and 8s), and the bubbles have been altered (note that they appear to have been filled in by a pencil with a different hardness than the answer bubbles; additionally, the marks inside the ID bubbles are consistently narrower than the marks inside the answer bubbles).

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