A Laffy Taffy Lesson

As I mentioned earlier, I’m awful at remembering jokes. I’m a thousand times worse at guessing the punchline.

Which meant that I could have probably performed better at surgery than as an 8th grade English student today (Sidenote(s): I never disected anything in high school because I gagged at the smell of the small pigs. I was allowed to put my head down while watching an open heart surgery. I turn the channel as soon as they enter the hospital in ANY medical show or special on obesity. I’m not certain I could tell a scapel from a screwdriver).

Mr. Moore and I like to do what we call “a little bit of this and a little bit of that” during most days. The “that” is the subject content (currently parts of speech and vocabulary). The “this” is anything else that strikes us…usually watching music videos as “intermission” and, of course, testing the student’s gullibility.

Today’s “that” was reviewing the parts of speech, intermixed with a little bit of “this.” We decided to test their riddling skills, seeing that their gullibility has a long way to go.

The students proved that, although they believe their 60-year old English teacher carries a shotgun and would hide a boy’s body in his 5 acres if necessary, they can take on brain teasers.

I, on the other hand, didn’t get a single riddle correct.

Here are the riddles for you to test your skills. Or, hopefully, for you to admit that you’re stuck on these, too. Two’s company, right? Er…[I told you I’m really, really bad at riddle recollection]:

A man and his son were in an automobile accident. The man died on the way to the hospital, but the boy was rushed into surgery. The emergency room surgeon said “I can’t operate, that’s my son!” How is this possible?

There was an airplane crash, every single person died, but two people survived. How is this possible?

Johnny’s mother had four children. The first was April, the second was May, and the third was June. What was the name of her fourth child?

Imagine you are in a sinking rowboat surrounded by sharks. How would you survive?

How could the 22nd and 24th U.S. Presidents have the same parents, but weren’t brothers?

How could all of your cousins have an aunt who is not your aunt?

How far can you walk into the woods?


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