I love running into people who are so unbelievable that they are better than any fictional character you could ever invent.  I had the pleasure of encountering such an individual over the course of the past semester.  My officemate had a particular student in her class who would come to the office every single Wednesday and have the exact same conversation, with only slight variations on a theme.  Shall I provide you with an example?

Student: I need to talk to you about the final exam.
Office Mate:  It is going to be just like the practice exams we have been doing in class.
S: But what will it be like?
OM: (Pause)  It will be an essay exam just like the practice exams we have been doing in class.
S: Will I pass the exam?
OM:  I don’t know.  But if you have been doing well on the practice exams, then you will do well on the final.
S: So if I’m doing well on the practice exams, then I will pass the final exam?
OM: There’s a good chance that if you are doing well on the practice exams that you will do well on the final exam.
S: But will I pass the final exam?
OM:  (Pause) I don’t know.  I can’t tell you that.
S: (Pause)  The final exam will be just like the practice exams?
OM: (Pause) Yes.
S: (Pause)  So if I am passing the practice exams, then I will pass the final exam?
OM:  (Pause) I don’t know.  I can’t predict the future.
S: (Pause)  So what will the final exam be like?
OM: (Pause) An essay exam–just like the practice exams.
S:  So will I pass?

And on, and on, and on . . .

Seriously, I wish I were making this up, but I’m not.


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