Published on Mon 03 April 2000
Sixth grade science teacher Mr. Sampson asks his class, "Who can tell me which organ of the human body expands to ten times its usual size when stimulated?"
Nobody raises a hand, so he calls on the first student to look his way. "Mary, can you tell me which organ of the human body expands to ten times its usual size when stimulated?"
Mary stands up, blushing furiously. "Sir, how dare you ask such a question?" she says. "I'm going to complain to my parents, who will complain to the principal, who will have you fired!"
Mr. Sampson is shocked by Mary's reaction, but undaunted. He asks the class the question again, and this time Sam raises his hand. "Yes, Sam?" says Mr. Sampson.
"Sir, the correct answer is the iris of the human eye."
"Very good, Sam. Thank you."
Mr. Sampson then turns to Mary and says, "Mary, I have three things to tell you: First, it's clear that you have not done your homework. Second, you have a dirty mind. And third, I fear one day you are going to be sadly disappointed."