Monday, January 19th, 1998 | Author: David Morris

Introductory Chemistry at Duke has been taught for about a zillion years by Professor Bonk (really), and his course is semi-affectionately known as “Bonkistry.” He has been around forever, so I wouldn’t put it past him to some up with something like this.

Anyway, one year there were these 2 guys who were taking Chemistry and who did pretty well on the quizzes and the midterms and labs, etc., such that going into the final they had a solid ‘A’. These 2 friends were so confident going into the final that the weekend before finals week (even though the Chem. test was Monday), they decided to go up to U. of Virginia and party with some friends up there. So they did and had a great time. However, with their hangovers and everything, they overslept all Sunday and didn’t make it back to Duke until early Monday morning.

Rather than taking the final then, what they did was to find Professor Bonk after the final and explain to him why they missed the final. They told him they went of to U. of V. for the weekend, and had planned to come back in time to study, but that they had a flat tire on the way back, didn’t have a spare, and couldn’t get help for a long time and so they were late getting back to campus. Bonk thought this over and agreed that they could make up the final on the following day. The 2 guys were elated and relieved.

So they studied that night and went in the next day at the time that Bonk had told them. He placed them in separate rooms and handed each of them a test booklet and told them to begin. They looked at the first problem, which was something simple about molarity and solutions. It was worth 5 points. “Cool,” they thought, “This is going to be easy.” They did that problem and then turned to the next page. They were unprepared, however, for what they saw on the next page. It said:

(95 points) Which tire?

Category: Academia