Everyone has a story or two about a favorite teacher or professor they’ve had during their time in school. Usually, those teachers have something in common; they’ve all found a way to appeal to the younger generation.
Sometimes that means that they are there for their students in times of distress and can empathize with their young people problems. Other times it can mean that they are witty, sarcastic, and/or will throw shade at you quick if you let your guard down.
One economics professor let his clothing choice speak for him, and it made for a hilarious classroom joke. Not everyone understood the joke, but oftentimes, that is what makes jokes even funnier. Keeping in mind that this was a Ph.D. economics class, here is the breakdown of what happened:
Twitter user Kimberly Boswell tweeted the photo of her professor. The unnamed professor wore a t-shirt that had this message written on it: “There are two types of people in this world: 1) those who can extrapolate from incomplete data.”
The joke is, that if you are not able to guess what the “second type” of people are, then you are likely part of this group (i.e you cannot extrapolate from incomplete data). You would think that the joke was pretty straightforward. Especially given that, as we’ve already said, the class is full of Ph.D. level economics students. However, as Boswell’s tweet makes apparent, the joke went over some students’ heads.
It was a happy, happy day for the internet which had a field day poking fun at the students who didn’t understand the joke. The internet as a collective is known for blowing things out of proportion, but in this case, you can’t even blame anyone for expressing incredulity.
Boswell even updated the Twitterverse after the students expressed their confusion. The professor gave them an additional hint, which also went over their head. Sigh.
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