- “Did we do anything important when I was out?”
- “Why do we have to learn this?”
- “Do we need the book?”
- “How much work do we have to do in this class?”
- “When will final grades be posted?”
- “How many footnotes/sources do I need?”
- “Do we need to know this for the exam?”
- Do you have a stapler?
- “Can I leave early?/Is it OK if I go to my club meeting?”
The only question on the list that was really off was the last one "“Are you sure you that’s right?” That is, feel free to argue that I am wrong. The stuff we are doing in the social sciences is not absolute and my memory is not perfect, so contradict me ... if you have a decent argument. But woe unto you if you decide to use conspiracy theory--as I am not a religion prof, but one of reality-based social science.
Anyhow, as the return of the students is about a week or two away, I wanted to ask my readers--what is the strangest question you have heard (or asked). For instance, in college, we ended up asking a prof if he used shampoo to wash his beard. What say you?