Entire Class Just Pretending to Be Deep in Thought Following Question from Professor
EVANSTON, IL – Cocking their heads to the side in faux contemplation as they flipped idly between pages in their notebooks, every member of a 30-person Math 230 lecture was found pretending to be deep in thought when their professor posed a question to the classroom. Despite appearing as though the group of students was giving a good faith effort to determine the answer to their professor’s query, sources reported that the entirety of the class was in fact feigning puzzlement with hopes of outlasting their instructor’s patience. “I usually try to avoid eye contact—without making it obvious that I’m avoiding eye contact—while I pretend to flip thoughtfully through my notes,” said industrial engineering freshman Todd Mercer when reached for comment. “If you flip five or six pages backwards, pause for a second, then slowly turn back to today’s notes that usually does it. I’ve never seen any professor last more than 10 seconds of sustained silence.”
Recent reports confirmed that in spite of their teacher’s efforts to call on students who were just stretching and attempts to determine if anyone had ideas on how to start the problem, the math class was able to maintain their charade of false bewilderment.