Ambiguous "true-false" answer

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44 Responses to “Ambiguous "true-false" answer”

  1. Pedantic Douchebag says:

    I see a bright future in politics for this person.

  2. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    He has a bright future running the lab for “Little Bit Pregnant Testing”.

  3. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Isn’t Frlse the Norse God of Ambiguity?

  4. jimh says:

    See, this is more of a gray area…

  5. I love it. Reminds me a little of the main titles I designed to the movie ‘True Lies’

  6. relawson says:

    What ever happened to “tralse”? Or “frue”?

  7. phlavor says:

    I was in an Advanced Civics class in Jr. High and we were assigned a project to do two page bios for every president to date. 80 page assignments are daunting for a 13 year old.  Everyone swapped work and as a result the entire class was busted for plagiarism. The interesting thing that happened with this was that the brightest kids in the school started questioning the traditional educational process and advocating group work in papers and science projects. As I rose through High School with these individuals it became a more apparent catalyst for getting these bright kids thinking outside the scan tron form of education. I would give little ms. or mr. true/false a gold star.

    • awjt says:

      In high school we all had a similar stupidly huge assignment in American History.  I embedded in my first draft a non sequitur phrase: “If you read this, Mr. xxxxx, and point it out to me, I will give you ten bucks.”  I received a 100 on that assignment in red on the front when he handed it back.  He never told me he’d read it, so therefore I knew he hadn’t read *any* of it and I could bullshit the remaining ones, save the first page or so.  I showed it to my friends and we had a good laugh and got a lot more rest and free time after that.

      (Acts of Congress are written in much the same way, to this day)

      • GTMoogle says:

        I had to write  several 20 page papers for geography in high school, and combine them into one long paper at the end of the year.  Around the time of one of the turn ins, his wife’s cancer took a turn for the worse, and that paper ended up being graded entirely based on how accurate the margins on the first page were.  I… I can’t really fault him for that.  He was a great guy.  :(

        • Antinous / Moderator says:

          I had a high school history teacher who gave the final exam on the first and last day of class. The whole class did worse after the semester. Yeah, he was going through a bitter divorce that year.

      •  I had a not particularly smart teacher in high school and so on a test, when I didn’t know the answer to a question, I wrote nonsensical sentences made up of words I figured she wouldn’t know the meanings of. And it paid off. I got a check mark next to them.

  8. /dev says:

    Obviously Schrödinger’s answer.

  9.  The favorite response of a true Fortean is “all of the above” ;)

  10. Brood-X says:

    This is a valid state for a quantum computer qubit.

  11. A young Robert Anton Wilson?

  12. Mark Dow says:

    Half credit.

  13. corydodt says:

    The “r” is the problem. it doesn’t look anything like an “a”.

  14. BongBong says:

    That story made me hapgry.

  15. Joe Alfano says:

    It’s a lovely example of a “perceptual shift ambigram”.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambigram

  16. liquidstar says:

    They get a checkmark with a backslash through it :)

  17. flickerKuu says:

    Hey its captcha. If you don’t know what the answer is, your’e  in-human(e?).

  18. MythicalMe says:

    Honestly, “indeterminate” is a valid answer for true/false questions. No fudging necessary.

  19. redesigned says:

    That paper would be easy to grade. :-)

  20. AlexG55 says:

    Reminds me of the “accent horizontale” that people would write in French class when they couldn’t remember if the accent on a letter was acute or grave…

  21. bryan rasmussen says:

    ok well, obviously that answer is 70% true, 30% false, due to the fact that there is insufficient ambiguity about the second character. 

  22. bryan rasmussen says:

    By the way Frue in Danish is an old lady, often when discussing if something technical will be acceptable to the general public or bits of policy someone will always refer to what Frue Hansen will think of the matter. 

  23. marukosu says:

    As a teacher, when you’re running through the answers to dozens of tests quickly, and chanting an answer key in your head like “A-C-D-A-False-False-True; A-C-D-A-False-False-True…”, there’s only a split second for your brain to register the mark. Personally, I’m not sure I’d catch this one.

  24. mistersquid says:

    That answer is rong, I mean, wright.

  25. Ambiguity says:

    If you all like this kind of thing, check out Scott Kim’s lettering work. His ambiagrams should appeal.

  26. snagglepuss says:

    And thus we see how a young George Walker Bush got through the “business ethics” classes at Harvard Business School.

  27. Lurking_Grue says:

    I did pass a test once by using creative bad handwriting. 

  28. rogerdebris says:

    Damn the comments are more creative than the original post! 

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