TWO STUDENTS MISS A FINAL EXAM
Chemistry was taught at Duke University for many years by
professor Bonk. One year, two guys took the class and did
pretty well on all the quizzes and mid-terms--so much so
that going into the final, they each had a solid A. These
two friends were so confident going into the final that
the weekend before finals week, despite the Chemistry final
being on Monday, they decided to go to the University of
Virginia to party with some friends.
They did this and had a great time. However, with their
hangovers and tiredness, they overslept all day Sunday and
didn't make it back to Duke until early Monday morning.
Rather than taking the final then, they found professor
Bonk after the final and explained to him how they missed
the final. They told him they went up to the University
of Virginia for the weekend and had planned to come back
in time to study, but they had a flat tire on the way back
and didn't have a spare. They couldn't fix it for a long
time and were late getting back to campus.
Bonk thought this over and agreed that they could take
the final the following day. The two guys, elated and relieved,
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. He told them to
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 an easy final".
They then turned the page. They were unprepared, however,
for what they saw on it. The question contained only two
words: (95 points) Which tire?