In school, kids spend a lot of time bent over books, trying to absorb all of the information they can. After all, when test time comes, they need to make sure they’re totally prepared for whatever the teacher sends their way. But sometimes, even with plenty of studying, tests can throw them a serious curveball.
At least, that’s what must have happened to the kids below. Despite months of learning, some encountered questions they didn’t know the answers to, while others were perhaps a little too confident that they did know the answer! Either way, what these students wrote in the blank space was hilarious!
1. This kid had life all figured out early. Most notable is that, according to the imprint left behind from the erased text, he momentarily recorded one pair of goals, then thought, “Wait a second. I just want to kiss girls and rule the world.”
2. Scientists long ago defined a cell as the biological structure that forms all living things. Unfortunately, one student missed that particular day in class. This kid also missed the most important detail: the tough-and-scary cellmate!
3. Okay, sure ‘Taxonomy’ may have been the answer the teacher was actually looking for, but this kid should definitely earn a few extra points for social science awareness. You have our vote for class president!
4. Sometimes, you just have to call it as you see it, and this student certainly subscribed to that theory. All those other test-takers were probably writing about leaves, petals, and cells or something. This guy? He saw a flower. What else is there to say?
5. Ghosts may not be real (depending on who you’re asking), but math very much is, and four minus one is absolutely not zero. But you have to give it up for this kid: who knew that sarcastic skeptics could be so young?
6. For this kid, parsing through his own mid-test thinking just didn’t seem like a necessary step in the learning process. He used math, duh! But you’d hate to see how he’d have answered this question if he’d just guessed.
7. Listen, there were only so many things you could do about a scraped knee back in the day. Crying was a no-go if you wanted to maintain your street cred on the playground, and snitching to a teacher was a surefire way to spend recess indoors. Clearly, this kid knew what was up.
8. While the answer this student gave on his or her math test wasn’t mathematically correct in any way, it technically wasn’t wrong. Whoever wrote the question probably would’ve benefited from a grammar test, though.
9. You have to respect this fifth-grader’s swagger. She traded a pencil for Wite-Out and just went to town. After all, you can’t fail that which never existed in the first place. Right? Checkmate, Teach.
10. Wyatt did the impossible with his answer to this test question: he created a double pun with a single image. Not only did his log have rhythm, it positively jammed on that guitar. Log jam, anyone? Looks like the teacher appreciated his work, too.
11. Right about the time kids learned about shapes and figures, parents and teachers instilled another important lesson as well: honesty is the best policy. This little boy or girl took that saying to heart, apparently.
12. Kudos to this kid. He actually bubbled in the right answer! Even better: he went the extra mile to make sure the listed answer was doubly correct and a little more, well… exact.
13. Whoa, slow down there Captain Literal! With his interpretation of the instructions, he must have flown through the rest of the test. You have to wonder if he thought it just a little bit strange that so many questions in a row had the same answer.
14. Here was another case of a student taking the directions on an assignment literally with results that’d threaten to send any teacher grading papers into gales of laughter. Frankly, this student more than demonstrated that they had their alphabet down.
15. If this were a test to root out the bullies in the classroom, then clearly the teacher gathered all the information they needed. What was really funny about this was the clearly exhausted state of mind the teacher was in when they left that note for Judy!
16. This answer inspired debates among end-of-the-year enthusiasts everywhere. Did 1895 really end in 1896? Was it technically still 1895 for, like, a second in 1896? Or did 1895 end and then 1896 start—two separate, non-overlapping events? Ah!
17. Somewhere in the spirit world, Pablo Escobar read how this kid answered this question and laughed his heart out while using dollar bills as tissues. Talk about being honest…
18. If anything, this student should have lost points for not listing the complete number of inanimate objects ectoplasm brought to life. Come on, kid, commit to the bit or just leave the darn thing blank.
19. This student might not have had the answers when it came to describing ways to brainstorm verbs, but he certainly knew a catchy tune when he heard one. Do you think he earned bonus points for his enthusiasm for movin’ it?
20. This student had a chance to earn an additional 80 points (80 POINTS!) on a test, so drawing a Pepe the frog meme maybe wasn’t the best choice. But what may seem like some misguided rebellion, might actually have a bit of clout, especially when kids realized they’re being fed some bigtime myths.
21. MYTH: Humans evolved from apes. TRUTH: In reality, humans did not evolve directly from apes, but rather from a shared ancestor with apes. Despite what every evolutionary illustration depicts, it wasn’t quite a straight path—but one full of stops, starts, and changes in direction.
22. MYTH: Sir Isaac Newton discovered the laws of gravity after an apple fell on his head. TRUTH: There is actually no recorded proof that this moment ever happened. What is known is that Newton spent years developing his theories on gravity, so his theory was pretty well-established by the time he had to fend off any apples!
23. MYTH: The pilgrims left England and headed straight to America in search of religious freedom. TRUTH: While religious freedom (or the lack thereof) is largely why the pilgrims came to America, they first made a pit stop in Holland where they could also practice freely. They only took off for America after they started to worry that their children were losing their English heritage.
24. MYTH: Columbus discovered that the Earth was round when he sailed for India and ended up in America. TRUTH: Believe it or not, it was generally accepted that the Earth was a sphere by the time Columbus embarked on his famous voyage. In fact, it had even been known to the ancient Greeks almost 2,000 years prior!
25. MYTH: Albert Einstein wasn’t very good in school, and he even once failed a math class. TRUTH: Einstein was actually a perfectly fine student. He was so good, in fact, that he was reading college-level physics books by age of 11.
26. MYTH: The pyramids were built using slave labor. TRUTH: It’s unlikely that the Egyptians made wide use of slaves to construct the pyramids. Hieroglyphs and archeological sites suggest that it was actually a potentially society-wide network of skilled ancient workers who were probably paid relatively well.
27. MYTH: The Great Wall of China is visible from space. TRUTH: Without the help of a telescope, it’s actually nearly impossible to see the wall from space. There are, however, some roads and bridges that can be seen with the naked eye!
28. MYTH: Christopher Columbus was the one who discovered America. TRUTH: Even if you ignore the indigenous populations on the continent (you shouldn’t), the first European to land in America was technically Leif Erikson some 400 years earlier.
29. MYTH: Your blood is actually not red, but blue; it only turns red after it leaves your body. TRUTH: Your blood is, indeed, red inside and outside of your body. The reason your veins look blue has to do with the way light penetrates your skin.
30. MYTH: Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb. TRUTH: Fully 70 years before Thomas Edison’s lightbulb, Humphrey Davey invented its predecessor, the arc light. Ultimately, Edison’s lightbulb—which had its fair share of competitors—just proved to be the best one when it was popularized.
31. MYTH: We all have five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. TRUTH: The real number of senses that humans possess is debated, but most agree that it’s many more than five. Others include spacial reasoning, vibration, time, direction, and temperature.
32. MYTH: Toilets in the southern hemisphere flush the opposite way. TRUTH: The only thing that would affect the way a toilet flushes is the design of the toilet itself. They flush the same direction Down Under!
33. MYTH: The Greeks used a Trojan horse to sack the city of Troy. TRUTH: The only places that the Trojan horse is mentioned in antiquity is in the Aeneid, an epic poem written by Virgil hundreds of years after the supposed events; and The Odyssey, an epic poem written by Homer. Likely, this infamous subterfuge never actually happened.
34. MYTH: There is no gravity in space. TRUTH: While gravity in space is far less intense than on Earth, it does exist to varying degrees. The closer you are to Earth, the stronger it is. The moon also has low gravity.
35. MYTH: We only use about 10 percent of our brains. TRUTH: This idea gained attention recently when the movie Lucy was released, but it’s a load of nonsense. Your entire brain is, of course, fully active throughout the day.