As I previously have used this space to confide in you my shortcomings as a student, I will also tell you about a marvelously inventive science teacher I had in junior high school who employed trick questions to get suspect minds like mine to think.

For example, he once asked a student "What is the only liquid that isn't wet?" Once the instructor assessed in full the vacant stare he received in return, he finally had to end the suspense and explain that it was mercury.

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