November 09, 2005
November 9, 2005 11:54 AM
I was reminded today of the day when in response to a question, K Prof responded, "ahhh so let's say I drink two lattes and turn into the Great Cornholio." With that in mind, I'm hoping the blawgosphere and commenters will share their stories of bizarre hypos, questions, answers, etc.
Our K Prof included in one of his powerpoints three hypos involving Carson, Kyan, and Thom from Queer Eye. Each had offered to give money, in three different circumstances, to a charitable organization, and each offer was closely tied to his specialty. So K Prof watched Queer Eye. It was weird.
My torts prof (who used to compulsively grab his crotch as he lectured, in a three-piece suit) loved to use students as victims of his hypothetical torts. So we all got stabbed, shot, assaulted, IIED'd, etc. For his negligence hypos, he loved to describe, with some relish, a projector on the ceiling falling on the heads of the students who sat beneath it. Over time, I began to think that it did look a little poorly attached. It was assigned seating, so the students underneath couldn't move. But they began to eye it kind of nervously, especially when he would start down that road yet again...
He also related his own personal injury experience, which involved sitting on a toilet that sheared off of the wall in a public restroom, while he was sitting upon it, using it for its intended purpose. The image of the half-naked prof, with shattered porcelain and the remains of what he had been doing, being assisted by the fire department, scar me to this day. (The story was related in the context of statutes of repose -- the toilet had been installed too long ago, so it's maker was shielded from any liability.)
I think my Con Law prof was discussing Slaton I (or may have been Slaton II). Anyway, the court inserted a rather strange, though pertinent, quote by Voltaire in its opinion. Prof asked a question to which I had no answer. I didn't have a clue.
So I took a deep breath, and mumbled ... "well, there is this quote by Voltaire." To which Prof responded, "Hey, when in doubt, quote Voltaire."
Our Prof. Contracts liked to make up hypos involving Hummers--you know, the vehicle. Despite being youngish and relatively with-it for a law prof, he was apparently unaware that a "hummer" is also a slang term for a certain sexual act. So when he starts the hypo saying, "If you give me a Hummer, I'll give you a hundred bucks," the class lost it. He was pretty sheepish the next day, after he figured out why we were all laughing.