Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Not from around here? Just wait for winter

Overheard on campus.
Student: "This isn't even, like, New York. This is Canada."

Eat and/or be eaten

At the pet store.
Employee: "The rule of thumb is that if a fish can fit another fish into their mouth it pretty much will."

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Flying fun

Woman: "Gee, with these new rules kids are going to play 'airport security' instead of doctor."

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Changing colors

From our favorite former Ithacan:
Teacher: "Tomorrow is picture day. Be sure to look your best. Here is my class picture from when I was in first grade."
Smartest kid in class: "That's funny - you're white."
Me: "Of course I was white when I was 6 - I'm white now."
Smartest kid in class: "But now you're a teacher. Plenty of teachers are white. I didn't know kids could be white too."

Friday, November 19, 2010

Dressed for the occasion

Mom to daughter: "Take off your new white sweater if you are going to eat spaghetti sauce. As a matter of fact, if you are going to eat spaghetti sauce take off all of your clothes."

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Family values

Woman: "No, we never split up, never got divorced. It was because neither of us wanted the kids. He didn't want them, I didn't want them, so we had to stay together."

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Overheard at Cornell polo

Small boy: "I have a black horse. He lays eggs."
His mom: "We do have a horse. I don't know where the eggs come from."

Friday, November 5, 2010

small embarrassments

Raking leaves at a daycare. Teacher takes the small child size rake and starts raking with it.
Girl: "Aren't you embarrassed to be raking with that tiny rake?"
Teacher: "No, why?"
Girl: "Well If I was YOUR age and using that rake, I'd be embarrassed!"


Horizons need expanding?

On campus open house, at the study abroad table.
Guy: "Does this mean like we'd have to go somewhere or something?"

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Advanced vocabulary

Overheard by former Ithacan in first grade class.
Teacher: "Today we are going to learn about the /w/ sound. Can anyone give me a word that starts with the sound /w/?"
First Grade Boy: "Weed!"
Teacher: "Very good. Can you use the word 'weed' in a sentence?"
Boy: "My dad smokes the weed."
Teacher: [pause] "Okay then. Can someone else give me a DIFFERENT word that starts with /w/?".
..Different Boy: "Wedgie?"

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Is it a treat? Or a trick?

Halloween. A little boy trick or treating. The person giving out goodies at the door hands him a granola bar.
Boy (looking slightly dismayed): "This one is for you momma."

Monday, November 1, 2010

A little culture, in perspective

Parents reading Greek myths to their child.
Kid: "Wait. You mean all the Greek gods were whores or creepers?"