Fun things to do in a final (or a prelim) that does not matter
              by:  jt3h@andrew.cmu.edu


1. Bring a pillow. Fall asleep (or pretend to) until the last 15 minutes. Wake
   up, say "oh geez, better get cracking" and do some gibberish work. Turn it
   in a few minutes early.

2. Get a copy of the exam, run out screaming "Andre, Andre, I've got the
   secret documents!!"

3. If it is a math/science exam, answer in essay form. If it is long
   answer/essay form, answer with numbers and symbols. Be creative. Use the
   integral symbol.

4. Make paper airplanes out of the exam. Aim them at the instructor's left
   nostril.

5. Talk the entire way through the exam. Read questions aloud, debate
   your answers with yourself out loud. If asked to stop, yell out, "I'm SOOO
   sure you can hear me thinking." Then start talking about what a jerk the
   instructor is.

6. Bring cheerleaders.

7. Walk in, get the exam, sit down. About five minutes into it, loudly say to
   the instructor, "I don't understand ANY of this. I've been to every lecture
   all semester long! What's the deal? And who the hell are you? Where's the
   regular guy?"

8. Bring a Game Boy (or Game Gear, etc...). Play with the volume at max level.

9. On the answer sheet (book, whatever) find a new, interesting way to refuse
   to answer every question. For example: I refuse to answer this question on
   the grounds that it conflicts with my religious beliefs. Be creative.

10. Bring pets.

11. Run into the exam room looking about frantically. Breathe a sigh of
    relief. Go to the instructor, say "They've found me, I have to leave the
    country" and run off.

12. Fifteen minutes into the exam, stand up, rip up all the papers into very
    small pieces, throw them into the air and yell out "Merry Christmas." If
    you're really daring, ask for another copy of the exam. Say you lost the
    first one. Repeat this process every fifteen minutes.

13. Do the exam with crayons, paint, or fluorescent markers.

14. Come into the exa    nothing else.

15. Come down with a BAD case of Turet's Syndrome during the exam. Be as
    vulgar as possible.

16. Do the entire exam in another language. If you don't know one, make one
    up! For math/science exams, try using Roman numerals.

17. Bring things to throw at the instructor when s/he's not looking. Blame
    it on the person nearest to you.

18. As soon as the instructor hands you the exam, eat it.

19. Walk into the exam with an entourage. Claim you are going to be taping
    your next video during the exam. Try to get the instructor to let them
    stay, be persuasive. Tell the instructor to expect a percentage of the
    profits if they are allowed to stay.

20. Every five minutes, stand up, collect all your things, move to another
    seat, continue with the exam.

21. Turn in the exam approximately 30 minutes into it. As you walk out, start
    commenting on how easy it was.

22. Do the entire exam as if it was multiple choice and true/false. If it is a
    multiple choice exam, spell out interesting things (DCCAB, BABE, etc..).

23. Bring a black marker. Return the exam with all questions and answers
    completely blacked out.

24. Get the exam. Twenty minutes into it, throw your papers down violently,
    scream out "Fuck this!" and walk out triumphantly.

25. Arrange a protest before the exam starts (i.e. Threaten the instructor
    that whether or not everyone's done, they are all leaving after one hour
    to go drink)

26. Show up completely drunk. (Completely drunk means at some point during the
    exam, you should start crying for mommy).

27. Every now and then, clap twice rapidly. If the instructor asks why, tell
    him/her in a very derogatory tone, "the light bulb that goes on above my
    head when I get an idea is hooked up to a clapper. DUH!"

28. Comment on how sexy the instructor is looking that day.

29. Come to the exam wearing a black cloak. After about 30 minutes, put on a
    white mask and start yelling "I'm here, the phantom of the opera"
    until they drag you away.

30. Go to an exam for a class you have no clue about, where you know the class
    is very small, and the instructor would recognize you if you belonged.
    Claim that you have been to every lecture. Fight for your right to take
    the exam.

31. Upon receiving the exam, look it over, while laughing loudly, say "you
    don't really expect me to waste my time on this drivel? Days of our
    Lives is on!!!"

32. Bring a water pistol with you. Nuff said.

33. From the moment the exam begins, hum the theme to Jeopardy. Ignore the
    instructor's requests for you to stop. When they finally get you to leave
    one way or another, begin whistling the theme to the Bridge on the River
    Kwai.

34. Start a brawl in the middle of the exam.

35. If the exam is math/science related, make up the longest proofs you could
    possibly think of. Get pi and imaginary numbers into most equations.
 
36. Come in wearing a full knight's outfit, complete with sword and shield.

37. Bring a friend to give you a back massage the entire way through the exam.
    Insist this person is needed, because you have bad circulation.

38. Bring cheat sheets FROM ANOTHER CLASS (make sure this is obvious... like
    history notes for a calculus exam... otherwise you're not just failing,
    you're getting kicked out too) and staple them to the exam with the
    comment "Please use the attached notes for references as you see fit."

39. When you walk in, complain about the heat. Strip.

40. After you get the exam, call the instructor over, point to any question,
    ask for the answer. Try to work it out of him/her.

41. One word: Wrestlemania.

42. Bring balloons, blow them up, start throwing them around like they do
    before concerts start.

43. Play frisbee with a friend at the other side of the room.

44. Bring some large, cumbersome, ugly idol. Put it right next to you. Pray to
    it often. Consider a small sacrifice.

45. Get deliveries of candy, flowers, balloons, telegrams, etc... sent to you
    every few minutes throughout the exam.

46. During the exam, take apart everything around you. Desks, chairs, anything
    you can reach.

47. Complete the exam with everything you write being backwards at a 90 degree
    angle.

48. Bring a musical instrument with you, play various tunes. If you are asked
    to stop, say "it helps me think." Bring a copy of the Student Handbook
    with you, challenging the instructor to find the section on musical
    instruments during finals. Don't forget to use the phrase "Told you so".

50. Answer the exam with the "Top Ten Reasons Why Professor xxxx Sucks"


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