At Duke University, there were four sophomores taking Organic
Chemistry. They did so well on all the quizzes, midterms and
labs, etc., that each had an "A" so far for the semester.
These four friends were so confident that the weekend before
finals, they decided to go up to University of Virginia and party
with some friends up there. They had a great time - however, after
all the hardy-partying, they slept all day Sunday and didn't make it
back to Duke until early Monday morning.
Rather than taking the final then, they decided to find their
professor after the final and explain to him why they missed it.
They explained that they had gone to UVA for the weekend with the plan to
come to study, but, unfortunately, they had a flat tire on the way
back, didn't have a spare, and couldn't get help for a long time.
As a result, they missed the final.
The Professor thought it over and then agreed they could make up the
final the following day. The guys were elated and relieved. They
studied that night and went in the next day at the time the professor
had told them. He placed them in separate rooms and handed each of them a
booklet, and told them to begin. They looked at the first problem,
worth 5 points. It was something simple about free radical
"Cool," they thought at the same time, each one in his separate
room, "this is going to be easy." Each finished the problem and
then turned the page.
On the second page was written: (For 95 points): Which tire?
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