A biology student eager to distract his teacher by changing the subject in his written exam answer failed miserably, but picked up some dating advice in the process.
The teacher, identified only as Mr. J., asked his student to explain "how a nitrogen atom in the upper atmosphere becomes useful to an archaeologist trying to determine the age of a bone" and how the age is determined.
Instead of answering the question, the student, in brutal honesty, posed a nonrelated question back to Mr. J.
"I have to be honest with you," he wrote. "I didn't go over this problem last night and didn't pay attention to it in class yesterday. I do not care about this, I don't even like science. But I do like you and I don't want to ruin our friendship.
"Since I do not know this, I have a question for you. I just started texting this girl and I know she thinks I'm cute but I don't really know how to start a conversation with [her] so I was wondering if you have any ideas. Well that's all for now Mr. J but we will keep in touch."
Mr. J. gave the student a zero on his exam, but not before giving him the advice he requested, in spades.
"Impress her by talking about how atmospheric nitrogen can be used to age artifacts," Mr. J. wrote. "Works for me every time."
The cheeky exchange was posted last month, without any details about location, by Reddit user DRoss09, who explained that it resulted from students' asking their biology teacher for the "funniest answer someone has put on a test."
"We were not disappointed," DRoss09 wrote.