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Old 12-30-2021, 05:58 PM
 
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Clever. And funny. Even if exasperating for the teacher.


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A professor hid a cash prize on campus. All students had to do was read the syllabus
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Old 12-30-2021, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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LOL!

DH did something similar once after getting frustrated with paperwork for a client that he was sure no one would read. He just added a statement that he would pay $50 if anyone who did read it would call him. No one did.
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Old 12-30-2021, 06:19 PM
 
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While I applaud the professor's attempt to get the attention of his students to read the syllabus, it is fitting it was for a class of the "Performing Arts". Should repeat the 'test' with other types of coursework. I surmise business, engineering, mathematics or science related coursework and even liberal arts courses requiring more reading and study would have probably netted a 'claimant'.
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Old 12-30-2021, 07:24 PM
 
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Of course, given how it was worded, I'm not sure even those who read it would have bothered to go chasing around campus to open a locker.

In between the text of one instruction, the clue read: "Thus (free to the first who claims; locker one hundred forty-seven; combination fifteen, twenty-five, thirty-five), students may be ineligible to make up classes and ..."

Without the added information it doesn't even make sense. Reads like locker 147 is free to whoever claims it. And I'm not sure what that has to do with makeup classes.

I understand the concept because I've put things like "I'll buy a cup of coffee to whoever reads this far" into some reports I've written and never got a claimant, but at least make it obvious that there's a prize there.
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Old 12-31-2021, 05:09 AM
 
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Of course, given how it was worded, I'm not sure even those who read it would have bothered to go chasing around campus to open a locker.

In between the text of one instruction, the clue read: "Thus (free to the first who claims; locker one hundred forty-seven; combination fifteen, twenty-five, thirty-five), students may be ineligible to make up classes and ..."

Without the added information it doesn't even make sense. Reads like locker 147 is free to whoever claims it. And I'm not sure what that has to do with makeup classes.

I understand the concept because I've put things like "I'll buy a cup of coffee to whoever reads this far" into some reports I've written and never got a claimant, but at least make it obvious that there's a prize there.
Yeah. It is not clear what you are getting there. It is unclear whether you are eligible to make up classes if you take what is in the locker. Since you don’t know what is in the locker, why would you take what is in there in exchange for not being able to make up classes during this time when you could very well be isolating for weeks or months with Covid.
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Old 01-06-2022, 04:41 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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I do a version of this myself. For the last 12 years I've kept $200.00 hidden in the owner's manual of my daughter's car(s). My goal is to have an emergency fund if she ever calls from somewhere needing money.


Three cars so far, and she's never discovered it. I'm beginning to think a car owner's manual is safer than a bank.
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Old 01-10-2022, 08:32 AM
 
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I'm beginning to think a car owner's manual is safer than a bank.
And with the fees that banks charge, you are probably earning a far larger effective interest rate!
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Old 01-10-2022, 04:06 PM
 
Location: California
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"free PRIZE..." would have had an impact I bet. I agree this does read like it's just the locker itself that's available and "free"
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Old 01-18-2022, 11:54 AM
 
Location: California
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Funny story. It was unexpected to see this from teachers.
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Old 04-18-2022, 06:21 AM
 
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I think in the future such things will motivate students to study.
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