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(New York Daily News)   In a world where America fights to remain in front: Talking pineapple question on state exam stumps Students, Teachers and Principals   (nydailynews.com) divider line 338
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2012-04-20 12:49:41 PM  
Actually, if the question was to determine writing skills rather than reading comprehension, I can see where putting an unclear situation like this in print might lead to more complicated answers from students. They want the kids to defend their position even though there isn't a clear-cut answer.

However, I suspect that this question was really supposed to be about reading comprehension and Ken Jennings is correct and someone wrote it during a Peyote trip.
 
2012-04-20 01:29:21 PM  
That looks like a good question for the LSAT. What motive can we attribute to the animals, given the facts of the case? And anyone who doesn't know that the owl is always the wisest mofo in the forest doesn't belong in 3rd grade, let alone law school.
 
2012-04-20 01:36:53 PM  
1. Why did the animals eat the pineapple?
a. they were annoyed
b. they were amused
c. they were hungry
d. they wanted to

HOW CAN I READ ANIMAL'S MINDS??? QUESTION IS INVALID!
 
2012-04-20 01:38:21 PM  
"Where'd you get a scar like that Tony the Tiger, eatin' pineapple?"
 
2012-04-20 01:39:13 PM  
t2.gstatic.com
 
2012-04-20 01:39:29 PM  
Also, the wisest animal was the hare for running away from a talking pineapple.
 
2012-04-20 01:39:41 PM  
FTFA: Scarsdale Middle School Principal Michael McDermott said the question has been used before and "confused students in six or seven different states."

And he had a quick answer to the question of who is the wisest: "Pearson for getting paid $32 million for recycling this crap."


At least someone gets it. It's not about educating children, it's about how much can a corporation make off of it.
 
2012-04-20 01:40:21 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Did someone say talking pineapple?

(obscure?)
 
2012-04-20 01:40:37 PM  

Walker: 1. Why did the animals eat the pineapple?
a. they were annoyed
b. they were amused
c. they were hungry
d. they wanted to

HOW CAN I READ ANIMAL'S MINDS??? QUESTION IS INVALID!


d. they wanted to.

They did not have a reason to eat the pineapple. Therefore, if they ate the pineapple without a reason, it is because they wanted to.

2. Who was the wisest?
a. the hare
b. moose
c. crow
d. owl

Duh. C. Crow.
 
2012-04-20 01:40:47 PM  
All they had to do was follow the banana.
 
2012-04-20 01:41:45 PM  
fta: And he had a quick answer to the question of who is the wisest: "Pearson for getting paid $32 million for recycling this crap."

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/talking-pineapple-question-state-e xam-stumps-article-1.1064657#ixzz1sbTeU9Xq

$32 million dollars. Gee, I wonder why students spend so much time in testing?
 
2012-04-20 01:42:04 PM  
When in doubt...

E) all of the above
 
2012-04-20 01:42:22 PM  
I do enjoy a fresh pineapple.

/dnrtfa
 
2012-04-20 01:42:49 PM  
But teachers who object to these standardised tests as a way to evaluate their performance are just a bunch of lazy overpaid union thugs, amirite? And those snowflakes should stop whining, get off my lawn, and gbtw.

/the hare was the wisest. He avoided all the crap philosophising and just ran the damn race.
/they ate the pineapple because they wanted to, duh.
 
2012-04-20 01:43:00 PM  

SphericalTime: Actually, if the question was to determine writing skills rather than reading comprehension, I can see where putting an unclear situation like this in print might lead to more complicated answers from students. They want the kids to defend their position even though there isn't a clear-cut answer.

However, I suspect that this question was really supposed to be about reading comprehension and Ken Jennings is correct and someone wrote it during a Peyote trip.


I agree the questions cited may have been acceptable had they been essay questions, but they were multiple choice questions. That's not acceptable.
 
2012-04-20 01:43:03 PM  
The hare represents Mitt Romney, the pineapple represents Michelle Bachmann or perhaps, her husband.

The crow is Ron Paul, the Moose is Newt Gingrich.

The owl represents a Republican candidate winning the Presidency.

They ate Michelle Bachmann because A> they were annoyed, and B> you try and shut annoying people up.
 
2012-04-20 01:43:15 PM  
Here is the correct answer:

img51.imageshack.us
 
2012-04-20 01:43:22 PM  
Damn, Americans are getting retarded. In China, kindergarteners are solving talking fruit problems at a high-school level.
 
2012-04-20 01:43:49 PM  
It almost seems like some crazy attempt to identify personality types, or find sociopaths, or some Prisoner-esque crap like that.
 
2012-04-20 01:44:04 PM  
Clearly they ate the pineapple because pineapples are delicious.

As for the "wisest animal", no animal is truly wise, therefore they were all equally un-wise....yet somehow they were all far more wise than the pineapple.
 
2012-04-20 01:44:50 PM  
You laugh now, Daily News, but do you have a better way of telling which of our children are actually replicants?
 
2012-04-20 01:45:00 PM  
The pineapple in question. He doesn't look so dumb now, does he?

www.hiphoprx.com
 
2012-04-20 01:45:07 PM  
The title of the picture is "Pineapple, front view"

What, is the back view too racy for the kids?
 
2012-04-20 01:45:20 PM  

Walker: 1. Why did the animals eat the pineapple?
a. they were annoyed
b. they were amused
c. they were hungry
d. they wanted to

HOW CAN I READ ANIMAL'S MINDS??? QUESTION IS INVALID!


The obvious answer is d. They wanted to. All the other answers presume some motivation on the animals part that can not be known. The only confirmed fact we have in evidence is that they did, in fact, eat the pineapple, and therefore must have wanted to.

All this tells us is that kids are a bunch of dumbasses, and Americans in general are a bunch of unaccountable pansies.
 
2012-04-20 01:45:54 PM  
i37.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-20 01:46:33 PM  
It is my belief that the animals ate the talking pineapple because they feel they had been swindled. The pineapple, presumably knowing he wouldn't win any race, challenged one of the fastest runners. The other animals sense the race is fixed and bet on the pineapple to reap the rewards. When the pineapple predictably losses the race, the animals would be understandably upset and they take the fruit as their reward or revenge.

The wisest animal would have to be the rabbit, since there is no explicit mention of an owl. I believe the rabbit was in on the fix. Knowing he could best a fruit in a race, but the other animals would wager against him, he stands to lose nothing and make a beneficial gain. However, it could be argued that this isn't exactly a wise move. Seeing as the other animals ate a talking and presumably intelligent/sentient being, who's to say they wouldn't take additional revenge on the rabbit if they ever discovered the scheme. He may not be very wise, but I would call him smart. Especially if the rabbit took his winnings to another forest, found another talking fruit, and set his con into motion again...barring some sort of animal police force capable of tracking fugitive rabbits. In that case, he's pretty dumb too.
 
2012-04-20 01:46:36 PM  
1 I have two coins in my pockets adding up to 30 cents. One is not a nickel. What is the other one?

2. How is a raven like a writing desk?
a) Swag
b) lewtz
c) pineapple

3. Is the King of France Bald?
a) yes
b) short answer yes with an if long answer no with a but
c) wat?
 
2012-04-20 01:47:07 PM  
There isn't a right answer, obviously; they're open-ended questions that leave the test-taker to answer any way they want--as long as it's grammatically/stylistically correct.

On a related note, the reactions to the question demonstrate something far, far scarier: a profound lack of creativity, imagination, and adaptability to novel situations among those aforementioned students, teachers, and principals. That, alone, is far more spiritually deadly to a populace than skill in grammar. If they can't deal with that, then yes, they deserve to fail the test; the age of the mindless-office-worker drone and the assembly-line worker is rapidly coming to an end, and if we don't adapt to an economy of creativity, imagination, and innovation, we're screwed.

As such, I think it's the schools themselves--not the test--that need to adapt.
 
2012-04-20 01:47:20 PM  
It's a psychological question not an intelligence question. Probably just pulled out of the wrong list and stuck on the test
 
2012-04-20 01:47:50 PM  
they ate the pineapple because they had an orgy scheduled for later, and they wanted to taste their very best.
 
2012-04-20 01:48:00 PM  
I'm pretty sure this is just a test to see which students are tripping on acid while writing the test.
 
2012-04-20 01:48:11 PM  

angrycrank: But teachers who object to these standardised tests as a way to evaluate their performance are just a bunch of lazy overpaid union thugs, amirite? And those snowflakes should stop whining, get off my lawn, and gbtw.

/the hare was the wisest. He avoided all the crap philosophising and just ran the damn race.
/they ate the pineapple because they wanted to, duh.


How dare you claim they merely wanted to eat the pineapple! The animals were annoyed and they had a right to be annoyed. That smug, arrogant pineapple was sitting there, mocking the animals. The pineapple knew he didn't have feet! But who had the last laugh when that trickster found himself on the dinner menu?
 
2012-04-20 01:48:32 PM  

Rent Party: The obvious answer is d. They wanted to. All the other answers presume some motivation on the animals part that can not be known. The only confirmed fact we have in evidence is that they did, in fact, eat the pineapple, and therefore must have wanted to.


No, not true. They could have tripped and fallen on the fruit, which is the most common cause of a pineapple ending up inside somebody.
 
2012-04-20 01:48:33 PM  
The answer is e. Potato
 
2012-04-20 01:48:46 PM  
Here we go again
i11.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-20 01:49:00 PM  
Came here for the Telefrancais, glad to see RembrandtQEinstein has that covered, leaving happily.
 
2012-04-20 01:49:41 PM  
1 a nickel
2 pineapple
3. wat because there is no king
 
2012-04-20 01:49:43 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Rent Party: The obvious answer is d. They wanted to. All the other answers presume some motivation on the animals part that can not be known. The only confirmed fact we have in evidence is that they did, in fact, eat the pineapple, and therefore must have wanted to.

No, not true. They could have tripped and fallen on the fruit, which is the most common cause of a pineapple ending up inside somebody.


There is no indication that this pineapple was wearing a hoodie, drinking tea, or eating skittles.
 
2012-04-20 01:49:49 PM  
THEN WHO WAS PINEAPPLE?!
 
2012-04-20 01:49:52 PM  
It's a neat tale that shows how dumb ideas can spread and how they can even seem logical to some people. I'm just not sure that you can turn it into a multiple choice test question.
 
2012-04-20 01:49:57 PM  

Fano: 2. How is a raven like a writing desk?


It is nevar placed back to front.
 
2012-04-20 01:51:22 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Rent Party: The obvious answer is d. They wanted to. All the other answers presume some motivation on the animals part that can not be known. The only confirmed fact we have in evidence is that they did, in fact, eat the pineapple, and therefore must have wanted to.

No, not true. They could have tripped and fallen on the fruit, which is the most common cause of a pineapple ending up inside somebody.


The odds are astronomical, still it happens all the time, it's strange how many people take a pineapple into the shower.
 
2012-04-20 01:51:38 PM  
This question is farking stupid. The prize is a Ninja and toothpaste? How farking random are those two things? They are worse then useless. Fluroide would poison the rabbit, and as far as the Ninja, you know what would happen to the pineapple...
www.downloadatoz.com
 
2012-04-20 01:51:44 PM  

howdyyall9999: It's a psychological question not an intelligence question. Probably just pulled out of the wrong list and stuck on the test


I like this question actually. Its asking a kid to apply reason (if it is written explanation that its) to something which clearly has no logic. The why did they eat it could have a great social connotation for it not moving and wagering its life. The wisest, to me, is like a math question; each animal that did not run is the wisest for they are awarded for their intelligence with putting in minimal effort.
 
M-G
2012-04-20 01:51:51 PM  
The principal quoted in TFA deserves a HERO tag. But since he spoke out, he's probably not getting his contract renewed....
 
2012-04-20 01:51:53 PM  
Why did the animals eat the talking fruit, and which animal was wisest?


barnesjewishhospital.files.wordpress.com

...D. F*ck yourself.
 
2012-04-20 01:51:54 PM  
 
2012-04-20 01:51:56 PM  
This question sounds like it should have been on the G.O.A.T.

Billy, 'You thought the crow was the wisest? Well, that means you're going to be a plumber.'
 
2012-04-20 01:52:07 PM  

koder: There isn't a right answer, obviously; they're open-ended questions that leave the test-taker to answer any way they want--as long as it's grammatically/stylistically correct.


Did you not read the entire article? The "open-ended" questions were multiple choice.
 
2012-04-20 01:52:12 PM  
When you stand up, where does your lap go?
a) Lapland
b) the cellar
c) mooooooooooooooooooooooo
 
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