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"But geometry…paul-mccartneyI'm so bad at math. Bad doesn't even begin to describe my relationship to math 

I just can't wrap my mind around it. Algebra was hell"

I had a math class called Probability and Statistics in college that was pure murder. The professor, who was actually an emeritus professor but still taught summer classes (which this class was) used to belittle his students constantly, me included. But one day he put this problem on the board and declared "If everyone gets this problem right, I'll buy you all a beer! But if at least one student gets it wrong, then you all must buy me a beer." Well, the day came, and half the class got it wrong. He wasn't serious about the beer thing, of course, but...

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Seeing an opportunity, after class that day, I went to the grocery store near campus, bought him a Corona and a lime, snuck it across campus, went to his office where luckily he was there, plopped the beer and lime on his desk and said "Here's your beer!" I'm certain I'm the first student who ever did that, because he looked SHOCKED. He tried to tell me I didn't have to, but I wasn't hearing it. He eventually accepted the beer, because hey, it's a beer he didn't have to pay for. If nothing else, if I was going to flunk this class, at least I could laugh about it later and tell this story to my son once he gets older.

So the summer class ends, and our grades go online. I log in, sure to see a big fat F on the report card. (Which, to be fair, I deserved.) Instead... I see a C.

To this day, I am convinced that beer passed me that class. Every semester since until I graduated, I kept checking that grade to make sure it wasn't retroactively changed. I mean, I graduated with honors, I got to go to Dallas, TX as part of a broadcasting seminar for mass comm majors, I even managed to seduce a cheerleader... but damn it, nothing will ever top passing a class thanks to a beer.

Moral of the story: there's not one. But since we're discussing math and terrible classes, I felt it was appropriate to put it here.

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@WETSRoosa said

I had a math class called Probability and Statistics in college that was pure murder.

The Police - Murder By Numbers

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God bless those who excel at math- I just never did. The only classes I didn't get "A"s in college were the math classes, and one biology class. I got turned down by the university I wanted to go to because my math score on my ACT was bad. Never mind that the others were good, they couldn't get past that math grade. It worked out fine in the end, but for a long time that bothered me.

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