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Quotes from a Calc Prof

Over the last semester, my calc prof (prof al mardon) has said quite a few funny/strange/odd things. I have kept track of most of these in the top margins of my notebook, and now I'm putting them here.

-You're at target, and you know how much stuff you put in your...in your...wheeler thing.
-If you really wanted to get an A Star on this problem...
-and the graph looks something like this...it goes to heaven over here and and it goes to hell over here...
-This is the lesson for you to forget today...
-I want you to be comfortable. That's how the Giants won, they were comfortable.
-(this one's from my TA) Everybody should do this, this is the first step. If you don't do this, I will get mad.
-It's positive when x is huge. It's negative when x is minus huge.
-Well, you know what a tree is, your mama told you what a tree is.
-Why didn't you tell me I made a mistake? It's all your fault if I make a mistake!
-And this is your answer and you'd give it to your assistant to simplify if you want it simplified.
-Well, what the hell does x to the pi mean?
-You're supposed to know trig already, but no one really does.
-It would be bad, well it wouldn't be bad, it would be ugly.
-"...I did something wrong...I have done something terribly wrong. You shouldn't let me get away with this." student: "we love you."
-I blame the whole thing entirely on you for letting me write down the wrong thing.
-It's call...um, what the hell is it called?
-You may think this is complicated, but we're from Minnesota, we can do things like this.
-...this isn't what I wanted.
-Something's wrong in the stated of Denmark.
-Some people like their math teachers. I had Mr. Humpkey and I liked Mr. Humpkey and now his son is teaching at St. Olaf...isn't that interesting?
-Natural logs are like natural foods, they're grown in nature without any artificial ingredients.
-One more item I want to push in your face...
-The whole enchilada
-well what the hell does this mean?
-well, that was sort of fun, they're all sort of fun, it was sort of fun
-no on is growling at you
-this is car number b and car number a
-adjacent over hypot ... ... enuse
-(student in the class) don't you have to derivitize it?
-now we have all the x's on the ground floor
-because I'm not concentrating on the problem...never mind what I'm thinking about
-I'm not a word person, i like geometry better
-the whole point of mathematics is to decrease the verb-e-idge
-you know, I think there's some vodka called absolute vodka
-(30 min into lecture) Any questions about this? there really shouldn't be any questions because I haven't said anything.
-These word problems are troublesome and kind of hateful...
-well, this is the first step. the second step is to read the problem again.
-O Shoots! we say to ourselves, we don't know the formula.
-I didn't really go over this, I hope its not on the final so I don't have to explain it to you.
-Wait a minute, what am I doing here? Why are you letting me do this? It's your fault!
-Somethings wrong. Somebody find my mistake.
-Why didn't you tell me? I'm sitting here struggling, and your embarrassing me.
-Suppose you're climbing the mountains in Switzerland because it's nice to climb mountains in Switzerland.
-You may think this is horrible, but it's in the book, so it's not horrible.
-...but we're tough, we're from Minnesota, we can differentiate this.
-Ok? ... please say ok ...
-Student: "can you say how you got that again?" prof: "well, I sorta did it in my head..."
-but we say O my God, we don't want to take the derivative of the secant squared!
-being naturally lazy, we don't like to do more work than necessary, so does anyone know what to do?
-huge + huge is huger
-I wish you wouldn't assume I'm right
-Well now we have a different kettle of fish!
-Somewhere between zero and this, it's changing...let's ignore that.
-You're not going to be a great tennis star if you don't practice. You can't learn to play tennis by reading a book.
-A volume of -4? What does that mean? The weather this morning is green...green weather? What does that mean?
-We're from Minnesota, we're used to shoveling snow, let's do this.
-You know I feel badly for those of you who don't know trigonometry very well ... anyway...
-And f of 7pi/6 I don't want to do this ... lets ignore it.
-Are you totally snowed? How many of you are totally snowed?