The instructions for this week are to write out the instructions for something I know how to do. For some reason, all I can think of is this Monty Python sketch.

Did one of your teachers ever give you a test like this one?

This quiz tests how well you can follow instructions. You may use either pen or pencil to complete it. Be sure and read all the instructions before proceeding.

1. Write your name in the lower left-hand corner of the page..
2. On the first line on the paper write the numbers 1 through 9. Start at the left and print the numbers. Leave a space between each number.
3. Circle the number 6.
4. Draw a star in the upper left-hand corner of the page.
5. Draw a triangle around this instruction number and underline this instruction.
6. Turn the paper over and draw five squares, one in the middle and one in each corner of the paper.
7. Turn the paper back over and fold it in half the long way.
8. Open up your paper, then fold it the opposite way.
9. Use the tip of your pen or pencil to poke a hole in the center of the paper (the place where the two folds meet).
10. Draw a heart around the hole you made in your paper.
11. Stand up and turn around three times, then sit back down.
12. Write the time in the upper right-hand corner of the page.
13. Look out the window and write whether it’s sunny or cloudy outside.
14. Look at the person next to you and write whether he or she is left- or right-handed here: _______________
15. In the lower right-hand corner of the page, write the word done.
16. Now that you’ve read all the instructions, just do #1.

The amazing thing is that, no matter how many times someone sees this, there will always be a few people who’ll be standing up and turning around, looking at the clock, and punching a hole in the paper.

Maybe this wasn’t exactly what Linda had in mind, but when has that ever stopped me?

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now a word about Toast’em Animals. For a limited time, on specially marked boxes of Toast’em Animals, free wild and funny Hot Spots that glow in the dark!

Anyone remember these? I don’t…

## 36 thoughts on “Read the Instructions! #socs”

1. This was given to us when I was in grade 7 and I did everything, standing up, going in circles…hahahaaa. That showed me

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1. Certainly inflicts a little humility on you, doesn’t it?

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2. LOL – yes, I remember those silly tests and that skit – I loved that one!

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1. Some of the funniest moments on Monty Python were things like that. My personal favorite is the interview with Arthur “Two Sheds” Jackson. Theater of the absurd at its finest…

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1. LOL – that’s a funny interview! Exactly – entertainingly absurd! 🙂

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3. I remember silly tests like this. Seems one of my interviews from days of yore had a test like this. lol Toast’em animals? Never heard of these. Oh, well!

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1. They were like Pop Tarts, only not as good.

Some versions of the test have the person stand up and sing a song. Those are a riot.

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4. One of those tests was enough for me. I think I started scanning when I got to the standing up part. After that, I got to be NOT the last one done which was my usual position.

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5. Fun test! I’m pretty sure I’ve done one of those that are similar, and did the whole thing. Next time I saw one I wasn’t fooled! haha! 😉

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6. Haha! Yes, I’ve heard of these, but never been given one. We’re so impatient! 😛

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1. If you think about it, if you followed the directions you’d be done in less than a minute.

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7. Jack Connelly says:

Funny stuff! Reminds me of reading a list of “possible side effects” from a medicine box.

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1. Eventually the cure is worse than the disease…

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8. I remember Toast Em’s too. Pop Tarts are definitely better, especially with the frosting! LOL about the instructions. Hopefully I would not have been one of the ones standing up and walking around! 🙂 Happy Saturday.

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1. Who made Toast’ems? It was so long ago I can’t remember. I want to say Post…

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9. I remember the instructions test given to us in grade school. I failed miserably. Shocker I know! Lol. I saw the test again a time or two and passed. Fool me once …

I do remember Toast Em. Why? Because they were not quite as good as Pop Tarts but they were cheaper so mom bought them on occasion. I don’t recall the animal variety but plain Blueberry Toast Em was a favorite.

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1. I remember doing it and actually following the instructions (i.e. reading everything first), and the guy next to me poking me with a pencil, wondering why I wasn’t doing it.

I think Post made the Toast’ems, and we never bought them because we were a Kellogg’s house.

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1. I am not a bit surprised you followed the directions. I’d be that guy next to you poking the holes and trying to finish fastest.

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1. Thanks! I thought it was a much better idea than teaching Python, my most recent learning assignment.

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1. You’ll have no trouble picking it up, especially if you’ve worked with object-oriented programming. Get a book like O’Reilly’s Learning Python. Be sure it’s Python 3; they’re ending support on 2 next January.

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1. Thanks John. I did the bulk of my programming in Smalltalk, but I had to learn numerous other languages (enough to do maintenance on systems after people left).

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1. Then you’ll have no trouble learning Python. It’s kind of a fun language, really,

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10. Hilarious John. Thank goodness I did not take the Monty Python instructions to heart!

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1. I think there was a TV show called “Blue Peter” in England at the time that was kind of like that, that would show you how to do things while leaving out many of the steps.

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