In Algebra II class today we happened to be talking about a certain prominent mathematician/physicist, and I remarked that he’s “the smartest living American, as he himself will be happy to tell you.”
“That can’t be true!” objected one student. “Bill Gates is the smartest living American!”
“What makes you think that?” I asked, being genuinely puzzled.
“Because he’s a billionaire,” replied one student. “He’s the richest man in the country,” said another. Several others chimed in with similar sentiments.
I told them that they had been living in Weston too long.