STUDENT S--: We're not that young, Mister. We know there's not actually a pole.
STUDENT C--: Is there... is there really a pole?
INSTRUCTOR WHO SHALL REMAIN... UH... NAMELESS: (to Student S--) And you were saying?
Don't worry! I... er, I mean, the instructor made sure they knew it was a joke. After all, how can the world spin on a pole when it's flat? Unless, of course, you accept the premise that Atlas is a Chinese acrobat.
((I do take my job seriously. Really, I do.))
(((And actually, only six or eight out of 160 missed the "shape of the Earth" question. I won't trouble you with the number who selected "e. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Michelangelo" as an Italian map maker -- you'll notice I avoided the term "cartographer," as did our textbook [published by the University of Hawaii].)))