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She ended up tricking adults on the internet.

A question on a teacher’s math quiz about an orchestra playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony became a meme over the weekend because it didn’t make sense.

The internet quickly mocked it.

And the seemingly illogical question angered many people.

https://twitter.com/S0LUS/status/917774786092179456

https://twitter.com/RavenNG3D/status/917871665002016770

But then the Nottingham, England-based teacher who wrote the question, Claire Longmoor, saw it being circulated online. She said she wrote it 10 years ago. She provided receipts.

It turns out that the question was a trick “just to keep the kids on their toes.”

Some people figured out that the question was a trick.

https://twitter.com/PaisleyStars/status/918166542637989888

https://twitter.com/PaisleyStars/status/918167481293987840

Whether or not you support throwing in trick questions to test students’ alertness, it’s amazing that the teacher unknowingly trolled the internet.

https://twitter.com/danicquinn/status/918131359671078912

Well played, Claire Longmoor. Well played.

Tiffany Kelly

Tiffany Kelly

Tiffany Kelly is the Unclick editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.

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