For all of us who have ‘instructed’ at some time in our careers…

We’ve ALL had that…one…student.

Pixar nailed it with this one!!!

I’m betting whomever proposed it was ex-military…just sayin…



Snort… — 25 Comments

  1. Yes, I’ve had several of these and can appreciate the Instructor’s mindset …

  2. Note to self. Teach spaceship driving only when several AUs from the nearest obstacle.

    Oh yes, “That” student.

  3. Unfortunately:
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    • That’s a Firefox error. Lots of different things could be causing it…

      Try opening the video in its own tab, directly at rather than trying to view it as an embedded video here on Here’s an shortcut that’ll take you right there:

      Did that work? Do any other videos on YouTube work for you?

      • No, but thanks to your info, I was able to open/view it via Chrome, which I have used only for MeWe, since Mozilla Corp hates and keeps blocking them.

  4. Heh heh, that just about sums up the frustration received whilst instructing those with the IQ level of a compact rubber ball.

    A quick ‘dit’ on just one of my frustrating evolutions if I may, so pull up a sandbag, settle in, and I’ll swing the lamp.
    Setting the scene; At approximately 08:00hrs during a very hot summer morning of 1995. Tregantle 500 metre range at Tregantle Fort, Cornwall (in dear old Blighty!)

    As a serving Bootneck, I, amongst others, had the misfortune to instruct a gaggle of serving Jolly Jack Tar’s (RN matelots) on the handling and use of the 7,62mm General Purpose Machine Gun. Under orders from above, each Jolly jack had to be proficient in the weapon system, and cleared for use by 17:00hrs. This would then allow each individual to man a GMPG as part of a ships close weapon defence system, whilst serving in the Gulf.

    My first thought was ‘If the Russians can train a monkey to fly into space, then a Royal Marines Commando can train a gaggle of matelots to rattle off a few rounds and hit a target 300 meters away.’ (After all, they had all successfully passed detailed weapon handling skills on the aforementioned GPMG, i.e., identification, strip and assembly, safety, load, unload, immediate action drills, etc, etc.)

    At the end of that glorious summer’s day, my thought wandered and pondered over whether the Russian monkey was actually a very hairy bloke, a midget in stature, with an extremely high IQ. The Russians conned the world – again, barstewards!

    I digress; After thousands of rounds going down the range, the ‘patch out’ target results were abysmal, as were the handling drills of each individual. Sigh! High velocity short burst firing, combined with the delicious waft of cordite, simply did nothing to arouse these creatures of the sea. Out of pure frustration, my coveted green beret was rung in between my hands, and flung several times that day.

    N.B. Having served at sea several times with the Royal Navy, I have to admit I have the upmost respect for who they are, and for what they do. Their skillset is beyond reproach. I say this having served a two-year draft as a ship Sgt Major with a detachment of RM’s.

    Did I ever mention the Battle of Naples, Italy. When heavily outnumbered Jolly jack and Royal stood shoulder to shoulder on a run-ashore, and took on a horde of pissed up Italian soccer hooligans? Another day, another dit.

    Yours Aye
    Ex Bootneck

    • My late father spent ten years in the Royal Navy and fifteen more as a reservist. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer, with a secondary skill as a Quarters’ Armourer (ie small arms instructor). It was his considered opinion that there was nothing in the world more terrifying than a matelot with rifle.

      • Gawd bless him mate. They were referred to as GI’s back then. Gunnery Instructors… there’s normally a Chief and a Petty Officer on HM Warships that still run the ships armoury, as well as train the ships crews on small arms etc.

  5. Don’t have to be military. A certain class of geeks …

  6. Funny! Wish I could sleep that soundly.

    I am reminded of a classmate on a cleaning detail who was put in charge of a rotary floor buffer. Shiny floors being critical to military readiness, y’know…
    It was not unheard of that our lighter members would sometimes attempt to mount and ride the buffer down a hallway. His assigned hallway terminated in a set of stairs spanning 2 or 3 stories.
    Our hero was found clinging to his buffer, suspended between floors in the stairwell, anchored only by the power cord which had miraculously remained plugged in.
    I sometimes wonder how he managed on a warship.

  7. Where have I seen a control board like that before… Oh yeah, the thumbnail for the Blanket Fort video posted 5 days ago!


  8. Made me think of Pvt Gleason, the dumbest ass I ever served with. Motor Pool, backing a 5 ton Bridge Truck with a cable spool trailer, he was guiding me. Heard him holler so shut down and dismounted. He was still hollering so I went to the back of the truck. There he stood with his foot under the trailer tire.

  9. All- I can see I’m NOT the only one… Ex- Oh man, I…have no words. And if that little dust up happened back in the late 80s, let’s just say ‘we’ heard about it…LOL

    WSF- LOL

    Ag- Yeah, that was ‘one’ of the systems I taught.

  10. I’ll chime in and say not only military or geeks, but wrench-turning and manufacturing too…

    I once witnessed a student reach over the correct socket already on a ratchet to grab his favorite pair of vice grips to tighten down a bolt while reassembling a transmission… I came a little unglued.

    Then there’s always the trainee that comes along, interrupts a Very Important Instruction to say they have it… then proceed to do their best to ruin X tons of product. My go-to is to let them stroll juuuust close enough to the edge to stare into the abyss of their decision before yanking them back to safer ground.

  11. Stationed in Germany, 1973-1975.
    Never had to teach’em to fly; all I had to do was teach ‘em how to drive.
    And how to use a map.
    Only came close to death ONCE, as the instructor. The time I was the driver doesn’t matter.

  12. Jay- Sigh… Of course, you did the right thing, unlike ‘some’ that I’ve heard of that weren’t fast enough…

    Pat- Snort…no comment.

  13. If I remember rightly, you have this thing called the “Fifth Amendment”.

    I might borrow it…

  14. And to me, it looks like a COMPLETE USER INTERFACE DESIGN FAILURE. How many control, NONE LABELLED?!!

    And then blame the New User for the DESIGN FLAW?

    Now, maybe that is still a .mil thing, but I’d call it a “Firing Offense” to commit that atrocity of failed design.

    • Yep. OldNFO’s control panel looks intimidating, but you could figure it out sooner or later (assuming some training…). The one in the short? Nope.

  15. The story I heard was that was the animator’s reaction seeing a full 36 track sound board… A full theatre lighting board is just as bad, without a cue sheet there’s no telling which lights are on what dimmer.

  16. Reminds me of Bambi meting Godzilla.
    That IS one funny toon.