Who doesn’t remember drinking milk with their pizza or burgers in the cafeteria? When you’re in high school, you don’t question a lot of the things that happen around you. It’s only when you leave that you start to realize what a weird place it really was! Some of the things are a bit peculiar, while others are positively bizarre.

Bored Panda has collected some of the best examples of weird school things, so scroll down to see exactly what we mean. For those of you still in high school, maybe this list will open up your eyes to all the weirdness. Remember to upvote your faves and leave a comment about other weird high school things you’ve noticed, dear Pandas!

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Jill
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5 months ago

Burn!

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Love My Dogs
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5 months ago

I had to do square dancing in 4th grade with a boy and the teachers wouldn't let us bring wipes or gloves. This was the time when cooties was a thing. It was gross.

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Carrie de Luka
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5 months ago

No idea what a 'jeopardy review game' is.

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It’s not just former students who think that high school is incredibly strange—some teachers are flabbergasted, too. For example, Michael De Main has been teaching in secondary schools for 16 years and he thinks that a lot of teachers accept things that are downright weird.

In Michael’s opinion, it’s bizarre that different high schools can choose to start and end classes at different times. So while one school might open at 8 AM, another might decide to start classes 15 minutes later. The same weirdness extends to periods that can last for 40, 50, or even 75 minutes, depending on school policy. Don’t even get us started on how breaks are not the same length, either.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

If we started packing up before the teacher asked us to we would have to stay back after the bell went for about 2 mins or so.

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Martha Meyer
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5 months ago

Erm, no? Ww had gym clothes and showers.

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Sticking pins through skin.

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Dorothy Parker
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5 months ago

And your point is?

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Teacher Michael also questions whether we still need roll call—isn’t that time better spent, you know, actually learning things? Not to mention playground duty where a teacher has to stand around, watch the students play, and make sure that they don’t get into any trouble. And who can forget about toilet duty? Sure, teachers need to make sure that students aren’t getting into any trouble, but all of this seems a bit over the top, don’t you think?

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

So far this is the only one I can relate too. I only discovered about 5 years ago that this wasn't true.

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My chemistry teachers solution to people stealing her calculators.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

We had to supply our own calculators when I was at school.

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Martha Meyer
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5 months ago

School should teach both.

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However, according to Michael, the weirdest thing about high school might just be the students themselves who are hard to figure out even with all the experience in the world. Finally, let’s not forget about the basics: furniture. Some students still have to sit on uncomfortable chairs and use tiny desks, so it’s no wonder that some of them can’t pay attention!

When you look at everything, high school sure is a weird place. But I sure could go for some chocolate milk and a slice of pizza right about now.

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Jill
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5 months ago

And it's still a thing with my students after all these years. Apparently some jokes never get old.

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Doctor who?!
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5 months ago

Yes oh yes i still have a scar from her

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Doctor who?!
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5 months ago

Umm im not *poliece pulls up outside my house* OH NO

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That one kid.

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Eepe
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5 months ago

But no one ever leaves 😂

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Pamela24
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5 months ago

Nah, that's a stereotype. My Math teacher was one of the best - just last year I went to her 50th birthday party and we got wonderfully drunk together and my gym teacher was the only one who noticed when thing got bad at home when I was fourteen.

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Rissie
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5 months ago

Not to burst your bubble, but it was actually coffee.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago (edited)

I had one of those hair thingy's, had it in for ages. I didn't get mine on a cruise or holiday though.

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RJ
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5 months ago

In high school you were popular if you had a big mouth. So happy when these left the 4th year and we just had nerds trying to learn something.

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BG
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5 months ago

I weighed 372 lbs when I graduated high school. I'm 43 now and I run three 10k's per week in addition to weightlifting.

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Daniel Lewis
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5 months ago

How is that weird? Isn't that lunch time?

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Randomcthulu
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5 months ago

We just got to smell the home ec class burn another batch of cookies every day, the teacher was too stupid to know to adjust cooking times etc for higher altitudes and couldn't figure it out, we literally begged our English teacher to let us go show them what they were doing wrong, she laughed and told us to go ahead because that teacher had been driving her nuts for years

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Tabitha L
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5 months ago

Never had this happen. I do remember a kid in first grade eating 5 hamburgers and then throwing up. But that is more just cause and effect.

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Daniel Lewis
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5 months ago

or "Hey, this isn't Russia!"

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Martha Meyer
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5 months ago

Mine started at 7:30 a.m. By 9 breakfast break was already over.

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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5 months ago

Breakfast break? Lucky.

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Nea
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5 months ago

Mine started at 7:30 and i still cant believe i completed schooling

Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago (edited)

Wow, seeing some comments school starts really early in some countries. In Australia school usually starts anywhere from 8:30-9am (depending on the school) and then finish around 3-3:30pm.

blubfisher
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5 months ago

When I was in middle school class would start 7:15

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MagicalUnicorn
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5 months ago

mine started at 7:30 and i had no problems with it (morning person)

Mehraj Sodha
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5 months ago

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NMN
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5 months ago (edited)

Pfff, mine started 06:30 a.m. (I lived right next to my school, got late every single time)

Random Panda
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5 months ago (edited)

Where I'm from schools have shifts. First shift was from 7:30 until 13:00, then you're free to go home (unless you had signed up for extracurriculars). Second was from 13:30 to 7 PM. We switched at the end of the semester. I'm not a morning person, but I preferred the morning shift, because it gave me more free time - I'd spend some time on homework, which depending on the workload could be anywhere from a couple of hours to just 30 minutes, and then my afternoon was free. I had all the time in the world for my hobbies or to see friends. With the afternoon shifts I'd study in the morning, then go to school and by the time I got back home I'd have only a couple of hours before bedtime.

OwO
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5 months ago

laughs in 6:30

Ben Smith
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5 months ago

Guess what time life starts when youre an adult....

Anne
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5 months ago

06.30 every day.

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Kk C-Mcgee
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4 months ago

Mine started at 7 a.m. I can't even fathom that now...which is funny because that's what time I have to be at work now

Clem
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4 months ago

Who has school at 9:00? So lucky! Mine started at 7:30 and I had to get there at 6:50 for tutoring and extracurriculars everyday

Id row
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5 months ago

I arranged it so my first period was breakfast, so I'd sit and have coffee and bagels in the lunchroom with my friends and could ease myself into the day.

He is love
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5 months ago

Well... I didn't ALWAYS go ;)

Karly Codr
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5 months ago

my high school starts at 7 am but I get there around 6:30, an you can take the option not to take a first period and start @ 8 am and the day ends at either 2pm or 3pm depending on your schedule.

Saurin Apriliawan
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5 months ago

Mine started at 6.30 a.m. -_-'

Marley Lennon
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5 months ago

My bus came at 6:40 and a school started at 7:20

Meyer Weinstock
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5 months ago

'0' period extra classes started at 6:30am, and 7th period ended at 3:50pm. Long day, and then 4 miles back to the fields...

Victoria Swift
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5 months ago

I'm assuming this person doesn't work....

Narfy T. Barfy
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5 months ago

MIne starts a 7:25 am and some people go there at 6:30. pathetic

Maddie Painter
Community Member
5 months ago

7:15 for me. When I started middle school, I said my old school started at 7:15 and then everyone was like WHAT? Ours starts at 9 and gets out a 4. Mine got out at 2:15, and i just smirked at them bc that's a smirk-worthy thing to a middle schooler

byeoljari Lyra
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5 months ago

We start the class at 6:00 AM

Lynsey Mooney
Community Member
5 months ago

In Ireland its 9am to 3:45pm and some schools have half day Wednesday.... sooooo could not imagine starting school before 9am !!

Isaac Harvey
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5 months ago

My high school bus comes at 6:30am... which is why I prefer to bike if I can. Classes don't officially start until 7:40.

Emily Barnes
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5 months ago

My high school started at 7:30 am but had to get on the bus at 6:30

MARY ANN Hannah
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5 months ago

and was on time!

Bender Bending Rodríguez
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5 months ago

in which part of the world shool started at 9? For us, it was 7:30.

PaulV
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5 months ago

LOL. In college, I had calculus 7:30AM, T Th.

Fireflower
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5 months ago

7:10am. But I woke up at 5 so I could ride the bus

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Adam C
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5 months ago

Why you lie? Neven seen any paper in public school toilet.

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Love My Dogs
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5 months ago

That was always soooo annoying

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Kids cracking their backs on these chairs.

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zims
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5 months ago

Ugh my hair always got caught in the studs

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Nea
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5 months ago

Ok this might help my therapist in next session!

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Vicky Zar
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5 months ago

What happened to this person?

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Meeple13
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5 months ago

That's not cabbage?

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The kids who bit into Bubble Tape like this.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago (edited)

What kind of monster would do that.

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