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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4 months ago

Burn!

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Love My Dogs
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4 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.

Erin
Community Member
4 months ago

Didn't you have cootie shots at your school?

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Tabitha L
Community Member
4 months ago

This absolutely happened at my school. Square dancing was required in gym class. So weird.

Grumble O'Pug
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4 months ago (edited)

We had a class called civics and the teacher taught us everything from how to balance a check book, to buying a car, to understanding credit, to taxes. This was all in addition to the citizen responsibilities like voting, etc.

Spikey Bunny
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4 months ago

I did that in high school. Best class I ever took!

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M O'Connell
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4 months ago

I went to a private school, we had to square dance too.

Doctor who?!
Community Member
4 months ago

Well...

I love cats
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4 months ago

I have to do a line dancing unit every year while half of us dance and the half sits on the floor laughing

Nadine
Community Member
4 months ago

Fourth grade square dancing, too! Anybody else do the hustle year before?

Spikey Bunny
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4 months ago

And I still remember that dance! XD

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Lyra Rey
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4 months ago

When we did square dancing in I think third grade, the girls in my class outnumbered the boys by two, so I got roped into dancing as a boy. I was unbelievably humiliated the entire time, but then the last girl I danced with, a popular girl who was actually kind of a bitch to me most of the time, told me she thought I was lucky because I didn't have to dance with any boys. So that helped.

Mark Johanen
Community Member
4 months ago

Umm ... This makes no sense. Schools should not teach one thing if there is something else that is also worth teaching? How dare they teach science when there is also such a thing as history! Perhaps square dancing specifically isn't something you will ever do after school, but learning to interact with other people socially seems like something worth learning.

-zawarudo-
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4 months ago

Yea my school did that in 6th grade- and I remember doing the cha cha slide in elementary school at one point but I don’t remember when 😅

CbusResident
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4 months ago

In the US, mid-'90s, for middle school (ages 12-14), the required 'Home Economics' class: 'Sew a pillow!' 'Make a pie! That way you can make your own pillows and pie one day! It'll save you money when you don't have to buy them!' (Our district was fairly well off btw - had a very consumerist culture - almost everyone had Abercrombie, The Gap, - all the latest trendy b.s. from the malls). But did we learn about the costs of college, about mortgages, about retirement accounts, investing? Not really. But pillows! Lots of coverage of how to sew your own pillows!

Tabitha L
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4 months ago

Yep, and I still have that pillow!

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Id row
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4 months ago

I never understood the square dancing thing. All it did was make every kid uncomfortable and associate square dancing with awful feelings as an adult.

Duna Typhon
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4 months ago

I always got out of square dancing using the excuse that it was against my religion. We are Sikhs and have no such restriction. But, they didn't know that! :)

CatWoman312
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4 months ago

Omg this 🤣

Emily Barnes
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4 months ago

I never did square dancing in school

Shelp
Community Member
4 months ago

Nobody I know square danced at school. I didn't even know it was a legit thing you can do at school

deanna woods
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4 months ago

I hated square dancing. For some reason, I always got paired up with the weird kid and he seemed to enjoy it too much.

Johnny
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4 months ago

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If you can't do your own taxes (1040EZ or even 1040-A) after a public school education, you shouldn't have graduated. Once you get to the point where you need to file a 1040 full form, then sure, use an accountant or software, but I was filing my own taxes since my first job at age 16.

panda to nobody
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4 months ago

Uhm, first of all, you do know not everyone on the planet is American, right? Second of all, you clearly shouldn't be questioning anyone else's intelligence!!!

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Carrie de Luka
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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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)
Community Member
4 months ago

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

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Martha Meyer
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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

Yes oh yes i still have a scar from her

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Doctor who?!
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4 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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4 months ago

But no one ever leaves 😂

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Pamela24
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4 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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4 months ago

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

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

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

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Randomcthulu
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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

or "Hey, this isn't Russia!"

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Martha Meyer
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4 months ago

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

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Adam C
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4 months ago

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

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Love My Dogs
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4 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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4 months ago

Ugh my hair always got caught in the studs

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Nea
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4 months ago

Ok this might help my therapist in next session!

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Vicky Zar
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4 months ago

What happened to this person?

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Meeple13
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4 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)
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

What kind of monster would do that.

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