Handed out an in-class essay yesterday and told students to write their name and date at the top.
Student: Do you care about the date?
Student: Do you care if we put a date?
Me: I JUST told you to write your name and the date.
Student: But does it matter WHICH date?
Me: (sarcastically) No, write whatever date you want so that I get confused when grading your paper.
Student: Okay. The year is 3055; the year of champions; the year of ZENON.
Me: ……what is happening.
Student: Sometimes I like to imagine a new date to make things more exciting.
(Now going through the essays, I see that a few of my students made up dates in a similar fashion. Yay for encouraging creativity? Sigh.)