Cakes and Ale
Here is a supposedly true story someone found regarding exams at
Cambridge University. It seems that during an examination one day
a bright young student popped up and asked the proctor to bring
him Cakes and Ale. The following dialog ensued:
Proctor: I beg your pardon?
Student: Sir, I request that you bring me Cakes and Ale.
Proctor: Sorry, no.
Student: Sir, I really must insist. I request and require that you
bring me Cakes and Ale.
At this point, the studnet produced a copy of the four hundred year
old Laws of Cambridge, written in Latin and still nominally in effect,
and pointed to the section which read (roughly translated): "Gentlemen
sitting examinations may request and require Cakes and Ale." Pepsi
and hamburgers were judged the modern equivalent, and the student sat
there, writing his examination and happily slurping away.
Three weeks later, the student was fined five pounds for not wearing a
sword to the examination.