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Anecdote: The war arriving in class

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An anecdote by Sedat Aykal proving that the strictist teachers aren't always the bravest.

I used to live in a poor village and the 'heating system' of the school was a stove in each classroom.

In those days, the most important and current event was the Gulf War between the USA and Iraq. As Turkey is a neighbouring country to Iraq, we were also scared. Anyway, we had a very, very strict and serious teacher of Turkish at the school. He was very charismatic and the students were all afraid of him very much. One cold winter day, we had been playing soccer and our ball had gotten wet, so we put it next to the stove to get dry again. The lesson was Turkish and the 'charismatic' teacher was again serious and looked as if he were the king of our poor village.

A few minutes later the air inside the ball expanded because of the extreme heat and the ball exploded with a dreadful noise like a bomb. We were shocked and didn't know what to do, until the teacher screamed,

'Go out! Go out immediately! Oh God, this is the war! We will all die!'

But in few seconds we learned the truth and were laughing with great joy, except for someone; the poor teacher ...

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