IJMC Cakes and Ale

			IJMC - Cakes and Ale

I've seen this one numerous times, but I cannot find it in the archives, 
so I am sending it anyway. One of these days I need to set up a search 
engine for the archives, but that's a day's work for another time. 
Anyway, my eyes hurt, so I'm going to take them out and find a nice place 
to sleep. Sound good? I thought so.                                 -dave

Here is a 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 student 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 (rough translation from the Latin):

"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.

IJMC July 1996 Archives