I was sitting in a mandatory ethnic studies class when my professor was explaining that humans first evolved in Africa and anthropologists have traced our genealogy to prove that fact. He then went on to explain that Europeans/Americans in the 1700s rationalized slavery by claiming Africans were black because they had fallen the furthest from God. According to their beliefs white people were made in God's image and then Africans sinned and turned away from the great lord. Oh, the irony. At this point a young black scholar in the front row piped up to ask, "Ha can dey say dat wid all dat genetical evidance? Cuz dat don't rhyme." He was so confused and sincere I couldn't help but burst out laughing. Everyone turned to glare at me, but the more I tried to stop the harder it came out. I swear I'm not racist, but I couldn't help myself. Focus: When have you laughed at an inappropriate time and been helpless to control it? If this doesn't happen to you, how do you keep it together? Sometimes I try to focus on words and images like 'rock' or 'pluck' that I don't associate anything funny with. It rarely works though. Alt Focus: What's the dumbest question you've ever heard someone ask? Bonus points if they used words that don't exist like 'genetical'.