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A pupil in a West Lothian history class calls out: "Sur, where did the Munich putsch take place?"

The teacher immediately grasps for a familiar context. "You like football, don't you, Willie? Where do Bayern Munich play?"

Silence.

"Come on Willie, Bayern Munich, that's Bayern Munich. Where do they play?"

"Uhm . . . Germany?"

"Quite right, but where?"

"Errrr . . . Munich?"

"Terrific Willie! Spot on!"

A longer silence.

"So sur, where did the Munich putsch take place?".

The last sound heard was of the teacher's head repeatedly connecting with the classroom wall.

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