Woah, my last entry on the ducks in my front yard was popular! Ten comments! In one of them, Michael Kelley said that the ducks might be Professor Snaglefoompus' secret pets, but I don't think that's the case, as this new Professor Snaglefoompus story will show.
One day, a duck came wandering into Professor Snaglefoompus' class. Professor Snaglefoompus was finishing a very important lecture, so he didn't notice.
"And that's why sandwiches should have two pieces of bread," Professor Snaglefoompus concluded.
"Professor Snaglefoompus, there's a duck on my desk," Ernie Greengold complained.
"Nonsense, Ernie," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "I don't allow wild animals in my classroom."
"Quack quack!" said the duck.
"Um, Professor," said Rob, Professor Snaglefoompus' assistant. "There is a duck sitting on Ernie's desk."
"Ah!" Professor Snaglefoompus said, pulling out his magnifying glass to get a better look. "This must be our new student! What is your name, my good sir?"
"Quack," the duck said.
"His name is Quack," Professor Snaglefoompus announced. "He's our new student."
Rob sighed. "Professor, don't you think Quack is an odd name for a student?"
"Yes, of course," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "I always thought that Quack was a girl's name."
Rob would have pressed the issue further, but Professor Snaglefoompus was tired from his lecture, so he decided to take a nap in the back of the classroom, and that was the end of that discussion.
Rob shrugged and handed out a quiz to the class.
"How am I supposed to finish my quiz with a duck on my desk?" Ernie Greengold complained.
"You can sit in another desk," Rob suggested.
But it turned out that Quack the duck had a problem with Ernie, because as soon as Ernie finished the quiz, the duck gave out a loud "QUACK!" and grabbed Ernie's paper with his beak.
"That duck has my paper!" Ernie shouted.
"Go, Mr. Duck!" Jenny Blackenship cheered.
Professor Snaglefoompus, meanwhile, had woken up with all the shouting going on in the classroom. "What's this?" he asked.
A few people started talking at once, but they were so loud that he couldn't hear them.
"Ah!" Professor Snaglefoompus said. "It looks like our new student Quack was the first to finish the quiz! I'll grade it right away!"
Professor Snaglefoompus graded the quiz as fast as he could. "100%!" he announced. "A perfect score! Congratulations, Quack! You could be my best student!"
"Quack quack quack," the duck said, proudly.
"Professor, that was my quiz," Ernie said.
"Nonsense, Ernie," Professor Snaglefoompus said. "Quack turned it in, not you. I'll be happy to grade your quiz, though."
"I don't have a quiz!" Ernie exclaimed.
"Ernie!" Professor Snaglefoompus reprimanded. "No quiz means an automatic zero! Next time, do your work."
"Don't feel bad," Professor Snaglefoompus said, giving Ernie a reassuring pat on the back. "I'm sure Quack can help you out by giving you some private tutoring lessons."
"Quack," Quack agreed.
So as you can see, Professor Snaglefoompus has a duck for a student, not for a pet.