You gotta love this guy
(…) The examination problem was: “Show how it is possible to determine the height of a tall building with the aid of a barometer.”
The student’s answer was, “Take the barometer to the top of the building, attach a long rope to it, and lower the barometer to the ground. Then, bring it back up, measuring the length of the rope and barometer. The lengths of the two together is the height of the building.”
(…) [After a dispute on how to rate this answer] it was suggested that the student have another try at answering the problem.
He was given six minutes to answer it, with the warning this time that the answer should indicate some knowledge of physics. (…) “Take the barometer to the top of the building. Lean over the edge of the roof, drop the barometer, timing its fall with a stopwatch. Then, using the formula S=½at2, calculate the height of the building.