In other posts I’ve expressed the theory that students only hear about every fifth word a teacher says. Sometimes this comes back in hilarious ways when they quote you something another professor said.
HOBO: What? Why?
RICK: At the beginning of the semester you told us in order to succeed we might need to burn the midnight oil, but I don't have any oil! And Billy wouldn't let me borrow his car. I thought of driving to Walmart to buy some, but again, no car.
HOBO: Again, what does this have to do with your book?
RICK: It's a bunch of dead, old, white guys, and another professor said dead things turn into oil.