Fridge / Wayside School

Fridge Brilliance
  • Wayside School is very weird, so if it gets a "a little stranger" for the third book, that's nothing new. Until I realized that one of the many euphemisms for "pregnant" is "expecting a 'little stranger'," and Mrs. Jewls has a baby in this book. The school got a Little Stranger.
    • This is pretty much confirmed, since the last chapter is titled "The Little Stranger".
  • The day when Mrs. Jewls sends herself home early is the only day when Todd doesn't get sent home early.
  • "A Package For Mrs. Jewls" begins with Louis cleaning up a mess someone made on the playground with pencils and papers. After Mrs. Jewls demonstrates gravity with the computer, she tells Louis that it made a more effective teaching tool than pencils and paper did. This very subtly suggests that she made the mess on the playground.
  • When I first read the book as a kid, I wondered why Mrs. Jewls, unlike the mean teachers, didn't appear to have any superpowers. Later, I realized that in fact, she does. In one chapter she brings in ice cream that, despite tasting like nothing to Maurecua, tastes to everyone else like what they like the most, because they like Maurecia. Only someone with a superpower could pull that off.
  • Wendy Nogard's name has a double meaning. In addition to being backwards for "dragon", Nogard of course sounds like "no guard". People's thoughts are no longer private when around her.
  • Even though Allison forgot what her Eureka Moment was at the end of the penultimate chapter of "Falling Down", this troper was able to piece it together. Miss Zarves's class houses elements from every fictitious story ever told in Wayside.

Fridge Logic
  • Tons of it, mostly for laughs. For example, if it was supposed to be one story high, why did they build stairs?
  • Also, the two elevators in the third book (which could only be used once each, thanks to Kidswatter's brilliant idea of installing one that only goes up and one that only goes down). What would have happened had somebody pushed the button for the nineteenth story? Or the basement?
    • Presumably there was no button for the nineteenth story because it doesn't exist, and the basement stairs were used rarely enough that they didn't need it to go there. Or maybe the school implodes.
      • The same thing that happens to anything that ends up on the 19th floor- it disappears and everybody forgets it was ever there.
  • In the math book, it's stated that Miss Mush can cook extraordinarily well. However, the more people that she cooks for, the worse it tastes. She cooks for the entire school, therefore it tastes awful. Only one person in the entire series ever dares eat her food. So... why doesn't she cook for fewer people so the food will actually be edible? That way, she wouldn't be wasting several dozen pounds of food on a daily basis.
    • This is actually a bit of Fridge Brilliance, if Miss Mush cooked a little bit of good food, everyone would hear that it was good and they'd want her to make more but once she made enough for everyone who now wants it, it no longer tastes good.
      • i.e., the law of supply and demand! Brilliant!
    • This is also the exact point of the problems in that chapter of the math book: the reader is challenged to find the optimum amount of servings for Miss Mush to cook so that nothing goes to waste and no one goes hungry.
  • In the second book, one of the characters has this when they wonder since there's no 19th floor, wouldn't her classroom really just be on the 29th floor?
    • And for her Fridge Logic, she is rewarded with being stuck on the 19th floor
  • The first math book reveals that there are over 4000 students in the school, which means each story (not all of which are even classrooms) has to hold more than a hundred people. Also, when the school temporarily closes due to a cow infestation and the students are relocated, "no two students were sent to the same school." One has to wonder how far some students has to travel, if they were sent to over 4000 different schools.
    • Clearly the nineteenth floor is really crowded.
    • Or the math books aren't even canon. Knowing Wayside, though, they might as well be...
  • The one we're all dying to ask. How in the nineteenth story can a rat which is not alive walk, talk and disguise itself as a student? Even by Wayside School standards, thus doesn't make any sense at all.
  • What, exactly, is the answer when Allison has her Eureka Moment in Wayside School is Falling Down?