"Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard."
Description: James Downey as a school Principal speaks to Billy Madison (Adam Sadler) in the motion picture Billy Madison (1995).
Billy Madison is the lazy son of a millionaire who goes back to grades 1-12 in order to inherit his father’s hotel empire. When he participates in an academic competition at school, Billy is given the question: “Mr. Madison, the Industrial Revolution changed the face of the modern novel forever. Discuss, citing specific examples."
“OK. The Industrial Revolution to me is just like a story I know called ‘The Puppy Who Lost His Way’. The world was changing and the puppy was getting bigger….so you see the puppy was like industry in that they were both lost in the woods. And nobody, especially the little boy (society), knew where to find him. Except that the ‘Puppy’ was a dog. But the industry, my friend.. that was a revolution.”
The Principal can not believe Billy's answer and offers this opinion:
"Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."
After hearing the criticism on his answer, Billy says, “Okay, a simple 'wrong' would have done just fine.” To get a response from the auditorium after his terrible answer, Billy yelled, "Knibb High Football Rules!”