TEACHER: How many inches are in a foot? STUDENT: 2 TEACHER: Very good, now let's move on to volume. How many tablespoons are in a cup? STUDENT: 3 TEACHER: No, there are 16 tablespoons in a cup. STUDENT: Well, maybe there's 16 tablespoons in your measuring cup, but last night I looked in our measuring cup, and there were 3 tablespoons and an egg beater.