All of these come from one of my most memorable groups of 2008:
On meeting the group.
ROBERT: So where exactly is your school?
STUDENT: We're forty minutes west of L.A.
Arriving at Ellis Island.
STUDENT #1: Have we been here before?
ROBERT: No. That was the very first day we ever took a boat.
STUDENT #2: Is Chinatown on this island?
STUDENT #3: Isn't this place also called Alcatraz?
STUDENT: #4: Is there anything here about Elvis?
At the Empire State Building.
STUDENT: Where's the Eiffel Tower?
ROBERT: That's in Paris.
STUDENT: No, it's in New York.
ROBERT: Are you thinking of the Statue of Liberty?
STUDENT: No! The Eiffel! Tower!
On Wall Street.
ROBERT: ...a massive explosion that killed thirty-three people and wounded four hundred. Pieces of the horse that pulled the wagon with the TNT were found up at Trinity Church (almost a hundred yards away).
STUDENT: Did the horse die?
On bus, after discussing Leo, the world-record-breaking cat.
STUDENT: Robert, do cats really have nine lives?
ROBERT looks at her, trying to figure out the question. Is she serious?
STUDENT: No, no, I didn't ask that. No, no, never mind, never mind.
ROBERT resumes the tour.
STUDENT (quietly, to a friend beside her): I KNEW that was a myth!