At UK Border Control leaving Paris’s Gare du Nord.
Officer, perusing my passport with official scepticism: Ms. Zuroski. Professor. You are very young to be a professor.
Me, providing stock answer to this perennial observation: I’m probably older than you think.
Officer: No, because I am looking right here at your date of birth, and that is why I say you are very young. To be a professor.
Me: Ah. Yes, of course. Well, then, I don’t know what to tell you.
Epilogue: I realize now that over here I should identify myself as a “lecturer.” Nevertheless, I have decided, from now on, I will answer this observation simply by saying, “Yes, I’m very clever.”