Needless to say, the tech support guys had tears of silent laughter streaming down their cheeks. I, being the instructor, had to maintain a certain sense of decorum, which I did mostly by biting my tongue. However, I was sure tempted to say something like, "Well, if you could get your finger in there, and spin it around at exactly the right speed ..."
The assistant listened as I explained that if the power is out, nothing on the computer would be working and why. She solemnly nodded her head in agreement.
Since at the time even an assistant position required a basic computer literacy, I wasn't surprised to hear a few weeks later that she had been fired. It's a puzzle why she got the job in the first place.
No matter how long you've been in the business, someone can still ask a question that takes you completely by surprise. We all know that, as geeks, we are a lot more technically oriented than most people, but don't always realize how wide that gap can be.