Anyone who’s ever taken a test has had a nightmare about something going wrong. Whether it’s entering the exam hall and instantly forgetting everything you’ve learned, or accidentally pooing yourself in the middle of a history essay, we’ve all worried about something improbable ruining our future prospects.
Usually, these fears turn out to be completely unfounded. Every so often, however, a story emerges that reminds everyone that, while the chances of total disaster are low, they are never at absolute zero. Especially if you’re carrying a meatball sub.
This lesson was learned the hard way by University of Georgia economics junior Sam Lee, who accidentally logged herself out of a vital end of year test when a meatball fell out of her sandwich, hitting her keyboard and failing her.
The stunned student was so amazed by the situation that she quickly posted a picture to Snapchat, revealing her stunned reaction and the remnants of her sandwich. Though she was initially more concerned about the state of her laptop and dinner, panic set in when she realised that she could no longer access the test.
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Six hours after trying and failing to log back in and complete the assignment, Lee plucked up the courage to confront her tutor. According to Buzzfeed News, she sent the professor a slightly sheepish email, explaining:
“I had some technical difficulties and outside distractions during the test today. Something hit my computer and caused it to submit the test when I had less than half of the questions answered. By something, I mean a meatball that had tragically fallen onto my keyboard as I was taking the exam. This said meatball caused some malfunctions with my laptop and caused the test to submit itself.”
Perhaps surprisingly, Professor Lastrapes was incredibly sympathetic to Lee’s plight. In a jovial response, he replied:
"Samantha, well, this is certainly a new and unusual excuse for a low score! But for that reason it seems unlikely you've made this up. I've extended your deadline for the module 6 test until midnight tonight.
"I would recommend you take the test either before or after dinner. :-)"
If we ever needed proof that you shouldn’t mix hard work with food, this is surely it.