The question at AskReddit was for teachers: “What was the best excuse for being late that turned out to be true?” Oh, there are some great answers. The chickens were blocking the road. The bus blew up. My goat followed me and I had to take her back home. But the most highly-rated answer was pretty involved. It wasn’t the student who was late, but an assignment.
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I’m an English professor, and one year a pretty good student showed up without one of his 2 major term papers. He explained that his safe had been stolen by a contractor who was working on their house. His laptop was in the safe, and that’s where his paper was. I genuinely believe him because he been a really good student.
But that’s just the beginning of the story. The student investigated the theft himself, and ended up in a crack house bribing prostitutes. Then the Secret Service got involved because of counterfeiting. But the most important contents of the safe were recovered. It’s a story you just have to read. And then the list gets into the funnier side.
“Sorry Bohemian Rhapsody came on just as I parked.” – My art teacher when he was about 5:55 minutes late.
Read 40 of those stories in a ranked list at Bored Panda.
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