...without a student emailing you: "Professor, I know this is sounds like an excuse, but my dog really ate my thumb drive, and that's why my assignment is a day late. I hope you'll accept it". Teaching wouldn't be the same without the comic relief moments. By the way, this is a commuter student that once got locked out of his house and came to the last five minutes of class just to get the homework, so I accepted the assigment.
What's the most outrageous excuse you've received this semester?