Meatball Causes Exam Failure but Professor Gives An Extension

  • You know, so that she can take the exam again, sans meatballs. 

When you didn’t do your homework, you blamed it on the dog eating it, and when you didn’t pass your exam, you blame it on a falling meatball? This girl did, but hey, it’s 2020 and literally anything can happen. 

The whole meatball falling incident happened at the University of Georgia. Sam Lee is a currently a junior there.


She was taking her economics exam online, when a meatball caused her to fail the test. A meatball fell out of her sub sandwich and onto her keyboard, as she was working through the test.

According to Lee, when the meatball fell onto the keys, it logged her out of the exam and she was unable to finish it.

“It hit some sort of escape button and closed the entire browser,” she said. After she wrote an email she said took “six hours to write” so that she could explain the messy situation. 

The email was screenshotted and posted to Twitter, where the student tells her professor of the “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,” the email continued. The test results posted showed said student received a 39.17% on meatball-fallen exam. 

Though Lee concedes “a falling meatball is no excuse for the failing grade on this exam,” she does request a retest from her professor for the exam. To her delight, her professor responded and gave her an extension on the test deadline until midnight that night. 

Twitter user Enemene K. Okishima replied to Lee’s tweet saying:

I remember once in my college creative writing clas, I wrote my final exam after not sleeping for 3 days.I was so groggy that it turns out I accidentally wrote the entire thing in Japanese (my native language) . My professor laughed so hard and just to me to translate it for him.

Oh 2020, we really can’t wait to see what else happens.

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