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(Slate)   So...has a dog actually ever eaten anybody's homework? And if so, which dog did it first, and what sort of homework was it? Slate investigates   (slate.com) divider line 46
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2012-10-10 09:43:39 AM  
"It all began in the ancient Mesopotamian era...."

//DNRTFA
 
2012-10-10 09:44:37 AM  
When I was in second grade, a kid brought in half a homework assignment that pretty convincingly looked like a dog had eaten it. So, either it actually happened to that kid, or he was really dedicated to faking it.
 
2012-10-10 09:53:04 AM  
A dog? No. But, I did see a meth addict chewing on a Trapper Keeper once.
 
2012-10-10 10:01:49 AM  
The dog ate my sister's homework once

/she had to bake cupcakes for a home ec class
 
2012-10-10 10:19:39 AM  
Yes, mine. The assignment was to make a stained glass window design out of tissue paper and construction paper. I finished it (though my limited art skills meant it wasn't very good anyway) and set it on the dining room table. He pulled it down and destroyed it. Teacher believed me, but didn't care. Damn dog.

farm7.staticflickr.com

/miss you, Copper
 
2012-10-10 11:13:46 AM  
My cat ate a paper that I was grading last week. I'd left it on the couch and found it basically shredded the next morning.

I wrote 'the cat did not approve' on it and gave it back to my student, who I think might've cried if I weren't snickering about it so much.

/it was a great paper, dude got an A
 
2012-10-10 11:47:07 AM  
I tried to get my dog to eat my homework once, she chewed on it a little and then had nothing else to do with it
 
2012-10-10 11:48:26 AM  
the cat has thrown up on my homework... and I have spilled coffee and wine all over homework...

/ but, this was in college when computers existed, so I could just print out another copy.
 
2012-10-10 11:48:41 AM  
My dog did pee on my homework once.

/Still turned it in.
 
2012-10-10 11:49:22 AM  
My dog ate my tax return one year. The IRS doesn't believe that one either.
 
2012-10-10 11:50:31 AM  
 
2012-10-10 11:53:03 AM  
cat peed on my girlfriend's college thesis

/p-uuuu
 
2012-10-10 11:54:10 AM  
That's one for Adam & Jamie. Do dogs target homework over other chewables?
 
2012-10-10 12:01:51 PM  

melopene: My cat ate a paper that I was grading last week. I'd left it on the couch and found it basically shredded the next morning.

I wrote 'the cat did not approve' on it and gave it back to my student, who I think might've cried if I weren't snickering about it so much.

/it was a great paper, dude got an A


I think it was middle school when I turned in an assignment that the cat had decided to bed down on. It was crumpled and scratched, and while it could be read, it was in a pretty sorry state. The teacher told me I should have copied it over to a new page, but fark that.

As for the dog ate my homework, not so much. There were one or two "The dog ate my textbook" incidents in our house though, along with library books, which smell interesting. Apparently hardcover books are fun to chew- we finally solved that one by breaking every rule in the dog training handbook and just giving her her own books to eat.
 
2012-10-10 12:07:36 PM  
Also, I remember hearing a joke about how "The dog ate my homework" became "The disk got erased"

Also, anyone remember a music video in the 80's where a student's homework is stolen by an aggressive doberman, he tells the teacher what happened, gets sent to the principal's office and gets paddled? Who did that?
 
2012-10-10 12:10:35 PM  
Not my homework, but my jury duty check:

i.imgur.com 

My Beagle had to dig around in my backpack to find it. Beagles are sneaky little dogs.


Oh yeah, dog thread means...DOG PHOTOS!
 
2012-10-10 12:20:34 PM  
The cat once spilled a glass of red wine all over our piano lesson-books, but other than that, she's more keen on attacking my legs than my homework.

/and boy howdy does she go for the legs
//was almost late once 'cause it took me a while to disinfect and bandage up the gouges she made all along both calves
 
2012-10-10 12:22:21 PM  
My dog ate my science notebook in 5th grade. I had to bring in the remnants to show the teacher
 
2012-10-10 12:32:11 PM  
Our dog ate a pile of homework that my wife hadn't graded yet. Her third grade class got quite a kick out of hearing that her dog ate their homework.

/Some of the little smartasses tried to use the excuse of "your dog must have ate it" for missing assignments for the rest of the year.
 
2012-10-10 12:33:11 PM  
My dog ate the first few chapters of my Organic Chemistry book, but thoughtfully stopped before he got to the section I needed to study for the next test.
 
2012-10-10 12:35:11 PM  
My dog ate my daughter's homework a few weeks ago. I sent a note to school with her along with the remnants of the HW. Apparently this was the first time the teacher had seen a real case of 'dog eating your HW'.

/REALLY CSB
 
2012-10-10 12:42:56 PM  
Credit card bill once.

i48.tinypic.com

...and an entire roll of parchment paper.

i45.tinypic.com

Good job, Gus.
 
2012-10-10 12:46:24 PM  
A few days ago my dog ate my "baby book," the little book my parents kept detailing my youthful progress--or lack thereof, as the case may be. I second the interesting smell idea, since the book was about a century old. Oh, and it was leatherbound. These days only fancy journals for the self-absorbed seem to be leatherbound, so that may have something to do with the anachronistic tone of this phrase these days.

Or not.
 
2012-10-10 01:00:34 PM  
I had a dog that ate my science project once. Luckily I still had time to do the experiment over. He was normally an outside dog, but it was going to be really cold that night so we decided to bring him inside and he ate the bread I was trying to grow mold on.
 
2012-10-10 01:08:10 PM  
I had a dog that ate my homework once.
Fortunately I had the file and could reprint it

// dot matrix printers SUCKED hehehe but I did hand in my work on time
/ bit of a mixture of eating it, shiatting on it, and generally just farking it up
// mid 1980s.
 
2012-10-10 01:15:22 PM  
Had a friend in high school that used the excuse several times. Then one day he brought in his math textbook, which had been chewed up to the point of being useless.
 
2012-10-10 01:19:07 PM  
Last Friday our school hosted a fund rasier "Pancake Dinner". We raised $752. I brought the mony home (I'm the PTO Treasurer) and put it in an envelope to make a deposit the next day. We went out to dinner (no way I'd eat pancakes made in an elementary school gym) When we got home we found pieces of money all over the floor. Doofenschmirtz (our dog) tried to say it was the cats, but we knew better. Fortunately, all but $17 of it was accepted for deposit by the bank. I just got back from Target with a metal lockbox.
 
2012-10-10 02:21:49 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com

/not mine
//dammit, now I'll spend the rest of the day laughing at dog-shaming.
 
2012-10-10 02:23:15 PM  
I had a student who brought in the top half of her book report. Her pot belly pig ate it.
 
2012-10-10 03:06:06 PM  
I actually tried this excuse in 4th grade, not knowing that it was a thing. My teacher laughed his ass off.

I got my comeuppance later in life, when my dog a) actually ate my son's homework, b) ate a check for a little over $1000 that I was going to deposit. Bastard, bastard dog.
 
2012-10-10 03:29:08 PM  
My dog never ate my homework. A younger sibling screwed with my homework a few times. I used to date a guy who roomed with a dog who ate his scientific calculator. And my family had a cat that used to eat my fathers' breakfast every morning. We loved that so much. It was just so funny to us. But then we didn't have cable.
 
2012-10-10 03:36:33 PM  
Earlier I forgot, I also had a roommate with a ferret in college and the ferret ran across the keyboard deleting a paper I had just completed. I had to rewrite it. Now, when I'm writing something I compulsively save at every other sentence or so.
 
2012-10-10 03:50:38 PM  

melopene: My cat ate a paper that I was grading last week. I'd left it on the couch and found it basically shredded the next morning.

I wrote 'the cat did not approve' on it and gave it back to my student, who I think might've cried if I weren't snickering about it so much.

/it was a great paper, dude got an A


My wife actually got to tell several students, 'My dog ate your homework." It was a welcome change from his usual diet of remotes, calculators, and radios.
 
2012-10-10 03:59:21 PM  
When I was in highschool, my dog actually did eat my calculus homework. Prof didn't believe me until I showed him the half eaten Calc book. He let me make it up at least.
 
2012-10-10 04:43:47 PM  
Never had the dog eat my homework, but he did eat my library book, I felt dumb explaining that one to the school librarian.
 
2012-10-10 04:50:37 PM  
My classmate's dog licked her homework. She had highlighted her notes with fruity smelling markers and her dog went crazy and slobbered all over them, smearing the ink until it was illegible.
 
2012-10-10 04:51:43 PM  
I'd imagine it happens most frequently to people attending some form of C.I. followed by people in taxidermy school.
 
2012-10-10 05:08:04 PM  
Once our homework was to make a working musical instrument. I made a flute out of a bamboo stick. My dog ate that.
 
2012-10-10 06:55:26 PM  
In HS, our civics teachers cat peed on a stack of homework that hadnt been graded yet. He gave us all As on the assignment.

And our dog shredded all the kleenex from the wastebasket next to the computer the other night.

/yes, it was mostly fappin tissues
 
2012-10-10 08:22:43 PM  
I don't know about eating homework, but every year I get three or four textbooks returned that have been chewed up by the precious canines. Ten dollar rebinding charge, cost of book if the pages are damaged. I must say we don't have this problem with cats!
 
2012-10-10 08:23:06 PM  
When I got my (now 7) black lab from the humane society as a puppy, he chewed up my homework ALL the time.

I just printed a new copy. De nada.

Good 'ol Bailey, you can't help but love the guy. For some reason he didn't chew on furniture at all, but loose items? Among the victims:

-Sneakers, OH THE SNEAKERS. One time it was a pair of mine I bought the day before. Gone in 60 seconds.
-"Mooshi" pillows. I think that's right, the ones with the tiny balls inside? Yeah, well...those things are MESSY.
-The DVD player. I should say "a" DVD player...I don't know how or why.

OK I don't need to go on...the list is literally dozens of TYPES of items.
 
2012-10-10 08:43:43 PM  

DaCaptain19: When I got my (now 7) black lab from the humane society as a puppy, he chewed up my homework ALL the time.

I just printed a new copy. De nada.

Good 'ol Bailey, you can't help but love the guy. For some reason he didn't chew on furniture at all, but loose items? Among the victims:

-Sneakers, OH THE SNEAKERS. One time it was a pair of mine I bought the day before. Gone in 60 seconds.
-"Mooshi" pillows. I think that's right, the ones with the tiny balls inside? Yeah, well...those things are MESSY.
-The DVD player. I should say "a" DVD player...I don't know how or why.

OK I don't need to go on...the list is literally dozens of TYPES of items.


One of our dogs ate a sofa when he was a puppy. He didn't eat it all at once. When we left the house, he would eat a cushion. Later, he'd poo chunks of the cushion along with recognizable scraps of the upholstery fabric in the back yard. Eventually, he ran out of cushions and began to gnaw on the arms of the couch. At that point, I conceded and drug the silly couch to the curb to be taken away.
 
2012-10-11 06:00:20 AM  
I had a presentation and made a big poster on bristol board, rolled it up and set it by the door so I wouldn't forget to bring it to school. When it came time to leave, I couldn't find it and eventually found the dog going to town on it under my bed. The whole class got a kick out of the "dog ate my homework" excuse, but I brought in the evidence as well.

My dog also ate one of my brother's brand new Doc Martin boots. That was a sad day for the 90's.
 
2012-10-11 09:06:09 AM  
My dog loves to tear paper into tiny bits.
 
2012-10-11 09:21:52 AM  
Yup, caught ours chewing on my kid's homework just last week. Patched it back together and photocopied it into one piece with a note from Mom. Heard that the teacher was laughing about it when she got the ditto of a completed wrinkly patch-worked homework assignment.

/kids spill yummy stuff on homework
//I think they do it on purpose
///but why on finished homework??? 
 
2012-10-12 03:37:34 PM  
Thankfully me and my family never had a dog that chewed anything other than its food.

We had a cat that liked playing with paper and got to my homework a few times. Only once was it totally destroyed all other times it was salvageable. The teacher believed me when it was destroyed because she had seen less severely damaged stuff.
 
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