- This story is also told about a student, high on recreational drugs, who writes his answer to an essay question entirely on one line.
- Another variant mentions a student so high on speed that he fails to notice his pen run out of ink after his first few paragraphs and ends up handing in four blank blue books.
- An older version of this legend involves a coed who has a few drinks before a final exam and mistakenly ends up in the wrong classroom. She receives a 'B' in a course she isn't enrolled in, and an incomplete in the class she failed to show up for.
A copy boy (now called newsroom assistant) was dispatched to the nearby bar to fetch an editorial writer, hopefully sober enough to crank out the next morning's opening sermon. The runner dragged one writer back to the newsroom
The guy simply stared at the typewriter for several minutes while desk editors held their breaths. Finally, the tipsy editorial writer started typing — furiously. With two minutes to spare, he yanked the copy from his typewriter and bellowed, "Boy!" The copy boy rushed the editorial to the copy desk where editors grabbed it. Typed over and over the full length of the paper was the word "nevertheless."1
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