Claim: A professor notoriously tough on grading term papers, rarely giving out any grade higher than a “D”, finally rewards one student’s effort with a
is one of several similar legends
involving students who try to slip one over on instructors by submitting someone else’s papers (such as The Old Man and the ‘C’ and
Sightings: In a 1987 episode of the Canadian television series Degrassi Junior High (episode titled “The Experiment”), Yick tries to improve his grades by turning in old term papers written by Arthur’s sister, Stephanie Kaye. He’s given higher grades than Stephanie received for the same papers but is eventually exposed for submitting someone else’s work.
Last updated: 28 June 2011
Bronner, Simon J. Piled Higher and Deeper. Little Rock: August House, 1990. ISBN 0-87483-154-7 (pp. 39-40). Brunvand, Jan Harold. Curses! Broiled Again! New York: W. W. Norton, 1989. ISBN 0-393-30711-5 (pp. 286-287).
Also told in:
The Big Book of Urban Legends. New York: Paradox Press, 1994. ISBN 1-56389-165-4 (p. 206).