Zoey Oxley really wishes she’d done one last proofread before hitting “submit.”
A series of unfortunate events: pic.twitter.com/xSnT0JTYPV
— zo !!! (@Zoeyoxley) September 20, 2018
As the Cincinnati Enquirer reports, Oxley is a freshman studio art major at Ohio University. While working on a paper for a viewing performance class, Oxley momentarily forgot the name of her professor but filled it in with a placeholder nickname.
She knew that she needed to replace it and even joked about what might happen if she forgot.
Unfortunately, when it came time to submit the paper, she neglected to double-check the professor’s name. And that’s why she turned in a paper addressed to “Professor whats his nuts.”
Moments after she submitted the essay, Oxley realized what had happened.
“As soon as … I realized what I had done, I immediately started to freak out,” she told the Enquirer.
She quickly wrote an email to Professor John Hendel apologizing for the mistake and lack of respect:
As I began writing my paper, I wrote out the template. Unfortunately, I could not remember your last name, so I filled it with something completely unprofessional.
Fortunately, Hendel understood and even saw the humor in his student’s error. When he learned about his student’s placeholder nickname, he even joked about it on Twitter:
A student emailed me, profusely apologizing for getting my name wrong at the top of their paper, and I was like, “Thanks, whatever, nbd.” Then I got to their paper and saw their instructor was “Professor whats his nuts”
It wasn’t long before the story was shared widely on social media. Hendel even changed his Twitter name to “Professor whats his nuts.” According to Mamamia, many commenters weighed in with their own similar mistakes:
I once turned in a paper with the title “Is Genocide Modern or Nahh?” and emailed my professor a long paragraph just to get back
Sent from my iPhone”
— Alicia Petit (@aliciaepetit) September 20, 2018
I accidentally submitted a midterm paper for my Critical Theory class with the title “I Hate Critical Theory”. I got an A minus.
— Kayleigh (@Kay_Padfoot) September 20, 2018
I had a prof a few years ago whose last name was Jewett and I forgot how to spell his name on an essay and left is as ‘Dr. Jew’ then submitted it before changing it. It was so humiliating but this… this is somehow worse
— less ✨✨✨ (@bauldlad) September 20, 2018
Apparently, there are a lot of people who have forgotten to proofread or replace a joke before submitting a report:
In undergrad I use to title my papers “Clever title I’ll think of later” and one time i forgot to change it. My professor returned it to me after grading it with the title circled and “?’s” around it ?
— Justice Beaver (@Oyechelle) September 20, 2018
My boyfriend and I had a lab instructor named “Mr. Pinch” and he accidentally submitted one of his quizzes with the instructor’s name “Mr. Pinch my nipples” because he was clowning around before he turned it in ???
— Amber Dominguez (@amberamelia30) September 22, 2018
A student of mine submitted a paper with a heading on one section as “Insert examples and shit here”. ?
— Marni Thornton (@marnithornton) September 20, 2018
Knowing she has plenty of company may be comforting to Oxley, but she’s still mortified by the mistake.
As she told the Enquirer: “Although this ended up being a viral joke, it was still the most embarrassing thing I have ever done.”