It was the final examination for an introductory Biology course at the local university. Like many required freshman courses, it was held in a large lecture hall, with over 500 students in the class.
The examination was two hours long, and exam booklets were provided. The professor was very strict and told the class that any exam that was not on his desk in exactly two hours would not be accepted and the student would fail. Half an hour into the exam, a student came rushing in and asked the professor for an exam booklet.
"You're not going to have time to finish this," the professor stated sarcastically as he handed the student a booklet.
"Don't worry. I'll finish," replied the student. He then took a seat and began writing.
After two hours, the professor called for the exams, and the students filed up and handed them in. All except the late student, who continued writing. An hour later, the late student came up to the professor, who was sitting at his desk preparing for his next class. He attempted to put his exam on the stack of exam booklets already there.
"No you don't, I'm not going to accept that. It's late."
The student looked incredulous and angry.
"Do you know who I am?"
"No, as a matter of fact I don't," replied the professor with an air of superiority.
"Take a good look. Are you sure you don't know who I am?" the student asked again in a louder voice.
"No, and I don't care." replied the professor with finality.
"Good!" replied the student, who quickly lifted the stack of completed exams, stuffed his in the middle, and walked quickly out of the room.