Students do the funniest things. It’s not always clear why they do it, or what the thinking process that led them into their scrapes was, but they’re funny nonetheless.
Here’s a couple of our favourite student fails from around the globe.
In 2014, an American exchange student had to be rescued by 22 firefighters-turned-midwives, after getting trapped inside a giant sculpture of a vagina.
Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara’s sculpture The Chacán-Pi (Making Love) has stood proudly outside Tübingen University’s institute for microbiology and virology since 2001. The 32-ton sculpture made out of red Veronese marble is meant to signify “the gateway to the world”.
Firefighters were called to release the student, who has chosen to remain anonymous, and delivered him “by hand and without the application of tools”.
We all know that a touch of colour on our skin makes us look healthy. Earlier this year, nursing and midwifery student Jessica Clarke thought she’d use a slightly darker fake tan than usual, and slapped on the St Moriz “darker than dark” before heading out with some friends. It transpires that darker than dark is the same colour as a mahogany. A couple of long hot baths did little to lighten Jessica’s tan, but plenty to stain the bath-tub, and Jessica had no choice but to head to lectures with her “dark wood effect” skin.
However, despite being mortified while rocking the wood-look, Jessica was so pleased with the end result, she has bought more bottles of the self-tanning lotion.
In her words: “‘I’ll just need to do it a few days before I go out next time and make sure I’ve got no plans so I can hide inside.’
There’s always one story that bucks the trend. Here’s students who made the news for the right reason.
Students at Bristol University wanted to do something special for “one of the most loved” members of their staff to show how much they appreciated him, after more than 10 years cleaning at the university campus.
A note from the students to long-serving member of staff Herman Gordan read “Dear Herman, on behalf of the students at Bristol, we would like to thank you for all the positive energy you have given to us throughout the years. You have brightened many of our days and we want you to know that we love and appreciate you.”
More than 230 students donated to the appeal via the GoFundMe page, raising £1,500, meaning Herman and his wife were able to visit Jamaica for the first time in four years.”
As the creators of the fundraising page said: “It is truly amazing what we can achieve when we come together.” We couldn’t put it better ourselves.