Sometimes graduate students, surrounded by books, eyes transfixed on JSTOR articles, ears attuned to the clock ticking down to the deadline, ask themselves, "Could this get any worse?".
In order to find the answer, three more questions must be asked.
#1) Has death-defying swine bulldozed your grandma?
#2) Has Thanksgiving dinner broken into your house, and gotten sweet sweet revenge on all your stuff?
#3) Is a brain-damaged sea lion out for your blood?
Suddenly writing 40 pages in my non-pig-stampeded room with my non-turkey-broken lamp and my non-sea-lion-chomped hand sounds pretty great.
Also, if any of those things had happened, it would probably make the Animals Turned Criminal photo slideshow a lot less amusing.