When Pirate! and I were in high school, we did a lot of video projects. For a history class we planned to film a skit involving horses.
We didn't have very long to do the project, and scheduling worked out such that we ended up filming the day before the project was due. It was a half-day at school, so we got out at noon with plenty of time to film and edit. Our chosen location was a 45-minute drive away through a bunch of farmland. Pirate! drove her parents' Oldsmobile, fully equipped with Broadway musical soundtracks on cassette.
We found out later that the timing chain snapped at 45mph and chewed up the entire inside of the car. At the time all we knew was that the car made a horrible noise and sprayed mangled parts all over the road. This was before cell phones were common, and we had to walk a couple of miles to an agricultural building to find a payphone.
By the time we had walked to a payphone, called for a tow truck and walked back to the car, most of the afternoon was already gone. While waiting for the tow truck, we realized that there was no way we were going to get our project done on time, so instead we filmed the Best Excuse Ever.
We turned it in the next day and got a week extension on our project.