I posted a few days ago that I was still waiting for 3 profs to finish their LOR's. I was asking for advice on how I could gently remind these wonderful people that their failure to write the letter could mean the difference between life and death (well, ok, not that bad). Anyhoo, I figured I had little to lose by sending them an e-mail. I decided to send it as part reminder and part joke. I basically said that their's was the last and was necessary. I also said something like "make sure you send the one that has all of the exaggerations and positive remarks". I'm telling those who are still waiting this story because I got an instant reply from all 3 and they ALL forgot to do it (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). But, they apologized and said that they'd do it right away. So, the moral is, be a goofy joker and the world is your oyster.