True story: My long-departed pet iguana, Zapper, once jumped off my computer monitor and landed on my lap during a phone interview I was conducting from my home office. When the people on the other end of the call asked why I'd screamed mid-question, I told them a large reptile had just attacked me. Everybody thought I was making a joke.

Pro tip: If you're a home-based bureau chief, don't conduct phone or video interviews when there is a stupid, semi-wild animal (iguana) in the room with you. This goes double if you like conducting early-morning phone interviews dressed only in a thin bathrobe.