This has been making the internet rounds: If you were being truly honest in your methods, what would you say?
Overly honest methods in science
Mine would probably something like: "We had a sample size of 260 individuals. It may sound like we planned to have 260 plants, but actually 40 seedlings died, luckily leaving us with a nice round number."
A friend joked that hers would be: "All this work was done with a totally different experiment in mind, but this is all I could salvage."
I'm sure everyone has a few of these...