The Common Good

QUIRK: How to Top 'The Dog Ate My Homework' Excuse

We've all been there. It's the morning before your 20-page paper is due—the one that counts for 30 percent of your grade—and you get the blue screen of death before saving. Or $2 Tuesdays got a little bit out of hand the night before. Or you just plain forgot. 

While the list of excuses rattles through your mind in the hour or so before class, here's one you probably didn't think of: fake abduction. 

According to the Associated Press, a 22-year-old student in Brazil claimed she was abducted and held hostage for 24 hours. She later confessed, saying:  "she 'didn't want to upset her mother' with news of her problems at school."

Before you think about adding that doozie under "dog ate it," think twice. The student is being charged for making false accusations.

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