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The Little Red Book Was A Little White Lie
The student who said the Feds hit on him for requesting a copy of Mao's Little Red Book? Seems he made the whole thing up, Aaron Nicodemus reports. (The student must've been snorting stem cells at the time):

The UMass Dartmouth student who claimed to have been visited by Homeland Security agents over his request for "The Little Red Book" by Mao Zedong has admitted to making up the entire story.

The 22-year-old student tearfully admitted he made the story up to his history professor, Dr. Brian Glyn Williams, and his parents, after being confronted with the inconsistencies in his account.

Had the student stuck to his original story, it might never have been proved false.

But on Thursday, when the student told his tale in the office of UMass Dartmouth professor Dr. Robert Pontbriand to Dr. Williams, Dr. Pontbriand, university spokesman John Hoey and The Standard-Times, the student added new details.

The agents had returned, the student said, just last night. The two agents, the student, his parents and the student's uncle all signed confidentiality agreements, he claimed, to put an end to the matter.

But when Dr. Williams went to the student's home yesterday and relayed that part of the story to his parents, it was the first time they had heard it. The story began to unravel, and the student, faced with the truth, broke down and cried.

Posted by aalkon at December 25, 2005 8:40 AM

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Well, at least it's a more original excuse than "the dog ate my homework" or "my hard drive crashed."

Posted by: deja pseu at December 26, 2005 3:55 PM

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