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3rd May '17 3:23:03 PM Mineboot45
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* David Hahn, the "[[http://www.dangerouslaboratories.org/radscout.html radioactive boy scout]]", used this excuse to pick up large amounts information, which he used to create a ''nuclear reactor''. Of course, he was doing it because he enjoyed his nuclear merit badge project so much.

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* David Hahn, the "[[http://www.dangerouslaboratories.org/radscout.html radioactive boy scout]]", used this excuse to pick up large amounts of information, which he used to create a ''nuclear reactor''. Of course, he was doing it because he enjoyed his nuclear merit badge project so much.
26th Mar '17 9:56:56 AM nombretomado
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* Used by the villains in the episode "Dirty Bomb" of ''NUMB3RS''. They contacted a reasearcher for a nuclear company for information about a particular radioactive isotope, claiming it was for a moviescript. The show takes place in LA, so the researcher didn't really give it much thought until she saw an internal DOE alert about three caskets of the stuff stolen to make a dirty bomb. Her cooperation was a key component in finding the identities of the criminals.

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* Used by the villains in the episode "Dirty Bomb" of ''NUMB3RS''. ''{{Series/Numb3rs}}''. They contacted a reasearcher researcher for a nuclear company for information about a particular radioactive isotope, claiming it was for a moviescript. The show takes place in LA, so the researcher didn't really give it much thought until she saw an internal DOE alert about three caskets of the stuff stolen to make a dirty bomb. Her cooperation was a key component in finding the identities of the criminals.
17th Feb '17 3:08:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* In an ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book (#6, ''The Capture''), the Animorphs are attempting to prevent the Yeerks from taking a politician when he has surgery at a hospital they control. To find out when he'll be there, Marco calls his office and gets his schedule by claiming to be from the press.

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In an ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' a book (#6, ''The Capture''), the Animorphs are attempting to prevent the Yeerks from taking a politician when he has surgery at a hospital they control. To find out when he'll be there, Marco calls his office and gets his schedule by claiming to be from the press.
17th Feb '17 3:08:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', Syaoran uses this excuse in one of the worlds to gather information of legends. He got the idea from his father, an archeologist, who used it all the time.

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* In ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', Syaoran uses this excuse in one of the worlds to gather information of legends. He got the idea from his father, an archeologist, who used it all the time.



* In Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/FiveLittlePigs'', Literature/HerculePoirot is asked to reinvestigate a murder that had happened sixteen years earlier. When speaking with some of the witnesses, he claims he is writing a book about famous murders in order to get them to provide written accounts of what they remember.
** In ''ThirdGirl'', author surrogate Ariadne Oliver claims to be researching how easy it is to follow someone, when following a suspect on behalf of Poirot. She tells the suspect she's concluded it's quite difficult.
* Then there's ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', in which Tom Riddle (young Lord Voldemort) [[spoiler: learns about Horcruxes from a teacher this way]].

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* In Creator/AgathaChristie's Creator/AgathaChristie:
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''Literature/FiveLittlePigs'', Literature/HerculePoirot is asked to reinvestigate a murder that had happened sixteen years earlier. When speaking with some of the witnesses, he claims he is writing a book about famous murders in order to get them to provide written accounts of what they remember.
** In ''ThirdGirl'', ''Literature/ThirdGirl'', author surrogate Ariadne Oliver claims to be researching how easy it is to follow someone, when following a suspect on behalf of Poirot. She tells the suspect she's concluded it's quite difficult.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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Then there's ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', in which Tom Riddle (young Lord Voldemort) [[spoiler: learns about Horcruxes from a teacher this way]].



** And several books earlier, in ''Chamber of Secrets'', Hermione pulled the same trick to get [[TheDitz Professor Lockhart's]] permission to get the book with the directions on how to make Polyjuice Potion from the Restricted Section.

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** And several books earlier, in ''Chamber of Secrets'', ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Hermione pulled the same trick to get [[TheDitz Professor Lockhart's]] permission to get the book with the directions on how to make Polyjuice Potion from the Restricted Section.



* There's a ''NancyDrew'' book where a crook is using this as cover for casing peoples' houses.
* In the ''AuntDimity'' books, Lori sometimes uses this excuse as an excuse to question people:

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* There's a ''NancyDrew'' ''Literature/NancyDrew'' book where a crook is using this as cover for casing peoples' houses.
* In the ''AuntDimity'' ''Literature/AuntDimity'' books, Lori sometimes uses this excuse as an excuse to question people:
17th Feb '17 3:07:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', Sen Takatsuki manages to score an interview with Amon when she states that she's gathering information for her next book. Instead, she drops hints to him about [[TheHunter CCG]] being involved in a GovernmentConspiracy. In the anime, she instead interviews Shinohara and asks whether it would be possible to make a HalfHumanHybrid. Of course, in both cases, her true motives have less to do with her next novel and more to do with [[spoiler: screwing with them, since she's really the BigBad and looking to plant the seeds of future plans]].

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* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', Sen Takatsuki manages to score an interview with Amon when she states that she's gathering information for her next book. Instead, she drops hints to him about [[TheHunter [[HunterOfMonsters CCG]] being involved in a GovernmentConspiracy. In the anime, she instead interviews Shinohara and asks whether it would be possible to make a HalfHumanHybrid. Of course, in both cases, her true motives have less to do with her next novel and more to do with [[spoiler: screwing with them, since she's really the BigBad and looking to plant the seeds of future plans]].
29th Jan '17 7:41:21 PM TheNicestGuy
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* In 2005, John Stanley explained to a judge that he had robbed a bank [[http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2005/mar/03/robber_to_use/ to research the criminal mind]]. Funny thing is, he wasn't lying. He'd been in and out of prison for various crimes since the 1960s, plus got nine more years for the latest robbery. At the same time, he was a successful consultant, author, and presenter on criminal topics. Apparently being incarcerated gives him time to work.
11th Jan '17 7:04:50 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/LordPeterWimsey:

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** Before that, in the earlier novel ''Unnatural Death'', LordPeterWimsey bugs his friend, Home Office pathologist Sir James Lubbock, for the name of a PerfectPoison.

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** Before that, in the earlier novel ''Unnatural Death'', LordPeterWimsey Lord Peter Wimsey bugs his friend, Home Office pathologist Sir James Lubbock, for the name of a PerfectPoison.
17th Dec '16 2:35:16 AM Aquila89
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* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', when Skyler thinks that Walt is smoking pot, she asks Marie about how could it affect someone, claiming that it's for a short story she's writing. Marie doesn't fall for it, but she thinks it's Walt Jr. who is smoking pot.
4th Dec '16 9:14:07 PM kokoroanime
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* One episode of the show ''Series/{{Cheaters}}'' featured a man who used this excuse after being caught with a hooker.

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* One episode of the show ''Series/{{Cheaters}}'' ''Cheaters'' featured a man who used this excuse after being caught with a hooker.
6th Oct '16 10:52:05 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''Literature/FamilySkeletonMysteries'': In book 1, Georgia calls a former student of Joshua Tay University to ask for information about Allen Reece, another former student, under the pretense that it's for a journalism class assignment. [[spoiler: The information she gets confirms what she suspected: Sid ''is'' Allen.]]
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