That's pretty funny. Love the conclusions.
I wonder if I dare use this as an example of standard social science article format (which it is) in my writing class? I fear that some students (especially those from very family-oriented cultures) might be offended. And actually, I don't get a lot of dead grandmother excuses (a few, but not a lot; mysterious illnesses of the students themselves and suddenly busy work schedules that explain weeks-long disappearances are more common).
Hilarious.Also, interesting, if based on genuine data, particularly the increase in the use of the excuse over the past few decades.
Very funny, and worth looking for the followup he hinted at. Not trivial, pedestrian, earnest, or teleological. Thank you for sharing.
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