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The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

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List Criteria: Any excuse that you could use to get out of work for a full day or half day

List of the best excuses to get out of work--including believable excuses to miss work, ridiculous reasons to stay home and funny justifications for taking the day off. Hey, sometimes we all need to take a sick day, or take a "sick day" but we don't know exactly what to tell our boss that he will believe or allow. The most popular excuses to miss work are often health-related. People always think to say that they are sick or that their family member died. While this way to miss work is sometimes believable, you can't always use the same reason. And "killing off" your family members is just bad karma. 

Good excuses for missing work are usually either very specific--like your toilet overflowed and you have to handle it, or are very vague--like you need a "personal" day. Is it a bad idea to lie to your boss about why you are missing work? Probably. Do people do it all of the time? Absolutely. For many readers, the reasons listed here are good excuses for taking the day off. 

So what do you think? What is a good excuse for getting out of work? Do you lie to your boss or do you just tell him or her why you need the day off? Vote for your favorites and add your own excuses. Discuss your reactions in the comment section. 
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    Food Poisoning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

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    Food Poisoning

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    You Have the Flu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You Have the Flu

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    Your Kid is Sick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    Your Kid is Sick

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    You Have a Cold (Cough, Cough) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You Have a Cold (Cough, Cough)

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    Someone Is in the Hospital is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    Someone Is in the Hospital

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    Car Trouble is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    Car Trouble

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    Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    Doctor's Appointment

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    Tragedy in the Family is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    Tragedy in the Family

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    Have the Runs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

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    Have the Runs

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    You Had An Allergic Reaction t... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You Had An Allergic Reaction to Something

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    Relative's Funeral is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    Relative's Funeral

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    You're Sick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You're Sick

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    You Honestly Tell Your Boss Wh... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

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    You Honestly Tell Your Boss Why You Can't/Don't Want to Come In

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    You Are Snowed In is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You Are Snowed In

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    Your Child Is Ill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

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    Your Child Is Ill

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    You Got in a Car Accident is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You Got in a Car Accident

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    You Need a "Personal"... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You Need a "Personal" Day and leave it at that

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    You Need a Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You Need a Mental Health Day

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    Because You Earned It! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    Because You Earned It!

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    There Was a Death in the Famil... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

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    There Was a Death in the Family

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    Your Flight Back Into Town Got... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    Your Flight Back Into Town Got Cancelled

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    You Have a Migraine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

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    You Have a Migraine

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    Your Car Broke Down is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    Your Car Broke Down

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    Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

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    Your Pet Is Sick

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    You Were in a Car Accident is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You Were in a Car Accident

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    You Have to Meet With Your Kid... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

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    You Have to Meet With Your Kid's Teacher

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    You Have a Crazy Migraine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You Have a Crazy Migraine

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    I'm Dead is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

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    I'm Dead

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    You're Selected for Jury Duty is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You're Selected for Jury Duty

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    Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    Emergency Dental Repair

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    You Have a Doctor's Appointmen... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You Have a Doctor's Appointment

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    The Roads Around Your House Ar... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    The Roads Around Your House Are Closed Due to Weather

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    You Are Getting Your Wisdom Te... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You Are Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

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    Electricity Went Out is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

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    Electricity Went Out

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    You're Moving is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You're Moving

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    You Have Lice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You Have Lice

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    You Have a Bladder Infection is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You Have a Bladder Infection

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    You're Waiting for a Plumber/R... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You're Waiting for a Plumber/Repairman

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    Your Toilet Exploded is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    Your Toilet Exploded

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    You Locked Your Keys in Your C... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You Locked Your Keys in Your Car

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    Someone Tried to Rob You Durin... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    Someone Tried to Rob You During the Night

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    Your Sister/Best Friend Is Goi... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    Your Sister/Best Friend Is Going Into Labor

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    Your Fiance Called Off Your We... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

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    Your Fiance Called Off Your Wedding

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    Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    Mental Health Day

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    Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    Your Pet Is Sick

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    You Have Bad Cramps is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You Have Bad Cramps

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    Spring Fever is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

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    Spring Fever

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    You Lost Your Glasses is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work


    You Lost Your Glasses

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    I Pooed in My Pants On the Way... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

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    I Pooed in My Pants On the Way to Work

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