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The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

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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    You Have the Flu

    95
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    Food Poisoning

    93
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    Doctor's Appointment

    86
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    You Have a Cold (Cough, Cough)

    85
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    Your Kid is Sick

    81
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    Someone Is in the Hospital

    77
  7. 7
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    Tragedy in the Family

    75
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    Car Trouble

    72
  9. 9
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    You Honestly Tell Your Boss Why You Can't/Don't Want to Come In

    66
  10. 10
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    Relative's Funeral

    62
  11. 11
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    You Are Snowed In

    61
  12. 12
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    You Have to Meet With Your Kid's Teacher

    58
  13. 13
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    You Got in a Car Accident

    55
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    You Need a "Personal" Day

    55
    and leave it at that
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    Your Pet Is Sick

    53
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    Your Flight Back Into Town Got Cancelled

    52
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    Electricity Went Out

    48
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    You Need a Mental Health Day

    44
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    You Are Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

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    You Lost Your Glasses

    39
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    Have to Drive Someone to the Airport

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    You Have a Migraine

    32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Your Toilet Exploded

    30
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    You Are Hungover

    29
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    You Had An Allergic Reaction to Something

    22
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    I'm Dead

    19
    added by: zxray
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    Won the Lottery

    18
    added by: zxray
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    You Have Bad Cramps

    17
  29. 29
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    Root Canal

    16
  30. 30
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    A Friend's Wedding

    15
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    new! Have the Runs

    15
    added by: lostshadow
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    Your Car Is in the Shop

    15
    added by: mega55752
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    Your Girlfriend Is Pregnant

    13
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    13
    added by: kcerica
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    Your Apartment Caught On Fire

    13
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