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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

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    Food Poisoning

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    You Have a Cold (Cough, Cough)

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    Doctor's Appointment

    84
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    Your Kid is Sick

    81
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    Someone Is in the Hospital

    76
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    Tragedy in the Family

    74
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    Car Trouble

    72
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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

    62
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    Relative's Funeral

    62
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    You Have to Meet With Your Kid's Teacher

    57
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    You Got in a Car Accident

    56
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    You Need a "Personal" Day

    55
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    Your Pet Is Sick

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    Your Flight Back Into Town Got Cancelled

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    Electricity Went Out

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    You Need a Mental Health Day

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    You Are Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

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    You Lost Your Glasses

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    Have to Drive Someone to the Airport

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    You Have a Migraine

    33
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Your Toilet Exploded

    31
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    You Are Hungover

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    You Had An Allergic Reaction to Something

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    I'm Dead

    20
    added by: zxray
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    Won the Lottery

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    Root Canal

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    You Have Bad Cramps

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    Your Girlfriend Is Pregnant

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    A Friend's Wedding

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    Your Apartment Caught On Fire

    12
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