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The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work  

Elise Hennigan
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List Rules Any excuse that you could use to get out of work for a full day or half day.

Need a day off? Here's a 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 they 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 car broke down. While this way to miss work is sometimes believable, you can't always use the same reason. 

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 ideas to help rank the best excuses for missing work. 

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Food Poisoning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
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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Car Trouble is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Car Trouble
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Your Kid is Sick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Kid is Sick
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Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
MattElpern added
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Someone Is in the Hospital is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Someone Is in the Hospital
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Have the Runs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
lostshadow added Have the Runs
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You're Sick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Sick
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You Had An Allergic Reaction t... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Had An Allergic Reaction to Something
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Tragedy in the Family is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Tragedy in the Family
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You Have a Cold (Cough, Cough) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Cold (Cough, Cough)
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Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Doctor's Appointment
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You Have a Crazy Migraine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Crazy Migraine
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You Have a Migraine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Migraine
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Relative's Funeral is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Relative's Funeral
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I'm Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
zxray added I'm Dead
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There Was a Death in the Famil... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
There Was a Death in the Family
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You Have a Doctor's Appointmen... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Doctor's Appointment
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I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
87i.acct added I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty Job Today.
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You're Selected for Jury Duty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Selected for Jury Duty
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You Got in a Car Accident is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Got in a Car Accident
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Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Emergency Dental Repair
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You Need a Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Need a Mental Health Day
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You Have a Bladder Infection is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Bladder Infection
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I Won $500 Million in the Lott... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
87i.acct added I Won $500 Million in the Lottery, I Quit!