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It Wasn't Me, Officer; It Was the Deer

Man blames speeding ticket on hypothetical deer

(Newser) - A Massachusetts man fighting a speeding ticket in court had a unique explanation—the officer's radar gun may have picked up a deer, the AP reports. According to the Newburyport Daily News , Dennis Sayers was clocked going 40mph in 30mph zone in West Newbury in November. He got a...

Obama Bails Out Truant 5th-Grader

Tyler Sullivan gets handwritten excuse for skipping school to see president

(Newser) - Kids cut school every day, but usually for reasons like "Meh, I didn't feel like going," not "I was hanging with the leader of the free world." Such is the life of 5th-grader Tyler Sullivan, who got a written excuse from none other than President...

Weirdest Excuses for Skipping Work

'I'm not feeling too clever today'

(Newser) - A new survey finds that 29% of employees have made something up to get out of a workday, and CareerBuilder surveys employers to find the strangest:
  • A chicken attacked my mom.
  • My finger's stuck in a bowling ball.
  • My hair transplant went poorly.

Have Mercy, Officer: I Can't Think of a Good Excuse

(Newser) - Every time a cop pulls someone over, he or she is liable to hear an excuse. And every so often, a driver manages to surprise even the most jaded ticket-writer, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Like the pair of Frenchmen one officer caught speeding on Highway 101. They’d...

Obama Jots Excuse for Hooky-Playing 4th-Grader

Girl skips last day to see president's Green Bay talk

(Newser) - A 10-year-old in Wisconsin missed her last day of school to watch President Obama speak—so he wrote her an excuse note. Kennedy Corpus’ father noted that she was missing school before asking a question, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. “Do you need me to write a note?” the...

In Sticky Situations, Recession's an Easy Out

If you don't want to say the real reason, invoke the economy!

(Newser) - Think of all the commitments you would love to back out of. Chances are, you can use the economy as an excuse to set you free, reports the New York Times. Reaping the social benefits of recession is big with everyone from the mom who didn't want to confront her...

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