Study reveals 14 craziest excuses for calling in sick to work

While many employees use the old-fashioned "not feeling well" excuse to take off work, others have come up with the weirdest excuses in the book, according to a study from CareerBuilder.

In its annual survey, CareerBuilder found that more than 35 percent of workers have called in sick when they were feeling fine, and 33 percent of those employers say they have checked to see if an employee was telling the truth.

Here are the 14 craziest excuses employers reported hearing from their workers:

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1. The ozone in the air flattened my tires.

2. My pressure cooker exploded and scared my sister, so I had to stay home.

3. I had to attend the funeral of my wife’s cousin’s pet because I am an uncle and pallbearer.

4. I was blocked in by police raiding my home.

5. I had to testify against a drug dealer, and the dealer’s friend mugged me.

6. My roots were showing, and I had to keep my hair appointment because I looked like a mess.

7. I ate cat food instead of tuna and am deathly ill.

8. I'm not sick, but my llama is.

9. I used a hair remover under my arms and had chemical burns.

10. I am bowling the game of my life and can't make it to work.

11. I am experiencing traumatic stress from a large spider found in my home.

12. I have better things to do.

13. I ate too much birthday cake.

14. A duck bit me.

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