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Most Unusual Sick Day Excuses

In the past year, 30 percent of workers have called in sick when they were not actually ill, according to Harris Interactive. The polling firm recently surveyed employers on behalf of CareerBuilder about the most unusual excuses that employees gave for calling in sick. It uncovered some memorable alibis that some accounting firms might not have heard yet from their employees.

Winter Doldrums Winter Doldrums

Thirty-one percent of employers notice an uptick in sick days around the winter holidays. This helps make December the most popular month to call in sick, with 20 percent saying their employees call in the most during that month. July is the next most popular month to skip out on work, followed by January and February.

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Better Things to Do Better Things to Do

Not all sick days are spent under piles of blankets with a thermometer and maximum-strength medicine. Next to actually being sick, the most common reasons employees call in sick are because they just don't feel like going to work (34 percent), or because they felt like they needed to relax (29 percent). Others take the day off so they can make it to a doctor's appointment (22 percent), catch up on sleep (16 percent), or run some errands (15 percent). Some workers come up with slightly more colorful explanations for their absences. When asked to share the most memorable excuses, employers reported the following real-life examples. The following slides include the strangest sick day excuses they heard from employees.

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Employee's sobriety tool wouldn't allow the car to start.

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Employee forgot he had been hired for the job.

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Employee said her dog was having a nervous breakdown.

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Employee's dead grandmother was being exhumed for a police investigation.

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Employee's toe was stuck in a faucet.

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Employee said a bird bit her.

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Employee was upset after watching "The Hunger Games"

Employee got sick from reading too much.

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Employee was suffering from a broken heart.

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Employee's hair turned orange from dying her hair at home.

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