According to a new survey, 40% of us called in sick at least once this year when we weren't really sick. That's up 5% from 2016 with the most common reason was for a doctor's appointment.

But is that really "faking" a sick day?

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The rest of the top five real reasons were:

  • "I just didn't feel like working."
  • "I wanted to relax."
  • "I wanted to sleep in."
  • "I needed to run errands."

Now here are the ten weirdest excuses bosses heard this year:

  1. An employee claimed they swallowed a toothpick at a restaurant.
  2. A guy couldn't come in because he broke his arm wrestling a female bodybuilder.
  3. Someone "called in fat" because their uniform didn't fit.
  4. A woman's dog swallowed her keys, and she was waiting for them to come out.
  5. Their phone exploded and hurt their hand.
  6. There was a bear in their yard.
  7. A guy claimed he left all his clothing at a laundromat.
  8. They couldn't come in because they didn't have enough gas in their car.
  9. A woman's fake nail fell off, and she needed an emergency manicure.
  10. Someone called in sick back in August, because they were afraid to be out during the solar eclipse.

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