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Dr. Nerdlove prescribes No Excuses

Anticipating the start of convention season, Dr. Nerdlove writes, "today Iā€™m going to take a whack at one of the greatest sacred cows on the Internet: the Socially Awkward Exception."
posted by prefpara on May 7, 2014 - 153 comments

Sorry, There Was a Flameout on Metafilter

Though recent research indicates we learn to lie at a young age, and lie more often as we grow older, apparently we aren't so great at coming up with excuses for missing work. One site, designed to help with this problem, offers "proof" that you needed time off. Phoney Excuses claims that over a quarter of a million people have visited their site. The site warns its forms are intended "for entertainment purposes only." (Warning: NSFW-- last link is obnoxiously loud).
posted by misha on Feb 12, 2008 - 27 comments

T minus one week and counting...

Missing workers? Darth has them. "Next Thursday, the Force will be with Obi Wan Kenobi and Yoda ā€” the North American work force, that is. Worker absenteeism on the Thursday and Friday opening of Star Wars: Episode III ā€” Revenge of the Sith could cost U.S. employers a whopping $627-million (U.S.) in the two days, according to one report." Are you going to be playing hooky from work to go see the film? If so, don't bother with phony excuses, get a fail-safe May 19th excuse note!
posted by debralee on May 12, 2005 - 66 comments

But ossifer, I was only...

"It is stand-up improv at its most creative, with an occasional James Bond-like tale or even a violent plot, all in search of that one shimmering, often elusive dream, the dismissed ticket." (Yes, I know, it's NYT... tell it to the judge, man.) Maybe some of these folks should've read the previous traffic court thread on MeFi, or... (More Inside)
posted by soyjoy on Feb 22, 2005 - 11 comments

Excuses For Being Caught On The Web

What's The Best Excuse When You're Caught Reading MetaFilter... when you're supposed to be working? (More inside.)
posted by MiguelCardoso on Oct 25, 2003 - 39 comments

Dead Grandmother Syndrome

In England it is called the "Graveyard Grannies'' problem, in France the "Chere Grand'mere," while in Bulgaria it is inexplicably known as "The Toadstool Waxing Plan".

Next week, college students around the world will be taking final exams. Their grandmothers will be dropping like flies."
posted by Wet Spot on Dec 3, 2002 - 15 comments

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