According to a new survey undertaken for website CareerBuilder.com, 35% of workers in the US throw a sickie when they are perfectly OK. 20% of the 1,600 polled said that they called in sick just because they didn't feel like going in to work. 10% admitted that they bunked off work fairly regularly.
Detailed below are some of the more imaginative excuses for not rocking up:
'My cat unplugged my alarm clock'
'I had to be there for my husband's grand jury trial'
'My curlers burned my hair and I had to go to the hairdresser'
'A hitman was looking for me'
'I was spit on by a venomous snake'
'I forgot to come back to work after lunch'
'I tripped over my dog and was knocked unconscious'
'My bus broke down and was held up by robbers'
'I was arrested as a result of mistaken identity'
But the winner goes to - 'I was sprayed by a skunk'.