Swarms of kids line the beaches soaking up the last few rays of the summer sun; parents seem to be in a good mood for once, and the checkout lines at Wal-Mart rival the lines at Olympic sporting events. This can only mean one thing – school is almost in session. Getting back into the swing of things is hard to do, so I’m giving you a free pass. If for some reason you get behind on your homework (which we all know would never happen, right?), I give you permission to use one of these 25 creative excuses for not turning in your homework. Your dog will thank you for not blaming him yet again. Happy learning!
I thought it was a letter and accidentally mailed it to my Grandma Maude overseas.
Aliens took it as a sample of human handwriting.
Buffalo Bill from “The Silence of the Lambs” mistook it for a piece of human flesh and stole it to add to his collection.
I let somebody copy it and they never gave it back.
Doctor Who needed my help to save the human race and a dalek exterminated it just before I re-entered the TARDIS.
It spontaneously combusted and vaporized.
The FBI confiscated it because they claimed it was vital evidence.
I was pet-sitting Mike Tyson’s tiger and it escaped from my bathroom and ate my homework.
I gave it to a homeless man to help him insulate his cardboard box.
Kanye West ripped it up because he thought Beyonce’s homework was better.
Katie Holmes mistook it for one of her divorce papers and signed a hole right through it.
My little sister wanted to prove she could shoot an arrow as well as Katniss Everdeen and decided to use my homework as the target.
My pen ran out of ink so I decided to go buy another one. I got lost on the way back and was eventually taken home by a tourist who fortunately had a map. When I tried the pen though, it was a dud and I couldn’t go buy another one or I would probably never get home.
I found the assignment to be uninspiring, so I read a book about the life of Mother Teresa instead.
I got mugged on the way home.
We ran out of toilet paper last night…
My friend made a paper airplane out of it and it landed on the roof.
I went to London on vacation and the Queen threatened to cut off my head if I didn’t give her my homework.
My dad ripped it to shreds when Mitt Romney announced his vice presidential running mate.
I got soap in my eyes and went blind until just now.
I have a solar-powered calculator and it was cloudy.
I didn’t want to add to my teacher’s heavy workload.
Terrorists kidnapped me and they just let me go, so I didn’t have time to do it.
Usain Bolt sprinted past me, causing a sudden gust of wind that propelled the assignment from my hand.
V thought it was so well written, he decided to use it as propaganda for his revolution.
I’m sure most, if not all students, have at least a few times (or more!) during school where they’ve handed in a homework assignment late, and so as not to get into trouble, given an excuse to their teacher as to why they couldn’t complete their homework on time. Be careful not to use the same excuse too many times, or your teacher may not be so sympathetic next time!
If you’re like me, and often forget about their homework (oops), then maybe this list of excuses can help to bail you out:
- “My dog ate my homework!” – Hmm, perhaps not the most subtle or workable of excuses, but if you really do have a dog… There may be more than a 0.0001% chance that it could work?! If all else fails, you could always bring a stool sample as proof…
- “Homework? I don’t remember getting any homework?” – You probably DO remember getting your homework, but your teacher doesn’t know that, right?
- “Ahh, I thought it was in my bag, but it looks like I’ve left it at home by accident!” – Of course you left it at home by accident! This one is a great excuse, it’s worked a fair few times for me, anyway…
- “I didn’t understand the homework, could you explain it to me so I can give it a second go?” – This excuse works better more for maths or question based homework rather than essays. However, it’s a good way to hit two birds with one stone (you get help on your homework, and a deadline extension!), especially if you actually don’t understand the homework assignment!
- “My computer crashed and I didn’t save my work/my printer stopped working!” – With more and more people using computer based software to complete their homework, a whole new spectrum of excuses have been opened to the desperate, homework-lacking student.
- “I had too much homework from my [insert subject name] class to complete the homework you assigned,” – Poor you, clearly you’ve been given way too much homework by all your other teachers to do this piece! A homework overload is never a good thing.
- “Oh, I think I was absent when the homework was given out…” – You were obviously ill when the homework was handed out in class, even though your teacher is looking at your ‘tick’ of attendance in the register!
- “I’ve been busy with extra-curricular activities and volunteering work outside of school,” – If you’re doing any work or activities outside of work, hey, why not use them as an excuse for not doing your homework! It’s a pretty believable one (especially next to excuse 1.).
- “I’ve been so ill over the past few days, so I haven’t been able to do any of my homework,” – Bed ridden, feverish and unable to distinguish your cat from your sheet of homework, how on earth can you be expected to work in this state?!
- Tell the truth – After using all these excuses, perhaps it’s time to pull out your triumph card – the truth. On the occasion, your teacher may appreciate your use of the truth rather than the usual bombardment of (unbelievable) excuses. Use this one when you’re feeling especially sincere (and desperate).
I hope these excuses have been helpful, just remember that the more you use them, the more unbelievable they’ll become to your teacher. In fact, it may just be better (and easier) for you to hand in you homework on time!