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21st Century Excuses

August 26th, 2008

With changing technology and innovation, come new problems. This is more of a reflective post, but here are some trends that I have been noticing as new technology becomes available. This is a list of the top excuses and their 21st century counterparts. Enjoy.

10. My dog ate my homework.
“I got a virus”

9. I lost my keys.
“My battery was low and I lost my charger.”

8. My grandmother died.
“My grandmother’s computer died.”

7. I had the wrong conference room.
“The meeting had the wrong call-in number.”

6. It was lost in the mail.
“Did you check your spam filter?”

5. I gave it to… 
“What was your email address again? I think I sent it to the wrong person.”

4. I wasn’t home, I didn’t get your message.
“My phone has been acting really weird lately, I get really bad reception there.”

3. The library didn’t have that book.
“I tried, but it said the website was down.”

2. I went by your office, you weren’t there–Weird, I’ll come by again later.
“I sent you an email last night, didn’t you get it? Weird, I’ll send it again when I get back.”

1. I forgot.
“My calendar didn’t remind me.”

Some things never change.

For a running list of modern excuses, check out http://modernexcuses.com

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  1. August 27th, 2008 at 20:32 | #1

    haha, sounds pretty accurate!

  2. August 27th, 2008 at 22:58 | #2

    Did you check your spam is a good one.

  3. Bill
    August 27th, 2008 at 23:41 | #3

    My calender didn’t remind me.  lol

  4. Bob Hossenpheffer
    August 28th, 2008 at 01:39 | #4

    FW:FW:FW:RE:FW: You’ll love this!!

  5. August 28th, 2008 at 09:36 | #5

    ^^^ Bob, that one is right on the money! Funny modern excuses.
    “Sorry I’m late, I took the wrong street” to “Sorry I’m late, Google Maps couldn’t find your address”

  6. August 28th, 2008 at 13:29 | #6

    Great list, words of truth right there.

  7. August 28th, 2008 at 15:04 | #7

    And don’t forget this: “My USB stick broke down”.

  8. August 28th, 2008 at 15:54 | #8

    my little sister draw all over my homework, it became illisible
    ->
    my little sister accidentally suppressed the file were i did my homework

  9. Anon
    August 28th, 2008 at 16:05 | #9

    Number seven needs a hyphen.  Your English and/or writing classes were good for something after all, now weren’t they?

  10. August 28th, 2008 at 16:15 | #10

    @Anon  Thanks, problem fixed. 

    or I could have said,
    “Maybe your browser couldn’t read special characters?” 

  11. August 30th, 2008 at 01:56 | #11

    I was working on the project just before I upgraded to MSIE-7 and now I can’t find ANY of my data files.

  12. August 30th, 2008 at 03:09 | #12

    I think I used a few of those new ones, real funny!

  13. August 30th, 2008 at 06:44 | #13

    It’s true; as technology evolves so do the excuses. Strange, but true.

  14. Aasark
    August 30th, 2008 at 20:27 | #14

    …I’ve used some of these excuses XD

  15. stumbler
    August 31st, 2008 at 00:49 | #15

    This is a lame list

  16. August 31st, 2008 at 07:19 | #16

    Ah! thanks! i really needed them :) _now i have more excuses_ yeah :D

  17. notlame
    August 31st, 2008 at 16:40 | #17

    No…not lame at all.  I use these all the time, lol.  You been getting email from me?

  18. Chris
    August 31st, 2008 at 17:13 | #18

    #10 should be “My printer wasn’t working.” I heard that one all the time in high school.

  19. Goryal
    August 31st, 2008 at 19:37 | #19

    I think I have used all of the modern ones at one time or another. Aside from the grandmother one. Nice list.

  20. September 1st, 2008 at 08:22 | #20

    Due to the popularity of this post, I have created a new site:
    http://modernexcuses.com/

    There will be a regular posting of similar excuses, check it out and submit your excuses!

  21. Boob Biter
    September 1st, 2008 at 08:27 | #21

    My dog ate my computer

  22. LondonDude
    September 6th, 2008 at 09:00 | #22

    Cool Excuses

  23. September 6th, 2008 at 14:18 | #23

    My dog solow my keys. :)

  24. September 8th, 2008 at 06:37 | #24

    Send email to your colleague at work who sits in a nearby office for you.

  25. Kataway
    September 9th, 2008 at 09:56 | #25

    I just upgraded to Vista.

  26. September 10th, 2008 at 02:52 | #26

    I have no money.
    >>
    My shirt don’t have a pocket.

  27. jhuyg
    September 10th, 2008 at 21:28 | #27

    I have actually used the “my calender didn’t remind me” when i forgot. ;-)

  28. September 12th, 2008 at 13:04 | #28

    Nice.  Dog ate my homework is just funny hearing.

  29. September 13th, 2008 at 11:03 | #29

    as we rely more and more on computers and technology, these things are likely to happen, and it doesn’t mean people won’t take advantage of them as an excuse :)

    funny stuff :D

  30. October 13th, 2008 at 07:48 | #30

    very nice site :-)

  31. November 5th, 2008 at 23:01 | #31

    Thank you for your message. Friends sent a link to it. Interestingly turned and looked, and others. Subscribe. I would have navedyvatsya

  32. Ada
    November 6th, 2008 at 23:34 | #32

    Just a bold statement. Just in all its

  33. December 15th, 2008 at 18:35 | #33

    Number 5 is my fave, LOL…

  34. April 29th, 2009 at 17:03 | #34

    LOL, Did you check your spam. too funny

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