We’ve all stretched the truth a little bit to get an extra day off from work (except for me, I never have and never will). While most employees offer up a reasonable explanation for their absence, some let their imagination run wild. A recent survey conducted by CareerBuilder has revealed that 38 percent of employees have called out of work sick when they were perfectly healthy. And some of the reasons are a real doozy.

Among the excuses used by absentee employees, 27 percent said they had a doctor’s appointment, 26 percent said they needed to relax, 21 percent said they had to catch up on sleep, and 12 percent blamed their absence on bad weather. The survey also revealed 10 of the worst excuses Americans used for calling in sick to work this year. Click “view slideshow” to begin.