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Real Homework Excuses I Have Heard

Ms. Inglish has spent 30 years working in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Got Difficult Homework? Perhaps You Need An Excuse.

homework-excuses

Some of these I have heard from GED and college prep students. Others came to me through emails. Some I just made up and cannot use, so perhaps I can rent them out.

Bonfire. "MY Mom accidentally burned my homework."

Bonfire. "MY Mom accidentally burned my homework."

  • I just saw it on the New York Times Bestsellers List, so that means that someone stole it.
  • I had better things to do.
  • I didn't do it because I didn't want to add to my teacher's heavy workload.
  • My mom's whooping cough vaccination wore off and we had to go to the hospital.
  • I accidentally divided by zero and my paper burst into flames.
  • I hired a paper writing company and they did it in Chinese.
  • To the teacher who asks why homework was not turned in on the day due: "You did not ask me for it."
  • I could only get arbitrarily close to my textbook. I couldn't actually reach it.
  • I needed a mental health day.
  • I made a paper plane out of it and it got hijacked.
  • My Dad accidentally put it in his briefcase and took it to work.
  • I put it in the safe, but lost the combination.
  • I have the mathematical proof, but there isn't room to write it in the margin.
  • I have a solar powered calculator and it was cloudy that day.
I was kidnapped by the circus. But not Piccadilly Circus!

I was kidnapped by the circus. But not Piccadilly Circus!

  • I left it at Mom's house when she took me back to Dad's house.
  • I loaned it to a friend, but he moved away.
  • My printer broke and my disk is corrupted. Unfortunately my computer crashed this morning as well.
  • I left it in my shirt and my mother put the shirt in the wash.
  • My internet access was down (for emailed assignments).
  • A sudden wind blew it out of my hand and I never saw it again.
  • I was kidnapped by terrorists and they only just let me go, so I didn't have time to do it.
  • Another student fell in a lake, and I jumped in to rescue him but unfortunately my homework drowned.
It got shredded.

It got shredded.

New Additions

  • It was in my back pocket and a pickpocket stole it.
  • I left it in a hymn book in the choir loft, having used it to mark my solo.
  • I left it in the back of the truck when we went deer hunting.
  • My flash drive exploded..
  • I dropped it in the toilet accidentally and it got flushed.
  • I gave it to a homeless man to line his hat with.
  • I fell asleep trying to do it and I just woke up 10 minutes ago and was nearly late for school
  • My notebook got stolen in the school cafeteria and it had all my work in it.

Here's a gem! -

  • I can't always spell correctly, because I have a neurological deficit. hahaha

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2007 Patty Inglish MS

Comments and Excuses!

Ботв on December 19, 2016:

The boy had been a newcomer for a month. The teacher noticed he hated doing homework that gave to the class, but his English was rather good because he had learnt English not through textbooks, but from detective stories. The pupil thought that to do homework was dull. Give your good advice to the teacher. What kind of work would you give to this kind of pupil?

ro6ery on November 05, 2013:

i gave it to my dad so he could help me but he flew to England that night

ro6ery on November 05, 2013:

i fell and it was the clostest thing to a bandage

abby on May 28, 2013:

hi I THINK THAT THAY WEAR WONDFUL

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 14, 2013:

That's catchy!

ro6ery on March 13, 2013:

my science project burned it

jessica on January 08, 2013:

awesome its for my speech

Dani on November 28, 2012:

It as in my locker but i lost the key!

adam on November 25, 2012:

sme1 stole me coment

teacher: wheres ure homework

student: well u see miss wud u go mad at me if i didn't do anything

teacher: curse not

student : gud cus i dnt do me homework

ro6ery on November 18, 2012:

the teacher slept on it

adam on October 31, 2012:

i left it in the car and my dad took it to the airport

mackcon12 on October 11, 2012:

my home is soooooo bad

ro6ery on October 11, 2012:

i put it on my tv but it exploded

ro6ery on October 11, 2012:

i ran out of pitta breads

ro6ery on October 11, 2012:

the great one needed a napkin -_-

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 23, 2012:

That's one I have not heard!

Lisa on May 23, 2012:

I lost my homework and there was no more spare copies.

isyo on May 15, 2012:

my dog ate my homework

Yooyoyoyoyooyoyiyo on May 14, 2012:

Amazing were do u come up with this

bethy843636lol on May 13, 2012:

lol theese r hill but my kids always do their homework

cool kid on May 11, 2012:

I hate my homework im back from holiday and i had to do all the math that i mist

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 06, 2012:

YouMakeMeLol -

Probably the ones in which a paper bursts into flames. The funniest are my favorites, but I really don't believe any of them. If a student gives excuses, say, two or three times in a row, then I take the person aside and find out what's going on.

YouMakeMeLol on April 06, 2012:

@Patty

What's your favourite excuse you've been given?

and which one (as a teacher) are you most likely to believe?

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 14, 2012:

Funny! There are so many excuses. I hope teachers record them and remember.

MickeySr from Hershey, Pa. on March 14, 2012:

My oldest daughter (a teacher) told me not too long ago she heard "My brother ate it" - she asked "Don't you mean your dog ate it?" and was answered "I don't have a dog, so . . . ".

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 13, 2012:

I believe it!

Me on March 13, 2012:

I actually fell asleep doing mine...

jimmy on March 13, 2012:

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

Bethany on March 09, 2012:

i got homeworkitos and got tooken to A&E and they had to opperate on me and i have just recoved from a dangeros acc

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 05, 2012:

UK teachers are too smart and on top of things!

BazzTS on March 05, 2012:

HAHAHAHA! Some real funny stuff! But some of these don't work on the british teachers as much :c

djbdsdhshabfhgffds on March 04, 2012:

ROFL

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 03, 2012:

We can sign up for notices by following the Hub, but while I;'m online, I stop writing to rest my eyes, then check for comments.

My first few months on HubPages, I had my email notifications set up in some manner that I never knew I had a comment. It's all better now.

Teresa :) on March 03, 2012:

Hi, Patty Inglish! I noticed that you respond to all the comments rather quickly. Do you get a notice every time someone posts a comment? Just wondering...

Thanks, Teresa

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 27, 2012:

Haha, I don't think that will happen!

adam jenkins on February 27, 2012:

awsome no homework for life

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 26, 2012:

Second chances are good - did you do it then?

nathan on February 26, 2012:

that actually worked I didn't even get told off :)

nathan on February 26, 2012:

I didn't do it

habiba on February 25, 2012:

really good+ i did some to my teacher every day:)

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 24, 2012:

I'll surely read it!

Cameron Corniuk from Painesville, OH on February 24, 2012:

These are great! Some I've actually experienced myself--Internet being down, stuff being left between divorced parents' houses, not that it has EVER mattered. I think you've inspired me to do a hub on the best excuses I've had people call into work late or off with.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 23, 2012:

Did it work?

chloe8333 on February 23, 2012:

haha love it!!!

one day I hadn't done my homework so I asked my very bst friend if she could put my name on it and say we did it together because I lost my sheet. FUNNY AND TRUE!!

Invisable Ghost on February 21, 2012:

How about this one ? miss: where is ur h.w ? student: i didnt do it

Miss: why?

Student: because i did't understand what to do in it

Miss: why did't u come to me and asked then ?

Student: because i had to hurry to the buss cuz it was leaving

Miss: ok *walks away*

Student: phew i am safe xD

LOL xD

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 20, 2012:

I hope the teachers laugh when they hear some of them. I did. Usually the students laughed too and finished homework in class.

lauren on February 20, 2012:

ha ha really funny stuff

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 20, 2012:

It is his difficult some days to be wither a student or a teacher,

PersyuonimumBush on February 19, 2012:

Lol in english homewrk was due so everyone had done their projects except for on person. His excuse was ''Whats a project?'' Everyone laughed except for the teacher. The teachers face was red like a tomatoe lmao

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 15, 2012:

Brava!

katelynn johnson on February 15, 2012:

if u just do ur hw u wont have to make up excuses. i highly doubt your teachers give you THAT hard of hw to do anyways. plus your only hurting yourself by bringing your grdes down and u have a better chnce of goin to college if u just get good grades which involves turnin in ur hw

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 02, 2012:

hmmmmmm

i know on February 02, 2012:

why not say that your religion worship night is that night and if she says what religion say dominikan its made up

Anonimous on January 31, 2012:

i love these excuses I used the one about dividing by zero [my pesonal favourite] and my teacher just laughed and said next time divide by 2! lol xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 19, 2012:

Very entertaining. My students were never so clever!

HWSucks!!! on January 19, 2012:

I think I got 1:

Kid:Miss, I did my homework so I can't get in trouble.

Teacher: You can if you don't give me it.

Kid: No miss I can't get in trouble, but my sister can.

Teacher: why?

Kid: coz I did it and my sister tore it and threw it on our fire in the living room.

Teacher: What r u on about?

Kid: Fine. i will tell u were my homework is but the director wont be happy.

Teacher: R u feeling okay? Do u need 2 go home?

Kid: No miss. I'm fine. I work for MI5 and they took my homework for analysis. I am wanted in 15 countries coz I made 15 mistakes out in the field.

Teacher: u r telling me u r a spy and ur fellow agents took it for analysis to make sure u r safe?

Kid: Yes miss.

Teacher: Just go sit down, I don't want to have agents bursting in here asking if I'm harrassing u.

(Everyone laughs)

I used this once and the teacher let me off coz she said she hadn't laughed that hard in ages. u could use the sister tore it up one by itself or the secret agent one. lollums :))

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 17, 2012:

That's believable - my mother used to tear things up, not realizing it was homework.

jess on January 16, 2012:

another excuse could be we were to poor tp buy bedding fer my guine pig so my ma used papers that i don't need an she accidently ripped up the papers with all my homework in it

JOSHUA on January 15, 2012:

I left my bag at my cousin's house and only got it back this morning.

Mew Pudding on January 09, 2012:

im a 11 year old girl and i don't know how to do my homework well i do but my friend i lint some thing to her and it was a piece of my homework.

Rachel Davis on January 09, 2012:

I searched it on google because i did not do my home work and i don't want to get m.a.s.h mentle after school help.

ichigo on January 05, 2012:

COOOOOOL

Izzy on December 30, 2011:

What about..

I enjoy the earth so why waste paper?

My mom was drunk again so she burned it for breakfast.

I thought i broke my arm so I went to the hospital but there was a wait so I was stuck all night finally to learn I didn't break it so.... I didn't have any time.

fresh-kidd neeyae on December 29, 2011:

LOL,very funny excuses,unfortunately i cant use dem,ma teachers never fall for dem:( .........add me up on fb if u want,,,ma fb name is fresh-kidd neeyae

roxxanne on December 27, 2011:

i got one:

i was sleeping and the aliens abducted ]my home work!!

(i know its not good its the best i could come up with!)

Jeff_McRitchie on December 14, 2011:

Ha ha! SOme of these are funny. Voted up.

adkid on December 10, 2011:

lol soooo funnnyy!!

arlene on December 08, 2011:

i tried the one tat said that my homework ate my dog

millie.mcotttee on November 24, 2011:

hi everyone my exuse is that i tell my teacher that i got desracted easaly!!!!!!!!!

abdi on November 23, 2011:

omg i love this

Jiby on November 23, 2011:

I got kidnapped by terrest and they ate my homework because I told them I will hit you if you go in my junk cupboard

jibril on November 22, 2011:

a girl hit me and i used it as a bandage

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 22, 2011:

Exactly the point, gianna.

gianna on November 22, 2011:

u guys are stupid why don't ya jus do the darn work

adam on November 21, 2011:

I thought it was a tissue and i blew my nose with it

olivia on November 21, 2011:

I think i left it at my mums would be quite effective.Also you could say your water bottle leaked your homewrk got wet and did not bring it because it was drying.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 14, 2011:

Tell the truth - that there is a big problem with having to share the netbooks. Ask for a time extension and help downloading the files.

Pancake on November 13, 2011:

we have netbooks at school and you have to share them with the person next to you and we had to download certain files from the computer to our flash drives and my partner took to long so i only got half the files and not the most imporatant wital ones that made me cry for 4 hours it is due on tuesday and not monday and today is sunday should i use one of you incrediblly awesome exscuse or not if i don't finish in time because we had a three day weekend to work on this because of veterens day.

slimmer than shady on November 08, 2011:

Good 1/\/\ahead Why didn't u do your homework...i like to keep some info to myself.............. [:D [not very good]

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 04, 2011:

That's pretty inventive.

Sam on November 04, 2011:

I got one, its untested so could someone test it for me? thx..

Kid: Miss i haven't done my homework

Teacher: Why?

Kid: I joined an anti homework protest over the weekend and they burnt my homework to show i was part of it.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 02, 2011:

Thanks for the funny comments - you all make others laugh when trying to complete difficult assignments.

sapp on November 02, 2011:

ok lol there alll funny

one day i was telling my friend how to do our homework and he went 'oh stuff it' and ate my homework and swollowed it lool

but he go detention so !DON'T TRY EATING UR HOMEWORK!

bupled on October 30, 2011:

i found a cat on a tree and fead it my homework'

Joyce Ma on October 28, 2011:

Yes,it is very funny excuses !

zenaya on October 27, 2011:

well firssst i waz at home an looking for a pencil when my mom said w3re moving to china an IT WAS 12 HOURS LONG an we rented a house in chyna an my dog sat on muh hw an i tryed to get it when it ripped an so we had to go to the store but couldn't g\find any so we asked the owner he didn't speak english so we went back home an he said forget it an put it in the get rid of box an set it outside just when a hobo got it an sold it to a guy for a dollar and the guy told the taxi driver to go to canada -__- lol

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 27, 2011:

I hope you didn't hurt yourself :) Thanks for reading!

Nice excuses on October 27, 2011:

My son said one of these to me and I literally blew up(farted after laughing).

He later showed me this and here I am

CrAzYrOcKeR!!! on October 24, 2011:

i lost my homework when i was fighting this kid that would not agree that u were the best teacher in the world

??? on October 20, 2011:

id say something like a drink spilled on it

it probbaly wud work i might try it

hcjcufhc on October 18, 2011:

I knew a kid and his dog literally ate his hmwk. There was a bite mark and paw prints too

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 10, 2011:

Some of these excuses are pretty good!

Homework excuser on October 10, 2011:

I was busy washing my hands for tea after doing my homework. A cat suddenly ran into the house and our dog chased it and the cat jumped up on the table and knocked a cup of coffee straight onto my homework!

rachimater on October 08, 2011:

i have one

me:it started to rain yesterday where i live and i was runing through the rain without an umbrella or rain coat and i had my homework with me and it got soaked. so when i tried to dry it this morning the answers were all gone

teacher: okay go sit down

ps this really happened to me and it worked

girl who comments on October 06, 2011:

tried to do dah ¨left it in dah briefcase one¨, and the next day was a teacher/parent meeting and mah teacher found out my dad dosent work LOL!! hahahaha

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 06, 2011:

Teaching is so much fun that way!

lola on October 06, 2011:

im sooo using sme ofthem but my teachers are just gonna laugh!!!

Simon on October 05, 2011:

Lol the recycling one was real for me

anoyomous on October 03, 2011:

just tell the truth it will save you trouble trust me. you may get in trouble but it wont be as bad as telling a lie.and don't make it a constant thing.

Dude on September 28, 2011:

I lost my science WorkBook, i was trying to find one online and i a came across this... LOL! But how am i gonna get an excuse...

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