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Real Homework Excuses I Have Heard

Updated on February 22, 2016
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Ms. Inglish offers 25+ years successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).

Got Difficult Homework? Perhaps You Need An Excuse.

Excuses For Not Doing Or Submitting Homework

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." | Source
  • 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! | Source

  • 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. | Source

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

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      Ботв 8 months ago

      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?

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      ro6ery 3 years ago

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

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      ro6ery 3 years ago

      i fell and it was the clostest thing to a bandage

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      abby 4 years ago

      hi I THINK THAT THAY WEAR WONDFUL

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      That's catchy!

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      ro6ery 4 years ago

      my science project burned it

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      jessica 4 years ago

      awesome its for my speech

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      Dani 4 years ago

      It as in my locker but i lost the key!

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      adam 4 years ago

      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

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      ro6ery 4 years ago

      the teacher slept on it

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      adam 4 years ago

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

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      mackcon12 4 years ago

      my home is soooooo bad

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      ro6ery 4 years ago

      i put it on my tv but it exploded

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      ro6ery 4 years ago

      i ran out of pitta breads

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      ro6ery 4 years ago

      the great one needed a napkin -_-

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      That's one I have not heard!

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      Lisa 5 years ago

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

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      isyo 5 years ago

      my dog ate my homework

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      Yooyoyoyoyooyoyiyo 5 years ago

      Amazing were do u come up with this

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      bethy843636lol 5 years ago

      lol theese r hill but my kids always do their homework

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      cool kid 5 years ago

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

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      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.

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      YouMakeMeLol 5 years ago

      @Patty

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

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

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

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

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      MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      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 . . . ".

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I believe it!

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      Me 5 years ago

      I actually fell asleep doing mine...

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      jimmy 5 years ago

      LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

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      Bethany 5 years ago

      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

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      UK teachers are too smart and on top of things!

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      BazzTS 5 years ago

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

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      djbdsdhshabfhgffds 5 years ago

      ROFL

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      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.

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      Teresa :) 5 years ago

      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

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Haha, I don't think that will happen!

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      adam jenkins 5 years ago

      awsome no homework for life

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Second chances are good - did you do it then?

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      nathan 5 years ago

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

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      nathan 5 years ago

      I didn't do it

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      habiba 5 years ago

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

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I'll surely read it!

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      Cameron Corniuk 5 years ago from Painesville, OH

      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.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Did it work?

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      chloe8333 5 years ago

      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!!

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      Invisable Ghost 5 years ago

      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

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

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

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      lauren 5 years ago

      ha ha really funny stuff

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

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

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      PersyuonimumBush 5 years ago

      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

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Brava!

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      katelynn johnson 5 years ago

      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

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      hmmmmmm

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      i know 5 years ago

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

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      Anonimous 5 years ago

      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

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Very entertaining. My students were never so clever!

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      HWSucks!!! 5 years ago

      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 :))

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

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

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      jess 5 years ago

      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

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      JOSHUA 5 years ago

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

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      Mew Pudding 5 years ago

      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.

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      Rachel Davis 5 years ago

      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.

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      ichigo 5 years ago

      COOOOOOL

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      Izzy 5 years ago

      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.

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      fresh-kidd neeyae 5 years ago

      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

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      roxxanne 5 years ago

      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!)

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      Jeff_McRitchie 5 years ago

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

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      adkid 5 years ago

      lol soooo funnnyy!!

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      arlene 5 years ago

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

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      millie.mcotttee 5 years ago

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

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      abdi 5 years ago

      omg i love this

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      Jiby 5 years ago

      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

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      jibril 5 years ago

      a girl hit me and i used it as a bandage

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Exactly the point, gianna.

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      gianna 5 years ago

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

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      adam 5 years ago

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

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      olivia 5 years ago

      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.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      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.

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      Pancake 5 years ago

      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.

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      slimmer than shady 5 years ago

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

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      That's pretty inventive.

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      Sam 5 years ago

      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.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

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

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      sapp 5 years ago

      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!

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      bupled 5 years ago

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

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      Joyce Ma 5 years ago

      Yes,it is very funny excuses !

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      zenaya 5 years ago

      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

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

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

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      Nice excuses 5 years ago

      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

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      CrAzYrOcKeR!!! 5 years ago

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

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      ??? 5 years ago

      id say something like a drink spilled on it

      it probbaly wud work i might try it

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      hcjcufhc 5 years ago

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

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Some of these excuses are pretty good!

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      Homework excuser 5 years ago

      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!

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      rachimater 5 years ago

      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

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      girl who comments 5 years ago

      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

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Teaching is so much fun that way!

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      lola 5 years ago

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

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      Simon 5 years ago

      Lol the recycling one was real for me

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      anoyomous 5 years ago

      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.

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      Dude 5 years ago

      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...