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There are several timeless reasons that employees use to explain why they’re late to work, but according to a new survey, it’s possible that workers are getting a bit too honest.

The survey, conducted by CareerBuilder, anonymously questioned 2,500 managers and 3,200 employees across multiple industries about the most common reasons people used for being tardy at the office. The most common were fairly obvious: traffic, oversleeping, bad weather, lack of sleep and having to rush the kids to school.

But what if these are all lies, and the truth is actually...something stranger? Surveyors also asked about some of the more outrageous excuses they received from late employees. People are either, uh, becoming more candid, or just don't GAF. Here's what they fessed up to when asked "Why are you late?"

1. “My hair caught on fire from my blow dryer."

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2. "All of my clothes were stolen."

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3. "I had to chase my cows back into the field."

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4. “There was a store grand opening and I wanted to get to the opening day sales.”

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5. “I was confused by the time change and unsure if it was ‘spring forward’ or ‘fall back.'”

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6. “My lizard had to have emergency surgery in the morning and died during surgery. I had to mourn while deciding whether to have the lizard disposed of by the vet or bring the lizard corpse with me to work.”

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7. “I thought of quitting today, but then decided not to, so I came in late.”

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