Every time you mess up, you feel the need to make an excuse. If you're tired of offering the same old tired explanations, take your pick from this encyclopedic collection of hundreds of excuses you've never used before. They're organized into categories like medical emergencies ("I have a chemical imbalance"), weather ("the humidity swelled my door shut"), ancient proverbs ("nothing is inevitable until it happens"), and reasons that make no sense ("I did my own thing and now I have to undo it"). You can even pick the perfect excuse for particular people: boss, spouse, date, or cop. Serious excuse makers will appreciate the psychological interpretations of various responses, to make sure you pick the right one for every situation.