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Any excuse at the touch of a button

A gadget to get you out of those uncomfortable situations

ThinkGeek

In Crave's eternal quest to find the latest trends, this is one discovery that we're particularly proud of: excuses.

Let us explain. It seems that an entire cottage industry has sprung up around people who want to call in sick or need excuses to get out of other commitments. And now there's even a gadget to help fulfill your mission.

ThinkGeek's "XCuse Box" plays all manner of sound effects in the background of a phone call, ranging from traffic jams and crying babies to car-repair noises and final boarding calls. Its uses aren't confined only to get out of work either, providing reasons to get off annoying phone calls in a variety of uncomfortable situations.

Our personal favorite: the all-purpose cell-phone static.