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March 08, 2003 11:35 IST

If you're looking for excuses to bunk work, look no further!

Running out of excuses to bunk office and stay at home to watch the World Cup action? Look no further. The mother of all excuses has something for everybody.

This useful site has sections on all kinds of excuses - missing school, homework and church, not paying taxes, breaking that's a convenient one, isn't it?

For example, here are a few you can try with your boss. "I can't come to work today, my dog gave birth to kittens"; "there is a really, really big mean dog outside my house and I have to wait for animal control to come and take the dog away!" or even "I can't come in today, my son found the gun."

And if you're trying to get out of a date, you can use a line like this: "I cannot go out with you tonight because I need to start spending more time with my blender." If that doesn't work, here's something that will guarantee your date will run away: "I would love to go out with you, but I need to ask my fiancé, and I don't think he would like that very much."

And if you're one of these resourceful people who always have an excuse handy for anything, don't waste it. Submit it!

Crazy for Cows

I'm not too crazy about cows. But I figured someone must be to have actually dedicated a site to this particular animal species. It's actually a game, and the site warns that you need to pay 'very close attention' because the images are 'maddeningly similar'!

There are two versions of the game: 'tough' and 'tougher'. The site has a collection of cow and cow-related pictures. For the 'tougher' version you will get a pair of 32 pairs of cards, arranged in 8 rows of 8 cards, while the 'tough' version has 16 pairs that you have to unscramble.

Besides the game, there are also cow facts. For example, did you know that a cow stands up and lies down about 14 times a day? Or that there are an estimated 920 cow breeds in the world!

If you haven't had enough of this bovine creature, there's a cow picture gallery, cow-themed gizmos, cow postcards and lots more. Ready to moo?

Cuss Control

"People judge you primarily by the way you speak. You can only go so far if you look good but sound bad."

If you're one of those people who can't complete a sentence without saying something abusive, then this is for you. The Cuss Control Academy wants to increase awareness of the negative impact that bad language has on society, and also help individuals reduce their use of offensive language.

If you're wondering what's wrong with swearing and cussing, then the site informs that it gives a wrong impression, endangers your relationships, discloses a lack of character and can also result in violence.

The site offers tips for controlling your tongue and toning down your language. If you have a friend known using for offensive language, it's a good idea to forward the site to him. Just be prepared for the profanities he might heap on you!

I Got Found

Did you know that countless ideas go undiscovered, not because they are bad, but because they're lost?

If you're the kind who's stumbled upon an invention or want to share your discovery, this site is the place to go. The interface of the site allows you to create pages where you can promote your ideas and inventions.

Once you have created your page, it is then listed on the IGotFound search engine, which allows other site users to easily access what you have to say.

IGotFound has also developed proprietary technologies that will be able to protect secret information. The site helps professional product scouts and companies to look for feasible ideas. To make searching easier, ideas are further classified into categories like apparel, art, books, business, computer, education, music, etc.

"We've developed some unique features at IGotFound to ensure that the site is easy, safe, fun and effective for both buyers and sellers of inventions and ideas," says Chris Hallard, vice president of sales and marketing, on the site.

Hallard is an inventor himself and says: "We hope to become the worldwide marketplace for undiscovered ideas and inventions."

Anita Bora