While many students stayed home because of earthquake fears, teachers heard a variety of excuses from returning students Tuesday on why they were absent Monday. Here are some examples cited by teachers.

The Iben Wrong Excuse: Several students said they didn't believe in the earthquake projection by Iben Browning and were absent Monday because they really were sick.

The Why Am I The Last To Know Excuse: From a middle school student who was at school Monday but stayed at home Tuesday because he was afraid of an earthquake.

The Misery Loves Company Excuse: From a student who had strep throat Monday but returned to school Tuesday even though he still had the disease.

The Handyman Excuse: From a high school student who was absent Monday because he had to replace a toilet at home.