The excuses for avoiding work, school and other responsiblities are really piling this month.
First, there was the release of the video game "Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2." Dedicated gamers who enjoy the thrill of military operations conducted from a living room couch stood in lines for the midnight release.
The game made $550 million in its first five days of release, according to developer Activision Blizzard Inc.
The movie took in $142.8 million over the weekend on about 8,500 screens at 4,024 sites, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.
And then we have this -- hundreds of fans packed into a West LA Best Buy Monday for an autograph and cautious hug from Lady Gaga. The party was a promotional event for her second album, "The Fame Monster."
But that kind of devotion has a major downside -- unless you bring lunch. So Ms. Gaga stepped up: "Sending all my little monsters little pizzas for waiting all night for me at best buy," she Tweeted. "I hope you're hungry ... eat up I love u!"