Almost as ridiculous as resigning via blackberry from a Barry Manilow show in Vegas, another friend of mine informed me today that he told his boss he couldn't make it into the office one day last week because he had "the gout." Unaware of the fact that gout patients suffer "sudden, severe attacks of pain and tenderness, redness, warmth, and swelling, usually in the big toe," he thought it sounded serious enough to warrant a day at home, but casual enough that he could blow it off and return to work the following day with some vague comments about feeling under the weather.
Apparently, news of his "illness" spread quickly around his DC firm and he was barraged with questions upon his return. "Are you OK?" "How odd for someone so young to be affected by gout!" "How are you treating it?" Luckily one of the major risk factors is "Excessive alcohol consumption" which bolsters his case.