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12 Hilarious Out-of-Office Emails That Will Crack You Up

"Excuse me, I'm currently too busy burning effigies..." These vacation replies are definitely not business as usual!

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Who does this guy think he is—Ryan Reynolds?!

Is this a real out-of-office reply straight from the “Hollywood A-hole” himself? Well, Ryan Reynolds does own a large stake in Aviation Gin (the bottles even come engraved with his signature) and his sense of humor is legendary. Either way, we’ll take an email from Ryan Reynolds any day, even if it is an automatic one. Don’t miss these email mistakes that will make you squirm.

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When your jilted boss writes your final out-of-office reply

This person took a job to make more money (not an abnormal reason to switch jobs!) but their boss apparently felt quite upset—upset enough to write this glorious little piece of fictional dialog! This is a pretty clear-cut case but if you’re unsure how your manager really feels about you, check out the 16 signs your boss hates you and what to do about it.

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Just headed off to the musical chairs world championships

The best out-of-office replies are short and to the point but this one adds an extra layer of awesome by allowing you to wonder if a worldwide musical chairs championship really exists and if so, what it would look like. Helmets? Photo-finishes of butts? Do you still win a sticker?

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How to share your love of ’80s movies while on vacation

Who doesn’t wish they could live out Back to the Future? When this person left for vacation they decided to set an out-of-office reply Marty McFly would have been proud of… if email had existed in any of the eras he lived in. Love workplace intrigue? Read up on the 51 secrets your boss won’t tell you but you need to know

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Accio email!

“Make love not horcruxes” might be the best email sign-off we’ve ever read! This person chose to go a more magical route with their bits and bytes. Instead of sending their data the “old-fashioned” way through computers, they are opting for the Owl Express.

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Robot butlers have come a long way

Forget simple vacation replies—who needs to answer email at all when you have a sentient robot at your service? It’s especially great when you have one as polite and helpful as this one! Ann’s a lucky gal.

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When only one person gets to go on the tropical vacation

This IT support specialist wanted to make sure he’d have plenty of relaxing beach time in Hawaii without being pestered by his coworkers. This (literal) out-of-office note does the trick! Have you booked your next vacation yet? Downtime is super important, in fact, it’s one of the 56 secrets life coaches won’t tell you for free.

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A poet is always great underappreciated in their time

A lyrical poem about Nashville was this person’s way of sharing her “honky tonk” vacation with her coworkers while also giving them the information they’d need to function until she line-danced her way back to the office.

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I’m busy burning effigies right now but if you call back later…

Ever wondered what the Burning Man festival is really like? Well, now you can parachute in and see for yourself. Or you can just live vicariously through this person’s hilarious out-of-office reply (complete with picture!).

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You can never use too many emojis in a business email

What’s worse than not being on vacation? Knowing everyone else is somewhere sunny and fun without you. At least this person tried to take the sting out of it by suggesting to everyone who emailed him that they book a vacation for themselves, pronto.

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Fun facts and shark attacks

You know those weird topics you always wish you could discuss with your coworkers but have never found the right moment? Your vacation reply is the perfect opportunity, as shown by this person who shared her fear of shark attacks right next to a recipe for potato salad. Everyone wins (except the sharks).

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Humans are weak

Where the last robot was polite, this artificial intelligence cuts the crap and gets right to the point: The weak humans are gone leaving the strong robots to rule all… until someone turns off the electricity. Love these creative OOO emails? You won’t want to miss these office-appropriate April Fools’ Day pranks.

Charlotte Hilton Andersen
Charlotte Hilton Andersen, BS, MS, has been covering health, fitness, parenting, and culture for many major outlets, both in print and online, for 15 years. She's the author of two books, co-host of the Self Help Obsession podcast, and also does freelance editing and ghostwriting. She has appeared in television news segments for CBS, FOX, and NBC.