If you're sometimes stuck for an answer, procrastinating or just looking for something to say when speechless - make yourself an Excuse Generator. It's a simple piece of fun that uses an Arduino with LCD module to mix and match a variety of passages to display on the screen. To be honest it's a silly but fun project, and on the serious side you can learn about character arrays and LCD use.
Mounted in a box, and with more sayings - you could have a fun thing to pass around the office or at home. So for more information visit the project page. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
Instead of building your own LCD module onto a breadboard, save time and move forward with the Freetronics LCD & Keypad shield which contains a bright 16x2 character LCD and five buttons that can be read from only one analog input pin: