Is it good to lie? No! Lying can hurt your relationships, make people lose trust in you, and raise your stress levels. It’s also a sin, if you believe in that sort of thing, so don’t do it!
BUT if you’re going to lie — especially on the internet — you gotta do it with a little skill. A little subtlety. A little…panache! Let me explain:
First, a lie it needs to make logical sense…unlike this one.
A good lie isn’t easy to poke holes in…like this one.
Also, never make yourself the super cool hero of your fake-ass story like this person did. That’s WAY too obvious!
See? Way too obvious!!!
And don’t EVER say that the fake heroic thing you did had people “clapping and cheering!” Oof! Massive red flag!
Here’s another tip — don’t let your political obsessions overwhelm your lie and turn it into a steaming pile of “Suuuuure….that happened.”
And, it should go without saying, politics + making yourself the hero of the story = massive bullshit.
Another tell-tale sign of an obvious lie (especially with political ones) is that the other people in them sound nothing like real people in any way, shape, or form.
A good lie shouldn’t stray too far outside the realm of possibility. For example, saying you’re late because you had a flat tire sounds relatively plausible. But saying you “Accidentally dressed like Ayanokoji?” When you’re wearing his wig and literal costume? Come on now!
Along those lines, another way to help sell your lie is by adding an element that makes it seem more possible. For example, if this girl had said it was a “guy from her high school” or her “ex-boyfriend” or something…maybe. But just some random guy? Please. She’s not a Kardashian!
Basically, good lies should be grounded in reality. So, I’d recommend not trying to pull off a lie about seeing a ghost, Yeti, or alien. The level of difficulty is very, VERY high!
Another rule you learn in Lying 101 — never tell a lie where there are witnesses who could disprove what you’re saying!
And don’t make up stories about things your kids supposedly said that sound nothing like something a child would ever say.
Like Joshua didn’t fucking say this.
Don’t make up fake conversations with your teenagers either! Especially not about how (checks notes) they want you to breastfeed their own children? Whaaaa?
Also, parents…do not make over-the-top lies about your parenting! Like, Eric, do you really think anyone alive believes you wake up a three and five-year-old in the dead of night and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to them?
Look, telling lies can be fun…but when done wrong — like this pathetic tall tale — you just look really, really sad.
And — it goes without saying — some people just aren’t cut out for telling a lie.
So, if you want to tell a lie that someone might actually believe, do NOT tell one like the examples on this list!