7 Really Dumb Lies

Did people really believe these ridiculous lies? Find out.

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We all lie, as often as two or three times every ten minutes, says one study (if it can be trusted). Sounds pretty reprehensible, right? But consider the alternative. When faced with evidence of blatant wrongdoing, some people take a deep breath, put their hands on the Bible, and … deny, deny, deny! But others lie like rugs. Take the Brazilian soccer player who claimed he’d been kidnapped just so he could avoid a fine for being late to practice. He was arrested for falsely reporting a crime. What was this dolt thinking? He wasn’t, says Cornell University professor Jeff Hancock. Consider this mathematical equation: Desperation + Lack of Time = Idiotic Lie. People like him, says Hancock, “should never again put themselves in the position of having to lie on the spot,” for the simple reason that they stink at it. And these fibbers should follow the same advice: Would you fall for these whoppers? 

Lie #1: I'm Supporting Women's Initiatives

Lie #1: I'm Supporting Women's Initiatives
A few years ago, several staffers at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington, D.C., were investigated for watching porn on their computers at work. The biggest perpetrator: an executive who’d spent 331 days chatting online with naked women, reported the Washington Times. But government money—up to $58,000—was not wasted, insisted the man.

The lie: By clicking on the various porn sites, our executive provided these women with a living. “He explained that these young women were from poor countries and needed to make money to help their parents, and this site helped them do it,” an investigator reported.

Were there any suckers? His altruism notwithstanding, the official has since “retired.” In light of his actions, the foundation has tightened controls to filter out inappropriate Internet addresses.

Lie #2: Pork Chops Drugged Me

Lie #2: Pork Chops Drugged Me
Clenbuterol is a drug used by farmers to keep their animals from getting too chubby. Because athletes don’t want to waddle across the finish line, some are tempted to try it, even though the International Olympic Committee has banned its use. But when Tong Wen, China’s Olympic judo champion, tested positive for clenbuterol last year after an event, her coach had an explanation for how it ended up in Tong’s system.

The lie: She ate “a lot of pork chops,” the coach told the BBC. And that pork was tainted by clenbuterol.

Were there any suckers? Olympic officials are famously vigilant. Ten years ago, when track star Dennis Mitchell made the claim that lots of sex and beer were responsible for his high levels of testosterone, the International Association of Athletics Federations banned him from racing for two years. But Tong’s blame-the-pig defense panned out, sort of. She was cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport due to a technicality: She wasn’t present when a backup urine sample was tested. The International Judo Federation blasted the ruling, insisting it would have “a very negative influence” on the sports world.

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Lie #3: The Lie Doesn't Make Me a Liar

Lie #3: The Lie Doesn't Make Me a Liar
While running for a seat on the Birmingham, Alabama, Board of Education, 23-year-old Dr. Antwon B. Womack said he’d graduated from West End High School and received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Alabama A&M. Impressive, except that Womack was 21, didn’t have a doctorate, didn’t attend college, and never graduated from high school. Other than that, he told the Birmingham News, he was honest.

The lie: “My campaign is not based on a foundation of lies,” he insisted.
The truth: “It’s just that the information I provided to the people is false.”
The honest-to-God truth: The revelations are “really going to hurt my career.”

Were there any suckers? Yes, 117 of them. That’s how many people voted for Womack, landing him in fourth place out of five candidates.

Lie #4: The Car Drove Itself

Lie #4: The Car Drove Itself
When Jayson Williams’s Mercedes-Benz SUV crashed in Manhattan, officers found the former basketball star sitting in the passenger seat. When asked by police who’d caused the crash, Williams deflected all blame.

The lie: It wasn’t me, he insisted. “Someone else was driving.”

Were there any suckers? The fact that witnesses had seen Williams behind the wheel, not to mention the absence of anyone else in the car, led authorities to conclude that he’d switched seats. And yes, alcohol was involved.

Lie #5: I Really Support Lindsay Lohan

Lie #5: I Really Support Lindsay Lohan
When Eugene Todie pulled up to the New York–Canada border, guards noticed that he was sporting the latest in criminal haute couture, an ankle monitor. Intrigued, they asked Todie, “What’s the occasion?”

The lie: To die explained that a friend urged him to wear it as a show of solidarity with Lindsay Lohan, who was following a court order and wearing one herself.

Were there any suckers? After a background check showed that Todie was on probation for criminal contempt and not allowed to leave the country, he was arrested and is now awaiting sentencing.

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Lie #6: It’s a Dog-Cat

Lie #6: It’s a Dog-Cat
Landlord Barry Maher has a strict rule against dogs in his Santa Barbara, California, building. Cats? Fine. Dogs? Nope. So when neighbors complained about a barking dog, Maher called the tenant.

The lie: “Oh, I would never have a dog,” she told him.
The bigger lie: “What I have is a special breed of cat.”
The whopper: “It’s a dog-cat. A mix of a dog and a cat.”

Were there any suckers? Almost. “It was so crazy that I actually wondered, Is there really such a thing as a dog-cat?” Maher told realestate.msn.com. There isn’t. So tenant and dog-cat were evicted.

#7: The Dumbest Lie of All

#7: The Dumbest Lie of All
Sergei Berejnoi raced through Denver International Airport trying to catch his SkyWest Airlines flight. Unfortunately, he arrived just after the plane had left the gate with his luggage onboard. With his pleas to bring back the plane falling on deaf ears, he offered the gate agent a not-so-subtle reason for doing as he said.

The lie: “There’s a bomb in my suitcase.”

Were there any suckers? The aircraft was checked for explosives. When none were found, Berejnoi took a trip of another sort, to the police station. He’s now on probation for six months.

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35 thoughts on “7 Really Dumb Lies

  1. My grandmother taught me the best reason I should never lie. She said that when people lie frequently, they get comfortable with lies. People who always strive to tell the truth are not comfortable with lies, and when other people lie to them it makes them uncomfortable. Liars are so comfortable with lies they cannot tell when they are being lied to.

  2. One of the pathetic article. I do lie to give happiness and smile on others face..

  3. One of the pathetic article. I do lie to give happiness and smile on others face..

  4. This may be why our nation is in such terrible shape.  Here are some lies:  “The national debt does NOT matter”  “The federal stimulus spending will increase jobs.”   ” We’ll balance the federal budget by 2020″  “I’ll close Guantanimo Bay prison.” “We expect to find large numbers of WMD’s”

  5. We have here another lie to our face(or is it in our face)!We were told to read about 7 dumbest lies,here we have 8!Check it out folks…

  6. We have here another lie to our face(or is it in our face)!We were told to read about 7 dumbest lies,here we have 8!Check it out folks…

  7. As a teacher, I was always dumbfounded when my students would tell me that it’s only a lie if you get caught.  If you don’t get caught, it’s not a lie.  The same definition went for the word “cheating”.  Where in the world did they get that??? 

  8. Here’s even a bigger lie: Reader’s Digest site is the most fun, user friendly, easiest to navigate. Clicking on all of these links to read the articles is such excitement.

    Put them all on one page you jerks.

  9. Well #3 is flawed logic.  The people who voted for this person may or may not have done so because they believed him.  And how is it a lie to say you have a bachelor’s degree when in actuality you do not have a doctorate.  Oops.

  10. The lie that makes all other lies look like a Sunday School class story is one that Casey Anthony told about her daughter.  

    Were there any suckers?  Yes, 12 of them.  They sat on the jury.

  11. A Coil of Rage
    The character of any man is defined by how he treats his mother as
    The years pass …. Need I say more about this person below other than
    There is no character, no integrity but there is a ton of attitude and arrogance that defines his shallow past and hollow future …. I rest my case.

    I bought and read Audacity of Hope. It was difficult to read considering his attitude toward us and everything American. Let me add a phrase he use to describe his attitude toward whites. He harbors a “COIL OF RAGE”. His words not mine.

    THIS IS OUR PRESIDENT
    Is anyone out there awake?

    Everyone of voting age should read these two books: Don’t buy them,
    Just get them from the library.

    From Dreams From My Father:

    “I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.”

    From Dreams From My Father :
    “I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s race.”

    From Dreams From My Father:

    “There was something about her that made me wary, a little too sure of herself, maybe and white.”

    From Dreams From My Father:

    “It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.”

    From Dreams From My Father:

    “I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa , that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself: The attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.”

    And FINALLY ……….. And most scary:

    From Audacity of Hope:
    “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in
    An ugly direction.”
    If you have never forwarded an e-mail, now is the time to do so!!!
    We have someone with this mentality running our GREAT nation!
    Keep your eye on him and don’t blink.

    I don’t care whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, a Conservative or a Liberal, be aware of the attitude and character of this sitting President.

    PLEASE help spread the word!
     

    1. I re-respond:

      It is really easy to use propaganda to persuade people who have not read
      the full context of a book by extracting choice quotes.  This has been
      done for hundreds of years by people quoting and misquoting the Bible. 
      However, I do give you credit by encouraging people to read the books in
      their entirety for themselves.  At the same time, how can you blame any
      person of color for questioning and having reservations about the
      majority race.  I am saying this as a White woman.  President Obama is
      not the first and will not be the last biracial person to question who
      he is, where he comes from, and why both races of whom he is a member
      ostracize him.  President Obama is both Black and White.  However,
      biracial persons are always seen by the majority as “the other” whether
      it be Black, Hispanic, Asian, etc.  The person is discriminated against
      by people from his own race.  And, unfortunately, many biracial persons
      are also judged by people from the minority.  How has President Obama
      lied about this view when he wrote about his questioning in 2 books?

    2. I re-respond:

      It is really easy to use propaganda to persuade people who have not read
      the full context of a book by extracting choice quotes.  This has been
      done for hundreds of years by people quoting and misquoting the Bible. 
      However, I do give you credit by encouraging people to read the books in
      their entirety for themselves.  At the same time, how can you blame any
      person of color for questioning and having reservations about the
      majority race.  I am saying this as a White woman.  President Obama is
      not the first and will not be the last biracial person to question who
      he is, where he comes from, and why both races of whom he is a member
      ostracize him.  President Obama is both Black and White.  However,
      biracial persons are always seen by the majority as “the other” whether
      it be Black, Hispanic, Asian, etc.  The person is discriminated against
      by people from his own race.  And, unfortunately, many biracial persons
      are also judged by people from the minority.  How has President Obama
      lied about this view when he wrote about his questioning in 2 books?

    3. …and whether you care to admit it you are most likely an older white male who is terrified that the ‘minorities’ are ‘taking over’!

      Well, they are. Get used to it. It happened before (Italians, polish, etc) and now it haPpens again.
      With the same results. Your ‘race’ will be subsumed by….Americans! Just like it happened before….

      I’m a middle aged white man and I can’t wait. Those in power ‘read rethuglicans’ have really screwed the pooch this tIme!

    4. …and whether you care to admit it you are most likely an older white male who is terrified that the ‘minorities’ are ‘taking over’!

      Well, they are. Get used to it. It happened before (Italians, polish, etc) and now it haPpens again.
      With the same results. Your ‘race’ will be subsumed by….Americans! Just like it happened before….

      I’m a middle aged white man and I can’t wait. Those in power ‘read rethuglicans’ have really screwed the pooch this tIme!

  12. Actually, I do do the Sunday crossword puzzle with an ink pen.  No lying.  Also the New York Sunday times and Simon and Shusters crosswords and anacrostics.  I haven’t used a pencil in years.

  13. Boy is he an idiot and so are the people who believed him. He is starting out just like a politician and probably won’t get any better with the lies. Just more creative lies.

  14. Well, there is a video on the net showing a cat whose meows and growls sound a lot like a barking dog. Wonder if this cat and her human would be evicted?

  15. A Coil of Rage
    The character of any man is defined by how he treats his mother as
    The years pass …. Need I say more about this person below other than
    There is no character, no integrity but there is a ton of attitude and arrogance that defines his shallow past and hollow future …. I rest my case.

    I bought and read Audacity of Hope. It was difficult to read considering his attitude toward us and everything American. Let me add a phrase he use to describe his attitude toward whites. He harbors a “COIL OF RAGE”. His words not mine.

    THIS IS OUR PRESIDENT
    Is anyone out there awake?

    Everyone of voting age should read these two books: Don’t buy them,
    Just get them from the library.

    From Dreams From My Father:

    “I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.”

    From Dreams From My Father :
    “I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s race.”

    From Dreams From My Father:

    “There was something about her that made me wary, a little too sure of herself, maybe and white.”

    From Dreams From My Father:

    “It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.”

    From Dreams From My Father:

    “I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa , that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself: The attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.”

    And FINALLY ……….. And most scary:

    From Audacity of Hope:
    “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in
    An ugly direction.”
    If you have never forwarded an e-mail, now is the time to do so!!!
    We have someone with this mentality running our GREAT nation!
    Keep your eye on him and don’t blink.

    I don’t care whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, a Conservative or a Liberal, be aware of the attitude and character of this sitting President.

    PLEASE help spread the word!
     

    1. It is really easy to use propaganda to persuade people who have not read the full context of a book by extracting choice quotes.  This has been done for hundreds of years by people quoting and misquoting the Bible.  However, I do give you credit by encouraging people to read the books in their entirety for themselves.  At the same time, how can you blame any person of color for questioning and having reservations about the majority race.  I am saying this as a White woman.  President Obama is not the first and will not the last biracial person to question who he is, where he comes from, and why both races he is a member ostracize him.  President Obama is both Black and White.  However, biracial persons are always seen by the majority as “the other” whether it be Black, Hispanic, Asian, etc.  The person is discriminated against by people from his own race.  And, unfortunately, many biracial persons are also judged by people from the minority.  How has President Obama lied about this view when he wrote about his questioning in 2 books?

  16. When our dept manager, Scott, went on vacation, all of the shift managers moved one notch.  As 1st shift manager, I took over as dept head.  As the clock headed to 8:30 on Monday morning, I was still waiting for my 2nd shift counterpart to get in.  I kept thinking, “I hope he is OK, but please let there be some reason so I don’t have to write him up.”  Just before it hit 8:30, in he walked.  He took one look at the clock and exclaimed, “Darn it Scott!”.  Then he turned to me and said, “He told me we were going to Daylight Savings time… a half hour this week and a half hour next week!”.  Best excuse I ever heard!  I let him off.

  17. lie is just around. i do lie almost in every conversation i got. one thing i’m sure is…i lie not to protect myself but to protect others dids. but in the end, the fault was in me. i just try to prevent chaos. how sad to think, i did everything for them but it doesn’t work. but the kind of lie related in this topic…i never did like as that. with arresting? no!!!

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