I just saw a list of lies on the Internet. It was a list compiled on a message board. So, I copied them down as a starter for this blog:
1. “I did not bet on baseball”.
2. “There are no soldiers inside of that giant wooden horse.”
3. “Your money is safe with Bernie Madoff.”
4. “I’m searching for the real killers.”
5. “At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth.”
6. “It’s not you, it’s me.”
7. “I. Did. Not. Have. Sexual. Relations. With. That. Woman.”
8. “There are Weapons of Mass Distruction in Iraq.”
9. “Welcome aboard the Titanic. Yes, this boat is unsinkable.”
10. “We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.”
I had to look some of those up. For instance, #5 didn’t even sound familiar until I googled to learn that the Uruguay soccer player in the World Cup decided that his excuse sounded better than admitting to deliberately sinking his teeth into an opponent.
This list is almost like a trivia game. I guess it could also have included “I am not a crook”. It does remind us of lies that are told. I wonder if #4 is the original lie of O.J. Simpson. I remember a comedian saying that he obviously was doing a good job “looking for the real killer” on every golf course in California.
This came to mind when I heard about a recorded statement that was taken of an insured, following a crash that she had caused. Her statement to her own adjuster admitted that she started the car, put it into reverse with her gear shift, and then counted to 10 before backing up. She never looked behind her because “that’s how she had been taught”. That sounds like truth even though it seems a bit unbelievable.
That brings it into my world. What do you think of a defense lawyer who files an answer to the lawsuit that admits no fault, despite being told differently by his client? Or, Is that just providing a good defense?
When I asked that very question to a defense lawyer after filing an answer like that, he just admitted that he did such filing; because, if he failed to plead that in an answer, it would be lost if the evidence came out differently. Things that make you go Hmmmm.
Does this make you remember that story of George Washington that might have been part truth or part myth… but all good story? That he supposedly said, “I cannot tell a lie… I did cut down the cherry tree.”
The opposite of that thinking was German propaganda monster Joseph Goebbels, who believed that no matter how big the lie, people will believe it if you repeat it enough. Sad.
And for pic o’ day: