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    Pants on Fire

    A few years ago, our forum had a game like this, but I can't find it, so I thought I'd start another one.

    The game goes as follows: A player lists three statements about himself or herself. Two are true, but one is a lie. The other players try to figure out which statement is the lie. The first person to detect the lie becomes "it" and lists three statements about him- or herself.

    See if you can figure out which of these statements about me is a lie:

    1. I shot off a rattlesnake's head in my backyard.
    2. I fell off the roof of my high-school gym and broke my leg.
    3. I met with armed revolutionaries in South America.



    ETA: Since I launched this game a few days ago, it has become clear that waiting for the OP to answer and say whether you are correct takes too long. Therefore, we have loosened the rules considerably. ANYONE can play at ANY TIME. Also, there is also no need for you to become "it," if you don't have the time or the inclination to do so. For example, if you think one of my statements is a lie, you can just say so and move on. Similarly, if you want to post your own truths-and-a-lie, you can do so at any time, even if other posts are pending.

    I hope the above is at least slightly clearer than mud.
    Last edited by Nymtoc; 05-31-2012 at 04:59 AM.


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    Professor of applied misanthropy Drachen Jager's Avatar
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    I'm going to go for 2 since you live in NYC, so 1 would be obvious. Likewise 3 seems highly improbable, so it's probably true. 2 seems the most likely, therefore is probably the lie.


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    You are absolutely right, D.J.! I did not fall off the roof of the gym and break my leg!

    Nice playing!



    (over to you, dude)


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    1) I have a cat named after a porn star.
    2) I lived in a house that immediately prior was home to a murderer.
    3) I was once peripherally involved in a battle that is now considered historically significant.


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    Well, #2 is certainly unusual, but it is possible. I think it is true.

    I'm going to say that #3 is also true. You were peripherally involved in some sort of historically significant battle, though I can't imagine which one.

    Although it is in your nature to focus on porn stars () I am guessing that #1 is a lie.


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    Yep, you got it.

    It was historically significant only in retrospect. Events a year or so later in a different part of the country led to a re-examination of what went right in the battle I was indirectly involved in, and went so wrong in the other case. It's not something you'd hear about in High School, but anyone taking modern military history would likely cover it.


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    So far, so good. Let's see if I can be more tricky this time.

    1. I have a piece of a 50-million-year-old eggshell.
    2. My grandfather invented something that is still used in some of today's automobiles.
    3. I was once stranded on a mountaintop when my horse broke away in the middle of the night.


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    I think #2 is the lie.

    (Although I just can't picture you on a horse)
    Last edited by Lavern08; 05-27-2012 at 03:26 AM. Reason: ...And you ARE pretty old, so the egg thingy comes as no surprise (LOL)
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    Howdju figure it out, Lavern! You're right!!! My grandfather never invented anything, as far as I know.



    You can't picture me on a horse? You don't know me.

    Anyway, it's over to you. Give us a lie we can't possibly catch.



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    1. I spent 3 days in San Jose at O.J. Simpson's spring training camp

    2. I (temporarily) replaced one of Chaka Khan's backup singers

    3. Back in the day, I spent New Year's Eve partying with Walt Frasier
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    I blurves me some Vernie.

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    I can believe you temporarily replaced one of Chaka Khan's backup singers. I think #2 is true.

    I also believe you partied with Walt Frasier back in the day. #3 is also true.

    I do not believe you spent any time with O.J. (I certainly hope you didn't.) I think #1 is the lie.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Nymtoc View Post

    I can believe you temporarily replaced one of Chaka Khan's backup singers. I think #2 is true.

    I also believe you partied with Walt Frasier back in the day. #3 is also true.

    I do not believe you spent any time with O.J. (I certainly hope you didn't.) I think #1 is the lie.

    Gotcha!

    #2. Is the bold-faced lie. Although I would have given my right arm to sing I'm Every Woman with Chaka.



    (As far as OJ goes, I was dating one of his teammates at the time)
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    Well, damn!

    But trying to picture you with O.J.--no, I prefer not to think about it.


    See if you can spot the whopper this time:

    1. I once rode in the same taxi with the Rev. Al Sharpton.

    2. My grandfather had only one arm.

    3. I have a piece of the original Eeyore, from Winnie the Pooh.


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    I think #3 is the lie.

    I know you once drove a taxi and I think your gramps may have lost his arm in "the war."
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    Ha! I got back at ya, Lavern!

    #1 is the lie. I've never met the Rev. Al Sharpton.

    My grandfather lost his left arm in a railroad accident as a young man.

    I do have a piece of the original Eeyore--some fabric that was removed when the donkey was being restored several years ago.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nymtoc View Post

    Ha! I got back at ya, Lavern!

    #1 is the lie. I've never met the Rev. Al Sharpton.
    DANG!

    I should have known you'd use the taxi driver info to trip me up.


    I do have a piece of the original Eeyore--some fabric that was removed when the donkey was being restored several years ago.
    That ^ is cool.

    OK, so since I didn't guess, somebody else has to post a lie, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lavern08 View Post
    OK, so since I didn't guess, somebody else has to post a lie, right?
    I'm trying to remember how we used to play the game. I think we should just go on playing, whether you guess correctly or not. Otherwise, we'd have to wait for another player to come along, etc.

    So I'll make this rule (subject to objections from the membership): Once you make your guess, whether you're right or wrong, you become "it" and post your two truths and your one wicked lie. Okay?

    You're up again, Lavern.


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    1. I was the get-away driver in a city-wide police chase

    2. I was 33 years old before I met my birth Mother

    3. I have a tattoo of Bootsy Collins (somewhere) on my body
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    Well, whatever your faults, I don't think you're a hardened criminal, so I'm going to go for #1.

    As for me.

    1) I quite Law School in my second year to go to film school instead.

    2) I've driven a tank.

    3) A friend of mine once tried to kill a man.


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    I've just returned from a monster computer glitch.

    Lavern hasn't told us which one of her statements was a prevarication, so before I tackle D.J.'s lie(s), I'm going to guess that Lavern's #3 is a lie. I'll admit that #1 is hard to swallow--Lavern driving a getaway car?--but I think it had something to do with TV or a movie or some kind of game. There is no tattoo on Lavern's fair skin.

    Getting back to D.J.:

    #1. You lie, D.J.! You did not quit law school to go to film school!
    But you have driven a tank, and--sad to say--a friend of yours did try to kill a man.


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    I'm thinking we should go ahead and post our lies without necessarily waiting for a response, since there can sometimes be a long wait before the liar replies to our guesses. I've just posted my guesses about Lavern's and D.J.'s lies. Now I will post two truths and a lie about myself.

    If anyone objects to this approach, choose your seconds now, and I will meet you at dawn behind the AW recreation hall, with sharpened quill.


    So:

    1. I have a twin brother.

    2. My father had a twin brother.

    3. I was attacked by killer bees.


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    You don't have a twin brother. One Nymtoc is more than the world can handle thank you very much.

    I could have gone to Law School, I actually dropped out before entering, but I did take all the entrance tests and I was accepted into the program.

    1) I once had a friend who was a ninja, tow-truck driver and stage magician.

    2) I have three children.

    3) I grew up several houses down from Nelly Furtado's childhood home, though I didn't really know her because of the age difference.


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    You are correct, D.J. I do not have a twin brother. My dad was a fraternal twin. I was attacked by killer bees but, as I am sure you are delighted to know, I survived pretty much unscathed.

    As for your latest lie, it is #2. You have two children, not three.


    Now for my latest exercise in deception:

    • I used to live next door to a famous Broadway actor-singer.
    • I have belonged to two labor unions.
    • I used to be a gas-station jockey (gas bar attendant, or--in case anybody from the UK is lurking--petrol station attendant).
    Last edited by Nymtoc; 05-27-2012 at 08:02 AM.


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    I'm gonna go with the first one.

    As for your answer >bzzzt< I had a friend who lived next door to the Furtados, but I lived a dozen or so blocks away and never knew where they lived until well after Nelly was famous.

    As for me:

    1) I have gone through three agents without selling a single book in my writing 'career'.
    2) My father in law was followed for years by a Chinese spy.
    3) I never watched the last Star Wars movie.


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    You are right again, D.J.! I didn't live next door to a famous Broadway actor-singer, but I did live next door to a famous Broadway composer.

    As for your lie:

    It's #3. You did watch the last Star Wars movie.



    Now, how can anyone possibly figure out which of these statements is false?

    1. I broke my arm playing indoor football.

    2. I learned the proper way to make spaghetti from a famous Italian film director.

    3. Someone in my family was kidnapped.


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