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Pants on Fire!

11:30 AM -- More news of sociological import from that most trustworthy of sources, The Venerable Beeb:

    Men are more likely to tell lies than women and feel less guilty about it, says a survey.

    In a poll of 3,000 people, researchers found that the average British man tells three lies every day, that's equivalent to 1,092 a year.

    However the average woman appears more honest, lying 728 times a year - around twice a day...
Yeah. So they say. But how can you believe them?

    Concerning the kind of lies we tell, men said that they most often lie to their partner about their drinking habits. "I didn't have that much to drink" is men's most popular fib.

    Whereas women use the line, "Nothing's wrong, I'm fine" most often to hide their true feelings.
Come now. Those utter, often related, transparencies hardly class as lies. Let's call them irony.

    Katie Maggs, associate medical curator at the Science Museum, says the jury's out as to whether lying is a result of our genes, evolution or our upbringing.
Katie has a lot of time on her hands. Probably needs a grant.

Check out the Top 10 for each sex. No. 7 on the men's list is "No, your bum doesn't look big in that."

Again, that hardly classes as a lie. That's mere self-preservation... from an entire evening of "Nothing's wrong, I'm fine."

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

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