Nobody is innocent when it comes to exaggerating things we’ve seen, heard, or participated in. Like, that smashing b-day party of yours in an abandoned castle that got everyone talking. Except that it was your uncle’s porch and the only guests were your twin cousins from Wyoming.

We’ve all been there, done that, but sometimes things go from exaggerated to plain made-up in an instant. And there’s a subreddit called r/thatHappened dedicated entirely, as its description says, to “true stories that are 100% true and actually happened.” You get the sarcasm.

As for evidence, the 1.3 million members of the community are sharing screenshots of people lying their hearts out with a straight face. Trust me, the result is totally hilarious.

#1

Classmate Calls Out Dipsh**

Classmate Calls Out Dipsh**

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Grumble O'Pug
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2 months ago

Lol!!!

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#2

It’s True, I Was The Box Of Tampons

It’s True, I Was The Box Of Tampons

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Troux
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2 months ago

Perfect response to this nonsense!

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#3

Ultimate Survival Mode

Ultimate Survival Mode

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FurryManiac
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2 months ago

Maybe it was a broom closet?

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All humans possess the ability to lie: it’s something we’re born with and we die with. One study published in the Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology found that 60 percent of people can’t go 10 minutes without telling a lie. At the same time, another study published by the American Psychological Association suggested that lying less was linked to better average health, both mental and physical.

So, why on earth do we lie, then? To find out, Bored Panda reached out to Traci Brown, a fraud-busting body language expert. It turns out, "we learn the benefits of lying when we’re little, like protecting ourselves from punishment or to get what we want. Situations have more gravity as we get older and lying can protect our relationships or even millions in fraud theft,” Traci explained.

#4

Ya Cause Being Asleep In Your Car Means You’re In College!

Ya Cause Being Asleep In Your Car Means You’re In College!

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
2 months ago

Err, what? Who sits in a car at the park?

googlygoogly
Community Member
2 months ago

People on their lunch breaks, people who wanted to get out of the house but don’t want to get out of the car, people reading books, etc. It’s not at all uncommon where I’m from.

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Troux
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

This isn't that hard to believe. I easily get woken up by people talking, and kids talk especially loud. There could be several clues to being in college; age, nearby campus, stickers on car etc. I have way too much experience sleeping in my car with the windows down in university days.

BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

Dorms are getting smaller all the time.

🧈Beanie the Dog🧈
Community Member
2 months ago

@Lexie in the nicest way possible shut up 🙃

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Bill
Community Member
2 months ago

I used to sleep in my car every Wed afternoon after work before my late class started. 11pm is late when you are up by 3am every day

BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow, how did you even find time to sleep?

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Yeet Twenty
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Come her kid I got some.... caaaandy

🧈Beanie the Dog🧈
Community Member
2 months ago

Sleep paralysis?

Jade Lynn
Community Member
2 months ago

I used to have big breaks between classes but it wasn't long enough to drive home for, so I would go and have a nap in my parked car haha

Jane Dorothy Warner
Community Member
2 months ago

I was being wheeled flat on a hospital trolley after my leg op and I heard a kid's voice ask if that's what a dead body looks like. I know I am ugly, but gee thanks for nothing, kid. True 100%

Marvin HoG
Community Member
2 months ago

I sleep very lightly. The slightest sound and I wake up. If someone is talking nearby I will keep my eyes closed and listen before deciding if I should make the nearby person aware that I'm actually awake.

Quazmodic
Community Member
2 months ago

Sleeping lightly, woken by the kid.

Marnie
Community Member
2 months ago

This seems silly, but it came across just as a joke to me. Jokes are better if you tell them in the first person, as Good Will Hunting said.

Salty Old Woman
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2 months ago

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Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
Community Member
2 months ago

Urrgh, that was a BIIIIG hole in the plot

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#5

Baby Boomers, Gosh

Baby Boomers, Gosh

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Andrew Gibb
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2 months ago

I'd rather listen to Garbage than hymns

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#6

Forgot To Mention, We Both Have Amnesia

Forgot To Mention, We Both Have Amnesia

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BusLady
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2 months ago

So every time you got a letter you thought it was the first one? Like 50 first dates?

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Sometimes, we lie just to make other people around us feel good about themselves, so not all lies are inherently bad. But it turns out that “people who tend to lie frequently do for a couple of reasons: survival or they can't tell the difference between truth and a lie.”

Traci said that mental illness can also be the reason for an urge to lie. “It runs the scale from narcissism to psychopaths. And these folks make up about 15% of the population.”

#7

And The Trainer Was Fired

And The Trainer Was Fired

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S.
Community Member
2 months ago

It's true I'm the biceps I was there clapping

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#8

Invited To Teach Sex Ed Because Of Immense Experience

Invited To Teach Sex Ed Because Of Immense Experience

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S.
Community Member
2 months ago

Ah yes. So much sex. So many. Like at least a hundred. Right. Much wow.

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#9

What Magazine Has A Full Map And A Picture Of Jesus?

What Magazine Has A Full Map And A Picture Of Jesus?

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Brigs
Community Member
2 months ago

And then the heavens opened and spewed them with money, and oh, life is just so ditsy daisy!

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Lying big always starts from simple steps, aka lying small. First, as kids, we learn to tell pro-social lies, like telling your grandma you like that new hand-knit sweater she gave you on Christmas when, in fact, you can’t even look at it.

According to this study from the journal Nature Neuroscience, “when people tell small lies, the brain becomes desensitized to the pang of guilt that dishonesty usually causes.”

The more little pro-lies we give, the less guilt we feel, and the more it snowballs into bigger lies that suddenly become way easier. In some cases, people get so used to falsifying or fabricating things that they start believing their lies. At some point, it turns into habit and it becomes incredibly hard to quit for good.

#10

And Then, The Vaccines Gave Everyone Autism

And Then, The Vaccines Gave Everyone Autism

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ADHORTATOR
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2 months ago

Very bad photoshop

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#11

NASA Employee Giving Out Top Secret Info

NASA Employee Giving Out Top Secret Info

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S.
Community Member
2 months ago

I wonder what the “smoke” in particular alludes to....

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#12

Laced Her Feet And Didn’t Notice

Laced Her Feet And Didn’t Notice

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Your Local Lizard
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2 months ago

Nice lacing tho

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#13

She Was On Superhearing Cruiselines

She Was On Superhearing Cruiselines

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Brigs
Community Member
2 months ago

And then I woke up....

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#14

Sorry, What The Hell Did I Just Read?

Sorry, What The Hell Did I Just Read?

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
2 months ago

Ah yes, because chickens that aren't slaughtered in your backyard, but come prepackaged to the store from somewhere else, are all grown on trees and plucked from the branches when ripe...

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#15

In The Jungle, The Mighty Jungle The Lion Claps Tonight

In The Jungle, The Mighty Jungle The Lion Claps Tonight

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Brigs
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, we do that in Africa all the time.....NOT!

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#16

This Is Probably The Worst One I Have Ever Seen In The Wild

This Is Probably The Worst One I Have Ever Seen In The Wild

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BusLady
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2 months ago

This one is pretty funny.

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#17

Medical Expert Here

Medical Expert Here

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Bill
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2 months ago (edited)

For somebody with a PhD and a Doctorate(allegedly), their writing doesn't reflect that. 9 year program for the required degrees to design and make medicines in theUS

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#18

Yeah, Okay Buddy

Yeah, Okay Buddy

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BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

This one made me LOL.

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#19

Delusional Tall Man Thinks Women Openly Drool Over His Phenomenal Height

Delusional Tall Man Thinks Women Openly Drool Over His Phenomenal Height

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
2 months ago

The scary part is some dudes are really so deranged, they'll mistake any kind of old look (even disgust) for lust. I had a dude follow me home from the subway one day asking for a date. I'd been staring at him on the subway because he was fat, ugly and looked like he hadn't showered in a week and he apparently mistook that for interest on my part!!

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#20

Sure Buddy

Sure Buddy

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David K
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2 months ago

I beat couple of cops too and got away with that...in GTA5

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#21

When They Have Tests In Kindergarten

When They Have Tests In Kindergarten

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BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

At 5 years old, you were still learning how to spell your name.

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#22

And Then The Sales Went Up $500%

And Then The Sales Went Up $500%

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BusLady
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2 months ago

Starbucks giving out free drinks? That's the dumbest part.

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#23

And Then Everyone Clapped

And Then Everyone Clapped

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S.
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2 months ago

Thousands of doctors, medical officials, scientists, reputable organisations, and other experts, asking you to wear a mask is considered “fake news,” yet the claim of one "nurse" is suddenly considered a universal opinion? And speaking of which, we are here to deal with facts, not opinions.

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#24

Didnt Miss A Word

Didnt Miss A Word

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Cassie
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2 months ago

"No, thank you" would have sufficed.

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#25

Sucking Out The Venom

Sucking Out The Venom

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Brigs
Community Member
2 months ago

I ain't sucking up your story

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#26

Schools Sure Are Conscious Of Students' Music Tastes Nowadays

Schools Sure Are Conscious Of Students' Music Tastes Nowadays

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Full of Giggles
Community Member
2 months ago

Teenagers scare the living s**t out of me.

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#27

3-Year-Old Is Wiser Than Us All

3-Year-Old Is Wiser Than Us All

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Roman Hans
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2 months ago

Did you tell him the nickname “Smartass” will never die either?

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#28

Her Bio Says She's 21

Her Bio Says She's 21

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Capn_Ahab
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2 months ago

The police turned up. My son was arrested. He said "sorry I lied mom, I turned out like Dad".

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#29

Hmmm

Hmmm

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Troux
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2 months ago

And then a pianist shows up to play happy ending music while they walk into the sunset and also the sun is clapping.

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#30

Then Everyone Ripped Off Their Masks And Bras

Then Everyone Ripped Off Their Masks And Bras

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S.
Community Member
2 months ago

I worry for the mental well being of surgeons across the globe.

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