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
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2 months ago

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

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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.
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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.
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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
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2 months ago

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

BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't forget the Manna. Imagine eating the same thing for 40 years. "What's for dinner tonight, Mom?"

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Troux
Community Member
2 months ago

Luckily Jesus was babe of the month and had a full photo spread in National Geographic.

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
2 months ago

This is defiantly one of those facebook chain letters an elderly/ crazy relative posts under the title "I know no one will share"

Kayla J
Community Member
2 months ago

Jesus has to be embarrassed by how so many people use him in lies.

Googleman1234
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2 months ago

YES.

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Freya the Wanderer
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2 months ago

Obviously an Urban Legend meant to teach some sappy B.S. lesson. The United States was founded as a secular nation, and for many good reasons.

S.
Community Member
2 months ago

@Cigdem I'm pretty sure you don't necessarily have to swear an oath to the Bible in court. You can request for other holy books, or just not swear at all.

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స్టీఫెన్ ఆండ్రూ
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2 months ago

This seems like it's meant to be a moralistic story rather than a representation of truth. Having said that, I disagree with the sentiment.

JessG
Community Member
2 months ago

My eyes hurt from rolling so hard to the back of my head

Anton Kider
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Hahaha. Makes sense though. Better than a portrait of Trump.

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
2 months ago

and if you pay lots of money to the church you will go to heaven for being a good person.

Capn_Ahab
Community Member
2 months ago

One of the most fractured countries in the world currently, even the sentiment rings hollow.

BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh, and all this time, I thought it was Trump who did that.

S.
Community Member
2 months ago

Why make a huge lie about something that can be easily checked??

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
2 months ago

OMG, this one goes back to when I was a little kid... Right around the time Nixon resigned.

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 months ago

Somebody hold my hair while I vomit...

OrangeChicken
Community Member
2 months ago

A yes... God in her infinite wisdom... 'Merica

DKS 001
Community Member
2 months ago

how ... uninteresting

Evripidou Maria
Community Member
2 months ago

and the picture clapped

Anouk
Community Member
2 months ago

I rolled my eyes so hard I saw my brain.

Purr·maid
Community Member
2 months ago

That could be a cute joke.

MantisKeeper
Community Member
2 months ago

this is an allegory, people!

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, it's different and original

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
1 month ago

Leave the parables to Jesus.

okpkpkp
Community Member
2 months ago

oh, boo.

Carmen Honacker
Community Member
2 months ago

And then trumpets sounded and the heavens parted and angels were flying in

Sam Cook
Community Member
2 months ago

As a Christian, all I can do is facepalm at this.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
2 months ago

Or it was exactly like a puzzle?

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh, puke.

Inga Viviane
Community Member
2 months ago

This is some s**t a priest tells you in sundayschool. Gonna vomit now.

Caroline Driver
Community Member
2 months ago

Barf

Asper Rated
Community Member
2 months ago

This is a "toss up" between pathetic and sickening.

Mumof1
Community Member
2 months ago

Where's my barf bag

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
2 months ago

Hahahahaha! Not the US I would bet ...

Donald Holder
Community Member
2 months ago

Someone poor attempt at saying all of America's 330 millions people, regardless of ages hopes, fights and differences are due to a lack of belief in Jesus. Pretty idealistic isn't it.

elfin
Community Member
2 months ago

Barf.

Jen Kott
Community Member
2 months ago

Airline magazines? LOL

Quazmodic
Community Member
2 months ago

Proof that fantasy is the base inner core of religious people. lol

c Fuller
Community Member
2 months ago

Awwww

Katinka Min
Community Member
2 months ago

Given the news from the US I've seen during the past four years, I can totally believe that magazines exist with maps of the US on page and some American style Jesus on the other

Ericka Hokkanen
Community Member
2 months ago

LOVE this!

Banjo Peppers
Community Member
2 months ago

Why wouldn’t he just show her the whole picture?

The Coated Dev
Community Member
2 months ago

That could have helped on my 5th grade Social studies test 6 years ago

The Coated Dev
Community Member
2 months ago

I wonder why that doesn't happen to anyone else...

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
2 months ago

So why didn't you help your sister again?

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
2 months ago

Jesus H Christ

Rick
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2 months ago

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MAJA!

Wolfstar
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2 months ago (edited)

Correction: STFU. Trump sucks. Go Biden.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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2 months ago

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

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