I'm fine. What are you talking about, you do not look fat in those jeans. I'll give you a call.

We lie all the time. And we get away with it quite often, too. But some folks push their made-up narrative so far, it's hard to imagine anyone actually believing them.

So they end up on the subreddit r/thatHappened. Its members share evidence of "people telling outrageous tall tales that would make Walter Mitty proud" and they have compiled quite the archive since the creation of this online community in 2012.

Here are some of its best gems.

#1

From Cursed Comments

From Cursed Comments

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Otter
Community Member
2 months ago

I hope you don't mind him losing his fertility to a totally preventable case of the mumps, and having no biological grandchildren?

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#2

Jesus Christ. What An Idiot

Jesus Christ. What An Idiot

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KJ
Community Member
2 months ago

Lol, this one should be number one for the massive cringe value.

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Sometimes people lie just to inflate their image—some think this motivation is the reason behind President Donald Trump's demonstrably false statement that his Inauguration crowd was bigger than President Barack Obama's first one. But people also lie to cover up bad behavior, as American swimmer Ryan Lochte did during the 2016 Summer Olympics by claiming to have been robbed at gunpoint at a gas station when, in fact, he and his teammates, drunk after a party, had been confronted by armed security guards after damaging property.

We can find similar examples even in fields that are dedicated to the search for eternal truth. And one doesn't have to look far, either. Take the physicist Jan Hendrik Schön, for example, whose purported breakthroughs in molecular semiconductor research proved to be fraudulent.

#3

Imagine Getting Called Out Like That, By Harry Styles Himself

Imagine Getting Called Out Like That, By Harry Styles Himself

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Nelson Ricardo
Community Member
2 months ago

"#sweartogod"

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#4

Not Really Sure What Is There To Brag About Anyways

Not Really Sure What Is There To Brag About Anyways

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
2 months ago

Even all 29 digits

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#5

Running A 5k In 10 Minutes

Running A 5k In 10 Minutes

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Yoachan
Community Member
2 months ago

The world record just has been broken by youuu 😱

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Lying is something many of us are very good at. We do it while interacting with strangers, co-workers, friends, and loved ones. Turns out, our capacity for dishonesty is as fundamental to us as our need to trust others, which ironically makes us terrible at detecting lies. Being deceitful is woven into us, so much so that it would be truthful to say that to lie is human.

The ubiquity of lying was first documented systematically two decades ago by Bella DePaulo, a social psychologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. DePaulo and her colleagues asked 147 adults to jot down for a week every instance they tried to mislead someone. The researchers discovered that the subjects lied on average one or two times a day. Most of these untruths were innocuous, intended to hide one's inadequacies or to protect the feelings of others. Some lies were excuses (one subject blamed the failure to take out the garbage on not knowing where it needed to go). Yet other lies, such as a claim of being a diplomat's son, were aimed at presenting a false image. While these were minor transgressions, a later study by DePaulo and other colleagues involving a similar sample indicated that most people have, at some point, told one or more "serious lies", like hiding an affair from a spouse, or making false claims on a college application.

#6

How Does She Expect Anyone To Believe Her? My Mother Sent Me This From Our Neighborhood Facebook Group

How Does She Expect Anyone To Believe Her? My Mother Sent Me This From Our Neighborhood Facebook Group

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
2 months ago

What I read here is "I fantasized about committing assault on strangers to to promote my snake oil"

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#7

The Entire Sub Is Like This

The Entire Sub Is Like This

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kat lia
Community Member
2 months ago

And then he woke up.

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#8

And Then The Coronavirus Clapped

And Then The Coronavirus Clapped

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Nelson Ricardo
Community Member
2 months ago

"(real)"

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Researchers suggest that lying as a behavior arose pretty soon after the emergence of language. The ability to manipulate others without using physical force likely conferred an advantage in the competition for resources and mates, akin to the evolution of deceptive strategies in the animal kingdom, such as camouflage.

"Lying is so easy compared to other ways of gaining power," Sissela Bok, an ethicist at Harvard University who's one of the most prominent thinkers on the subject, told Nat Geo. "It's much easier to lie in order to get somebody's money or wealth than to hit them over the head or rob a bank.

"Experts are learning that we're prone to believe some lies even when they're easily contradicted by clear evidence. These insights suggest that our proclivity for deceiving others, and our vulnerability to being deceived, are especially consequential in the age of social media.

So in the case of r/ThatHappened, it's nice to see that we can still retain our ability to distinguish truth from fiction.

#9

Antivax Jesus Made Me Want To Die

Antivax Jesus Made Me Want To Die

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Cecily Holland
Community Member
2 months ago

Ratsack and Draino in the meth again

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#10

Lady Who Lives In Massive Fantasy Land Goes To Disneyland

Lady Who Lives In Massive Fantasy Land Goes To Disneyland

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
2 months ago

'Speilberg' loves extraordinary fantasy.

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#11

Woman Finds Microchip In Her Son’s Mask!?

Woman Finds Microchip In Her Son’s Mask!?

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
2 months ago

wanna bet she has the location function on her phone on?

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#12

Of All The Things That Didn't Happen, This Didn't Happen The Most

Of All The Things That Didn't Happen, This Didn't Happen The Most

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KJ
Community Member
2 months ago

Decided to turn lesbian, it's not like deciding to wear jeans instead of shorts today lol.

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#13

Mhmm, Yeah Sure It Was

Mhmm, Yeah Sure It Was

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Cecily Holland
Community Member
2 months ago

This one really annoys me! These self entitled, self absorbed mental midgets really think they have it that bad. It’s disrespectful and disgusting

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#14

This 2-Year-Old Must Have A Degree Already

This 2-Year-Old Must Have A Degree Already

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Otter
Community Member
2 months ago

My sympathies to that child, s/he's going to grow up having their needs ignored, because mum needs them to make her feel better about her life.

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#15

Everyone’s Worst Nightmare

Everyone’s Worst Nightmare

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Nelson Ricardo
Community Member
2 months ago

And then the concrete clapped.

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#16

Oh Yeah. For Sure

Oh Yeah. For Sure

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Falcon dimi
Community Member
2 months ago

but on the other hand she is probably still paying the hospital bills for the delivery of het son.

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#17

Brags To All Their Friends For Saving Their Life With Essential Oils

Brags To All Their Friends For Saving Their Life With Essential Oils

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
2 months ago

These people are gross

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#18

Discord Users Are A Different Breed

Discord Users Are A Different Breed

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
2 months ago

Because we all know when the universe began, the big bang and all that, monkeys were already well established 🤦‍♀️ not even apes, he said monkeys. Zero effort

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#19

And All Vampires Clapped

And All Vampires Clapped

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
2 months ago

now I want to know what a "vamphobic slur" is

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#20

Sure He Did Aubrey

Sure He Did Aubrey

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Cecily Holland
Community Member
2 months ago

Idiot

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#21

While These Children Weren’t Oxygen Starved, The Poster Was At Birth

While These Children Weren’t Oxygen Starved, The Poster Was At Birth

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KJ
Community Member
2 months ago

Weird how some folks wear one for a full shift and are fine, they must be ghosts or something I guess.

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#22

Found This On A “People Who Think Liking Harry Potter Is A Personality Trait” Fb Page

Found This On A “People Who Think Liking Harry Potter Is A Personality Trait” Fb Page

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RiverStyxJix
Community Member
2 months ago

Okay, this made me physically cringe.

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#23

And Then Ben Franklin’s Image Clapped

And Then Ben Franklin’s Image Clapped

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Cecily Holland
Community Member
2 months ago

No he offered her 100 then got a closer look and asked for a refund

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#24

Well, That Saved Me A Goog!

Well, That Saved Me A Goog!

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Otter
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I can believe that someone in a bar actually said that, after a beer or twelve.

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#25

I Won't Remember Posting This

I Won't Remember Posting This

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KJ
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't think call of duty counts as live combat.

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#26

Her Jaw Dropped

Her Jaw Dropped

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Otter
Community Member
2 months ago

Socialism! UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE!!!!!!

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#27

Hate When People Underestimate The Condoms I Use In A Night Smh

Hate When People Underestimate The Condoms I Use In A Night Smh

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KJ
Community Member
2 months ago

Someone is having expensive water balloon fights.

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#28

This Has To Be A Joke, Right?

This Has To Be A Joke, Right?

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Nelson Ricardo
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, you're certainly stupid.

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#29

Anti Vaxxers Are A Gold Mine

Anti Vaxxers Are A Gold Mine

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm positive this is the same person who would be convinced dihydrogen monoxide is super toxic too.

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#30

Then The Toys Clapped

Then The Toys Clapped

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

And then he cited Marx and refuted his argument with Hegel's counterargument!

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