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Lawyer Wins Top Liar Award

Cynics might say that Garth Seehawer had an unfair advantage. Winner of the award for top lie of 2008 from the Liars Club of Burlington, Wis., Seehawer is a retired Wisconsin lawyer. Out of 160 entries from all over the world, he won first place for this fib: "My grandson is the most persuasive liar I have ever met. By the time he was two years old he could dirty his diaper and make his mother believe someone else had done it."

The Burlington Liars Club was started in 1929 after two local journalists fabricated a news story about a lying contest between the Burlington police and fire departments. The police chief won after he said he'd never be good at lying because he never told a lie, Associated Press reports. From there, the club grew to some 2,000 members from around the world. Each member pays a lifetime membership fee of $1 for the right to submit an unlimited number of lies each year.

The 71-year-old Seehawer came close to winning once before, with his lie that a winter breeze was so stiff it blew off his brother's bald spot, leaving him with a full head of hair. "A good lie isn't just a tall tale or exaggerating," he told AP. "You have to have something fun, not believable but impossibly true." Despite having earned the lying profession's highest honor, he insists his former profession as a lawyer had nothing to do with his ability to bend the truth. That, the cynics would say, may be his second-best lie.

For the fibs that came in as runners-up in the Burlington Liars Club contest, read them here. Hat tip to ABA Journal for the pointer.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on January 6, 2009 at 02:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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