Tall-Tale Tellers Vie for Best Lie
Politicians, lawyers banned from contest
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 15, 2012 1:52 PM CST
The most convincing liars gather in the UK to test their fibs.   (?)

(Newser) – Fantastic fibbers are gathering at a remote pub in northwestern England today to vie for the title of world's biggest liar. The annual competition is held at the Bridge Inn in the Lake District hamlet of Santon Bridge. Contestants have five minutes to impress the judges with a whopping but convincing lie. Politicians and lawyers are barred from entry, as they are considered to have an unfair advantage. Last year's winner was a nuclear power plant worker who told an improbable story about racing snails with Prince Charles. The competition was founded in honor of 19th-century Bridge Inn landlord Will Ritson, who was renowned for his tall tales.

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troy705
Nov 15, 2012 9:58 PM CST
And the winner for the tenth year in a row is mittens Romney.
vjh
Nov 15, 2012 3:12 PM CST
I know Will Ritson. Stanton Bridge is just a kilometer from my ancestral home in Newby Bridge... that guy was the world's best bull-shiter. He once told my sister and I that he found two dead bodies in one day...a guy floating face down in the river, and then later, his own grandmother.... But.. I could be just bull-shitting.
lvan
Nov 15, 2012 2:40 PM CST
Why ban politicians a lawyers? I think deception is a remarkable skill. Good competition will only improve others.