You Should Have Seen It, Man.

Is it inherent in all men to embellish (or just plain lie) in order to be included in the pack? Why do we do it and where is the line drawn between good old-fashioned BS-ing and being dishonest?

As far back as I can recall, there have been regular exchanges in the school yard, at the drag strip and even in the office break room where everyone involved pushed a topic beyond any possibility of the truth. One story tops another,  then another and another until the group is just lying.  And everybody knows it. And no one seems to mind too much.

Fish stories, conquests of the fairer sex, racing victories and athletic prowess are common topics. It doesn’t even seem to matter if the people hearing the story were actually at the event in question and know what really happened.  It’s the strangest thing.

I suppose it’s just the competitive nature of most men to want to have the fastest, biggest, most dangerous whatever of the group. We don’t seem to be satisfied with letting the guy who’s telling the truth have his moment and no one seems the least bit interested calling out the biggest fibber.

There’s also a truth-less phenomenon I’ve observed in men where even when presented with overwhelming evidence that their statement is incorrect, the man will not admit they were misinformed or mistaken. It’s amazing the lengths to which they will go and facts they will bend to hold on to an obviously defeated position.

Pride? Maybe, but I’d say it hurts the pride more to flail about in an argument that’s already lost.

I’m not very good at telling these tall tales. My poker face is terrible. Maybe that’s why I don’t get it.

Do women do this?


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