Stories About Fibs and Fake News, and 70+ Other Types of Deceit

Lies 24/7. It's hard to keep up with the unending tsunami of falsehoods that greets us each and every day. And, that's just the lies coming from our family and friends. The bigger lies aimed at our communities often make the local and national news, usually under the guise of fact and truth. Without a full-time staff of hundreds of investigative journalists and "lientists" it's impossible for us to catalog every one of these newsworthy alternative facts. However, here we discuss our favorite stories about lying, fake news and "evidence-free" facts.

New Songs About Lies, Including White Liar and Better Man

New Songs About Lies, Including White Liar and Better Man

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The vast mountains of musical lies continue to rise. I just added a bunch of new songs — each with a cool and appropriately deceitful music video — to our definitive audio-visual playlist all about lies, lying and liars. There are certainly lots of liars, falsehoods and self-deception in this group of songs.

This week’s other additions to the Post*factua!ly post-truth playlist include: White Liar by Miranda Lambert; I Could Have Lied by Red Hot Chili Peppers; Liar in the Glass by Eyes Set to Kill; Better Man by Pearl Jam; and, Baby I Lied by Deborah Allen.

These new songs further my plan to catalog, for the first time, in once place every song or piece of music dedicated to lies, lying and liars. As you might have guessed with such a rich and deep mine of human deceit to dig through it will take me a while. So, please bear with me and enjoy the musical misinformation in the meantime. No songs about “fake news” or “alternative facts” yet. I’m sure it will only be a matter of time — please let me know if you hear one.

New Songs About Lies, Including The Policy of Truth

New Songs About Lies, Including The Policy of Truth

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The ocean of musical lies continue to swell inexorably. I just added a bunch of new songs — each with a cool and appropriately deceitful music video — to our definitive audio-visual playlist all about lies, lying and liars. There’s certainly lots of lying and self-deception in this group of songs.

My favorite of the current crop is the electro-synth classic Policy of Truth by Depeche Mode.

This week’s other additions to the Post*factua!ly post-truth playlist include: Lyin’ To Myself by Louis Armstrong; Young Liars by TV on the Radio; Mama Didn’t Lie by Jan Bradley; and 3’s and 7’s by Queens of the Stone Age.

These new songs further my plan to catalog, for the first time, in once place every song or piece of music dedicated to lies, lying and liars. As you might have guessed with such a rich and deep mine of human deceit to dig through it will take me a while. So, please bear with me and enjoy the musical misinformation in the meantime. No songs about “fake news” or “alternative facts” yet. I’m sure it will only be a matter of time — please let me know if you hear one.

New Songs About Lies, Including Livin’ A Lie and Living The Lie

New Songs About Lies, Including Livin’ A Lie and Living The Lie

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The river of musical lies continue to flow inexorably. I just added a bunch of new songs — each with a cool and appropriately deceitful music video — to our definitive audio-visual playlist all about lies, lying and liars. There’s certainly lots of living a lie, living the lie and living with lies in this bunch.

My favorite of the current crop is appropriately enough Acid Tongue by Jenny Lewis.

This week’s other additions to the Post*factua!ly post-truth playlist include: The Biggest Lie by Elliott Smith; Acid Tongue by Jenny Lewis; Living the Lie by Dio; Alibis by Tracy Lawrence; and, Livin’ A Lie by The-Dream.

These new songs further my plan to catalog, for the first time, in once place every song or piece of music dedicated to lies, lying and liars. As you might have guessed with such a rich and deep mine of human deceit to dig through it will take me a while. So, please bear with me and enjoy the musical misinformation in the meantime. No songs about “fake news” or “alternative facts” yet. I’m sure it will only be a matter of time — please let me know if you hear one.

Monday Movies About Lies, Including The Usual Suspects and Infernal Affairs

Monday Movies About Lies, Including The Usual Suspects and Infernal Affairs

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Break out the popcorn, again, get comfy and make sure your subscription to Netflix is up to date. I’m adding more flicks to Post*factua!ly’s unique movie catalog all about lies, deception, fakery, cheating and alternative facts. I currently have over 30 movie trailers in our deceitful database, as I plan to grow it into the definitive source. Please hang in there. Just like our growing collections of books and songs about lies, lying and liars this will take some time — there’s just sooooo much misleading material, and it’s growing daily!

This week’s additions to the Post*factua!ly movie library includes: The Usual Suspects and Infernal Affairs.

The Usual Suspects is a 1995 noir mystery directed by Bryan Singer, written by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Kevin Spacey, Pete Postlethwaite, Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne and Benicio del Toro. The movie is an intricate and convoluted series of lies that grows from a seemingly simple con into an enormously complex deception. McQuarrie and Spacey won Oscars for best screenplay and actor, respectively.

Infernal Affairs is a fast-paced crime thriller about deception and infiltration. In parallel, a mole infiltrates a police department and an undercover cop infiltrates a Chinese Triad. But their objectives are the same: to find out who is masquerading; who is the mole, and who is the cop.

Some of my choice titles in the Post*factua!ly movie catalog so far incude: Big Fat Liar (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Double Indemnity (1944), F for Fake (1974), Gaslight (1944), Liar Liar (1997), Some Like it Hot (1959), and The Invention of Lying (2009).

Monday Movies About Lies, Including Vertigo and Greedy Lying Bastards

Monday Movies About Lies, Including Vertigo and Greedy Lying Bastards

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Break out the popcorn and make sure your subscription to Netflix is up to date. I’m adding more flicks to Post*factua!ly’s unique movie catalog all about lies, deception, fakery, cheating and alternative facts. I currently have around 30 movie trailers in our deceitful database, as I plan to grow it into the definitive source. Please hang in there. Just like our growing collections of books and songs about lies, lying and liars this will take some time — there’s just sooooo much misleading material, and it’s growing daily!

This week’s additions to the Post*factua!ly movie library includes: Vertigo and Greedy Lying Bastards.

Vertigo released in 1958 is considered to be one of the classic noir psychological thrillers. It was directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. A great lesson in manipulation and self-deception all rolled into one stylish and suspenseful movie.

Greedy Lying Bastards is a feature length documentary that investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite overwhelming consensus in the scientific community. The film details the organizations and individuals casting doubt on climate science and climate scientists and claims that greenhouse gases are not affected by human behavior.

Some of my choice titles in the Post*factua!ly movie catalog so far incude: Big Fat Liar (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Double Indemnity (1944), F for Fake (1974), Gaslight (1944), Liar Liar (1997), Some Like it Hot (1959), and The Invention of Lying (2009).

New Songs About Lies, Including Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off

New Songs About Lies, Including Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off

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The musical lies and liars continue to pile up. I just added a bunch of new songs — each with a cool and appropriately deceitful music video — to our definitive audio-visual playlist all about lies, lying and liars. There’s certainly lots of falsehood and (self-)deception happening in this bunch.

My favorite of the current crop is, without a doubt, Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off by Panic! at the Disco. A veritable classic from 2006.

This week’s other additions to the Post*factua!ly post-truth playlist include: Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) by Aretha Franklin; Pretending by Eric Clapton; I Just Can’t Live A Lie by Carrie Underwood; and, Little Liar by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

These new songs further my plan to catalog, for the first time, in once place every song or piece of music dedicated to lies, lying and liars. As you might have guessed with such a rich and deep mine of human deceit to dig through it will take me a while. So, please bear with me and enjoy the musical misinformation in the meantime. No songs about “fake news” or “alternative facts” yet. I’m sure it will only be a matter of time — please let me know if you hear one.

This Week’s New Book About Lies: Everybody Lies

This Week’s New Book About Lies: Everybody Lies

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I just added a new book to Post*factua!ly’s growing resource library about lies, alternative facts and fake news. Today’s fascinating, and lengthy, title:

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz.

The book by author and former Google data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz proposes that most of our notions about human behavior and motivations are wrong. Why? It’s simple really. We all lie. That said, tracking people’s trails online and applying the analytical tools of big data helps uncover some startling, and disturbing, truths.

I’m busy making the Post*factua!ly library the definitive place to visit for every title devoted to lies, lying and liars. As you might have guessed, with such a rich and deep mine of human deceit, misinformation and post-truth to dig through, it will take me a while. So, please bear with me as I expand the ever-growing catalog.

Monday Movies About Lies, Including The Great Lie and Would I Lie to You?

Monday Movies About Lies, Including The Great Lie and Would I Lie to You?

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Break out the popcorn and make sure your subscription to Netflix is up to date. I’m adding more flicks to Post*factua!ly’s unique movie catalog all about lies, deception, fakery, cheating and alternative facts. I currently have around 30 movie trailers in our deceitful database, as I plan to grow it into the definitive source. Please hang in there. Just like our growing collections of books and songs about lies, lying and liars this will take some time — there’s just sooooo much misleading material, and it’s growing daily!

This week’s additions to the Post*factua!ly movie library includes: La Vérité Si Je Mens! and The Great Lie.

La Vérité Si Je Mens! translates to Would I Lie to You? This French romantic comedy features an unemployed Parisian named Eddie Vuibert who feigns being an Ashkenazi Jew in order to secure a job with a Jewish clothing manufacturer and then woo his daughter.

The Great Lie stars Bette Davis, George Brent, and Mary Astor. There’s lots of lying going on in this 1941 American movie classic: a faked death, a deceptive love triangle and even the maternity of a new born.

Some of my choice titles in the Post*factua!ly movie catalog so far incude: Big Fat Liar (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Double Indemnity (1944), F for Fake (1974), Gaslight (1944), Liar Liar (1997), Some Like it Hot (1959), and The Invention of Lying (2009).

We’re Human. Therefore We Lie

We’re Human. Therefore We Lie

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A recent feature article in National Geographic explores the science behind our very human lies. Author and National Geographic contributor Yudhijit Bhattacharjee delves into why and how we lie, and offers us some fascinating anecdotes about some highly colorful liars: the art forger, the plagiarist researcher, secret agent and the impersonator.

Bhattacharjee’s meta-analysis of other past psychological studies into lying quite rightly tells us that while we all lie, not all lies are of equal value or consequence; we lie for different reasons.

Research by Tim Levine, Bruno Verschuere, and other psychologists, shows that around 36 percent of our lies are to protect ourselves, while another 44 percent are to promote ourselves. A further 13 percent of our lies are designed to impact others — for good or bad, with the remainder defying classification. Perhaps not surprisingly, though demoralizing nonetheless, I read that “children learn to lie between ages two and five, and lie the most when they are testing their independence”.

Tellingly Bhattacharjee reminds us:

That human beings should universally possess a talent for deceiving one another shouldn’t surprise us. Researchers speculate that lying as a behavior arose not long 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.

Check out this fascinating National Geographic article here.

Image: Catch Me If You Can, movie poster, 2002.

 

New Songs About Lies, Including Music From Linkin Park, Green Day and The Troggs

New Songs About Lies, Including Music From Linkin Park, Green Day and The Troggs

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The musical lies and liars continue to pile up. I just added half-a-dozen new songs — each with a cool and appropriately deceitful music video — to our definitive audio-visual playlist all about lies, lying and liars. There’s certainly lots of falsehood and (self-)deception happening in this bunch.

Sadly, one of my favorites, Lies Greed Misery by Linkin Park, marks the death of the band’s extraordinarily talented lead vocalist Chester Bennington. RIP, Chester.

This week’s other additions to the Post*factua!ly playlist include: Lies by Thompson Twins; Foolin’ Yourself by Styx; Liars by Persephone’s Bees; You Lied by Green Day; and You’re Lying by The Troggs.

These new songs further my plan to catalog, for the first time, in once place every song or piece of music dedicated to lies, lying and liars. As you might have guessed with such a rich and deep mine of human deceit to dig through it will take me a while. So, please bear with me and enjoy the musical misinformation in the meantime. No songs about “fake news” or “alternative facts” yet. I’m sure it will only be a matter of time — please let me know if you hear one.

New Songs About Lies, Including the 1965 Hit, Lies, by The Knickerbockers

New Songs About Lies, Including the 1965 Hit, Lies, by The Knickerbockers

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So many lyrical lies, so little time. I just added a new handful of songs — each with a cool and appropriately deceitful music video — to our definitive audio-visual playlist all about lies, lying and liars. There’s certainly lots of falsehood and deceit happening in this bunch.

This week’s additions to the Post*factua!ly playlist include: We’re All Liars by Sent By Ravens; I’m Looking Through You by The Beatles; Don’t Lie To Me by Juliana Hatfield; Lies by The Knickerbockers; and, Tell Me a Lie by Sami Jo.

These new songs further my plan to catalog, for the first time, in once place every song or piece of music dedicated to lies, lying and liars. As you might have guessed with such a rich and deep mine of human deceit to dig through it will take me a while. So, please bear with me and enjoy the musical misinformation in the meantime. No songs about “fake news” or “alternative facts” yet. I’m sure it will only be a matter of time — please let me know if you hear one.

New Songs About Lies, Including David Bowie’s Telling Lies

New Songs About Lies, Including David Bowie’s Telling Lies

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I just added a bunch of great new songs — each with a cool and appropriately deceitful music video — to our definitive audio-visual playlist all about lies, lying and liars. There’s certainly lots of lying and story-telling going on in this collection.

This week’s new songs on the Post*factua!ly playlist include: Liar by Nine Inch Nails; Telling Lies by Sick Puppies; Tellin’ Stories by Tracy Chapman; Telling Lies by David Bowie; and, Dance Little Liar by Arctic Monkey.

These new songs further my plan to catalog, for the first time, in once place every song or piece of music dedicated to lies, lying and liars. As you might have guessed with such a rich and deep mine of human deceit to dig through it will take me a while. So, please bear with me and enjoy the musical misinformation in the meantime. No songs about “fake news” or “alternative facts” yet. I’m sure it will only be a matter of time — please let me know if you hear one.

New Songs About Lies, Including: Liar Liar GE2017 by Captain SKA

New Songs About Lies, Including: Liar Liar GE2017 by Captain SKA

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I just added a bunch of great new songs — each with a cool music vid — to our definitive audio-visual playlist all about lies, lying and liars.

This week’s new songs on the Post*factua!ly playlist include: Liar Liar GE2017 by Captain SKA; A Liar and a Thief by Howard Shore; Said I Loved You … But I Lied by Michael Bolton; Telling Lies by Chic; and, Liar by Three Dog Night.

This week’s notable song is Liar Liar GE2017 by Captain SKA. It takes a verbal stab at Theresa May the UK Prime Minister and her many flip-flops and deceits during the 2017 General election cycle — hence “GE2017” in the song’s title. BBC Radio has refused to air the song.

These new songs further my plan to catalog, for the first time, in once place every song or piece of music dedicated to lies, lying and liars. As you might have guessed with such a rich and deep mine of human deceit to dig through it will take me a while. So, please bear with me and enjoy the musical misinformation in the meantime. No songs about “fake news” or “alternative facts” yet, though Liar Liar Ge2017 comes close. I’m sure it will only be a matter of time — please let me know if you hear one.

New Books About Lies, All About Post-Truth

New Books About Lies, All About Post-Truth

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I just added some new books to Post*factua!ly’s growing resource library about lies, alternative facts and fake news. They are:

Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It by Evan Davis; Post Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back by Matthew d’Ancona; and Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered The World by James Ball.

I’m busy making the Post*factua!ly library the definitive place to visit for every title devoted to lies, lying and liars. As you might have guessed, with such a rich and deep mine of human deceit, misinformation and post-truth to dig through, it will take me a while. So, please bear with me as I expand the ever-growing catalog.

New Songs About Lies, Including: Billy Liar by The Decemberists

New Songs About Lies, Including: Billy Liar by The Decemberists

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I just added a bunch of great new songs — each with a cool music vid — to our definitive audio-visual playlist all about lies, lying and liars.

New songs on the Post*factua!ly playlist include: Billy Liar by The Decemberists; Fake Friends by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts; You Never Lied by Morgan James; Liar by The Cranberries; Liar Liar by The Castaways.

My plan is to gather, for the first time, in once place every song or piece of music dedicated to lies, lying and liars. As you might have guessed with such a rich and deep mine of human deceit to dig through it will take me a while. So, please bear with me and enjoy the musical misinformation in the meantime. No songs about “fake news” or “alternative facts” yet. Though I’m sure that will be only a matter of time — please let me know if you hear one.

New Songs About Lies, Including: Suspicious Minds

New Songs About Lies, Including: Suspicious Minds

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I just added a bunch of great new songs — each with a cool music vid — to our definitive audio-visual playlist about lies.

That’s right. My plan is to gather, for the first time, in once place every song or piece of music dedicated to lies, lying and liars. As you might have guessed with such a rich and deep mine of human deceit to dig through it will take me a while. So, please bear with me and enjoy the musical misinformation in the meantime. No songs about “fake news” or “alternative facts” yet. Though I’m sure that will be only a matter of time — please let me know if you hear one.

Just added to the Post*factua!ly playlist: Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley; The Night Before by The Beatles; Book Of Liars by Steely Dan; Don’t Lie To Me by The Rolling Stones; Little White Lies by Deaf Havana.

New Songs About Lies, Including: I Can See For Miles

New Songs About Lies, Including: I Can See For Miles

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I just added a bunch of great new songs — each with a cool music vid — to our definitive audio-visual playlist about lies.

That’s right. My plan is to gather, for the first time, in once place every song or piece of music dedicated to lies, lying and liars. As you might have guessed with such a rich and deep mine of human deceit to dig through it will take me a while. So, please bear with me and enjoy the musical misinformation in the meantime. No songs about “fake news” or “alternative facts” yet. Though I’m sure that will be only a matter of time — please let me know if you hear one.

Just added to the Post*factua!ly playlist: Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots; The Great Pretender by The Platters; I Can See For Miles by The Who; Tell Me No More Lies by Adam Zadok; You lied by Anita Ward.

 

Call to Artists: Collecting Lies on a Postcard

Call to Artists: Collecting Lies on a Postcard

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We collect lies. Please send us yours. We invite you to share a personal lie on a postcard, for our post-truth collective art project about deceit.

Your lie can be of any kind as long as it’s true. Just keep it simple and be creative — we showcase many online and in our upcoming Post*factua!ly art of the lie book.

Follow these 6 simple steps:

1. Keep it short, make it legible, and let your inner artist shine.

2. Find a cool post card (or make one) — use more than one if needed.

3. Fill it our anonymously, but truthfully — optionally, tell us where the lie happened.

4. Add a stamp. It’s 34c for a 6×4 postcard within the US. Check with your post office for international rates.

5. Mail it to us at: Post*factua!ly: 1905 15th Street, Ste 1002, Boulder, CO.

6. You’re done. Sit back and follow your art project online.

We prefer you send a real old timey postcard but will accept an online submission as well. More details on how it works.

24 Movies About Lies: Our Starter Collection

24 Movies About Lies: Our Starter Collection

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Break out the popcorn and make sure your subscription to Netflix is up to date. I’ve started Post*factua!ly’s unique catalog of movies about lies, deception and alternative facts. I currently have around two dozen movie trailers in our database, but I plan to grow it into the definitive source. Please hang in there. Just like our growing collections of books and songs about lies, lying and liars this will take some time — there’s just sooooo much material!

My initial movie library includes both documentaries about lies and liars and fictional stories about lies (?). Some choice titles so far: Big Fat Liar (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Double Indemnity (1944), F for Fake (1974), Gaslight (1944), Liar Liar (1997), Some Like it Hot (1959), and The Invention of Lying (2009). And, to confuse you further, some of the fictional movies were based on true stories.

 

30 Songs About Lies: Our Starter Collection

30 Songs About Lies: Our Starter Collection

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I just added 30-plus songs — each with a great music video — to kick start our definitive audio-visual collection about lies.

That’s right. My plan is to gather, for the first time, in once place every song or piece of music dedicated to lies, lying and liars. As you might have guessed with such a rich and deep mine of human deceit to dig through it will take me a while. So, please bear with me and enjoy the musical misinformation in the meantime. No songs about “fake news” yet.

My initial songbook includes: Ain’t That Peculiar by Marvin Gaye; Careless Whisper by George Michael; Don’t Lie by The Black Eyed Peas; Escape (The Piña Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes; Human by The Human League; Lies by Marina and the Diamonds; Love the Way You Lie by Eminem; Lyin’ Eyes by The Eagles; Rumour Has It by Adele; and, You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette.