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and its one of my favourite lies ever.
...through an ingenious double-bluff. This is better though, more believable, easy to sustain.
They have to be ridiculous, but just believable enough to cause people to hesitate. The best one I've heard was my housemate believed for a while that Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas was 50 because his mate at school had told him so - and the thing is, it's just about plausible. She really does look like an older woman who's had a lot of work done.
Another one is that Mr Motivator is a holocaust denier. We'd had it as an in-joke for a while, but at Green Man we tried to drop it into conversations with new people to see if it'd catch on - amazingly, when we got back we noticed that someone had changed his Wikipedia page, adding a section on his purported hatred of Zionism and the Jewish agenda. It wasn't any of us, so clearly it's got legs...