There’s nothing more embarrassing than being caught in a lie. It’s even worse when it’s an elaborate lie that took a lot of work, and then it blows up in your face.
To be fair, I think a harmless and well-crafted lie is impressive. If you make up an entire story for a book report you forgot to do, that’s more hard work than actually reading a book. I think some credit should be given in those cases.
Author Séamas O’Reilly tweeted a hilarious thread about an essay he stayed up all night to write, but the assignment didn’t go exactly according to plan.
This led to others sharing the silly lies they were caught in, and the stories are hilarious.