Here’s another interesting survey from goo Ranking, this time looking at what lies we tell that come back to haunt us.


Over the 22nd and 23rd of February 2010 1,123 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.6% of the sample were female, 9.6% in their teens, 22.2% in their twenties, 32.1% in their thirties, 24.9% in their forties, 7.5% in their fifties, and 3.8% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

My biggest lie was announcing to friends back in Scotland shortly after moving to Japan that I now had a million in the bank, but without pointing out it was in the rather less impressive yen, not pounds. I also lived in a royal mansion when I first came to Japan.

For number 13, I would have thought claiming not to be married would have been a bigger problem!

My wife doesn’t need to lie about 2, 4, 5, 15, 16 and 20. At least I hope she’s not lying about them…

Ranking result

Q: What big lies have you come to later regret spreading? (Sample size=1,123)

Rank   Score
1 My family has lots of money and live in a posh house 100
2 I can speak English 92.8
3 I won the lottery 92.5
4 I’m friends with someone famous 90.4
5 My break into the entertainment world has been decided 81.3
6 I’ve been in hospital with a serious injury 78.5
7 I have a holiday home 68.2
8 A relative has been ill, unlucky, died, etc 68.0
9 My parents’ home is a posh inn in a famous hot springs town 65.7
10 I bought a posh imported car 62.6
11 I’m good in the kitchen 61.0
12 I’ve been picked, scouted by a sports team 51.4
13 I’m married 48.4
14 My boss, teacher was in hospital with a serious illness 45.6
15 I was top of my class at school 44.9
16 I used to be a model 42.8
17 I used to be a good fighter 40.4
18 I used to be a bad boy/girl 40.2
19 Saying that today is a school/work holiday when it isn’t 39.0
20 All the boys/girls used to chase me 36.7

1 Comment

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