Burlington Liars’ Club Announces — Yes! — its Lie of the Year

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“I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.” That’s not a surreal comment from us here at NewsFeed, but rather the one-liner that has nabbed one of the year’s more wacky annual awards.

David Milz, a 49 year-old from Wisconsin, has taken the Burlington Liars’ Club crown of champion liar for 2010. The liars’ club began back in 1929 as a fun way to honor the creativity and humor of well-worked exaggeration. Lifetime membership costs just $1, and anyone can submit their own lies for free (no, really). It’s based in Burlington, near Milwaukee, and numbers some 2,500 members around the world.

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Around 500 entries were submitted, with most comingĀ  from the Midwest, according to club vice president Ed Impens. He and two other judges each made a top 10 list with Milz’s effort the only one that made it onto all three. “It had all three of the things we think are important,” Impens said. “It’s fairly short, humor is very important, and it’s timely.”

Runners-up included “My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying,” by Ellen Everts of New London and Daryl Lockwood of Waupaca trying his luck with, “My neighbor’s scarecrow was so good that the crows brought back the corn they stole last year.”

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As for our winner, Milz is the superintendent of an elementary and middle school district and has already distanced himself from the suggestion that his lie may encourage students to emulate his achievement. “I’m going to work it the other way,” he said, presumably truthfully. “You can’t pull wool over the eyes of a champion liar.” (via AP)