You lie to manipulate, or to hide, or to seem more interesting, but mainly it’s to save your own butt.
On this episode, three stories of deception, hoax, and self-preservation…
The Mysterious James Tiptree 12 MIN, 7 SEC James Tiptree Jr. was a science fiction writer from the late 60’s and early 70’s. He had a loyal following for his books and stories which were partly notable for the way he handled gender issues and male/female relationships. This was during an era when science fiction books usually featured masculine male heroes, and almost no female ones. Tiptree was a mysterious figure, who only communicated to a few friends and fans. That’s because his career hinged on a very big secret.
The Dog, the Rabies, and the Lie 6 MIN, 43 SEC
This is a story about the time of our lives when we LEARN how to lie. As soon as many kids get old enough to get in trouble, they’re going to try and lie to get out of it. That said, the kid in this story is notable to the lengths he will go, the confusion he will cause, and the pain he will endure, just to stay out of trouble.
Panther Hoax 9 MIN, 40 SEC STAR For decades an argument has never stopped about the existence of large black Panthers living in the woods of Kennison Mountain in West Virginia. The official story is that these big cats haven’t existed there since the 1800’s. That hasn’t stopped reports of Panther sightings that continue to this day. It happens often enough to make you think twice about what the truth really is. There’s a story that’s been passed around the state for almost 60 years — about the time an entire town West Virginia town saw a black panther, but it was all a lie.