Monday, November 12, 2007

November Quiz-Famous Liars

Most people don't want to be famous for lying, but the following people will be, for better or worse, remembered for the lies they were accused of telling.

1. ____________________ After his autobiography A Million Little Pieces became a bestseller thanks to Oprah Winfrey selecting it for her book club, it was discovered that important parts of the book had been fabricated.

2. ____________________ In 2003, the New York Times reporter was caught plagiarizing and making up parts of his stories. He resigned and published a book in 2004 called Burning Down My Masters' House: My Life at the New York Times.

3. ____________________ The 42nd President of the United States. Lied under oath about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky and subsequently, in 1998, became the second president in U.S. history (the first was Andrew Johnson) to be impeached by the House of Representatives.

4. ____________________ The 37th President of the United States. After it came to light that he had been involved in illegal activities, including wiretapping and harassment of political opponents in the Watergate scandal, he lied and tried to cover up the misdeeds. The truth eventually came to light and he resigned before he could be impeached.

5. ____________________ A German baron who served in the military and returned home with tall tales about his adventures. He reportedly told people that he'd traveled to the moon, ridden cannonballs, and escaped from a swamp by pulling himself out by his own hair. A psychological disorder in which someone feigns illness in order to get attention is named after him.

6. ____________________ His “Song of Myself” was not actually about himself, but about a blond neighbor boy named Todd.

7. ____________________ He never actually stayed at Walden Pond, relying instead on the observations of a series of stringers and unpaid interns.

8. ____________________ He set out to serve in the Ambulance Corps during World War I, but got no closer to action than the 1918 Wimp Convention and Exposition in Gibraltar. His famous wartime injury was reportedly the result of “power tanning.”
9. ____________________ said, “I'm going to spend the rest of my life looking for the real killer.”

10.____________________ said "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

11.____________________ said, “I would never withhold love from my children. There are plenty of people who have thought me too loving.”

12. ____________________ said “I had no prior knowledge of the planned assault on Nancy Kerrigan.”

13. “I am the daughter of the tsar of Russia,” was said by ____________________.

14. “Second-hand furniture dealer” was printed on the business card of ____________________.

Congratulation, Danielle!


Andrea Braun said...

Here are the answers!
1. James Frey
2. Jayson Blair
3. Bill Clinton
4. Richard Nixon
5. Baron Munchhausen
6. Walt Whitman
7. David Thoreau
8. Ernest Hemingway
9. O.J. Simpson
10. Mark Twain
11. Joan Crawford
12. Tonya Harding
13. Anna Anderson (aka Anastasia Romanov)
14. Al Capone

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