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Group No. 245


Letter

X. Humor

Group No.

X900 – X909

Group name

Humor of lies and exaggeration

Description

X900. Humor of lies and exaggeration. *Types 1875 – 1999; *Fb lС€gn II 513b; Irish myth: Cross.
 
X901. One lie a year. A man who tells but one lie a year is believed because of his general truthfulness. Amusing results. Chauvin V 278 No. 161; *BP II 371, 509; KСhler-Bolte I 322; India: Thompson-Balys; Africa (Vai): Ellis 239 No. 46.
 
X902. Liar comes to believe his own lie. He tells a lie so often that he believes it himself. (Cf. X611.) U.S.: Baughman.
 
X903. Lie used as catch tale. (Cf. Z13.) Type 2200; U.S.: Baughman.
 
X904. The teller reduces the size of his lie.
 
X904.1. The liar reduces the size of his lie when his brother steps on his toes to remind him of his lying habits. U.S.: *Baughman.
 
X904.2. Liar reduces the size of his yarn when challenged. U.S.: Baughman.
 
X905. Lying contests. Italian Novella: Rotunda; India: *Thompson-Balys; Japanese: Ikeda.
 
X905.1. Master brought to say, You lie! Type 1920C; Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 1920D*; Russian: Andrejev No. 1920D*; Prussian: Plenzat 78; Estonian: Aarne FFC XXV 119 No. 27; Livonian: Loorits FFC LXVI 51 No. 89; India: *Thompson-Balys.
 
X905.2. Greatest liar made king of Schlaraffenland. (First ed. X950.3.) (Cf. X1503.) BP II 507.
 
X905.3. Claim of property based on unusual lie. India: Thompson-Balys.
 
X905.4. The liar: I have no time to lie today; lies nevertheless. Type 1920B; India: Thompson-Balys; Chinese: Eberhard FFC CXX 308ff. No. 18, FFC CXXVIII 260ff. No. 160.
 
X905.4.1. Boy to deceive his uncle: induces uncle to climb tree before deception begins: this is the deception. Chinese: Graham.
 
X906. Would not lie for a trifle. Liar tells of shooting large number of animals with one shot (an odd number, usually 99). When asked why he did not make it a round number (or an even hundred), he replies indignantly that he would not lie for one pigeon (rabbit). U.S.: *Baughman.
 
X907. Man has servant corroborate his lies. Rewards him poorly. Servant exposes him. Italian Novella: *Rotunda.
 
X907.1. The second liar corroborates the lie of the first. Canada, U.S.: Baughman.
 
X908. Lie: sea has burned up. (Often with answer: Many fried fish.) (First ed. X925.) Type 1920A; *BP II 371; Fb vesterhav III 1042b, a III 1187b; Indonesian: DeVries Volksverhalen II 377.
 
X909. Other stories about liars.
 
X909.1. The incorrigible liar. U.S.: *Baughman.
 
X909.1.1. Church member who has been called to task about his lying habits tells another lie in expressing his concern for his weakness. He says he has shed barrels of tears because of his weakness. U.S.: *Baughman.
 
X909.2. The liar outdoes the tricksters who try to catch him in a lie. He continues the lie the tricksters have made up to catch him. (Cf. K306, L142.1.) U.S.: Baughman.

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