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13th Apr '17 10:51:08 AM Conradus
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** Similarly, in ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'', Lazarus Long remarks that one of two ways to tell a lie artistically is to tell the truth in such a manner that no one actually believes you.

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** Similarly, in ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'', Lazarus Long remarks that one of two ways to tell a lie artistically is to tell the truth in such a manner that no one actually believes you. (The other way is to not tell all of the truth)
9th Apr '17 9:32:52 AM dmcreif
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Troper General's Warning: [[DontTryThisAtHome It is not recommended you try this in]] RealLife, particularly if you are being questioned by authorities. The world can be more GenreSavvy than TV seems to think; in some cases, the authorities in question are ''contractually obligated'' to take anything you say at face value and act accordingly.

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Troper General's Warning: [[DontTryThisAtHome '''[[DontTryThisAtHome It is not recommended you try this in]] RealLife, particularly if you are being questioned by authorities. police.''' The world can be more GenreSavvy than TV seems to think; in some cases, the authorities in question are ''contractually obligated'' to take anything you say at face value and act accordingly.


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* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'': After Warren Knox becomes the head of the Prohibition enforcement in Atlantic City and meets Nucky Thompson, he tells him: "I do intend to take my duties with the utmost seriousness and to enforce the existing laws to the best of my abilities." Everybody is shocked before Knox adds that he was just joking. [[spoiler:Actually, he does mean it since he's an undercover [=BoI=] agent.]]
7th Apr '17 3:48:35 PM nombretomado
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* Uncommon but effective in {{Poker}}. Simply announcing the real contents of your hand is a good luring tactic because everyone will dismiss it outright as a bluff. Even more effective if you show them afterwards because the next time, your opponent will [[MindScrew think twice]].

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* Uncommon but effective in {{Poker}}.TabletopGame/{{Poker}}. Simply announcing the real contents of your hand is a good luring tactic because everyone will dismiss it outright as a bluff. Even more effective if you show them afterwards because the next time, your opponent will [[MindScrew think twice]].
15th Mar '17 11:48:34 PM Xtifr
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This trope was explicitly mentioned in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's 1971 book ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'' where Lazarus Long tells Ira there are only two artistic ways to lie:
#Tell the truth, but not all of it; and
#Tell the truth, and maybe all of it, but do so in a way that makes the other person sure you are lying.
This trope would be the latter example.
15th Mar '17 11:47:46 PM Xtifr
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This trope was explicitly mentioned in RobertAHeinlein's 1971 book ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'' where Lazarus Long tells Ira there are only two artistic ways to lie:

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This trope was explicitly mentioned in RobertAHeinlein's Creator/RobertAHeinlein's 1971 book ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'' where Lazarus Long tells Ira there are only two artistic ways to lie:
14th Mar '17 9:28:10 PM TheDocCC
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** You might wonder then why officials even ask. After all, anyone actually committing a crime will say no, and anyone engaging in this trope is just going to be a pain in their butts, right? First, some people may be ignorant of the law and willfully disclose an oversight rather than risk committing a crime, and second, because if you say no and are caught, they can add more charges to your case.
12th Mar '17 3:49:19 AM Xtifr
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* As a young man, Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar (future Emperor of Rome) was captured by pirates and held for ransom, which was a common tactic at the time. Apparently, Caesar was so charismatic that the pirates took a liking to him, and laughed when he joked that once he was released, he would ''definitely'' raise a naval task force, come back, and crucify them all. Once the ransom was paid, Caesar went back to Rome, raised a naval task force, came back, and crucified them all.

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* As a young man, Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar (future Emperor of Rome) was captured by pirates and held for ransom, which was a common tactic at the time. Apparently, Caesar was so charismatic that the pirates took a liking to him, and laughed when he joked that once he was released, he would ''definitely'' raise a naval task force, come back, and crucify them all. Once the ransom was paid, Caesar went back to Rome, raised a naval task force, came back, and crucified them all.
1st Mar '17 7:35:00 PM nombretomado
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* In ElleryQueen's ''Inspector Queen's Own Case: November Song'', when the adopted baby is smothered, his mother breaks down in hysterics, blaming herself; her husband ends up sending her to a very discreet private hospital to try to recover. [[spoiler:In fact, she had learned that the baby was her husband's illegitimate son, and had snapped and killed the boy.]]

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* In ElleryQueen's Creator/ElleryQueen's ''Inspector Queen's Own Case: November Song'', when the adopted baby is smothered, his mother breaks down in hysterics, blaming herself; her husband ends up sending her to a very discreet private hospital to try to recover. [[spoiler:In fact, she had learned that the baby was her husband's illegitimate son, and had snapped and killed the boy.]]
28th Feb '17 1:59:32 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* At a small border post, a man crosses the border on bicycle every day with a package. The border guard becomes suspicious and starts searching the man every time, but never finds any contraband. He even asks the man if he's a smuggler, the man replies that he is but the guard cannot find any evidence. On the day of his retirement, the guard asks the man what it was he was smuggling, the man replies, "Bicycles".
24th Feb '17 8:22:58 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': When Tyrion agrees to confess his crimes to Lysa and Catelyn, he begins listing pranks he committed in his youth, including something about bringing a jackass and a honeycomb into a brothel...
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