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Lies are bad. We know this because our parents, grandparents and teachers taught us not to use them, but sometimes we can’t help it.

Whether it’s to avoid embarrassment or to make ourselves look smarter or more interesting, most people end up telling little white lies to get through the day.

But, as commenters on Reddit’s Ask Men page have found, little lies can often take a lot of effort to maintain when it becomes too embarrassing to reveal the truth.

These are some of the most ridiculous lies men have had to keep up for years.

The commitment is impressive.

BicMic25 decided it was better to convert to Judaism than admit he just didn’t want to eat bacon.

At my first job I jokingly told my manager I was Jewish and couldn’t eat something she brought to a work thing we had bc it had bacon all over it (it really just looked gross).

I only worked there for a couple years but she’s sent me a Hanukah card every year since I met her. From age 16-28. Every time I see her around at the store or out to dinner in town she always asks if I got her card and I always tell her yes thanks so much!

Michael0715 was one of the many guys who lied to impress a girl and didn’t have the guts to admit it.

In high school I invited a girl over to my house and offered her something to drink. I brought out two mugs of whatever beverage it was and she asked why I grabbed mugs.

The truth was they were the closest thing, but I said deadpan “I only ever drink out of mugs.” Why did I say this? I have no idea, but I had to keep it up the next two years while I dated her.

I remember one time I was at her house and grabbed a normal cup for water when her mom said “I thought you only ever drank out of mugs.”

I replied with “uh yeah but I saw this was still dirty so I thought I would clean it off for you” and my dumba** proceeded to hand wash a single cup in silence before putting it back and grabbing a mug. I received three mugs as gifts. I hate mugs now.

In an incredibly committed example of bad parenting, aldyevik found himself in way too deep with a joke about his brother’s name.

My daughter (when she was about 7) asked why me and my sister had long names but our brother, Shaun, has a short name. I told her that Shaun was short for Shaunhamptonson and I convinced my brother to go along with it.

Somehow it came up at her primary school and a teacher asked me about it in front of her, so as not to embarrass my daughter, I told the teacher it was true and the lie was then set in stone. My daughter is 13 now and I know she’ll be really embarrassed if I now tell her the truth, so I’m dreading the day when the truth will out.

Here's some more proof you shouldn’t take anything your family tell you at face value, from chrisguy40:

Not really my lie but I had to live it. One day at dinner with the family we were eating a salad and I asked my older brother what these crunchy things were on top, because I liked them.

My brother told me they are called "ghostie Toasties". I never questioned it and up through college I was still asking friends if they wanted ghostie Toasties with their salad until someone finally asked me wtf I was talking about.

That's when I realised they are called croutons and I was living a lie thanks to my brother. They still mess with me about it.

And finally, from doctrgiggles, a cautionary tale about why you should never pretend you've seen a movie to look cool.

First day of college - I meet my new roommate. He hangs a Fight Club poster up and asks me if I like Fight Club. I said yes, of course. We had several conversations over the next couple years (we only lived together for one) about Fight Club and numerous references were made to it. Thing is, I've never seen Fight Club.

Eventually it was just a curiosity thing, how long could I go? I've still never seen it even though I know the plot pretty dang well from multiple hour-long conversations about it.”

So what’s the moral of the story here? Trust men at your own risk.

They will lie about anything.

HT: Someecards

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