The Day I Beat the Lie Detector Test
April 20, 2009

Once upon a time, I was determined that I was going to be a cop and catch bad guys. This was the very beginning of the 80s and I convinced my friends to play detective games at recess every day. (Except when we played Star Wars.) One tree served as the door to every building - it had started life as two trees, but had grown together ... had a huge V opening. We placed a flat rock in front of the tree one day as a "welcome mat" - last time I was in the neighborhood, that rock was still there.

We all read slews of Hardy Boy books - I had the Hardy Boys Detective manual ... a toy forensics kit ... we investigated real crimes. And then "Anne" got a little game with a lie detector. It was not the Mattel Lie Detector game which is all Los InterWebz seemed able to find when I looked, but a little game and kit - the lie detector could be reconfigured to be a burglar alarm which Anne used to guard her room from her big brother and little sister.

But the game is where I got into trouble. I cannot hold a straight face very long. I would be horrible at poker. I was notorious in school for coming up with some insane but yet plausible answer to people's questions ... and then as soon as it looked like they were actually swallowing the bait, I couldn't do it anymore and I'd burst out giggling like a maniac. You could believe what I told you ... because I couldn't really lie to save my life for more than 5 minutes anyway.

So we all gathered in Anne's room one day and began playing the little board game that came with her lie detector game. The game was sort of like clue and sort of like go fish. The other players could ask if you had a particular suspect/weapon/place card ... and then could ask you to put on the lie detector to make sure you told the truth.

It would have been one thing if I could have beaten the cheap, toy lie detector and kept a straight face. I mean, that was a big part of the game - trying to beat the lie detector. It would have been one thing if any of the others could have beaten it with any regularity.

But no, I had to be the only one who beat it regularly AND I couldn't keep a straight face when I beat it. So everyone freaking KNEW I was lying. "Stacy" actually tried to institute a rule that I wasn't allowed to lie during the game so everyone else had a chance to win.

I only remember us playing that game, all together, the one time. Not too long after that, the group and I had a falling out as I got tired of "Stacy" telling me what to do, when to do it, blah blah blah.

Posted by Red Monkey at April 20, 2009 4:18 AM | Storytelling: She was, of course, supposed to be sleeping. | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


Tara R. said:

I'm still laughing. I on the other hand can lie like a dog. I can make someone believe just about anything.

April 22, 2009 11:12 AM
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