Lie just too good to be true

Posted: Sunday, January 06, 2002

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Maxine Christensen was lying when she said her car was so old the state issued upper and lower plates.

But the fib about her old beater's dentures earned her the dubious distinction of being named the World Champion Liar for 2001.

''I'm 81 years old. I'm old enough I should know better,'' Christensen said Sunday from her home in Exira, Iowa.

John Soeth, president of the Burlington Liars Club, awards the honor each year after sifting through hundreds of entries. The club received 384 entries this year, up from last year's total of about 280.

The contest was open to anyone who wasn't a politician -- club members say it isn't fair to let professional liars compete. Those who enter must send the club a dollar for an honorary membership.

Christensen received a letter and a certificate from the club last week telling her she'd won the contest.

''The only thing that would be better would be if there were a monetary award to it,'' she added.

The club awarded eight honorable mentions, including one to Kenneth Hunter of Dallas, Pa., who claimed that a town beekeeper had the world's most productive insects because he'd crossed honeybees with lightning bugs so they could work at night.

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