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A beaker in the lab.

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  • Koko the gorilla, who can communicate through sign language, lied to her handlers when she blamed her kitten for ripping out the kitchen sink in her quarters.

  • The Halo Effect is the tendency for an impression created by external factors to influence opinion.

  • Babies lie: Infants quickly learned that using tactics such as fake crying and pretend laughing could win them attention.

  • Munchausen's Syndrome was named in 1951 after Baron von Munchausen, who was known as a wandering teller of tall tales.

  • A 2002 study at the University of Massachusetts found that 60% of people tested lied once during a 10-minute conversation and told an average of two to three lies.

  • In one experiment, evolving robots have learned to lie to each other.

  • We are hardwired to lie.

  • The Devil Effect is the opposite of the Halo Effect.

  • A black lie is the opposite of a white lie.