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Here on Single Dad Laughing, I started what I call “The Truth Box.” I asked you all to anonymously share a difficult secret that you’ve never told anyone. There were only two sections to fill out on the form. “What everyone thinks is true,” and “what actually is true.”

I’ve shared those every week and will continue to do so, but occasionally I’d like to mix in "other" kinds of truths. And so, this time I asked you to fill out the following two items:

The embarrassing lie I told someone (that I can’t bring myself to confess)

and…

The Truth

These are your Truth Box submissions, embarrassing lies edition. Completely random and exactly as they came in.

These truths aren’t meant to entertain (though some of the ones in this edition are funny). They aren’t meant to bring us down or give us reason to judge each other, either. They’re just an incredible and poignant (though sometimes heavy) reminder that we all do things sometimes that make us more human.

Pulled from the Truth Box: Week 16
Embarrassing Lies Edition

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The embarrassing lie I told:
I fractured my tailbone so I have to be careful and that’s why I’ve been walking funny.
The Truth:
I fell and ruptured my testicle on a broken fence post.
2
The embarrassing lie I told:
I love punk music.
The Truth:
I told my girlfriend that when I met her and now I’m stuck with it for life.
3
The embarrassing lie I told:
I went diving with sharks while on a cruise last summer.
The Truth:
I went snorkeling with clown fish.
4
The embarrassing lie I told:
I told multiple partners that my STD tests were clean
The Truth:
Two of them ended up with herpes which they were because they don’t test for herpes in routine STD tests. I got it when I lost my virginity at 15 and didn’t even want to admit it to myself.
5
The embarrassing lie I told:
I told my boyfriend that some guy just kissed me.
The Truth:
I was flirting with this guy all night and ended up having him kiss me, and then pulled away with a bad bad conscience.
6
The embarrassing lie I told:
I met him online and we hangout every day. He’s amazing and loving and very physical.
The Truth:
We never met, I’m almostpositive I got Manti Teo’d and I still wish I could meet him. He doesn’t really exist.
7
The embarrassing lie I told:
I have no idea what happened to my step daughter’s fabulous high heel shoe! How strange that only one can be found!
The Truth:
I was so furious at her for her snide and rude comments to me that I took kitchen scissors and cut her shoe into pieces!
8
The embarrassing lie I told:
I met my ex-fiance at college.
The Truth:
We met on an AOL Instant Messenger chat room.
9
The embarrassing lie I told:
"Hi! Sorry, my mind was somewhere else."
The Truth:
I have mild prosopagnosia (difficulty recognizing faces) and several times a week I’ll walk right by people I should recognize. I’ve learned to covering up quickly.
10
The embarrassing lie I told:
I passed that trigonometric identities quiz in Grade 11.
The Truth:
I totally failed that trigonometric identities quiz. I didn’t lie to get a better grade, I lied because I had a reputation as the class brain and we had to say our marks out loud.
11
The embarrassing lie I told:
That’s not what I said, she totally misunderstood what I told her.
The Truth:
That’s what I said. But she promised she’d keep it a secret!
12
The embarrassing lie I told:
I told my ex that I had cervical cancer.
The Truth:
I never did, or even the hint of it, I just wanted to get sympathy.
13
The embarrassing lie I told:
It wasn’t me. It was him!
The Truth:
I farted in fifth grade thinking it wouldn’t make a sound. Then I blamed it on the guy sitting next to me who wasn’t well liked. And everyone believed me.
14
The embarrassing lie I told:
That I never cheated on my ex husband.
The Truth:
He didn’t keep it is his pants, and neither did I. He sucked in bed and i had to get it somewhere.
15
The embarrassing lie I told:
My ex husband left me.
The Truth:
I kicked his butt out.
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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 1.4 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!