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Be truthful, do you lie? You can come clean on National Honesty Day

The check is in the mail.

It’s not you, it’s me.

The fruit cake was delicious, Aunt Hilda.

People who yearn to no longer allow those  fibs, embellishments and little white lies to spring from their lips, may find inspiration on Sunday.

It is  National Honesty Day, the annual counterpoint to the quasi-holiday that starts the month, April Fools Day.

Honesty Day’s founder, an author named M. Hirsh Goldberg, saw it as a day when Americans might decide to stop spinning those tangled webs.

No more fictional expense accounts or boasts about the biggest inauguration crowd ever.

(As a former press secretary to a Maryland governor, Goldberg may have stretched and varnished a truth or two in his day.)

How dishonest are we?

Responses from 1,000 people who participated in recent survey show Americans are more honest than not. [If their answers can be believed.]

Some results:

• Some people should never be asked, do these jeans make me look fat? They are the one in three Americans who claim they have never told a lie.

• Speaking of white lies, a majority draw the line against them. Fifty-four percent said it's wrong even to tell cousin Bob he hasn't aged a day in 30 years.

• A few among us are super-liars. They are the 11 percent of men and 4 percent of women who say they lie multiple times a day. They don’t even seek cover under the George Costanza credo: Remember Jerry, it’s not a lie if you believe it.

The non-scientific survey was conducted by folks at a website called National Today, which tracks the “quirky occasions on the cultural calendar,” from National Spaghetti Day in January to National Thank You Note Day in December.

To promote National Honesty Day, the website’s publicists say that honesty builds trust, the worst truth is better than the best lie, and people can’t read each other’s minds, so honesty is the best policy. To celebrate the day, they urge Americans to answer questions truthfully all day long, open up to someone truthfully and be more transparent.

While one in three people in the non-scientific survey posted on the website said they had never told a lie, the results give  reason to doubt them. The survey asked people to offer up their most-told lies. Among the more common, according to National Today: I have never told a lie.

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