Interesting Lies To Tell During Ice-Breaker Activities

Interesting Lies To Tell During Ice-Breaker Activities

By Lucy Hutchinson

'Sup, collegiates? How have your first few classes been? You've probably had to play those great "gettin'-to-know-each-other" games where you have to describe yourself using an adjective that starts with the same letter as your name, and you suddenly realize you've forgotten what an adjective is, and you end up saying, "Um... spoon?" and then you get kicked out of Creative Writing 101, right? Ice breaker activities are at best, boring, and at worst, an effective way to make sure no-one wants to be your friend, and yet professors insist on using them. Most professors try to make the games unusual, under the false assumption that "weird" = "fun!," but all ice-breaker activities boil down to an essential order:

"Tell us something interesting about yourself!"

And this is the worst possible order, because no-one is interesting at 9 am on their first ever day of classes. They're some combination of sweaty, nervous, homesick, accidentally naked, or dizzy from the sugar-coated bacon they ate for breakfast, but not interesting. So unless you're really lucky and actually did get into a helicopter crash with Liv Tyler on your way to class that morning, you might have to make something up.

The trick is to make up something believable. Telling everyone that the president is your uncle might seem like a good idea at the time, but it is bound to backfire once you make some friends in the class and they find out that your dad, a car salesman named Alvin, is clearly not Barack Obama's brother.

Here are some examples of good and bad white lies to tell when you can't think of anything interesting about yourself:

GOOD:

"I was voted Most Likely To Be A Millionaire at the end of senior year."

BAD:

"I was voted Most Likely To Be A Millionaire, because I'm already a millionaire, and own several yachts."

GOOD:

"I once fell out of a treehouse."

BAD:

"I once fell out of a treehouse into a volcano, where I met a leprechaun named Nigel."

GOOD:

"I've never been to Disneyland."

BAD:

"I have a lifetime pass to Disneyland, because I was born on the Space Needle."

GOOD:

"I was once on the news by accident."

BAD:

"I once starred in a movie with Ryan Reynolds."

GOOD:

"I'm allergic to an obscure Guatemalan berry that is unlikely to be in any food I ever eat, so don't worry about it."

BAD:

"I'm allergic to all foods containing vowels."

GOOD:

"I'm a vegetarian." (College is a great time to suddenly become a vegetarian to impress people.)

BAD:

"I'm a trichophobic." (College is not a great time to suddenly have to fake a phobia of hair.)

GOOD:

"My mother was a hamster and my father smelled of elderberries." Anyone who gets this reference should be befriended at the first possible opportunity.

BAD:

"My uncle is Barack Obama."

It will end badly, just trust us.

Have you ever told a lie to impress people? (What was it?)

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Topics: lies, college, awkward situations, lying, icebreakers

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