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LIARS LIARS; THE TRUTH ABOUT BIG FIBBERS.

SCOTS will be urged to avoid porkie pies on the second National Tell The Truth Day.

Brian King, author of The Lying Ape: An Honest Guide to aWorld of Deception, is behind the annual event on March 14.

The writer said: "I suspect most people won't last more than an hour or two before they are forced to deviate from the truth, either to get things done or to avoid a punch in the mouth.

"Some people won't even last ten minutes. It is not easy being truthful. I've tried it and it's got me into lots of trouble.

"People think they like the truth but they don't.

"The idea of National Tell The Truth Day is to test just how difficult it is to spend any period of time without lying.

"It might even give us clues on leading a more truthful existence.

Here, GAYLE RITCHIE looks at some of the world's most famous - and infamous - fibbers.

HEATHER MILLS

THE soon to be ex-wife of Sir Paul McCartney has been accused of a string of big fibs, including stealing the identity of a reporter with the same name to land a TV job. But Jonathan Ross provoked outrage after joking that he wouldn't be surprised if she still had two legs.

MILLI VANILLI

GERMAN duo Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus seemed set for superstardom after a hit debut album and a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1990. Instead, they became a worldwide laughing stock after being exposed as fakers who mimed their hits.

JADE GOODY

HER bullying rants were not the only problem for the Big Brother contestant after it emerged her new slim shape was less to do with the diet and exercise regime in her best-selling fitness DVD and more about expensive liposuction.

BRITNEY SPEARS

WHILE still a fresh-faced pop teen, the singer was the world's most famous virgin but later admitted to having had sex with her first boyfriend, fellow pop star Justin Timberlake. It was not the last blow to Britney's squeaky clean image.

PINOCCHIO

HE'S probably the world's most famous liar but never gets away with it thanks to his nose. His lengthening hooter has become a global symbol of deceit ever since Walt Disney adapted the Italian fairytale for the big screen.

JEFFREY ARCHER

THE lying lord did not confine his tall tales to his novels and was sent to jail for perjury after being caught inventing an alibi to win a libel case against a newspaper. Sadly, the bumptious fibber is now free to pollute our TV screens.

JONATHAN AITKEN

YET another Tory liar vowed to fight claims of improperly taking hospitality from the Saudis with his "simple sword of truth".

But it couldn't save him from 18 months in jail for lying under oath.

JOHN PROFUMO

THE Conservative Secretary of State for War denied an affair with vice girl Christine Keeler in 1962 but was forced to resign and come clean three months later as one of Britain's biggest sex and politics scandals gripped the nation.

RICHARD NIXON

TRICKY Dicky's televised insistence that there would be "no whitewash at the White House" would become one of the most notorious political whoppers of all time after the scandal of the Watergate breakin of 1972 was finally exposed.

MUNCHAUSEN

THE 18th century German nobleman's tall tales, including a trip to the moon and a ride on a cannonball, were immortalised in books and the big screen. Lent his name to the psychological syndrome where patients feign illness to get attention.

JAMES FREY

HIS harrowing autobiography A Million Little Pieces - about his years as an alcoholic and drug addict - became a bestseller after Oprah Winfrey plugged it but he was forced to apologise on her show after making up chunks of it.

BILL CLINTON

THE former president denied an affair with Monica Lewinsky in 1998 saying: "I have never had sexual relations with that woman." But investigators uncovered his romps in the Oval Office leaving Bill sleeping on the couch.

JAMES BLUNT

THE pop star was accused of fibbing to woo Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. He told her he had split up with his girlfriend Camilla Boler. New love Petra Nemcova, above left, won't stand for any more whoppers.

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HEATHER MILLS; MILLI VANILLI; JADE GOODY; BRITNEY SPEARS; PINOCCHIO; JEFFREY ARCHER; JONATHAN AITKEN; JOHN PROFUMO; RICHARD NIXON; MUNCHAUSEN; JAMES FREY; BILL CLINTON; JAMES BLUNT
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 25, 2007
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