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Liar's club: Women 'misremember' car crashes, men lie more

Liar’s club: Women ‘misremember’ car crashes, men lie more

It may come as a shock to newlyweds, but husbands and wives are surprisingly prone to lie to each other–at least when it comes to damaging their car.

According to a survey from car-insurance adviser Insure.com, more than a third (35 percent) of the 1,000 married adults interviewed admitted to dinging the car and telling their spouse that someone else did it. Nearly a quarter of them admitted to concealing an actual crash. Not only is that a lot of lying, but it’s also a lot of crashing.

Like domestic chores, the honesty load is not evenly borne by the spouses. The survey showed that more than 40 percent of men admitted to shading the truth, while less than 30 percent of women did.


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And it even gets worse. Men are also less trusting of their wives, while women trust their husbands too much. Almost 40 percent of men either believe or believe it possible that their wife has kept a car accident a secret, while only 17 percent of the wives say they’ve actually done so. Meanwhile, a mere 23 percent of wives believe or think it possible their husbands have concealed a crash, while a whopping 31 percent of the husbands admitted they had (and consequently should be trading the garage for the dog house).

The sad truth is that a penchant for protective lies is nothing new. King Lear claimed he was a man “more sinned against than sinning,” but had he been an American husband, it would probably have been Mrs. Lear who had the stronger case. We bet if this royal couple were still around, they’d drive Buick Regals.

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