Truth or consequences: the art of lying

19.11.2012
Pop Chart Lab's visualization of the degrees of truth and lying

Shades of Grey

As the inimitable Gregory House, MD would say: everybody lies. From the whitest of  white-lie equivocations to the most truly mendacious assertions (we heard plenty of those in the past few months), lying comes to us as easily as breathing. Or speaking.

According to Pamela Meyer, the average person is lied to 10 to 200 times a day, and a stranger will lie to you three times in the first 10 minutes of a conversation. Then, of course, the lies take on a life of their own, spreading like a virus as they’re told and re-told to countless others.

Pop Chart Lab’s ingenious infographic depicts the topography of lying with truth located, appropriately, at true north and everything else in (not quite 50) shades of grey, descending into blackest black of outright deception. A beautiful picture of an ugly, but all-too-human trait.

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