A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17.” The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, “Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying.”
Big Whopper Liar Day is a wacky holiday that even Pinocchio can appreciate! It began back in 1988… every third Saturday in September, people have gathered in New Harmony, Indiana to celebrate fish tales! The event was started by local trickster Aubry Robison, Jr., and even after his death the event lived on.
Here’s how it works. About fifteen contestants take the stage in front of a crowd of four hundred folks. Each contestant gets four minutes to spin the most incredible yarn they can come up with. A team of judges award points for exaggeration, humor, stage presence and storytelling ability.
It only costs $5 to get in (for spectators and contestants). It’s a small price to pay to hear or share a great whopper lie!
The event is now a part of Kunstfest, a weekend-long German period festival in New Harmony.
Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Give a fish a man, and he’ll eat for weeks! – Toshihiro Kawabata
A monastery is in financial trouble, so it goes into the fish-and-chips business to raise money. One night a customer knocks on its door. A monk answers. The customer asks, “Are you the fish friar?” “No,” he replies. “I’m the chip monk.”