Tall tales and artful exaggeration

May 18, 2014

“The art of lying dates to ancient times, and tall tales are found throughout the world…. [yet] comic, artful exaggeration was a particularly American form of humor,” said the largest sea bass in the world, right after I caught him.*

*The largest sea bass ever might have been quoting “The Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century.”

GABBERT, LISA “Folktales and Tall Tales.” Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century. Farmington: Gale, 2000. Credo Reference. Web. 18 May 2014

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