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To Tell the Truth – Episode 1

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This week’s story is not all about nostalgia. It is about amazing events — perhaps real or perhaps fabricated. I have a series of short stories to tell. Each one is absolutely true... or completely false. There is no inbetween. In each case, your task is to discern if I am telling the truth.


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Remember the classic, old, TV game show, To Tell the Truth? Three people claimed to have performed or endured an amazing event (i.e. surviving a skydiving incident when both chutes failed, or going over Niagra Falls in a barrel). A celebrity panel would ask the contestants specific questions about the incident. One contestant would be telling the truth; the other two were imposters. After the questioning, each panel member would vote for the one he thought was telling the truth.

To Tell the Truth, in one form or another, aired on television from 1956 to 1981, and again in 1991 and 2001. (Here’s some real trivia for you. Mike Wallace — yes, the 60 Minutes Mike Wallace — was the host for the pilot episode of the show.)

This week’s story is not all about nostalgia. It is about amazing events — perhaps real or perhaps fabricated. I have a series of short stories to tell. Each one is absolutely true... or completely false. There is no inbetween. In each case, your task is to discern if I am telling the truth.

The stories go from mundane to supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. So, don’t sit back and “phone” this one in. You need to be on your toes here.

Let’s get started!

Case 1:

Tampa Bay is a large metropolitan area on the west coast of Florida. The major cities are Tampa and St. Petersburg (both circled on the map).

The St. Petersburg Times Forum is an entertainment venue with a seating capacity of about 18,000. The forum serves as the home for the Tampa Bay Lightning (the hockey team), and is “the” place for high-profile concerts.

The St. Petersburg Times Forum is located on Channelside Drive, in downtown... Tampa.

True or False? You make the call.

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