Magazine October 19, 2020, Issue

Fantastic Fibs and Where to Find Them

Women dressed as handmaids promote Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Austin, Tex., 2017. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Back when I was a kid — envision a quiet country neighborhood, rolling hills, children tooling around on bikes — I had a few friends who were more than a bit truth-challenged. Whether it was on the local baseball diamonds, in the halls of school, or on the various sets of mildly dangerous 1980s-style metal playground equipment we frequented, if there was a tall tale to be spun, they could roll it out in high style.

Picture a kid — we’ll call him “Carl McFibs” — holding court, a few other neighborhood kids gathered around, jaws agape. Did you know, for

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Heather Wilhelm is a columnist for National Review. Her work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, RealClearPolitics, the Washington Examiner, Commentary magazine, the Dallas Morning News, the Miami Herald, and the Kansas City Star

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