We all like to exaggerate sometimes, and Brits are well known for telling slight porkies. Research has revealed that most Brits are exaggerating their experiences so that they appear to be more cultured to others.
More than 1 in 10 Brits have happily claimed to have eaten food they can’t stand, enjoyed a book they didn’t read, and watched a film that they’ve actually never seen.
It turns out that in an effort to appear to be more cultured, 35% of Brits would go on a cruise (if this sounds like you, there are a number of available), 14% would claim that they’ve visited a country they’ve never been to (sounds like a good way to get caught out), while 29% claim that they’re foodies.
The top films that Brits are lying about seeing include Pulp Fiction, The Godfather, Fight Club, To Kill a Mockingbird, and It’s a Wonderful Life. Even plays can’t escape the falsehoods, and the top plays that Brits claim to have seen include Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, A midsummer Night’s Dream, and King Lear.
Books are also popular, and To Kill a Mockingbird appears here as well. (Has anyone seen the movie or read the book?) Some of the other books commonly lied about include War and Peace, Pride and prejudice, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s’ Stone, and Life of Pi.
While I’m sure many people would love to travel to New Zealand one day, it’s currently one of the top destinations that people lie about visiting. Other ‘exaggerated’ destinations include Paris, Rome, Australia, and New York.
It turns out that even certain foods are no longer safe from our exaggerations. People lie about eating sushi, dark chocolate, rare steak, quinoa, and oysters.
Realistically, most Brits are relatively cultured already, and have no need to exaggerate. The average Brit reads 16 books a year, has 9 fine dining experiences each year, and watches 27 documentaries each year. They also visit the theatre 4 times, visit 4 countries or cities each year, and watch 7 independent films.
For people who feel like they need to get a little culture, exaggerating is a good way to get caught out. Instead, consider making an effort to do some of these experiences this year.
One great way to get lots of culture into your life is to take a cruise. If you cruise for 7 nights, you can visit 5 different countries. With 140 different meals served throughout your cruise, you’ve also got a pretty good chance of finally trying oysters. And you’ll also be able to pick from 20 hours of entertainment on board every day (much of it Broadway standard).
If you’re the type to do a little exaggerating when you’re talking to friends and family, make this year the year you can tell 100% truthful stories, while still coming across as just as cultured. Consider browsing a few cruises which will allow you to go to places many of your friends haven’t yet been.