How to Play 2 Truths and a Lie

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Two Truths and a Lie is one of the most popular ice breaker games. It is often used by teachers in adult classrooms, is a great way to start a meeting, and is perfect for any gathering where you'd like people to get to know one another. It's easy and fun and doesn't make everyone want to run from the room.

How to Play Two Truths and a Lie

This is an incredibly easy game to play and you won't need any materials, just a group of people. It is ideal for 10 to 15 people. If you have a larger gathering, divide people up into manageable groups so it doesn't take longer than 15 to 20 minutes to get through everyone.

Instructions: Tell the group that each person will introduce themselves by stating two truths and one lie. They don't have to be intimate, life-revealing things, just simple hobbies, interests, or past experiences that make each person unique. The lie can be outrageous, wacky, or sound like a truth and the rest of the participants have to guess which statement is a lie. 

For example, "Hi, I'm Mary. My hair was almost to my waist in high school, I talked to Cher in an airport coffee shop, and I speak four languages."

To get you started and give you some ideas, we have a list of 50 statements your group might want to use. Once you get them started, it's super easy and can be very funny. You'll often find that some people's truths are more unbelievable than their lie.

01
of 50

I love horror movies.

02
of 50

I have never been ice skating.

03
of 50

I can't stay awake past 10 p.m.

04
of 50

I am afraid of birds.

05
of 50

I am color blind.

06
of 50

I love chocolate chip pancakes.

07
of 50

I love solving math equations.

08
of 50

I have been interviewed on the BBC.

09
of 50

I home-schooled my kids.

10
of 50

I love eating tomatoes and mushrooms.

11
of 50

I learned three languages and can't speak any of them.

12
of 50

I can do a pirouette on pointe.

13
of 50

I can run 5 miles in under 45 minutes.

14
of 50

I have autographs from Sonny and Cher.

15
of 50

I can play the guitar.

16
of 50

I have been ice fishing.

17
of 50

I have flown in a hot air balloon.

18
of 50

I have been bungy jumping.

19
of 50

I have never been to Vegas.

20
of 50

I am a classically trained pianist.

21
of 50

I play the harmonica.

22
of 50

I have a banana tree in my yard.

23
of 50

I am shy on the phone.

24
of 50

I love camping.

25
of 50

I won a mud wrestling contest.

26
of 50

I drive a convertible.

27
of 50

I see dead people.

28
of 50

I was an Olympic swimmer.

29
of 50

I have been stung by a jellyfish.

30
of 50

I have driven a monster truck.

31
of 50

I have been in a Hollywood movie.

32
of 50

I can juggle seven oranges.

33
of 50

I won a pie-eating contest.

34
of 50

I have met Julia Roberts.

35
of 50

I play in a rock band.

36
of 50

I grow most of my own food.

37
of 50

I can list the U.S. state capitals alphabetically.

38
of 50

I love eating oysters.

39
of 50

I can play a guitar behind my back.

40
of 50

I won a "Funniest Home Videos" prize.

41
of 50

I live in an underground home.

42
of 50

I am a vegan.

43
of 50

I have a tattoo of a shark, but I can't show you.

44
of 50

I climbed the Grand Teton.

45
of 50

I have eaten kangaroo.

46
of 50

I had lunch with George Clooney.

47
of 50

I used to dress like Cyndi Lauper.

48
of 50

I sleep only four hours a night.

49
of 50

I won a national drawing contest.

50
of 50

I was in the Peace Corps.

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Peterson, Deb. "How to Play 2 Truths and a Lie." ThoughtCo, Sep. 13, 2017, thoughtco.com/2-truths-lie-idea-list-1-31144. Peterson, Deb. (2017, September 13). How to Play 2 Truths and a Lie. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/2-truths-lie-idea-list-1-31144 Peterson, Deb. "How to Play 2 Truths and a Lie." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/2-truths-lie-idea-list-1-31144 (accessed October 18, 2017).