How to Play Two Truths and a Lie

Bonus: Inspiration for Your Lie

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

To get started, give out the instructions to the group by letting them know 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, making it even harder for the other participants who have to guess which statement is a lie. 

Each person goes one at a time, and the group has to guess which statements are true, and which statement is a lie. It's up to your group if you wish to keep score and see who correctly guesses the lies, or just play for fun to get to know each other.

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." Many people might assume that talking to Cher in an airport would be most unlikely, and choose that as the lie. However, Mary also might not speak four languages, or maybe her hair was never that long. 

When giving your own two truths and a lie, to help increase the difficulty for the others who have to guess the lie, be sure to speak slowly and clearly on all three statements. Some players opt to stick with three short and simple statements to avoid giving away too much information with tone or body language. Others choose a theme to stick with for their statements. "Hi, I'm John. I used to have blue hair, I drive a blue car, and I love blueberries."

When guessing the lies of the others in your group, watch for changes in tone, rate of speech, voice changes, and nervous body language, all of which could be signs that the statement someone is giving is a lie. You can always ask them to repeat their statements, as well. 

In the instance that you're in a group with someone you know well, don't give it away and rob the other players of a chance to get to know that person. Hold your comments and speak up only at the end if not one else gets it. And, share how you know that person.  

Once you get 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. 

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I love horror movies.

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I have never been ice skating.

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

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I am afraid of birds.

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I am color blind.

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I love chocolate chip pancakes.

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I love solving math equations.

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I have been interviewed on the BBC.

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I home-schooled my kids.

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I love eating tomatoes and mushrooms.

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

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I can do a pirouette on pointe.

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I can run 5 miles in under 45 minutes.

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I have autographs from Sonny and Cher.

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I can play the guitar.

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I have been ice fishing.

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I have flown in a hot air balloon.

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I have been bungy jumping.

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I have never been to Vegas.

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I am a classically trained pianist.

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I play the harmonica.

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I have a banana tree in my yard.

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I am shy on the phone.

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I love camping.

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I won a mud wrestling contest.

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I drive a convertible.

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I have never broken a bone.

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I was an Olympic swimmer.

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I have been stung by a jellyfish.

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I have driven a monster truck.

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I have been in a Hollywood movie.

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I can juggle seven oranges.

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I won a pie-eating contest.

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I have met Julia Roberts.

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I play in a rock band.

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I grow most of my own food.

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

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I love eating oysters.

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I can play a guitar behind my back.

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I won a "Funniest Home Videos" prize.

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I live in an underground home.

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I am a vegan.

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

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I climbed the Grand Teton.

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I have eaten kangaroo.

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I had lunch with George Clooney.

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I used to dress like Cyndi Lauper.

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I sleep only four hours a night.

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I won a national drawing contest.

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I was in the Peace Corps.