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Men are bigger liars, according to British study

By the CNN Wire Staff
About 3,000 Britons ages 18 and older took the survey.
About 3,000 Britons ages 18 and older took the survey.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • About 3,000 Britons aged 18 and older took the survey by London Science Museum
  • The most common fib for men is denying that they've had too much to drink
  • Both sexes direct most of the falsehoods at their poor moms

London, England (CNN) -- Men lie the most and feel less guilty about it -- but women are the better liars, a British survey has found.

The most common fib for men is denying that they've had too much to drink.

For women? "Nothing's wrong; I'm fine."

Both sexes direct most of the falsehoods at their poor moms.

A British man tells an average three lies daily or roughly 1,092 a year, the study by the Science Museum of London found.

Women, on the other hand, said they lie twice a day, which adds up to 728 a year.

About 3,000 Britons ages 18 and older took the survey. Twenty- five percent of men admitted they've lied to the mothers while only 20 percent of women admitted the same.

Top men's lies
1. I didn't have much to drink
2. Nothing's wrong, I'm fine
3. I had no signal
4. It wasn't that expensive
5. I'm on my way
6. I'm stuck in traffic
7. Your bum doesn't look big in that
8. Sorry, I missed your call
9. You've lost weight
10. It's just what I've always wanted

"Lying may seem to be an unavoidable part of human nature but it's an important part of social interaction," said Katie Maggs, associate medical curator at the museum.

"The jury is still out as to whether human quirks like lying are the result of our genes, evolution or our upbringing."

Men mostly lie about drinking habits while women claim nothing is wrong, when in effect, something is wrong, Maggs said.

Fifty-five percent of British people consider women better liars, according to the study.

Top women's lies
1. Nothing's wrong, I'm fine
2. I don't know where it is
3. It wasn't that expensive
4. I didn't have much to drink
5. I've got a headache
6. It was in the sale
7. I'm on my way
8. Oh, I've had this ages
9. No, I didn't throw it away
10. It's just what I've always wanted

More than two-thirds of people polled believe women are better at nailing someone telling lie.

When it comes to having a conscience, women are on the forefront, as well: Eighty-two percent say they feel guilty after telling a lie, compared with 70 percent of men.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.

Turns out, he was on to something.