Gullible (definition) Easily led or cheated. Credulous.
I’m surprised they don’t link out to me after that; after all I am one of the most gullible people on the planet. I don’t know what it is, but hit me with some true sounding fact and I’m all over it. I would go down in history as being the worst contestant on Balderdash. I fall for anything and everything. I would like to think it is due to my trusting nature but I think it’s because I just take people at face value as I often couldn’t be bothered to think up something so elaborate.
I don’t mind being laughed at. I laugh at myself on a regular basis. Especially after some of the clangers I have fallen for.
Let me introduce you to Adam (I would give him an alias but due to his past vocalising on my blog posts, it’s a bit late for anonymity). He knew straight away that I was an easy target, and went about constructing some of the most hilarious things for me to believe. Some of them I saw right through, but the rest of them I fell for, hook, line and sinker. There are two particular ones that stick in my mind, and as I don’t seem to have a filter on what to reveal and what to keep to myself… are you sitting comfortably?
In Germany, while queuing to get our flight back home after spending the weekend in Baden Baden (so good they named it twice), Adam asks to look at my passport. I give it to him. He comments on the three letters above my country of issue, and how his are different. This is fantastic, someone who hasn’t fallen over laughing at the fact that I look like a female Harry Potter with a funny face in my passport picture! I ask why. He then proceeds to tell me this convoluted story about how his Dad is a spy (or something. I’m sure he will chip in) and that the three letters mean that if there is a terrorist attack and the police turn up at the airport, he has special clearance to be removed first as due to his family, he is a target. I look at him sceptically. He embellishes the story, giving me perfect reason to think he is telling the truth. I mean why go to all the effort otherwise? It didn’t dawn on me that if this was the truth he probably wouldn’t be shouting about it, but moving on. I literally believed this story for a good half an hour, with all the people in the queue thinking that I must be the most stupid person on earth, before he tells me the truth. I attack him with said passport, about his smug face, but in a low key way just in case passport control think I am actually assaulting him and refuse to let me back on the aircraft.
The other favourite lie was telling me that his computer was voice activated. The problem was with the developments in technology, it could have been. I’m sure my cousin once had a word programme that she talked into to help her with her dyslexia, so this one was a feasible application, or so I thought. So I ask him some questions and then feel safe in the knowledge that someone is not pulling my leg and that he has a pretty cool computer. I don’t really care as I know as much about computers as the economic climate in Cambodia, and therefore it goes completely over my head. I proceed with the next conversation. But before he goes all red and looks like he is about to explode, and has to reveal he is a massive liar.
What stories have you fallen for?
If you need more Belle related gullibility, please go back and read Tell Me Sweet Little Lies.