"Facts I know are false." A wonderful Orwellian statement if there ever was one. According to Webster's Online, a "Fact" is "something that has actual existence... ...in truth." So how could a "fact" be false if it means something that it true?
I was going to write to the insurance company and let them know that they should change to form to read, "I know it is a crime to fill out this form with statements I know are false." But then I started to think about it, and came to the conclusion that maybe they're right.
There are lots of "facts we know are false" such as:
- Don't make ugly faces; somebody could hit you on the back and the muscles will freeze like that forever
- You'll go blind if you keep that up
- Depending on your point of view; O.J. Simpson is guilty / innocent
- This stock is recession-proof
- George W. Bush was elected president of the United States