The harsh climate requires women to wear year-round parkas.And judging entirely on Saturday morning cartoons, all Russians either actively plot world domination or kill bears for breakfast (or in the case of Vladimir Putin, both).
The older you are, though, the less likely you are to fib, according to a study commissioned by Beautiful People.com, an online dating site where users are voted into the community.
Here, we examine the most frequent fabrications, how to spot them in others' profiles and why they're not worth including in yours.1.
Height Both sexes tell tall tales, but men are more than twice as likely to (literally) stretch the truth.
Twenty-two percent of guys and 10% of women in the Beautiful poll admitted to fibbing here. The UW/Cornell study measured participants in person and found more than 50% were untruthful about their heights in their online profiles, with guys fibbing "significantly more." Who can blame them?
Unless this is the best light possible, in which case be glad you ended up on the winning side of the Cold War.
Think his online dating profile sounds too good to be true?
There's reason to be suspect: Most people are dishonest on dating sites.
In fact, a study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University found that 80% of online daters lie about their height, weight or age.
"Everyone knows women prefer tall men on the whole," says Erika Ettin, who founded A Little Nudge to coach people on their online dating profiles.