09/07/2012 04:42 pm ET Updated Nov 07, 2012

5 Ridiculous Lies That Fooled The Whole World

Being a con artist doesn't actually require exceptional intelligence. It just requires chutzpah that borders on neurosis. You see, because most people in the world are trusting souls, it often doesn't even occur to them that somebody's outrageous statement might be a lie. Con artists build their whole careers around good-hearted people saying to themselves, "But who would lie about that?"

Well, people like this, that's who ...