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John Oliver Likes Lying About History Almost As Much As He Likes Lying About Geography

“Lying is incredibly fun,” says John Oliver in his latest Web exclusive. “In fact, the only thing that feels better than lying to someone”—and we already know how much Oliver loves lying about geography—“is lying to someone, then regaining their trust, and then lying to them again.”

In that spirit of deception, Oliver has announced that a book you probably thought was fake, Stranger Than Truth: John Oliver’s 101 Favorite History Lies, is actually becoming a reality. As a preview, he rattles off several zany history non-facts that you only hope were true. The last lie that Oliver reveals is by far the most crushing.

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