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Brits Are Lying About Where They've Been in the World to Seem More Cultured

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 8 May 2017
It turns out the UK is a nation of naughty fibbers!

According to a new (and quite hilarious) study, the people of Britain have been lying about where they’ve been, what they’ve read and what they’ve been eating in a bid to appear more cultured.

The research carried out by MSC Cruises UK revealed that 21 percent of the 2,000 people surveyed had lied about where they have been in the world, with places like New Zealand, New York, Australia and Rome topping the list of areas Brits have actually never been to.

Is this a rerun of Mean Girls? We wish, but it seems the Brits are willing to do anything nowadays to make them fit into the cool squad. So much so that even the ‘wannabee’ book nerds said they’ve read the likes of Tolstoy’s War and Peace and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to look cooler. Really? The most shocking literary revelation though, was that the British actually lied about reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Utter blasphemy.

In addition to lying about travel, food and books, four in ten respondents said they also watched films like Pulp Fiction, The Godfather, Fight Club, and The Graduate to seem more culturally in tune. If that’s not embarrassing enough, the fake foodies were just as bad with oodles of them claiming to love sushi, dark chocolate, quinoa and oysters. No shame.

It just looks like the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake then after all.

Here’s the top 10 places Brits have lied about travelling to.

1. New Zealand

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2. New York

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3. Australia

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4. Rome

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5. Paris

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6. Iceland

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7. Cuba

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8. Brazil

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9. Venice

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10. Jamaica

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