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World's Biggest Liar fibs for win


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LONDON, England (Reuters) -- The World's Biggest Liar kept his title for a second year, fending off competitors at a northern England pub by boasting of his exploits on a wooden motorcycle.

George Kemp, 35, told how he rode a balsa wood motorcycle to victory at the Isle of Man TT race, stopping to take advice from formula one driver Nigel Mansell who was walking his dog on the course.

"It was very tight this year," competition organizer Ian Congdon said by phone from the Bridge Inn, Santon Bridge, where competitors were still noisily celebrating. "It could have gone any way between two or three people."

One competitor boasted of how he had disproved a theory that French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte had only one testicle, while another told of an expedition to Africa where he had met Elvis Presley.

In second place was former five-time winner John Graham, who was stripped of his crown last year by Kemp with the tale of his grandfather's greyhound, which gave birth to pups in the middle of a race before going on to win, followed by the puppies.

A panel of six judges sits through the performances and then retires to consider its verdict.

"The entrants try very hard to keep a straight face," said Congdon. "They're judged on delivery, humor -- anything that keeps you entertained, and George certainly did that."

The winner gets the princely sum of 25 pounds ($39.49) in cash, a tie proclaiming them the World's Biggest Liar and a silver cup they can keep for a year.

The competition in the picturesque Lake District, which attracts interest from around the world, was inspired by 19th century Bridge Inn landlord Will Ritson who kept his customers entertained with fictitious tales about the surrounding area.



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