A western Iowa woman has been named one of the world’s greatest liars. 82-year-old Maxine Christensen, of Exira, entered the annual fibber’s festival by mailing in a tall tale to the Burlington (Wisconsin) Liars Club. Out of some 300 entries from as far away as New Zealand and South Africa, Christensen won one of five honorable mentions. Christensen says she likes “to think of it as sending in jokes rather than sending in lies.” Christensen’s prize-winning fib was about a man who died and a survivor who continued getting a bill for 22-dollars 50-cents each week — for the deceased’s rented tuxedo in which he was buried. Christensen says this is the third time she’s entered the “World Champion Liar” contest and, honestly, has placed among the top finishers all three years.The first year Christensen entered, 2001, she won the competition and was named the World Champion Liar and has the parchment certificate to prove it. She says her grand champion lie involved her old car. She says the car had 300-thousand miles on it and was so old, when she took it to the license bureau, she was told the car would have to have both upper and lower plates. Christensen is a freelance writer for a Cass County newspaper, the Atlantic News-Telegraph.
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