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Pretend to be someone else? You know, when it doesn't matter... like when you're getting your hair cut at a walk-in place or talking to a stranger at the store? Have you ever wanted to answer the small talk question "What do you do?" with something totally off the wall? Or to make up another identity and see how long people believe you? Or even just give a wrong answer and see where it leads?<br><br>
I'm too chicken to do it. And I think it would backfire anyway. But the writer in me is still curious.<br><br>
Has anyone ever done it?
 

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my dad used to do this when we were vacationing... soooo embarrassing.
 

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i thought that was what the internet was for- i'm really a 12yo boy in singapore. you?<br><br>
no, really, i do, and on a very small scale i have- before i got married, i used to get my hair cut in random places, and i would 'embellish' my life in weird ways. but i always felt soo guilty for lying (although it was a rush while i did it), that i stopped.
 

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My dad does that sometimes, it can be really annoying. <i>But</i> he does it with women he's interested in as a way to gage her potential for a long term relationship. He comes up with something that is somewhere along a very fine line between believable and completely ridiculous. If she believes him, it's over in two weeks. If she doesn't he usually ends up marrying her.
 

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I guess I have just never been brave enough to even contemplate it. So, not really. But, I have dreampt about being someone else (usually someone in the medieval times period or Lora off Little House on the Prairie). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">my dad does that sometimes, it can be really annoying. <i>but</i> he does it with women he's interested in as a way to gage her potential for a long term relationship. He comes up with something that is somewhere along a very fine line between believable and completely ridiculous. If she believes him, it's over in two weeks. If she doesn't he usually ends up marrying her.</div>
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usually?!?
 

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I've always wanted to be somebody else - not just a different life or career or experience, but actually look completely different - so I could try to seduce my husband. I think it'd be fun. You never get that first passionate rush of meeting someone back, you know?
 

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I give the wrong name sometimes at Starbucks. Which I go to maybe once a year. Exciting life. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Last time I called myself Diana, and ended up being called "Deanna", but under the circumstances it seemed churlish to correct them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Smokering. I would try that, except that my 3yo would give me away!
 

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When I was in college, it was a running gag to give the wrong name at the deli across from campus. The guys who worked there were good sports, and they'd cheerfully call out whatever crazy name you wrote on your order slip. I was too chicken to put anything other than a normal name that wasn't my own, but lots of other people went the whole Mike Hunt route. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I've been tempted to do as the OP described, but I never do it because I'm sure that somehow I would meet that person again and they'd think of me as some weird liar.
 

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Ive done it. During my much wilder days. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hide.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hide"> Before i entertained the idea of having children. I was with my husband, but we werent married yet.<br><br>
Lets just say it was at a bar in a very small town and things got......interesting. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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He's on wife number 5 now... So far so good though so it might be the one that lasts.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My dad does that sometimes, it can be really annoying. <i>But</i> he does it with women he's interested in as a way to gage her potential for a long term relationship. He comes up with something that is somewhere along a very fine line between believable and completely ridiculous. If she believes him, it's over in two weeks. If she doesn't he usually ends up marrying her.</div>
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An old friend and I used to do this a lot when we were teenagers. We’d meet people on the bus or at the mall and make up these totally crazy stories and personalities. We’d talk in different accents. My main alter ego was Russian; her name was “Svetlana” lmao. We were a little…umm.. out there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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i love these stories!<br><br>
Come to think of it, i think my dad encouraged this. i remember on long trips as a kid, my dad telling us to use our imagination to keep ourselves occupied. I remember that my sister and i would pretend to sign so that passersby thought there were two deaf girls in the car and my dad thought this was hilarious. We also would enact whole silent scenarios for our mobile audiences- fake fights, tears, the works.
 

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My friends and I would do this in high school. We had foreign exchange student friends from Russia, and they'd coach us in enough Russian to hold fake conversations, and how to speak English with a Russian accent, and we'd go around town pretending we were Russian.<br><br>
Somehow I don't think the cashiers at Taco Bell ever cared, but when you're a bunch of dorky high school students who don't drink or party, you find all sorts of ways to amuse yourself.
 

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I did this as a teen. My BFF and I would go out and introduce ourselves to random people as people visiting from another place and we always concocted these great stories. We met a lot of interesting people and went to some very interesting parties. We noted that guys were very gullible but girls usually saw straight through us.<br><br>
There were a couple of occasions where I then ran into people later on and got busted as having lied which was horribly embarrassing to me at the time. Now I would probably just laugh!
 

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That is very Seinfeld: George kastanza - "I'm an architect"<br><br>
That would be fun, but on the off chance I might see them again I wouldn't do this. Maybe if I were on vacation that could be fun. Can't be too crazy- I still have kids and a DH no changing that LOL
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i give the wrong name sometimes at starbucks. Which i go to maybe once a year. Exciting life. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> last time i called myself diana, and ended up being called "deanna", but under the circumstances it seemed churlish to correct them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"></div>
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I did this once, about 5 years ago. I had flown back to Seattle from D.C. and my gf was picking me up. On the way home, she asks if I want to go out and get a drink...sure! Well, we may be meeting this guy she liked...and his friends...at a club in Olympia. I was kind of ticked, then I find out that there were all lower enlisted (E-3, E-4) and I was really ticked. I was an E-6 at the time I had no desire to talk about why I was in D.C., what I did in the military, blah, blah, blah. So, I was a school teacher for the night. It lasted for a couple hours, then I got tired of them trying to explain every single military term to me, so finally I was like, "Yeah, I got it. I outrank all of you." It was fun for a while, though.
 
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