Prepare to tell your tall tale today

Jack and the Beanstalk, Pecos Bill and Paul Bunyan – these are the part of the foundation of American folklore. And they are all lies. Good stories, but lies.

Stories stretched into tall tales are what we’re looking for at today’s Liar’s Contest. The contest will take up the first part of the regular Tuesday Talent event at noon in the Eppley Amphitheater.

picture disc.So, prepare a five-minute, work-appropriate, tall tale to tell at the contest, which will be judged by three respected UNMC faculty members — a librarian, a lawyer and a psychiatrist, who have read them all, told them all and heard them all.

Judges are:

  • Nancy Woelfl, Ph.D., director and professor, McGoogan Library of Medicine;
  • Rick Spellman, J.D., associate general counsel health sciences; and
  • Chanel Helgason, M.D., assistant professor, psychiatry.

picture disc.

What ribbon will you take home? Will it be the Liar Liar Pants on Fire Award (first place), The Bunch of Bull Award (second place) or The Full of Hot Air Award (third).
Ribbons worthy of showing off with pride will go to:
  • First place — Best liar at UNMC
  • Second place — Purt near the best liar at UNMC
  • Third place — Nigh on becoming the best liar at UNMC

Stories will be judged on technique, originality and story development — a good beginning, middle and end.

The second part of the program will feature Fran Higgins, administrative associate in the School of Allied Health Professions. In observance of St. Patrick’s Day, she will sing Irish songs and encourage a sing-a-long.

So, come and tell a tall tale, sing some Irish songs or just listen at today’s Talent Tuesday.