Crying “Tori!”

July 21st, 2009

So, yesterday, a friend of mine mentioned on Facebook that Hoda Kotb was on vacation and Tori Spelling was guest-hosting with Kathie Lee.

Imagine my shock when I got to the studio today and saw–Tori Spelling. In fact, when I saw her in the dressing room, I vaguely thought, “Wow, that chick kinda looks like Tori Spelling. Pretty funny, considering what my friend said.”

Because this friend–if she’s anything like she used to be in high school, when last, pre-Facebook, I knew her–is entirely the kind of person who would make something like that up just to rattle me. It never even occurred to me that she was telling the truth.

I have another, similar, story about a mischief-making friend who told me something shocking and improbable that turned out to be true, and because I was so sure that he was making it up, I very nearly committed a horrible faux pas.* If you’re my friend, you probably know this story; if not, it involves too many innocent parties for me to write about.

But have you ever done this? Discounted a true statement because a friend was such a joker? Or do I have an unusually high percentage of friends who like to play mild practical jokes of this sort?

Or do I have an unusually suspicious nature?

*Frankly, if I’d said what I almost did, it would have blasted through the atmosphere of “faux pas” and gone faster than light into the deep space of “dick move,” it would have been so bad.


5 Responses to “Crying “Tori!””

  1. Vicki on July 21, 2009 2:26 pm

    A playful coworker of mine decided to announce she was pregnant with her first child on April Fools’ Day. I didn’t believe her, but it was the truth.

  2. Dave's not here! on July 21, 2009 2:40 pm

    So, does that fact that you don’t believe much of what these people tell you imply that there are some people you would believe in such situations? In that case I think you’re probably just about normal. If you were overly suspicious you would be more like me — I tend to discount just about anything anyone tells me until I can verify it independently. Although I like to think of myself as “skeptical” rather than “suspicious”.

  3. Fillyjonk on July 21, 2009 2:53 pm

    THAT’S her name! I can’t believe it slipped my mind… must have been because she was out of context.

  4. WES on July 21, 2009 3:05 pm

    I think it is good to be skeptical of jokers, and quite frankly it is the price they pay for being a joker.

  5. Carolyn (Cambridge) on July 22, 2009 8:44 am

    I’m reminded of Richard Feynman’s story about an MIT frat house prank that he pulled.
    When they canvassed the residents about who did it, he confessed, in such an ironic tone that nobody believed him. What’s more, they wouldn’t believe later that he had told the truth.
    I have pulled this off myself, once or twice–it’s the benefit of being literal-minded, the upside of my gullibility.

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