Honesty Day

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Honesty Day is celebrated on April 30 in the United States. It was invented by M. Hirsh Goldberg, who chose the last day of April since the first day of that month, which is April Fools' Day, celebrates falsehoods.[1][2][3] On this day, anyone participating may ask any question they choose and the opposing person should give a truthful and straightforward answer. This is implying that the person who is answering the question has knowledge of Honesty Day.[4]

History[edit]

M. Hirsh Goldberg, who was a former press secretary of Maryland and writer of many novels, created the holiday in the early 1990s while writing the first draft and researching for his book The Book of Lies: Fibs, Tales, Schemes, Scams, Fakes, and Frauds That Have Changed The Course of History and Affect Our Daily Lives.[5] The book, which was first published in May 1991, describes the lies that are told everyday from the beginning of time. Goldberg believed that Honesty Day should fall at the end of the month of April because from April 1 and onwards are full of deceitful lies and pranks brought upon by April Fools' Day.[6]

Critics speculate that Goldberg came up with the holiday in order to sell more books while others believe National Honesty Day was designed to commemorate the truthfulness of presidents and other past noble leaders, such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Many believe that it is a day for stories to be told of great honesty, such as George Washington cutting down the cherry tree. Furthermore, Honesty Day encouraged national truth and honesty.[7][8]

Honesty Day is also a campaign for prevention against the most deceitful lies in history such as the 1972 Richard Nixon Watergate Scandal, France’s Dreyfus Affair, and Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme. It is to urge politicians to stay away from lies and tell the truth. Every April 30th, Goldberg himself gives out honesty awards to companies, organizations, groups, and individuals that have remained truthful to their people.[9][10][11]

Trivia[edit]

According to Times Dispatch, a recent Gallup poll found that nurses are the most honest people. In contrast, lobbyists, salesmen, and Congress are supposedly the least honest people.[12]

According to Goldberg’s book The Book of Lies: Fibs, Tales, Schemes, Scams, Fakes, and Frauds That Have Changed The Course of History and Affect Our Daily Lives, the average person lies about 200 times a day with lies including omission and white lies.[13]

According to a poll conducted by London’s Science Museum upon 3,000 British citizens, the average British man tells three lies a day, while the average woman tells two lies a day. The average lie for a man is “I didn’t drink that much!” and for a woman it is “Nothings wrong, i'm fine”. Also according to the poll, people are more than likely to lie to their mothers.[14]

Worldwide[edit]

Italy also observes national truth day in December on the Sunday before Christmas[citation needed] . Like Honesty Day in the United States, the purpose of the holiday in Italy serves as a day to protest against commercial manipulation and exploitation as well as unfulfilled promises. In Canada, however, it is the first day of April.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Carroll, Eoin (30 April 2012). "National Honesty Day: This story is an attempt to get Web traffic". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Prestidge, Holly (29 April 2012). "Honesty Day: Would we lie to you?". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Today Is National Honesty Day, April Fool's Day's Unpopular Cousin". The Inquisitr. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  4. ^ WebProNews,"National Honesty Day: The Truth and Nothing But,""Web Pro News", April 30, 2012.
  5. ^ "The Book Of Lies Review.". Google. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Kvesic, Ivana (30 April 2012). "National Honesty Day Observed Aprile 30th In Promotion of Truth". Christian Post. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  7. ^ O'Carroll, Eoin (30 April 2012). "Natioal Honesty Day: This story is an attempt to get Web traffic". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Kvesic, Ivana (30 April 2012). "National Honesty Day Observed Aprile 30th In Promotion of Truth". Christian Post. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  9. ^ O'Carroll, Eoin (30 April 2012). "Natioal onesty Day: This story is an attempt to get Web traffic". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Kvesic, Ivana (30 April 2012). "National Honesty Day Observed Aprile 30th In Promotion of Truth". Christian Post. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Watergate: The Scandal That Brought Down Richard Nixon". Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  12. ^ O'Carroll, Eoin (30 April 2012). "Natioal onesty Day: This story is an attempt to get Web traffic". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  13. ^ O'Carroll, Eoin (30 April 2012). "Natioal onesty Day: This story is an attempt to get Web traffic". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  14. ^ O'Carroll, Eoin (30 April 2012). "Natioal onesty Day: This story is an attempt to get Web traffic". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 5 November 2012.