If you are going to tell outrageous fibs, it is a good idea to do it when there is no one around to contradict you.
ONCE upon a time, a fox and an ape were travelling the same road, and passed through a cemetery.
The ape waved a leathery hand towards the rows of headstones. “All these” he said “mark the last resting place of slaves given their freedom by my ancestors”.
“I notice” said the fox drily “that you have picked the perfect spot to tell me this — in front of witnesses who are dead and buried, and cannot testify”.
And the moral of that is, the crafty liar chooses his time carefully.
Based on Aesop’s fables as told by Syntipas (Sindibad), an Indian storyteller of about 100 BC.