This joke came through my inbox and it made me think instead of laugh...
Two boys were arguing when the teacher entered the room. The teacher asked, "Why are you
One boy answered, "We found a ten-dollar bill and decided to give it to whoever tells the biggest lie."
"You should be ashamed of yourselves," said the teacher.
"When I was your age, I didn't even know what a lie was."
The boys gave the ten dollars to the teacher.
How often does an authority figure overstate the case and in the end miss the opportunity all together and lose credibility.