Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI
Dec 31 2004

Racine man's fib brings home a prize

Racine - Marderos Nersesian was inspired to lie while sitting, gazing
at a rain-swollen, windswept lake near his cabin in Phillips.

And today he is the World Champion Liar, at least according to the
tall tale-loving Burlington Liars Club. Nersesian's winning entry in
the club's annual contest came from the lakeside:

"We had so much rain during the spring and summer seasons," the
Racine resident wrote, "there were puddles on our lake."

Maybe it's no knee-slapper, but any original thought that coaxes even
a grin ain't all bad.

"I enjoy witty things. I enjoy laughing. I enjoy jokes," Nersesian,
68, a retired art teacher, said Thursday. "You've got to have
laughter in your life somewhere."

Nersesian, a "full-blooded Armenian" known as Mardy, is a South
Milwaukee native who for 38 years taught in Racine, 33 of them at
Horlick High School. The puddles story was his first entry in the
contest, which the club says attracted more than 300 stories from 11

Nersesian appreciates the parchment certificate he received but isn't
sure he'll try to reclaim his title next year.

"I don't want to make a reputation as a liar," he said.