In parochial school students are taught that lying is a sin. However, Instructors also advised that using a bit of imagination was OK to express the Truth differently without lying.
Below is a perfect example of those teachings:
GETTING A HAIR DRYER THROUGH CUSTOMS
An attractive young woman on a flight from Ireland asked the Priest beside her, 'Father, may I ask a favor?'
'Of course child. What may I do for you?'
'Well, I bought my mother an expensive hair dryer for her birthday.
It is unopened but I'm afraid they'll confiscate it on the check out customs line. Is there any way you could carry it through customs for me? Hide it under your robes perhaps?'
'I would love to help you, dear, but I must warn you, I have never lie nor will I lie now.'
Father, 'With your honest face, no one will question you.'
When they got to Customs, she let the priest go first.
The official asked, 'Father, do you have anything to declare?'
'From the top of my head down to my waist I have nothing to declare.'
The official thought this answer was kind of strange, so he asked, 'And what do you have to declare from your waist to the floor?'
The Priest said, "I have a marvelous instrument designed to be used on a woman, but which is, to date, unused.'
Roaring with laughter, the official said, 'Go ahead, Father. Next please!'
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