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Stories of love, deception have long been entwined

Te’o’s false romance a story nearly as old as love

Heartbreak or hoax, the story of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and his fabricated girlfriend has become a national head-scratcher. But the idea of making up a story, or believing a lie, in the name of love has deep roots in popular culture.

We’ve been carrying on relationships — and misrepresenting ourselves — long before the tattoo sleeves worn by Te’o came into vogue. From Cyrano de Bergerac to the MTV show “Catfish,” romantic con games are as old as cupid’s bow and arrows.

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