On a slow new week in 1929, reporters Otis Hullett and Manuel Hahn fabricated a news story about a lying contest between the Police and Fire Departments in Burlington. It seems the police and firemen were sitting around the station on New Years Day, and wanted to see who could fabricate the biggest lie. The winner, hands down, was the Chief of Police, who denied ever telling a lie in his life.
Picked up by the news services, the story gather enough interest that the AP contacted Hullett the following year for the name of the new champion. A winner was selected and the contest was born.
Each year the lies poured into Burlington. Hullett formed first a national and then an international club. Membership was originally a lie and a thin dime. Inflation has pushed the price up to a one time fee of a dollar and the lie. From the beginning, however, membership has been restricted to amateurs, thus denying membership to politicians.
Hullett closed the club in 1979, but the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce financed its reopening in 1980. The club still sponsors it annual contest and the winning lie is announced each New Years Day.
The city of Burlington has placed several bronze plaques which commemorate the Liar's Club. The coordinates given below will take you to 7 of these plaques. You should visit each of these locations to determine answers to questions below and construct the coordinates of the cache. Note that these coordinates also contain some of the answers to the questions used for "Burlington Liars Club Final - The Whopper", , so you may want to get those answers at the same time. Also note that half of the coordinate formula for "Burlington Liars Club Final - The Whopper", can be found in this cache.
The waypoints are:
- N 42° 40.731' W 088° 16.710'
- N 42° 40.704' W 088° 16.555'
- N 42° 40.715' W 088° 16.521'
- N 42° 40.717' W 088° 16.483' (This one is hiding in a flower bed, not on a building.)
- N 42° 40.578' W 088° 16.425'
- N 42° 40.474' W 088° 16.333'
- N 42° 40.937' W 088° 16.454'
The cache is located at:
N 42° 4A.BCD W 088° 1E.FGH
- A = the first digit of the year where a lie about a chile pepper won the contest) minus 1
- B = the number of letters in the first name of the 1984 winner
- C = (the number of letters in hometown of the winner telling a lie about a mule) minus 1
- D = the second digit of the year Orrin Butts won the contest
- E = (the number of letters in the last name of the winner in 1979) minus 1
- F = the number of letters in the last name of the winner whose plaque is on a frozen custard stand
- G = the number of words in the hometown of the winner from Montana
- H = (the number of letters in the first name of the 1969 winner) minus 1