A 17-year-old girl had a 15-year-old brother, who claimed to be colorblind. However, the young woman had a deep suspicion that her brother was only pretending to have this visual affliction, so she set out to expose him, an action that some of her family would consider to be inconsiderate.
A ‘Colorblind’ Brother
The girl’s brother had claimed that he was colorblind for years, but she had her doubts. “When he was younger, all his paintings and drawings seemed normal… I just don’t believe it,” she explained.
The Root of His Claims
The girl explained that her brother’s claims began when he was 10: “It all started because of a light pink t-shirt that he perceived as white. My parents joked about him being colorblind since my uncle is.”
Over the years, the brother continued to assert his colorblindness, repeatedly mentioning it to friends and family. This insistence often annoyed the girl, who couldn’t shake the feeling that he was fabricating the condition for attention. She voiced her concerns to her parents, but they dismissed her, thinking she was jealous.
Hatching a Plan
Fed up with what she perceived to be her brother’s lies, the young woman hatched a plan. She decided that the next time her brother mentioned his colorblindness, she would attempt to truly get to the bottom of whether her brother really was colorblind, or if it was all a farce.
The Ishihara Test
During the girl’s recent birthday party, the topic of the brother’s colorblindness surfaced once more, and guests started asking him to identify various colors. Ready to execute her plan, she suggested he take an Ishihara test displayed on the TV. After some hesitation, the brother agreed.
The Deceptive Test
The girl left the room momentarily to fetch her computer, supposedly loading up an Ishihara test. However, instead of a genuine Ishihara test, she set up a fake one—one that anyone could pass.
Her Brother’s Lies
During the test, the brother claimed that he could not see some of the numbers shown, despite the test being illegitimate. To the girl’s joy, this confirmed her suspicions.
The Unpleasant Revelation
With her doubts confirmed, the girl revealed the truth to everyone present, aiming to prove that her brother had been lying about his colorblindness all along. However, her prank had not been taken well. “The mood turned sour,” she explained. “My brother and parents were furious, but my family tried to brush it off, making jokes, and my friends found it amusing.”
After the party ended, the parents were furious with their daughter. They labeled her as an attention seeker, accusing her of humiliating her brother just because she was jealous, and grounded her for her actions.
Reflecting on Her Prank
During her grounding, the young woman began to reflect on her actions. On one side, she thought her prank had been hilarious, and that her brother wouldn’t have been humiliated if he hadn’t lied. However, she also recognized that she had been somewhat petty, and over time, she began to feel remorseful for the humiliation she had caused.
The Internet’s Thoughts
The young woman recounted her prank online, asking an online community what they thought, and whether she had been a jerk. “It was a jerk move, but you’re honestly doing him a favor,” commented one reader. “Does he honestly want to be humored his whole life? Deluding himself that other people buy his lies?”
He Needs Help
One reader even commented that her brother’s lies were a concerning sign: “Some people might say it’s Munchausen’s syndrome but it’s probably more likely a symptom of a developing ego disorder,” they wrote. “Pathological lying, narcissism. I’d seriously talk to your parents about therapy for him.”
A Nasty Thing to Do
However, a lot of commenters expressed their disapproval of the woman’s petty actions. “It’s super weird for your brother to do that, but he’s 15… this is how most 15-year-olds act, looking for attention at any little thing,” one person stated. “Being 15 sucks and most people look back at being 15 with embarrassment. You acted really nastily to expose him publicly like that.”
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