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Take the quiz to see if you can pick out the legitimate insurance claims from our wild imaginings.

Yup, Dave’s hunger pangs saved him from being wrongly blamed for something he didn’t do. Yup, Dave’s hunger pangs saved him from being wrongly blamed for something he didn’t do. Dave was accused of being involved in a crash, which failed to hold up because his black box proved he'd actually been tucking in to a Big Mac at the Croydon McDonald's Drive-Thru at the time. What we’ve learned: make sure your handbrake is firmly on before skipping inside to watch Bake Off. What we’ve learned: make sure your handbrake is firmly on before skipping inside to watch Bake Off. Michelle tried to claim when she thought her car had been stolen. Turns out it had just rolled down the hill and crashed into another car. She got a bit of a shock when the police told her. We can’t figure out if this thief was polite or stupid, but either way - having a black box in your car does save on the search time if it’s stolen! We can’t figure out if this thief was polite or stupid, but either way - having a black box in your car does save on the search time if it’s stolen! Kevin put in a claim on a stolen car but fortunately it wasn't necessary, because the thief parked it up behind the very police station that was on the lookout for it. Black box: 1, Speeding ticket: 0. Our Jeff would never do such a thing. Black box: 1, Speeding ticket: 0. Our Jeff would never do such a thing. Jeff was accused of speeding around Manchester's ring road. His data showed he was actually busy driving along London’s M25 at the time. Yes, Steve could actually take a few tips from the person who stole his car. Embarrassing. Yes, Steve could actually take a few tips from the person who stole his car. Embarrassing. Steve's car was stolen from outside his house. Lucky for him, the thief was actually the better driver, so Steve got cracking feedback that week. Poor Tony really was set upon by 5 shovel-wielding builders. I think at this point you just have to give up the car and run. Poor Tony really was set upon by 5 shovel-wielding builders. I think at this point you just have to give up the car and run. Tony made a claim after he got into a heated argument with another driver. They both got out of their cars but the other guy - a builder - was accompanied by five of his mates, who proceeded to smash Tony's car up with shovels. True - scarily true. If you know you suffer hayfever, take extra care in the summer. Windows up and air conditioning serviced so there’s less pollen. True - scarily true. If you know you suffer hayfever, take extra care in the summer. Windows up and air conditioning serviced so there’s less pollen. Amy's hayfever kicked in when she was behind the wheel. Sneezing her face off, she rolled her car into some railings, taking out some traffic lights in the process. Fortunately, she was mostly unharmed - just red eyes and a sore nose. I have tried to get this to work in my head but I just can’t. Even though it’s 100% true! I have tried to get this to work in my head but I just can’t. Even though it’s 100% true! Matt was edging out of a country lane, his view blocked by a great big hedge. Cautiously, he inched his way onto the main road, only to have his bonnet flattened by an oncoming tractor. I SUSPECT A ROOFLESS PLOT. Erm, sorry. True. I SUSPECT A ROOFLESS PLOT. Erm, sorry. True. Claims were made all round when Helen woke up to find that the roof was literally blown off her neighbour's house, onto her now incredibly flat car. Who needs enemies when you’ve got friends like that? This one is true and Dan now only makes virtual friends. It’s safer. Who needs enemies when you’ve got friends like that? This one is true and Dan now only makes virtual friends. It’s safer. Dan was giving his mate a lift when the now ex-friend shoved him out of the car and robbed it. Fortunately, he was kind enough to leave it outside Dan's house after wrecking it on his joyride. Dead thoughtful, that. Something close to the truth happened a while back but it wasn’t to Joe. Joe doesn’t even exist. Something close to the truth happened a while back but it wasn’t to Joe. Joe doesn’t even exist. While parked next to the famous Walkie Talkie building in London, Joe's car became super-heated - melting the wing mirror, tyres, 3 Bluetooth headsets and an iPad. Thank goodness, Valerie is not real. Please do not take pictures while you’re driving. Thank goodness, Valerie is not real. Please do not take pictures while you’re driving. Valerie claimed after attempting to film her mileometer tipping over the 100,000 mark. She lost control, crashed into a barrier on the central reservation, and wrote off her car at 99,999. A bowl of spaghetti is hard enough to eat when you’re NOT driving - but, happily, this one’s fake. Remember that cereal woman though? A bowl of spaghetti is hard enough to eat when you’re NOT driving - but, happily, this one’s fake. Remember that cereal woman though? Dennis tried to claim on his insurance after spilling a bowl of spaghetti Bolognese - which he was eating while driving - all over the interior. Could happen but this particular claim is fake. Could happen but this particular claim is fake. Rhiannon's car was daubed with animal blood and the rear window was smashed when it was parked outside a Cradle of Filth gig at the Manchester Apollo. This may not be true but more power to the protestors! This may not be true but more power to the protestors! Rose's claim had to include onward transport costs when her car was stolen from Watford Gap Services by fleeing fox hunt saboteurs. No, we don’t know who Rush are either. Even though we made up this claim. Oh. No, we don’t know who Rush are either. Even though we made up this claim. Oh. An attempt at No Claims Bonus sacrifice was made after Josh put his arm through the driver-side window while air drumming to Rush. Colin’s experience wasn’t real but the blow-up doll we put in my friend’s passenger seat was. Colin’s experience wasn’t real but the blow-up doll we put in my friend’s passenger seat was. A claim was cancelled after Colin's car mysteriously showed up back in his drive three days later, partially filled with polystyrene bean bag beads. Not true. But safari parks are weirdly threatening. Drive safe, hands in. Not true. But safari parks are weirdly threatening. Drive safe, hands in. Hannah's trip to Woburn Safari Park took a turn for the worse when her Mini found itself in the path of a small gazelle stampede. Untrue, so don’t go looking for sodden bank notes in random rivers. We made them up. Untrue, so don’t go looking for sodden bank notes in random rivers. We made them up. Ryan simply forgot to put his handbrake on when heading to the airport with a group of friends - his car rolled backwards down a hill and into a river, ruining the €7,000 of travel money in various bags. We created Laura in our imaginations but it’s not too much of a stretch. Try listening to something that keeps you alert with annoyance, like Nick Grimshaw. We created Laura in our imaginations but it’s not too much of a stretch. Try listening to something that keeps you alert with annoyance, like Nick Grimshaw. Laura claimed after she fell asleep at the wheel and hit a lamppost - she blamed Cerys Matthews' soothing radio voice for the incident. Oh Jeremy. You naughty, naughty made-up boy. Oh Jeremy. You naughty, naughty made-up boy. Jeremy made a claim that his car had been stolen from outside a branch of Dixy Chicken. An investigation of the area's CCTV footage discovered he'd actually been parked up at the ‘adult entertainment’ shop round the corner. Not true. As Vladimir is a vampire, he didn’t need to drive a car at all. Not true. As Vladimir is clearly a vampire, he doesn’t need to drive a car at all. The thief who stole Vladimir's car was caught when he tried to get an exchange model following a manufacturer's recall. N’aw, imaginary Phil sounds nice. An appropriate action would be to STOP rather than SWERVE, but bless him. N’aw, imaginary Phil sounds nice. An appropriate action would be to STOP rather than SWERVE, but bless him. Phil entered a claim following a run-in with some ducks. He swerved to avoid a mother duck leading her ducklings across the road and drove into a hedge. I only wish he was real. What a legend. I only wish he was real. What a legend. Drew made a claim after his limited edition Star Wars bumper sticker was stolen. May the force be with him. George is a figment of our overactive imaginations but don’t leave your car in random places. It almost never ends well. George is a figment of our overactive imaginations but don’t leave your car in random places. It almost never ends well. The demolition of Northampton's famously unpopular Greyfriars Bus Station took its toll on George's car - forgetting to move it before he went on holiday, he returned to find the motor clogged with dust, and a number of brick-shaped dents in the bodywork. Uh-oh, you couldn't pick out a single real claim. We don't blame you though - real life is often very close to parody. Whoops - you only spotted 1 out of 10 real claims. Good effort, though. At least you tried. The lines between truth and fiction blur too easily - you only spotted 2 of the real claims. The fact that you could only pick out 3 of the real claims among our falsified stories isn't too poor of a reflection on you - the real ones you missed are still pretty ridiculous. Good effort, but only 4 out of 10. We won't suggest you pursue a career as a claims assessor just yet. Not bad - you got 50/50. The minimum standards for not being considered a failure. Well done! Good going - you picked out just over half of the real claims. A respectable effort at ferreting out the truth. You spotted 7 of the real claims - well done! There's no shame in missing a few, we regularly hear stories that sound completely made up. Great job! You just missed a couple, and earned a strong score of 8. Your truth-detection skills are pretty finely tuned. So close! You fell at the final hurdle and just missed out on spotting one of our real claims. Remember, sometimes a story is so ridiculous that you just couldn't make it up. 10 out of 10! Fantastic effort! Your skills at spotting the truth in the random, chaotic world around us are incredibly impressive. No one pulls the wool over your eyes - need a job?