This Manti Te'o debacle is certainly confusing, isn't it?
You know, whether the Notre Dame football star lied about his imaginary girlfriend or was duped--swallowing that unlikely claim is like trying to swallow a raw artichoke ... whole!--there's a lesson to be learned here.
Your imaginary friends will eventually bite you in the behind.
Let this event be the trigger that encourages you to weed out your imaginary friends.
Don't worry about making a distinction between the imaginary friends you've invented and those who have duped you into believing they're your friends when they really aren't.
Find the fakes.
Identify them ... then drop them.
Then focus on being a real friend to those who remain.