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Parents are always telling their children not to lie, so parents always tell the truth, right? Wrong!

Sometimes parents tell a little white lie to get kids to behave. Sometimes they tell a whopper for other reasons. Here's some of the best lies parents have told.

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The Musicmobile

I told both of my kids that the ice cream truck was the "music truck." It's purpose was to drive around and cheer up all the sad people.

The Musicmobile
The Family That Scares Together

My dad always told me he was terrified of mice and rats so we couldn't go to Chuck E Cheese. I legitimately believed that until my cousin told me her dad (my dad's twin) had said the same thing.
My dad also told me there were monsters in our basement so I wouldn't go down the stairs and hurt myself.
And one time, he paused saying goodnight to me and said "huh, thought I heard something in your closet. Oh well, night!"
He was awesome. I'm totally doing all those when I have kids.

The Family That Scares Together
Groundhog Easter Day?

My father told me (and my Catholic cousin) that Easter was the day that Jesus rolled back the rock, and if he saw his shadow we'd have six more weeks of winter. My aunt was beyond pissed when my cousin broke that out at her first communion.

Groundhog Easter Day?
Toilet Ball

My dad told me that if I swallowed chewing gum my poops would bounce up and down in the toilet. I cried when I swallowed some gum.

Toilet Ball
Better Save The Batteries!

"They don't make batteries for that toy."

Better Save The Batteries!
Santa Needs a Brew

My dad used to tell me Santa was tired of cookies and milk, I'd get extra toys if I left Doritos and a beer. That went on for years.

Santa Needs a Brew
Leafy Green Lies

My mother told me that spinach would make me strong like popeye and if i ate it i could lift the house. I would have a few spoonfulls and then she'd rush outside with me and i'd try and lift the house, squeezing my eyes shut with the effort. She'd go "It moved! It moved! Quick, eat some more!" and i'd run back inside and finish it off.

Leafy Green Lies
When Will Grandma Be Ripe?

My Dad told me when I was really little that graveyards were just people farms.

When Will Grandma Be Ripe?
The No-No Button

My dad always told me, that if I press a certain button on our remote control our tv would explode. As I grew older, I was curious and pressed said button only to see he saved porn channels on this one

The No-No Button
Calamari is What?!?

My parents got me to eat calamari by telling me they were Italian onion rings.

Calamari is What?!?
By Invitation Only

"Chuck E. Cheese is only for birthday parties. You have to be invited to one to go there."

By Invitation Only
How Do You Get an Angry Meal?

I told my kids if they didn't behave in the drive-thru line they'd get a sad meal.

How Do You Get an Angry Meal?
Watch That Word Count!

People get 10,000 words per month. If you reach the limit you can't physically speak until the new month begins. Anytime I was especially talkative, Dad would say, "Careful now, I have to think you are up over 9,000 by now." That would shut me right up.

Watch That Word Count!
Rock Garden

My dad said if I could look after a special growing rock, and watered it each day until it stopped growing I could get a dog. I'd water it and every week, while I was at school he'd replace it with a slightly bigger rock.

Rock Garden
I'll Have the Chicken Fish

We got our daughter to eat fish by calling it "Argentinian Chicken". That worked for a long time until grandma came along and f-d it up.
Thanks, Grandma.

I'll Have the Chicken Fish
Poor Kitties!

When we went to the store my mom used to tell, "Every time (you) touch something a kitten dies"

Poor Kitties!
Watermelon Whine

I was told swallowing watermelon seeds would grow in my stomach.
I had a very nerve wracking couple of months waiting.

Watermelon Whine

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In the Red

...my dad used to tell me if the rpm gauge in his manual transmission car got into the red the car would explode. I am guessing I talked too much in the car because after that I never wanted to ride with him.

In the Red
The Popsicle of Truth

My mom told me my tongue turned purple when I lied. One day she caught me in a blatant lie... right after a grape popsicle. I ran to the mirror and began to apologize until I cried. Never lied again... until I realized it was bullshit...

The Popsicle of Truth
Prepare for Takeoff

My dada told me that pushing the seat recline button on an airplane helps the plane take off, and that if not enough people push it the plane would crash.

Prepare for Takeoff
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