If necessity is the mother of invention, then lies are invention's older sibling. How do you get your kids to behave? How do you get them to eat calamari? When reason fails, necessity provides a solution: lies.


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This list by 22words is based on a Reddit thread of a similar name and contains the finest actual lies parents have used on their kids. What lies do you remember from childhood? Vote on your favorite, or post your own below!

(h/t: 22words)

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JeanneDeaux 1 year ago

Oh, definitely using this one now!

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AlanCh'ng 1 year ago

Good excuse!

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JaniceChampkin 1 year ago

another brilliant one!

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DavidMann 1 year ago

I loved to sing in the car on long journeys, when I was young and when he got fed up with it, my Dad would stop the car and let me out, saying that my voice was so good that he thought everyone outside would like to hear it. When I had had enough, he let me back in and we continued the journey.

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LauraTomescu 1 year ago

that is a great lie, and one I will also tell my kid!

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GoustanBodin 1 year ago

"Everybody be cool, this is a squeezery!" :D

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Fran 1 year ago

I really like this one!

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PhilRew 1 year ago

We called it water chicken.

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ThijsLouis 1 year ago

that's a classic...

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FacedVentura 1 year ago

Thats actually kind of true..

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llbuccola 1 year ago

GOLD!

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JeanneDeaux 1 year ago

I was freaked out by Santa Claus : a stranger entering the house by the chimney? Han han, no way! Even if it's to bring gifts, it was way too weird for me. My parents tried very hard to make me believe it was a great man, but still, I had to sleep with them if they didn't want me to have a panic attack. So the Santa myths didn't stay for many years, they told me early that in fact it was them and no stranger entered the house once a year.

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CatolyniumAtomica 1 year ago

I dont get it. Someone explain please?

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EmilyHou 1 year ago

"internet lady" -oh this is good.

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TinyDynamine 1 year ago

Jesus... how to make a child paranoid from an early age. That is really horrible.

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MalinaMarcinek 1 year ago

I would just eat them by myself. kids cannot appreciatethem enough anyway:)

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StineApfelsine 1 year ago

My dad used the word hibiscus as another word for horse droppings. I was so disgusted as I saw a hibiscus tea..

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SusannaVesna 1 year ago

When I was in university, a girl sneezed & puked at the same time! That was hilariously disgusting!

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sportsmanclub99 1 year ago

Awee : (

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