Internet Shares the Most Outrageous Lies Their Parents Told Them Growing Up

Parents aren't perfect. Whether to avoid difficult subjects, to prevent harm or just to have fun, parents sometimes lie to their children. While some lies are small, others can be extreme, and it can take years for kids to learn the truth.

In a discussion on Reddit Sunday, people shared the most outrageous lies their parents told them growing up.

In a subreddit, one user asked: "What is the most ridiculous/f***ed up lie your parents told you?" Users had plenty to say, and some lies made Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny look pretty good.

One user shared that their father once alluded to a big family secret as a joke. At the time, however, the user took their father very seriously.

"When I was a kid my father told me about 'the can,'" they said. "He said it contained a family secret of incredible value, and that when I turned 18 I could see it. On my 18th birthday I asked my father about the can, he said 'the f*** is the can?' and after I reminded him of it, he burst out laughing, saying that he was f****ing with me. For almost a decade I believed that I would be privy to some cosmic secret on my 18th birthday, turns out I'm just very impressionable."

In another case, two parents, annoyed by their children's constant talking in the car, created a fake sibling to deter backseat chatter.

"[My parents said] that my siblings and I had a sister named Alice," shared a user under the name jaykayhicks. "Apparently she wouldn't stop talking in the car so they dropped her off on the side of the road ... never spoke on road trips ever again."

Another user responded that their parents told the same lie, but their fictitious older sister was named Matilda.

One mother, in an effort to have her child join the clean plate club, told a white lie about what would happen to their brain if they didn't finish their dinner.

"When I was little, my mom told me if I didn't finish my dinner my stomach would get very hungry and come up and eat my brain," said DragonStangFlyer122. "A few nights later I woke her up at midnight crying because my stomach growled and I needed a second dinner or it would eat my brain."

"I love how this horribly backfired on her," replied one user.

A user by the name IamTheDanger6 shared the lie heard 'round the world: "That it's illegal to turn the light on in the car while driving."

Another user replied to the comment: "Wait. That's a lie?"

According to the discussion, popular topics about which parents lie to their children include childbirth, sex and the death of fictional characters.

One user shared that their father, tired of watching Barney, told them that they could no longer watch the show "because Barney died."

"Similar incident," replied one mother. "I was the mom and the dead was Chuck E. Cheese. Not sorry."

The Reddit discussion, while all in good fun, made one thing abundantly clear: maybe it's time to call the parents and do some childhood fact-checking.

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Internet users are sharing some of the craziest lies their parents told them growing up. NARINDER NANU/Getty