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8 Lies Our Parents Told Us That We Believed For An Embarrassingly Long Time

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Our parents, our grandparents, and sometimes even our teachers would have to tell us things to make us do what was best for us. But sometimes, they seemed to have told us a bunch of lies that were just nothing more than downright false.

Sure, it's understandable when they need to make sure we eat our veggies or go to bed early enough so we aren't cranky the next day, but honestly, some of the things our parents said were just completely false for no reason.

I don't know why they have to lie to us. I mean, I guess because we were unreasonable children who wouldn't listen to their logic, but you know what, there is a limit. Some of the stuff that our parents told us were totally out of left field.

People on Reddit shared some of the biggest lies that their parents told them, and we're here to help you come to terms with all the false facts your parents pushed at you for years.

Let's get started. Some are harmless and sweet, but others are pretty crazy.

Big "marshmallows" in the field

Reddit user DaMeLaVaca said their parents gave them some false information about what they later found out were haybales. "The big round haybales covered in white plastic were where marshmallows came from. My family literally told me that these were marshmallow farms."

Sorry to disappoint you, but those are just hay. They are actually wrapped before drying so that they can turn it into silage which is used to feed animals in the winter but it needs to retain the moisture. No giant marshmallows anywhere!

Empty threats every year

Every year, the teachers would tell us that we needed to smarten up because our high school teachers or college professors weren't going to tolerate our shenanigans, but instead, the older we got, the more freedom we felt.

One Redditor said, "'Your college professors will fail you for packing up early.' Flash forward to college age when you can just walk out of the room in the middle of class and no one cares."

They'll be other kids there

I know that babysitters can be expensive, so sometimes our parents had to bring us along when we'd have rather stayed home. But hear me out, did they have to lie to us? Whether it was going to a weird function with their work friends or heading out to some restaurant because they had a meeting, the lie that there would be other kids our age to talk to was always an annoying one.

Why not just be honest and say, no, bring a book? It wasn't just me that this happened to. One Reddit user said that her mom dragged her out to show her off to her friends. "[My mom] was basically one of those mothers that everyone likes to complain about," the Reddit user said. "The ones who just won't leave little Suzy at home because she's so well behaved and would love attending a 6 hour long evening of grownup stuff and ends way past her bedtime."

Those aren't the only lies we've been told...

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