People Share The Dumbest Lies They Ever Believed When They Were Kids & We Are Crying (With Laughter)

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Vote up the tall tales that made you laugh.

Over on Reddit, people are sharing stories of the lies they believed when they were kids. From little white lies told by mom too  keep little hands to themselves to big giant lies told by brothers to be jerks, here are the tall tales told to kiddos who believed them, hook, line, and sinker. 


  • 1
    684 VOTES

    The Adventures Of Tan Dog

    From Redditor u/thallomys:

    Lost my stuffed animal (a white dog) in the airport in Miami when I was 5. It was my favorite and I was really sad about it. A few weeks later my mom presented me with a brown dog that otherwise looked exactly like the white one I’d lost. She said the workers at the airport had found it and mailed it to us, but he got a tan because he was in Florida. Bought it hook line and sinker for a few years.

    Tan dog is now my son’s and he’s a big fan.

  • 2
    420 VOTES

    A Reason To Read More

    From Redditor u/seeyouinthesun:

    When I was a kid I asked my dad if reading enough books really could give a person telekinesis, like in Matilda.

    He said yes.

    I spent many years after that thinking I just wasn't doing enough. 

  • 3
    459 VOTES

    The Prison Pen Pal

    From Redditor u/GingerBeard73:

    I was seven years old. One of my teachers wanted us to write a letter to a family member or friend or someone. I wrote the letter. Got the envelope. Got the stamp. My mom had worked at the county jail at the time and she suggested I write one of the inmates who never got mail. So I did. I wrote something along the lines of "I'm sorry you're arrested but I hope you get out." I even signed it with my seven-year-old signature.

    While I was writing the letter my mom had left to get to the store. I asked my older brother what our address was because I needed to put a return address. He said:

    1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC 20500.

    For those that don't know, that's the address to the White House.

    I wrote it on the letter and put it with the mail my mom was sending out. Mind you, I grew up in Michigan and never left the state but I wasn't smart.

    Years later I went to pick my mom up from work and one of the CO's called me Mr. President and I asked why he said that. He mentioned the letter I wrote years prior and how it was a joke in the jail any time my mom mentioned me.

  • 4
    488 VOTES

    Radio Days

    From Redditor u/loipoikoi:

    When I was a kid my dad told me it cost 25 cents to change the radio station to keep me from [messing around] with the radio in his car.

    I believed that until I was 14.

  • 5
    445 VOTES

    Favorite Uncle

    From Redditor u/smellslikeupdawg:

    My parents convinced us that the person knocking on our door on weekend nights when we were asleep was our uncle Shiloh stopping to say hello.

    We don't have an uncle Shiloh.

    It was the pizza guy.

  • 6
    315 VOTES

    Don't Press That Button!

    From Redditor u/Nrd4Life:

    The button on your armrest on airplanes is the eject button.

    I found out it reclines your seat...embarrassingly late.