Traumatised Reddit users have revealed the littlewhite lies they were told as children - and manybelieved until adulthood.
From being told they're 'allergic to sugar' to threatsthat the plane will turn around if they misbehave,the lies - often told by parents or by mean eldersiblings - left a lasting impression on the Redditusers.
Every parent wants the best for their child, but used extreme tactics to encourage a healthylifestyle.
One Reddit user was told the 'candy next to the checkout line' at the supermarket was not forsale.
'My mom told me that rice cakes were cookies,' one person wrote.
'Mine went straight for telling me I was allergic to sugar,' said another.
Other people were told lies by parents wanting some privacy in the bedroom - and it was notuntil adulthood that they realised the real reason the door was shut.
'The door is locked because mummy was helping daddy hang a picture behind the door and wedidn't want you to open it and hit us,' one person wrote.
But it's not just parents who fuel the rumour mill around the home.
'My sister, who is 13 years older than me, was angry when I lost my first tooth and got a dollar,instead of the quarter she received when she lost her first tooth,' one person wrote.
'As I danced around in my pajamas holding my crisp new dollar bill, my sister poked her headout of room and said, "Man, a dollar? Just wait until the leg fairy comes, you'll get, like, twentydollars".
'When I said that I'd never heard of this leg fairy, she explained that, when my kid legs fall offand my adult legs start to grow in, I'll have to just kind of hop around on my butt for a year orso, but I'll have the twenty bucks.
'I cried inconsolably for hours.'
Travelling with kids can be tough, so it's little wonder lies are told as a way to make the journeymore bearable.
One person was told if they 'misbehaved in the car, the car would be sad'.
'Fast forward a year and I'm tearfully telling the car that I'm sorry he has to go, but I'm surehe'll be a cool plane in his next life.'
Another was told that if they did not behave on the plane, the pilot would turn around.
Others were more threatening.
'If I didn't sit still during a haircut, the barber would cut my ear off,' one person believed.
'The worst part was that the barber would play along.'
THE BIGGEST LIES TOLD TO KIDS
'If I touched something I wasn't supposed to... It would turn into a million spiders.'
'When I was a child my dad told me that I used to have a tail. He said that he had to cut offbecause I kept turning into a giant monkey and started destroying everything during the fullmoon.'
'My sister told me that if I burped with my mouth closed, no one would be able to hear it. Ibelieved this until my mid-20s.'