What’s the craziest fake story your dad ever got you to believe?

Did you know this was a thing?

I didn’t until I became a father and started telling my son all about how the Easter Bunny poops our eggs out every year…

Anyhow, these 17 stories from AskReddit users make me want to step up my game:

1. The Banana/Tape Plant

When I was a kid (3 or 4), I “planted” some banana slices in our back garden one morning. When I went back after lunch, my dad had put a branch in the ground, and sellotaped a load of bananas to it. I was blown away – but also noticed the sellotape. My father’s response? “Sellotape grows on banana trees, that’s how we get it”. I must have believed that for about three years.

2. What’s the ETA on TBA?

My dad once spent 20 minutes telling me that,”to be announced” is the greatest show ever so I waited for 3 hours to watch it, I was very disappointed

3.  The “R” is for “return.”

Whenever my little brother was misbehaving my dad would take him to the parking lot of the Babies R Us and threaten to return him.

Whenever a crying child was on his way in he would point and say “See, that parent has had enough. If you don’t stop that could be you.” Alternatively, if a “new” child came out and was behaving/asleep, my dad would comment on how that’s the new baby the family just got.

Photo Credit: WFTV

4. Made you look.

I routinely managed to trick my son into eagerly looking out the passenger window just as I’d swerve and make him kiss the glass.

5. Unfair-y

My favorite was convincing my daughter she’d nearly gotten the tooth fairy killed. See, her room was a disaster and as a single father still going through a nasty divorce, keeping the house spotless was never a priority. She lost a tooth and was eager for her money. I went to get the tooth that night and stepped on something like a Lego brick and fell over slightly and cut the tip of one finger open on something on her bookshelf that really just needed to be in the trash. I went to my bedroom and used my left hand to scrawl a note about the messy room and the cat chasing her around the disaster and nearly lost a wing, and so forth. I signed it as the tooth fairy and left a few tiny smudges of blood on the letter and a ps to clean that room or she won’t get any money for her teeth. A dash of glitter and I stuck it under her pillow – maaan I’ve never seen a girl panic and clean so much in my life!

6. Baby Toes

When both my kids lost their first tooth, I always tell them just wait till you lose your baby fingers and baby toes. You go for weeks with just little nubs.

7. Kiwi Needles

I once touched a fuzzy cactus and got a ton of those needles stuck in my finger. Some time later on, I was staring at a kiwi and my dad told me that kiwis are covered in the same fuzzy needles of the cactus. He picked it up and said that only adults have skin thick enough to not be penetrated by them and asked me if I wanted to touch it and see if I was an adult. I instantly recoiled. Cue my dad chasing me with a kiwi around the house while I screamed bloody murder and my mom screaming bloody murder at my dad.

8. Diaper Crisis

I convinced my twin daughters that there were no more diapers in the world; and because of said shortage is why they had to learn to go potty on the toilet.

There were many tears, but after two days I got them trained at the same time.

9. Super-Green

My dad convinced me he was the green power ranger when I was 3 and I believed it for years. He traveled for work and told me that’s when he had to fulfill his power ranger duties.

10. The Pumpkin Patch

Every year when I was a kid, my sister and I used to find giant pumpkins in the field behind our house around Halloween-time. We were always so excited…it was like a little holiday on its own, and we always used to think that they grew there, which made us even more excited. Anyways, in high school, we found out that my dad bought the pumpkins and put them there each year when we were at school. Broke our hearts.

11. Pony-tale

When I was young my dad had a ponytail.

For always.

And then one year up at the cottage I went to bed, and woke up the next day.

I walked into my parents room and saw a complete stranger laying in mommy’s bed.

I was completely traumatized, so instead of asking for breakfast I went to my room and read a book like everything was okay.

Turns out dad shaved his fucking head while I was sleeping to fuck with me.

12. Rainbow Cows

I had my son convinced for almost 2 years that colored cows ran by the house sporadically and I would milk them for their colored milk.

In reality I’d just add blue, green, red, or yellow food coloring to good old milk.

Photo Credit: Eric/flickr

13. Tree Sharks!

When my two sons were very young (say 5 or 6), we lived in a small apartment complex which had a small forested area directly behind it. Because my kids had a habit of disappearing when allowed to play outside, I told them to be especially careful in the forest or they would be eaten by tree sharks.

I further explained that these were like land bound piranha that lived in trees like squirrels and would drop on their heads when they weren’t looking. It worked and they refused to even walk close to the trees in the backyard the entire time we lived there.

It eventually became a long running joke that continued well after we moved out of that complex.

They figured it out somewhere around age 12 or 13 when my now wife/then girlfriend looked confused when they told her she needed to start paying attention to the branches above her while we were out hiking. She asked why, they said tree sharks, and she immediately called me on my bullshit. I started laughing and they were pissed for weeks lol. My oldest is now 21 and it still comes up from time to time.


From the time my oldest daughter was about 1, I would always say the word cinnamon as cimmanimanum. Around age 10 she started to try to help me say it. It would go like this:

“say sin”…I would say sin…”say nuh”…i would say nuh…she would say “say min”…I would say min….then she would say “now put it all together!” and I would reply “CIMMANIMANUM!” She would then shake her head and sigh as if her dad was an idiot.

My oldest is now almost 16 and I don’t think she has ever heard me say that word correctly. Each time it comes up my wife just rolls her eyes and walks away.

Worcestershire sauce is also woorstershoostershistershystershire sauce.

15. ‘Bird Councils’

I still call large gatherings of birds on telephone wire ‘bird councils’ because when I was a kid I asked my parents why they all gathered like that before going south. They said they didn’t know, so I confidently told them that they were making plans to fly south and they had to gather to pick their leaders and routes.

They’ve been bird councils ever since.

16. No Mo Stache

My dad shaved off his mustache when I was three. The first time I saw him after, I told him “you’re not my dad!” And wouldn’t go anywhere near him until he grew it back.

He ended up having to let me shave it off so I would understand he was the same person.

17. Leaf Notes

When I was little, I had a lot of trouble making friends with other kids my age. I think my dad noticed how lonely I was, because he started writing me notes on leaves and pieces of tree bark, and hiding them under my pillow. Each note was signed as “Twink the Fairy”.

According to the notes, every fairy is assigned a child to watch over and collect teeth for, but they aren’t supposed to talk to the children. Twink, however, noticed how sad I was, and wanted to help. Over the next several years, I always checked for notes from Twink when I woke up. Twink gave me advice, played week long games of Tic Tac Toe with me, gave me little presents like rings and necklaces and toy wands, and overall had me convinced that I was best friends with a real fairy. I was so happy to have a friend that I didn’t even care that I couldn’t see her in person.

It all fell apart after dad got sent out of state for a couple months for work, but it was amazing while it lasted. I saved the fairy notes as long I could, but my sister cleaned my room one day while I was out and I think she threw them out…

Want more real stories from the Interwebs? Check out these other great collections: