Sometimes children tell the most ridiculous lies in order to fit in or in order to get out of another lie, like that you’re German or that you’re allergic to dairy. It’s a problem even adults face. The thing is, no one ever thinks that their itty bitty white lie will turn into something bigger.
That is, until someone asks, “Hey, why are you eating ice cream? I thought you said…”
Finally, the Internet has a Reddit support thread of sorts for those of us who are taking these harmless but never-ending lies with us to our graves. In r/AskReddit, one thread poses the question, “What is a lie you have told, that has gotten so ridiculously out of hand that you’ve had to keep building on it and is now a part of your life?”
Yes, person who went through their first day at a new high school speaking with a Southern accent, there are other people out there who feel your pain, too.
Despite how eclectic these stories are, a few users expressed surprise that others have been living their exact same lie. Some folks, like this ice-cream-cake-hating user, just haven’t had the heart to tell their mom that their favorite cake is anything but what they’ve been receiving for decades.
Other redditors were similarly too polite to tell their mothers that they don’t actually like tuna casserole and that the Christmas miracle a parent’s been dwelling on for nearly 25 years was no miracle at all. Not all lies end in upset stomachs and disappointment, though. Perhaps the most heartwarming story is the post about an adult son secretly paying for his family’s travel expenses and his mom thinking it was an act of God.
On the flip side, redditors also shared their accidental marriage experiences. There’s nothing quite like tying the knot when you had absolutely zero intention of doing so.
Maybe you can relate to this April Fool’s Day joke gone awry that put a woman in group therapy.
Or being the worst tour guide to American culture ever.
The human experience is just magnificent, isn’t it?
Here are a few more favorites. Check the thread out and see if you can spot someone living the same childhood lie as yourself that’s carried on into adulthood.