• July 9, 2010

    The thing about toilet water in Australia is true. It’s the Coriolis effect, I think? But gravity moves water in different ways in earth’s southern hemisphere. So it swirls down the drain in the opposite direction. I learned this in school, seriously. Money well spent, I’m telling you.

    The insect thing is terrifying, but I guess it’s an effective way to make sure your kids don’t touch the bug poison?

  • July 9, 2010

    We were discouraged from actively pouting with the line:  If you keep your lip stuck out that way, a little birdie will come and poop on it.  (Fun fact:  If you are worried about bird poop on lips, you keep your lips pulled in which mimics a smile and inadvertantly alters your mood.)

    Of course, as an adult, I find so much comedic mileage in:  If you keep doing that, you’ll go blind.

  • Sheryl in WA
    July 9, 2010

    Yeah, we got the bird pooping on your lip thing and don’t eat watermelon seeds or you’ll grow a melon out of your tummy.  Niiiice.  I do wish my 3 yr old got sarcasm…

  • July 9, 2010

    How about…don’t make that face…your face could stick that way!  I laugh now, but have been known to tell my 5 year old the same thing!

  • July 9, 2010

    See? Do you see what happens when you lie to young children? Even if you tell them the truth like “Oh yea, it’s SCIENCE. The toilets and drains swirl the other direction.” They WILL NOT BELIEVE YOU.

    Yelling again. Sorry.

  • July 9, 2010

    The salt thing is because when you spill salt, the devil comes up behind you, so you throw salt over your shoulder to get him in the eye and blind him.

    And I’m pretty sure the Australia thing is true as well, unless you’re on a Simpsons’ episode, where the army installs a machine to make it swirl the American way.

    To this day, I’m holding on to the money coming if your palm is itchy, and the ringing in your ears means someone’s talking about you…

  • Heather
    July 9, 2010

    My five year old was bragging to the dr at his check-up that he always eats his crust because it’s healthy.  She enlightened him and looked at me pointedly.  I SWEAR I never said that.  I think he’s mixing it up with my reason for making him eat the apple peel.

  • Sally
    July 9, 2010

    My parents used to tell my sister and I that the ice cream truck was just the “music man”.  I was probably 7 or 8 when I realized that he did more than just drive around the neighborhood playing music for us to enjoy.

  • July 9, 2010

    HA! Sally, that reminds me, my mom told us Koolaid only had THREE TABLESPOONS of sugar for an entire batch. I never knew why everyone else’s stuff was so sweet. They used the recipe 1cup.

  • Tess
    July 10, 2010

    I’d love to hear what you think of all the pregnancy-getting pregnant, and sex prediction- tricks and myths! lol I personally don’t tell my kids little lies to keep them safe… I tell them the dark truth, and then answer the following 50 questions. smile

  • July 10, 2010

    Tessa, I know FOR A FACT that babies come from moving houses. And that my mom is a virgin.

    (I always get pregnant about two months or less after we purchase a new house. This is in no way correlated with any traditional methods. Thus, I know: Moving gets people knocked up.)

    (Or a stork)

  • July 10, 2010

    OK, my turn here.
    Your Bamma was the one who taught you SADOODLE and the bug on the raid can came about when we were at her house. She didn’t want you touching the can. Honestly though, the SADOODLE thing just confused me every time the two of you did that in the car; trying to see who could spot a headlight out first.

    I watched Rachel Ray this past week and she throws salt over her shoulder EVERY TIME she USES salt. No matter, she has a cleaning crew.

    On another note: we used six (6) tablespoons of sugar to make our Kool-aid as I did not see the need to drink that much sugar just as you & your sister were raised on fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmers market and no desserts or sweets during the week either. The bonus: no cavities as a child.

    Let us not forget however one more: you throw pennies in a water fountain and make a wish. I have pictures of L. doing that last summer. Let the tradition continue. LOL

  • Carol Bryner
    July 11, 2010

    My mom used to mix powdered milk, put it in a real milk carton, and the lie about it being “real milk”! Then insisted that if I just let it get cold enough, it would taste ok!

  • July 12, 2010

    I am the most bird poo’ed on person in the history of people and I can tell you, without hesitation, BIRD POOP IS NOT GOOD LUCK.  You’ll have to trust me on this one.

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