Parental Propaganda: Bullshit information that your parents fed you as a child.

When you where little, I’m sure your parent(s) told you ‘facts’ that you would later discover were total bullshit. It might have been with good intent & trying to keep you in line. It might have just been easier. Or, maybe they truly believed what they were telling you. No matter the reason, it wasn’t the truth. I call it,”Parental Propaganda.” Catchy right? These are some of the hilarious myths, bullshit lies & phrases that your parents might have told you. This is just a small sample. I will continue with a part 2 soon.


If you burn yourself, put butter on it.

My mom use to tell me this & I still believed it was true until early adulthood. Apparently, my mom was taking her cues from an old 19 century book. If that’s the case, its amazing I was never accidentally killed. Anyway, putting butter on a burn is a horrible idea. The thinking is, the burn will be sealed off from the air and cooled. The problem is, your are now holding the heat in, causing the skin to continue to burn.


A chemical exists that when added to a pool, it reveals the presence of urine.

I think people cling to this one the most. This is bullshit. I don’t care if you have a friend who swears its true. It’s 100% bullshit. If you claim to have seen it, it was a prank.  People still believe it though. I use to know someone who worked at a store that sold pool cleaning equipment. Every year they would still get a handful of customers who would ask for this. It’s a great lie though! The thought of being humiliated in front of people would certainly keep most kids from peeing in the pool.


No swimming for 30 minutes after you eat.

 Another lie involving pools. Worst case scenario, you get a small stomach cramp. That’s it. You aren’t going to suddenly cramp up and sink to the bottom of the pool like a stone. I’m going to take a guess on this. I think this lie was invented so adults or parents could get a longer break before needing to supervise their children in the pool again.


“I never did anything like that when I was your age.”
When it comes to diciplinary tactics, parents love breaking out this line. Really, you didn’t! Maybe, the act in itself you didn’t. However, if you are going to tell me you were a pefect angel growing up and never got into any form of teen shananigans, I’m calling bullshit on that. When your a little kid though, it’s easy to believe them. Looking back, I wish I told them I would verify that claim by checking with grandma and grandpa.

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