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A tangled web: The lie Al Roker's mom told him as kid

Oct. 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM ET

Video: The TODAY anchors share stories from their past and present as they discuss the absurd lies parents tell their kids.

It's a universal truth: Moms and dads sometimes lie to their kids. While participating in "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Lies Your Parents Told You," a Nick News special with Linda Ellerbee, TODAY's Al Roker shared the craziest fib his mom told him as a kid: 

"My mother was having friend over for her bridge, and she had a big bowl of chocolate stars and I ate the bowl before (her friends arrived). And my mother said, 'If you eat one more of those, you're going to turn into a giant chocolate star!' I'd forgotten what she said and I ate them. And half way into swallowing, I went, 'Oh my God!' And I was afraid to go to sleep that night because I knew that if I wake up, I'd be like this giant piece of candy, sitting on the pillow."

Al's not the only one whose mom stretched the truth in the name of candy control: The anchors chimed in with some of the craziest lies they were told — and currently tell their own kids. Matt tells his kids they can't swim until at least 25 minutes after they've eaten even though there's "no research to back that up." And Natalie tells her kids that if they don't eat their vegetables, their teeth will fall out. 

What lies did your parents tell? What creative ways have you worked lies into your own parenting? Share your stories using #OrangeRoom.