30+ People Share Childhood Mysteries That They Finally Solved Years Later

Have you ever wondered what really happened to that pet of yours when your parents told you they ran away to a field in a faraway place? You probably waited for days for your four-legged pal to return home. We all have mysteries from our childhood — some have already been solved thanks to a confession while others have yet to be resolved. The people on this list finally solved their childhood mysteries years later…

The Dad That Could Stop the Rain

This dad had his child convinced that he was a magician and we’re totally on board with it. He got his daughter to believe that he could stop the rain for a split second simply by snapping his fingers.

The Dad That Could Stop the Rain

The trick was to snap his fingers every time he drove under an overpass. It took years for the child to figure out the trick, which only proves how gullible children can be.

Robotic Nightmares

This has to be one of the wildest revelations out there. The narrator here was born prematurely and spent his entire childhood cursed by unsettling nightmares about his sister as a robot. It wasn’t until he was 17 years old that he learned that his mom put a picture of his sister in his incubator when he was in NICU as a baby.

Robotic Nightmares

The pieces of his mystery finally fell into place. With that, we can only hope he stopped having nightmares since he now knows the meaning behind them!

Legend of the Growing Fish

Dads are the best. Here’s one prime example of that sentiment. These kids went fishing and decided to raise their catch. When they woke up the next morning, they found that their pet fish had grown five inches bigger overnight!

Legend of the Growing Fish

They were so cluelessly excited. A few years down the road, though, their dad finally revealed that the fish they had caught was taken by a raccoon so daddy dearest caught another fish for them — which explains the sudden growth. How sweet!

Real Original, Dad!

Dads are hilarious. Do you ever look at your own father and think, ‘How is this guy so funny?’ Take this ex-catholic dad, for instance. While tucking in his kids for bed, he’d always say, “We love you. G-d bless you. Goodnight.”

Real Original, Dad!

This confused the son until years later when he had been watching a Bruce Springsteen concert on television with his old man. At that moment, this guy learned that his dad has no original material.

Casper, Is That You?

Kids are hilarious. This poster loved playing video games as a kid but wasn’t allowed to during the weekdays. So, naturally, he’d sneak into the basement to play games. If either of his parents came downstairs unannounced, he’d quickly shut the monitor off and hide.

Casper, Is That You?

A few years later, this guy finally told his mom about his secret basement trips. That’s when she learned that there was no ghost inhabiting the basement or guest room — it was just her video-game-obsessed son.

Biggest Robbery in the Medical History

Throughout the entirety of this couple’s relationship, the poster’s now-wife had repeatedly mentioned an incident connected to her play doctor’s kit. As a little girl, she used this kit to play doctor, which meant that she constantly poked and prodded her parents.

Biggest Robbery in the Medical History

After some time, someone broke into her childhood home and took her medical kit. Her husband then asked if any valuables were stolen during the robbery, to which she said no. Finally, this woman learned that no one had actually robbed her house. Her parents just couldn’t take another second of poking and prodding.

Anything Over Free Throws

Parents really can be so clever at times, and fool you for years. As a kid, this poster’s husband would get pulled out of class to shoot free throws in the gym, even though no other student had this privilege.

Anything Over Free Throws

Fast forward years later and this man finally learned that the sole reason behind this was due to the fact that he wasn’t allowed to participate in a certain class…

Scream Door

The mom described in this post used to call her kids for dinner by yelling out from the back door. As a result, the kid thought the name of that back door was scream door — so sweet and naïve yet totally hilarious.

Scream Door

Later, when he was already in middle school, this poster realized that the name of this door is actually a screen door. Still, even with that realization, we hope that this became a family inside joke; perhaps they all just call it a scream door now.

Happy Family

Sometimes it’s a good thing that kids are so impressionable, especially in this case. When this poster was a little boy, he had a pet guinea pig that ended up having tons of babies after mating with the kindergarten class’ guinea pig. Later, their teacher took the big guinea pig family but was supposed to return the kid’s pet guinea pig to him.

Happy Family

When the guinea pig never returned, this poster’s parents had told him that all the guinea pigs got sold as a big, happy family. Years later, he learned the dark truth…

Mom’s Special Groundhog

There’s something special about your mom’s homemade meals, no matter what she makes. This guy here loved the meatloaf his mother made for them every Groundhog Day. Years later, he asked his brother if he knew where he could get the same groundhog meat so that he could recreate the meal for his own son.

Mom’s Special Groundhog

He realized something he never expected to in his 33 years of life. That was no groundhog meat that his mother fed him, but rather just plain ol’ beef. .

The Deceased Cat

We can all relate to the feeling of losing someone or something special. But, what if you found out it was all a lie? A guy recently found out what actually happened to his childhood cat.

The Deceased Cat

He was only four when he got the news of the sudden demise of his feline friend. He accepted it but never really knew the reason why his kitty passed. After 15 years, he heard the truth from his dad. It turns out the cat was a little too aggressive for the parents’ liking.

Moms Can Fix Everything

This post about a resourceful, loving mother made us melt. For this poster’s 11th birthday, her mom improvised with what she had and told the kids that they’d be having a special treat called ‘Magic Castle Sundaes.’

Moms Can Fix Everything

Years later, this now grown woman found out that Magic Castle Sundaes was made up on the spot when her mom realized that the cones had broken. Not bad, mom.

Santa Calling

It can be absolutely heartbreaking when a child learns that Santa isn’t real. As a kid, this poster believed in Santa for a few years longer than her friends all because Santa actually called her house one day! It wasn’t until years later — way after she knew Santa wasn’t real — when she asked her mom about that phone call.

Santa Calling

It turns out that her Reverend had called that day. When the poster answered the phone, the Reverend knew exactly who it was and decided to disguise himself as Saint Nicholas.

Dutch Santa

Parents really can be the sweetest; they’ll do anything just to see their child smile. As a kid, this Dutch man used to tell all his classmates that Sinterklass (Dutch Santa) was real. We mean, we would be pretty convinced too.

Dutch Santa

After all, every year, pepernoten (Dutch cookies) would rain down on him out of nowhere. In reality, though, his sweet mama would just throw them up into the air when he wasn’t looking. She still does the same to his younger brother…

The Forgotten Song

A father often used to sing a single line from a song. When the kid asked his father for the rest of the lyrics, he was told that he was too young to hear them.

The Forgotten Song

It wasn’t until he turned 18 that he again asked his dad about the rest of the song. That’s when papa bear nonchalantly stated that the truth is, he could never remember the rest of the song. Mystery solved!

The Unforgettable Guitar Solo

Parents really are the greatest blessings, so when they’re not with us anymore, we tend to keep everything that reminds of them. A lady recently discovered a song that her father used to jam out to; she had hummed the tune for years but couldn’t remember the name of it.

The Unforgettable Guitar Solo

Finally, after some digging with her husband, this poster was able to find the song — Cliffs of Dover — and all thanks to YouTube. Now she jams out to it with her own kids.

The Memory

The unconditional love we get from our grandparents is something to be cherished. A guy recently discovered the truth about a faint memory that he had from when he was a little boy.

The Memory

He remembered a person named Frank cracking jokes with a group of kids. It turns out that this man was actually the poster’s great grandfather. When he shares this story with his grandmother, she tells him that he was remembering his great grandfather on the day of his wife’s funeral.

The Truth About Christmas Present

Parents have to sneaky and creative when it comes to hiding presents from their children. This guy recently found out the truth about his mom’s “secret hiding place” while moving out of his childhood home.

The Truth About Christmas Present

This mystical and mysterious place that his mom spoke of was nothing but the cabinet that she stored the Christmas tree in. When she’d take the tree out during the holiday season, she’d replace that empty space with presents. How cute is that?

Secret Recipe of Mashed Potato

Let’s be real — everyone loves grandma’s cooking. As kids, we used to dream of making all the delicious meals that grammy would make. When this poster was a little girl, she was absolutely obsessed with her grandmother’s mashed potatoes. When she asked about the recipe, grandma always stated that she used a special recipe.

Secret Recipe of Mashed Potato

Years later, she found out that her grandmother used to make mashed potatoes from a Betty Crocker box. Meanwhile, her mother actually spends the time making mashed potatoes from scratch. We mean, it’s not that hard but still…

The Mysterious Room

Kids are curious creatures. We bet that many of you would try to sneak a peek into the teachers staff room back in elementary school. Back then, in our minds, it used to be a mysterious place full of teachers, homework, and books. It’s all sacramental until you become a teacher yourself.

The Mysterious Room

Now an elementary teacher herself, the poster recently confessed that what she used to think of as a mystical land is actually a monotonous palace full of toxic and negative energy.

The Turtle Who Climbed the Wall

It seems to be a trend for parents to lie about a pet’s passing. Whether they decide to be dishonest to save their own butts or to simply keep you from shedding a tear, we’ll never really know, but the truth always comes out in the end.

The Turtle Who Climbed the Wall

This poster had a pet turtle as a kid. One day, his parents told him that the turtle had made its way out of the window and went down to the creek behind their house. In reality, that’s not quite what happened.

Dad’s Office

We all remember ‘Take Your Child to Work Day,’ and what fun it was to skip school just to go with your mom or dad to their place of work. This particular instance isn’t necessarily what any kid has in mind, though.

Dad’s Office

We can only imagine how this guy must have been feeling when he found out the truth, and where he had actually gone to visit his father.

Little M’s

It can be challenging to have nice things when there are a bunch of little children running around, and nothing can anger a parent more than seeing little squiggles all over a freshly painted wall.

Little M’s

Naturally, all three kids in this story were blamed even though none of them actually did it. Those kids, who are now grown adults, are still waiting for mommy dearest to apologize for blaming them. Don’t hold your breath, children…

Can You Drink Pool Water?

All of us, more or less, grew up watching adults around us come up with the funniest explanations and excuses when describing something to the children. Grown-ups will literally tell their kids anything just to prevent them from catching the same bad habits.

Can You Drink Pool Water?

This boy believed his aunt was drinking pool water until he came to learn about his family’s drinking habits. We must admit — it wasn’t the wittiest of excuses but it worked!

Big Boy Overnight!

Let’s be honest — when we were kids, all we wanted to do was grow up. There’s just something so fascinating about a grown adult’s life; the freedom and independence. Little did we know that as soon as we reached a certain age, we’d want to go back to being kids.

Big Boy Overnight!

No wonder our parents used to laugh about it. And speaking of laughs, this dad certainly got one every time he stepped on the scale to fool his son into thinking he had grown into a big, strong man overnight!

Ghosts of the North

Imagine hearing ghosts wail outside your window every night. Sounds terrifying, doesn’t it? It sure does to an eight-year-old child. If you hear something or someone making weird noises in the dark of the night during a visit to your grandparent’s house, it might seem like a horror movie coming to life.

Ghosts of the North

The fun fact is that winter winds up in the north sound as if some ghost is weeping and lurking in the shadows. So, if you’re up north for a holiday and find ghosts knocking on your door, don’t get startled!

The Skunk Hole Mystery

Grandparents and parents have a reason for telling you to stay away from certain things and as impressionable children, you obviously listen. This grandfather told his youngins to keep away from the skunk hole across the yard.

The Skunk Hole Mystery

Naturally, they believed their granddad and stayed away from there. After all, why would anyone go near a skunk hole at the risk of getting sprayed? Well, it turns out that this so-called skunk hole was actually the septic tank access.

The Stealing Ghost

We can all recall when Paranormal Activity was first released. The world was never the same after that. We all found ourselves getting paranoid over the smallest things; stuff disappearing and doors slamming shut. Still, a jelly-bean filled candy cane with no beans to be found?

The Stealing Ghost

From the sounds of it, that demon must have had a sweet tooth — or this poster’s parents were just too greedy to keep their hands of the candy! Come to think of it, what was the point of buying your daughter one of those candy canes anyway if you were going to eat it all in the end?

Forget Me Not!

Imagine not being able to recall certain moments in your life; was it real or was it just a dream? While some of us are simply forgetful, there are those who have dissociative disorder — which can then cause amnesia.

Forget Me Not!

Take this poster, for instance. Because of his dissociative disorder, he has huge gaps in his memories from his childhood.

The Vanished Money

Nothing is better than getting money from a relative. But, what happens if it disappears? Did you lose it? If you’re certain that you didn’t, it’s likely that this money was stolen. This kid got a few dollars as a Christmas present from his godfather, but it vanished into thin air by the end of dinner.

The Vanished Money

His parents suspected he lost it and blamed him for being irresponsible until, years later, they found out a relative’s fiancée happens to be a kleptomaniac. Sheesh — and she could control herself for this kid’s sake?

Jokester

How often do you come across words that sound similar? The English vocabulary can really bamboozle you with its puzzling words. This child misheard a word, which his witty dad then took advantage of by playing a joke on him.

Jokester

If you have a jokester for a parent, then there’s a good chance your life is filled with constant giggles. If we’re being honest, we couldn’t stop laughing when we first read this post.

Blindfolded or Eye-Opening?

When it comes to hiking, learning how to use a map and compass are two common things but have you ever wondered that there could be more to it? It’s all fun and games until you realize that there’s danger ahead.

Blindfolded or Eye-Opening?

Hiking can create a sense of direction that you’ll carry with you for a lifetime. With that, you’ll be able to tell which way you’re going, even if you’re blindfolded. Now, that’s an eye-opening lesson for life, isn’t it?

Blame Game

Who doesn’t love a juicy cherry? Still, there’s a difference between taking one or two for yourself, and devouring a whole bunch.

Blame Game

The blame game went on for years in this family, until the younger sibling finally confessed that she ate the cherries. Children are amusing. They most certainly know how to make you laugh, even if it has something to do with their mischevious behavior.

Mother’s Heart

While normal hearts consist of veins and arteries, a mother’s heart is a patchwork of love. It’s well-known that mothers will do absolutely anything they can for their children.

Mother’s Heart

This poster recently discovered that her mother would quietly watch her children enjoy food when she was hungry herself. Her children having food to fill their tummies seemed to fill her up, too. How beautiful…

The Sad Coincidence

Pets have a special place in our hearts. Some people even love their pets like — or more — their own children. Nobody expects to lose their pet while having to move homes. This little kid here, however, lost his pet mouse the night before flying back to Nova Scotia.

The Sad Coincidence

It was only years later that he realized this probably wasn’t just a sad coincidence, as his parents had made it seem. And with that in mind, we can’t help but question what this poster’s parents actually did to his pet mouse…

The Perception Theory

When you’re in a moving car, the trees and buildings seem to pass by you in a flash. All of us have often wondered how it’s possible for the moon to travel everywhere with us. It wasn’t until we grew up that we realized that life is nothing but a game of perception.

The Perception Theory

In fact, a closet or large chest of drawers probably seems like a tower to any small child. The same thing happened to this user who mistook a mere hill for a huge mountain as a child. Childhood is a wondrous stage.

The Mystery Behind ATM

As a child, ATMs seem completely mysterious. You have faint memories of your parent walking into the bank only to receive cash from an automatic machine, rather than a teller. But, where did the money come from? Kids spend hours wondering what magic must be going on inside an ATM booth.

The Mystery Behind ATM

Well, kids, the truth isn’t as cool as you think. In reality, some bank employee or staff member has to squeeze behind the machine just to fill it with more cash.

Guilt

The pain of losing a loved one can hardly be put into words. Living a life trapped by guilt, however, doesn’t seem right. This little girl here spent half of her life holding onto the guilt of losing her younger brother.

Guilt

She shouldn’t be the one repenting when it was actually meningitis that took her brother. No matter how painful that may be, it was no one’s fault. We’re just happy she stopped harboring that guilt after so long.

Caution!

As much as kids love swimming, their curious minds can’t help but wander. What does that strange triangle sign mean? What was cooking behind those closed doors?

Caution!

It only makes sense that kids probably expect something absolutely mindblowing to come out of those doors. It really wouldn’t be nice to disappoint these creative minds by revealing that these rooms just hold pool chemicals.

The Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

The perception of size is an astounding thing, especially for children. Something that’s far away is obviously going to look small to the naked eye. But, what about nearby? What if an object near you looks just as tiny as it would from a distance? This is apparently called Alice in Wonderland syndrome.

The Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

It’s quite an uncommon disorder and doesn’t seem to last for a very long time when it does show up, but it does mess with size perception — that’s for sure.

Prankster Got Pranked

This has to be one of the most absurd and heartbreaking posts to make the list. Mischievous kids love to pull off a good prank. This dad, however, duped his prankster daughter by using her as a way to flirt with his secretary.

Prankster Got Pranked

While the girl enjoyed playing tricks on her dad’s assistant, she had no idea what was actually going on. While everyone loves a good prank, it was absolutely disheartening to hear the truth about a father’s affair and how he used his daughter in the process.

Sheriff’s Here!

It’s amusing how children can be so sneaky, yet so innocent. If you poured oil in a bottle and labeled it as ‘water,’ they would probably believe that it’s water. For the longest time, this poster believed that each town only had one sheriff — the sheriff.

Sheriff’s Here!

His mind must have been blown when he learned that there’s actually a whole department. After learning this, we can only assume that this guy laid off the westerns for a while.

Finding Nanu?

It’s absolutely adorable how babies mix words up and have trouble pronouncing certain words or names. In this instance, a couple of kids were obsessed with Finding Nemo and would watch the film every time their grandma and uncle would babysit.

Finding Nanu?

Rather than calling them by their names, the kids came up with “Nanu” instead. This can surely give the movie directors an idea for another film, though. Finding Nanu, anyone?

Bigfoot Danger!

Remember the story in which three friends went roaming around a jungle when, suddenly, a big bear approached them? Something similar happened to this boy and his friend when they rode their bikes up a hill, and saw something furry and giant walk on two feet.

Bigfoot Danger!

Thankfully, unlike the story, his friend didn’t run away without him. As funny as we find the incident, we appreciate that they stuck together.

Judgment Over Sentiment

It’s common among people with strict religious sentiments to be less supportive of acts that differ from their religion. This grandma, however, was extremely supportive when her granddaughters gave birth to their kids before getting married.

Judgment Over Sentiment

Such a case isn’t very usual, but grandmothers love unconditionally, after all. Or perhaps she was supportive because her grandchildren followed in her footsteps, and she didn’t want to be hypocritical.