Postsecret had some good postcards about dads but this one and the comments underneath them cracked me up. It reminds me of things my dad would’ve told me as a kid, but also gives me ideas of things I can tell my kids. I don’t remember any crazy things he told us off the top of my head but I do remember the time that he told me to touch the electric fence surrounding the cow pasture. You can imagine how high I jumped when it sent many many volts of electricity through my 6 year old body. I also remember the time he gave me a large peppercorn and said, “this is really yummy, chew on this” So I bit down thinking I could trust my own father, but was instantly saddened with the results of biting down on a whole peppercorn. Come to think of it, maybe my dad didn’t have any dadisms, but rather he enjoyed tricking me. Anyways, enjoy and add to the list if you have any.


My dad used to say that inside of the car’s air-bags was uncooked popcorn. When you wrecked the popcorn would pop and you would have a snack until help came.

When I was little, my dad told me ATMs worked by having little monkeys inside them. I believed that for years. Now I work in a bank, and wish it were true!

My dad told me the worst swear word you could possibly say was “Bostonian”. It meant “someone who has no private parts.” My brother and I used the word until we were teenagers and my father giggled every time we said it, right before he sent us to our rooms.

when i was little my dad told me that polyester was a small animal in australia & they would kill it to make clothes. that night i sat in my room reading the labels on my clothes for hours & threw all of the polyester ones away.

When I was little my Dad told me that the tune played by the ice-cream van was the ice-cream man letting everyone know that he’d run out of ice-cream.

When we’d approach exits or toll booths, my father told me the sound the car made when it went over the rumble strips was the car getting angry because I had been bad. I still sit up a little straighter when I hit a rumble strip.


  1. mego said,

    June 19, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

    micah, HILARIOUS!!! i was laughing all the way through. the good news is that although we may be too old to be as easily tricked by dad, now he has grandkids to do it to, and they are just as gullible. long live the tradition!

  2. Anthony said,

    June 24, 2007 @ 5:42 am

    Dude, this is really cool cuz I can totally comment from my cellphone
    even though your website has not been recreated in a cell phone version
    thanx to
    i can comment from my cell phone and always be able to keep up
    on your bloggin now..
    ARe you not pleased?
    Anyways, loved the trickery going on..
    I will totally be doing these with my boys…
    It simply must be done..
    haha ;)

    __We are the Knights who say Ni__

  3. anthony said,

    June 24, 2007 @ 5:44 am

    shoot, sorry dude..
    I dont’ know why it posted it twice.
    Your site should have caught that..
    It should just simply check to see if the contents being added are not already in the DB…
    You failed..

  4. Jakob said,

    July 24, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

    This is exactly what I expected to find out after reading the title Dadisms. Thanks for informative article

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