Just because we looked up to our parents as pillars of morality while growing up doesn’t mean they always practiced what they preached. If your parents were anything like mine, lying was an offense that would send you to your room without dinner and no visits from friends for a week. Little did we know, many of our parents were telling white lies that looked much darker once the truth was brought to light. u/skadarski asked the Reddit community to unpack all the secrets their parents hoarded until they reached adulthood. With nearly 4,000 responses to the post in r/AskReddit, enough beans were spilled to have us eating burritos for a lifetime, and we’re here to give you a taste of some of the juiciest secrets in the thread.
Most people would rather stay at home safe with their families than risk their lives overseas for a battle they personally had nothing to do with, but how many people do you think went out of their way to avoid being drafted overseas between 1964-1973? A few hundred? A few thousand?
Try 570,000. Of course, not every draft offender went to jail because the government found it impossible to capture and prosecute them all. Only 3,250 were put behind bars, so maybe these Redditor’s grandpas didn’t need to go to such dramatic lengths to keep their boots on American soil, but at least it made for an interesting story.