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I used to lie a lot when I was a kid. I wasn't intent on deceiving people, but for some reason I would just tell made up stories. They weren't even fantastic stories, they were just things that hadn't happened. I really have no idea why I did it.

One day I was hanging out with my friend Ryan and his family. We had just gone to a movie and were driving back to his house. Right as we were driving down his street I told a story to everyone in the car. I don't remember the story, but I remember it had something to do with cabinets. Hey, it was a long time ago.

Ryan's mother innocently asked a question that began with, "Wait... if you did that, then how could you have..."

There's No Mercy in Mario

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We were having trouble figuring out what to do on Saturday.

I suggested that we sit down and watch the entire Lord of the Rings series with the kids. My wife didn't think it was appropriate for a seven and four year old, so I decided to poll my Facebook friends. It turns out that it was a pretty unanimous agreement with my wife. Apparently, a movie series that involves zombie horses and getting attacked and paralyzed by a giant spider is inappropriate for kids...jeez.

Therefore, we decided to fire up the old Wii and have a Super Mario Brothers marathon.

We grabbed four controllers and went after Princess Peach. For the next few hours, we were in a zone. Goombas were smashed, turtle shells were thrown (mostly at each other), and there were times where the family barely survived. Most of all, were learned a lot about life and each other. Here are some of those lessons learned.

1. Strength Doesn't Always Lie in Numbers

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