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So I walked my son O and my daughter A home yesterday along with her friends F and M.  F comes over usually once a week, and the two girls play outside, usually with a big rock they have named "Rosie".  Rosie has an elaborate back story that the girls were explaining to M, about how she is a 1,000 year old person who was turned to stone but will soon come back to life.  My son heard this, which resulted in the following exchange:

O: "How do you know she's 1,000 years old?"
A: "It's written in a (weird name here) book."
O: "Well, can I see this book?"
A: "No, it's invisible."
O: "Then how do you see it?"
F: "We have special (weird name here) glasses."
O: "Well, can I see the glasses?"
A: "No, they are invisible too!"
O: "Then how do you know where they are?"
A and F: "We just do!"

O has so earned his Skeptics license!

After this they separated,  and O told me all about how they were lying, because people obviously didn't have the technology to turn into stone 1,000 years ago ("they don't even have it today!"), and we talked about the difference between lying and pretending.

It was a good walk home.
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