Kids are naturally gullible. When you haven’t been living very long, it’s hard to tell truth from fiction, especially when that fiction is presented as fact by people you trust.
That’s why children are able to believe in the existence of characters like the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus.
Yet kids are also naturally curious, and when they discover details that don’t add up or are told the truth by their peers, they are bound to ask their parents about it. When they inquire point blank, it’s easy to lie, but some kids get a bit more clever.
Arman Ahmad had doubts about the Tooth Fairy and ran a test, not telling his parents about a lost tooth.
As children grow older, they begin to doubt what their parents say more and more. At 9 years old, Arman Ahmad doubted the reality of the Tooth Fairy, but knew his parents wouldn’t give a straight answer if he asked.
“I’ve been giving flippant answers when he’s been asking me [about the tooth fairy] over the last seven months,” his mother, Emily Ahmad, told Buzzfeed News.
Fortunately, he still had a few baby teeth left. When one of his back teeth became loose, he decided to test his hypothesis and determine whether the Tooth Fairy existed once and for all.
He hid the tooth under his pillow, but didn’t tell his parents about it. Since it was a back tooth, they didn’t notice it was missing. Two nights passed and the tooth still hadn’t moved from its position under the pillow.
Arman found this rather curious.
After two weeks, the tooth still hadn’t been picked up so he deduced the Tooth Fairy wasn’t real.
It's always a tough moment when your kid straight up outsmarts you. I guess you feel proud . . . but also, ouch.
There's a nine-year-old kid named Armaan Ahmad in St. Louis. And he recently came up with a controversial theory: The Tooth Fairy… https://t.co/kuSRNn5Bat
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It was another two weeks until the boy finally told his parents about the tooth. The next morning, he woke up to discover the tooth had been replaced with a few dollars.
He ran into the kitchen with a shocking announcement:
“I know the tooth fairy is not real… I proved it.”
His mother didn’t know what else to say other than “OK. I guess you got me.”
On April 22, Arman’s father Fahd Ahmad posted the story to Twitter where it earned over 715,000 likes and 148,000 retweets.
Just learned our 9y/o did an experiment on us. Lost tooth, told no one for 3d, kept tooth under his pillow. No $. Then he tells us he lost the tooth, next night there is money under his pillow. Then confronted us with his scientific evidence that the tooth fairy isn't real.
— Rogue Dad, M.D. (@RogueDadMD) April 23, 2018
Many commenters were shocked by Arman’s intelligence but, according to Fahd, he’s always been this way.
“He’s an inquisitive kid, thinking his own thoughts,” Ahmad told Mashable. “He’s got sort of a scientific mindset naturally.”
As of May 8, Arman’s belief in Santa Claus has remained, though Fahd worries that it might not hold up much longer. He thinks, at this point, Arman’s just holding onto what he knows to be a false belief.
According to Buzzfeed, Arman’s investigation into the Tooth Fairy came about when a classmate reported a Tooth Fairy sighting in the school newspaper with “photo evidence.”
Now the boy is able to prove his classmate and parents wrong. Still, Fahd told Mashable about one disadvantage to the experiment his son might not have considered:
“I think he lost his future cash flow, which is something he probably didn’t anticipate.”