ten random beliefs
When I was 5 or so, my dad told me that if you caught a squirrel by the tail it would pop off and the squirrel would run away and hide until it grew a new tail.
When I was 5 or so, my Dad told my brother and I that our nipples were ham, and that if we were caught somewhere without any food, we could peel them off and eat them.
Fortunately, I never had to try that.
When I was about 5 years old, my cousin and I used to tell people that we were half "martians" and every year on our birthday they came and picked us up in the spaceship to take us to our "mars-parties" and we were gone for a month but to the "earthlings" it was only 1 day.
For the longest time I always thought that the road signs alerting you to a winding road ahead (with the car and the windy marks behind its tires)... meant watch out for drunk drivers. I couldn't figure out how they knew that there would always be drunk drivers in that area, and whenever we passes a car I always help my breath and hoped that it wouldn't run into us. I didn't figure the sign's true meaning until I took my drivers training course at age 15!
My grandma got a cat when I was about 4-5 and I figured she must have picked it up off a shelf at the grocery store, like bread or cereal. It never occurred to me that I'd never seen cats and dogs on the shelves there, it just seemed natural.
growing up I had an eccentric aunt who told me that if you concentrated hard enough, you could move objects with your mind. Well, whether this is true or not, I never managed it. But I remember sitting for hours on the couch looking at things on a shelf and staring at them until my eyes hurt. And after a few intense minutes of staring down whatever it is I was trying to levitate, I would dramatically break my concentration from the object and act all out of breath, thinking "Almost, I almost had it that time!"
My son came from school one day (preschool) telling me if he drank soda his head would explode. I didn't tell him different. It cured him for 2 years until he figured it out. For that two year period he would freak out when I would drink soda too.
When I was 4, I asked asked "Dad, why do pelicans have blue feet?"
He answered "Because the water is cold."
I was well into University before I realised I'd been had.
When I was younger, I played a lot of a videogame called Sonic the Hedgehog. When you died in the game Sonic flew up and fell down off of the stage.
So I was convinced that when a person dies, they bounce up 30 feet into the air and fall down through the earth and disappear. I was sure disappointed when I learned the truth!
When I was little I used to think that the handicapped spaces were for people who had to go to the bathroom really bad. I thought that the picture of the person on the wheelchair was someone sitting on the toilet.