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A belief that many people share, I'm sure - if you find a baby bird on the ground, out of its nest..."Don't pick it up!" they tell you. The mother bird will smell your scent on the baby and will refuse to care for it.
I learned in college this is not true: most birds don't have a sense of smell at all, so no mother bird will reject her baby because it smells like a human. "Officials" just don't want people picking up baby birds!
My family moved to England when I was five. I had previously lived in South Africa, and had never seen or heard a pigeon before. Often in the early morning I heard a distinct, repeated "coo coo" sound coming from outside my bedroom window. Overwhelmed with curiosity at the strange noise, I would race over to the window and fling the curtains open to see what it was. But all I could see was the moon in the sky (the pigeon was sitting above my window well out of my sight) Not able to see the bird, I immediately connected the moon with the noise, and for years after thought the moon made cooing noises in the morning.
This happened when I was in Kindergarten. I guess it was around St. Patrick's day, because the teacher was talking about leprachuns and such, when she said "Did you know, there's a pot of gold at the end of rainbows?" and this kid in the class said "I found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow once, but a bird took it."
Well, the teacher didn't really say anything in response to the kid, so for years after that, I not only thought that the story of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow was true, but also I thought that the pot of gold ended up in some bird's nest somewhere.
i used to beleve that when i grow up i'll be able to fly just like birds
every one told me i was a silly goose as a child but i never really got it but every time they said it i would imagine a goose staggering around like he was drunk
When I was 5, on of my grandmother's friends brought a bunch of crates to our house. They were filled with something in it and when I went near it, I thought I heard a chicken clucking. And until I turned 8, I thought that every big box came with a free rooster.
Birds in the sky would come down and attack me with their beaks.
Whenever I asked my mom how she knew I'd done somthing bad, she would say "oh a little bird told me". I believed that and was always on my best behavior whenever a bird was around.
i used to believe that if you stuck your hand out the window in a car the birds would think your fingers were worms and bite them off. so whenever i stuck my hand out the window i'd always put my fingers in a fist so they the birds wouldnt eat them!
my friend told me once that if you fed a seagull panadol, it would explode. so for a while i kept a packet of panadol around with me everywhere, just in case i saw a seagull
A long time ago, maybe when I was five or six, I used to think the eggs we bought to eat were fertilized (meaning I thought they could hatch chickens), so I used to steal an egg or two when my mom was cooking with them and sit on them (but in a way I didn't crush them) on the couch, claiming I could hatch a chicken.
Mom told me otherwise.
Let me share with you a method for distinguishing a male pigeon from a female one...
First you catch such a bird and take their beak between your thumb and forefinger. (Please, be kind!) If your victim tries hard to escape, you've got a female...
...or that's what my father and his fellows practised when they were kids.
I used to believe that if you pick up a bird feather that you would get arrested by the police. My sister told me this when i picked up a feather in my yard and i have believed it since.
when my brother was about three, he told my parents that our neighbor was growing chickens in her garden because that is where she buried the heads of the chickens when she killed them
I used to believe that eggs bought at the grocery store would hatch if I took good care of them. I'd fill a cookie tin with cotton balls, nestle eggs inside, and set it on the heat register in my room.
Whwn I was about 6 I used to think that if a crow bit you you would fall asleep for 100 years!
now, there is an indian food item called a budgie, so when i heard someone talk about their pet budgie, i thought "what the! food for a pet?!?"
My sister used to believe that chickens grew from the ground.
one time i was at a dock and there were ducks in the water pecking at eachothers heads and i yelled "look mom there eating each other!" then my mom told me they were having sex
I Once belived That burrs were stiky so that birds would land on them and they would dry out and become more burrs So I always thought of it as something quite horrific actuall, and when they got stuck to my clothing I thought I had dead birds on me.