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I used to believe that if I could put salt on a bird's tail it would make them unable to fly and I could hold them. No one told me until I was caught in the backyard after my first year of college with a salt shaker in my hand going after some birds. I couldn't believe my own mother had lied to me.
There's an aquarium within walking distance of my house. In the wall around their penguin exhibit, they have a small cave with fake eggs. When I was a kid, I thought the eggs were real.
I told my mom that I wanted to take one of the eggs, so I could have a pet penguin. Deciding to humor me, she told me our house wasn't cold enough to keep a penguin, and asked where we'd keep it.
I said we'd keep it in the freezer, of course!
When I was young I used to believe if you gave a seagull an alka seltzer it would explode
When I was young, I was upset that birds never landed on my finger like in Snow White. My mom told me that long ago, a human accidentally shocked the king bird with static electricity and his heart stopped, so now all birds are afraid of humans.
When I asked my mom why birds hopped instead of walked she told me that their legs were too long and if they walked instead of hopped they'd walk right past where they were trying to go.
i took an egg from the fridge and hid it in the dirty laundry hoping that it would be warm enough for the friged chick to hatch. i forgot i had done this untill my mom started loading the washer and the egg exploded on the floor. poor thing never had a chance.
Bird eggs grow on trees, and they have to go and collect them to put them in their nests.
Despite reading Puffin books, and indeed books about puffins as a child, i never made the connection that puffins could have been actual, real organisms. I only found out that they exist a few days ago. I'm eighteen, and in my second year of a science degree at university.
I grew up in a town that has chickens that like to randomly roam around. Interestingly enough, they spend most of their time in a shopping center right behind a Popeyes. I steadfastly refused to eat at that popeyes because I thought those were the chickens they killed to make the chicken you ate
I used to believe that when there was a bunch of birds sitting on telephone wires they were getting married and all the birds in their family were there for the wedding. I still look up at them to guess which one's are the bride and groom. I'm 18, lol.
When I was about 4 or 5 I thought that I could hatch an egg if I kept it warm long enough I went through about 10 eggs and sheets because I kept falling asleep
My Dad use to tell me if I pouted and stuck my lower lip out, a bird would come and poop on my lip.
because i always saw a lot of birds perched on telephone lines, i used to believe that they were built so that the birds could rest
When I was little, I used to make a nest out of towels and sit on plastic eggs with my brother, thinking that sooner or later they would hatch. They always did with the help of our Mother, and had money inside of them. I thought that the eggs we cooked for breakfast were defective, because they contained no money.
it took a long time for me to realise that duck tape was actually duct tape and was not made for, with, or by a duck.
I used to believe that the eggs were actual baby chickens. Daddy used to scare me and told me that they were murdering baby chickens. I always wondered how cause of the egg but to this day i twitch when I crack an egg afraid a baby chick will fall out. I even had a nightmare once about it. I'm 18 now and still worried about it.
I once heard somewhere a statistic about ducks flying into airplanes. Somehow I got it in my head that ducks could fly faster than airplanes. I used to ride in the plane and look out the window for ducks to flap on by. I was always amazed at how fast they were. In 10th grade, I said it out loud to someone for the first time, and realized how silly it was!
When I was little, I remember being told that birds fly south for the winter. Up until about 3rd grade I thought they flew ALL THE WAY south- to Antarctica. I wondered why they've leave Indiana in the fall to go somewhere even colder.
When I was around 6 or 7, my Grandmother told me that a friend of hers had been stung by a hummingbird and almost died. It wasn't until I was in my late teens that I found out that hummingbirds don't sting!
When I was little I must have asked my dad why birds don't get electrocuted when they sit on the wires. His answer was "because the electricty only runs on the bottom of the wires". I believed that well into my 20's until I learned differently!