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When I was a kid I used to believe that the birds up in the sky chooses people whom they don't like to shit on them. So whenever a bird was flying above me, I whispered softly that they have nice feathers and hoped that the wind would convey my message to them!
As a kid I had heard that if you feed birds uncooked rice or alka seltzer they would explode. I thought it meant they would explode like a bomb with fire and shrapnel.
About six years ago I went with my family to Sea World in Orlando. We had fun walking around and whatnot. Then we went to the penguin exhibit and I saw all the little birds scurrying around and exclaimed "Look at all the baby penguins! Aren't they cute?"
My husband and son began laughing at me.
I learned that day that penguins do not, in fact, grow to be as large as people. I was 52 years old.
The logo for the US postal service in the late 80's and 90's was a profile of a bald eagle. I could never see the eagle properly. I thought it was a really crappy abstraction of an eagle head with the tip of the wing as the nose, the rest of the wing as the head, and the body and head as the collar (cause the eagle was wearing a collared shirt, of course!) It wasn't until I was 12 that I suddenly realized it really was an eagle.
My babysitter told me the Reason people would "watch you like a hawk" was because hawks loved the taste of toddler meat.. and would swoop down when hungry and carry you off..
when i was a kid i believed that birds go to heaven at night because i couldnt hear them and the last i'd see of them before it got dark was them flying around!!! so i used to tell them messages to send to God!! i believed it soooo intently that to this day i still wonder... could it be true?
until the age of 6 i didnt know bird had feet.
i used to believe that swans were mythical creatures like unicorns or a phoenix.
I believed that if i could fly if learned to whistle and flap my arms fast enough like a bird. but if I told anyone I knew this, the birds would take away this special ability forever...I'm sure this was an interesting sight for my neighbors
i used to belive ( cause dad told me ) that if i catch a shagg (sea bird) and pull its tail it will sing the ABC. i spent 3 hours running up and down the beach trying to get a shag
I had a dream when I was younger that a caged bird rested behind my bed. Every time I went to sleep, it would come out and float above me. I didn't know it was a dream at the time, so I always put a bunch of pillows against the wall to keep the bird from getting me again.
when i was rather young i knew that birds didn't fly just by moving their wings rapidly up and down but that they moved them in a certain way. i figured that if i could somehow master how they did it, then i would be able to fly too!
i used to believe that when a chickens fertalised eggs, (like had sex) that the hen would lay the egg, then the rooster would sit on it. and then it would be fertalised
Until I was nine or so, I thought bald eagles were as big as houses -- thanks a lot, Rescuers Down Under.
When I was little, I thought that birds feathers were made out of twigs and cat hairs.
when i was about ten, i was chasing a pigeon and my dad told me it was an attack pigeon! i laughed and said that's not true. but then... the pigeon turned around and started chasing me!! to this day i am terrified of pigeons...
When I was somewhat younger than now, I used to believe that waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks) tucked their legs into their bodies when they swam. Now I know that they use their feet as paddles...
i used to think that because chicken hatched eggs by sitting on them, so could i......so i would sit lightly over an egg all day to try and hatch it, i did that on easter too to hatch easter bunnies
My cousin was wearing sunglasses one day and i said she looked funny so she told me that if i didn't wear sunglasses, birds would peck my eyes out.
i still wear sunglasses almost everytime i go outside.
Up until the age of six, i sadly did not know that birds had feet.