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You shouldn't play in the dirt because worms will lay eggs under your nails and when they hatch your fingers will blow off.
A grad student I knew from England believed fireflies were imaginary, like fairies. Apparently they don't have them over there. When he came to the United States he was astonished to discover that there are bugs that give off light -- which is kind of amazing, if you think about it.
I used to think grass hoppers were called "grass-soppers." You know, because of how when you squeeze them they get "juice" all over the place.... yuck.
I lived in the desert and there were flying orange beetles we called June bugs that only came in the summer. My dad used to always tell me that if they landed on me they would stick and someone would have to burn them off me. I believed this until I was 12 and one actually fell on me. My scream was finally cut off after a full minute when my friend brushed it off.
My dad swears he maybe said that about ticks but I don't know why I would have confused ticks with these things.
Either was, they don't stick.
I used to believe that moths circled lights at night trying to find a way out of the world!
When they told me that flies live up men's noses in winter, I believed them ... cos you could see their little legs hanging down!
I used to think that when my foot was asleep that invisible bugs were poking me with needles.
When i was little, my aunt told me and my sister that lightning bugs turned into french fries. so one night she caught one and then brought it inside with out us seeing and then put a french frie in a frying pan.....we believed it was true for the longest time!
i would bring ants in the bathroom and create a maze for them with soap. if they hit the soap, they died. if they escaped, they would advance to a harder maze.
Where I live there is an insect called a Jerusalem Cricket. A lot of people call these insects "Child of the Earth". They have a reputation for being poisonous.
When I was little I was always told to stay away from these insects because they were poison and that I could die if one bit me. So I grew up having a fear of these nightmarish creatures. I was so afraid of them that if I saw one in the yard I wouldn't go anywhere near that part of the yard for hours - even days!
A few years ago I saw one of these insects in the house and finally decided to do some research to find out what they were. That was when I found out that the mysterious Child of the Earth that I had been so afraid of all my life was really just a type of cricket and wasn't poisonous at all. Now instead of being afraid of Jerusalem Crickets I actually kind of like them.
When I was a little kid, I was told not to leave your mouth open becuase, a fly wil always come straight in there!! But now I don't do it, even though I choked on a fly before. Lol
I used to believe that the leaves that move across the road when the wind blows them really had ants under them that carried the leaves and were hiding from people so they wouldn't get stepped on.
I am absolutely terrified of spiders and tarantulas. In fact, if I see a tarantula on the road I won't run it over or drive over it. I will cross to the other side of the road because I've always been convinced that it would attach itself to the bottom of my car and attack me when I get out. I will not use my own shoe to squash a spider. It may crawl through the bottom and bite my foot. That's why I always use someone else's shoe. I'm not willing to chance an arachnid's wrath.
When I was eight I saw a HUGE slug in my aunt's backyard. The summer before that I saw a tiny slug in my front yard. That didn't bother me but after seeing the huge slug I was grossed out over both of them. I would imagine my house being taken over my slugs and the slugs crawling up my nose and I'd be INCREDIBLY grossed out. I kept thinking there were slugs in all my food and this lead to problems because I refused to eat anything besides stuff like popcorn and lollipops because I knew slugs couldn't get in there. I got over it after I told my dad and he kept insisting when I would cringe upon seeing food that slugs were not infesting my food.
I used to believe that if you left crumbs out for a long period of time, they would turn into ants.
When I Was Young i youst to believe that when you had pins and needles in your foot it was little tiny bugs biting your feet and i took off my sock to have a look!
My parents always told me that garter snakes didn't bite. They told me this so I wouldn't be afraid of them. I always picked them up and was never bitten until one day I found a very big one. I picked her up and she bit me on the arm. I was stunned, but all I did was put the snake on the ground and was fine. I didn't freak out at all. All I said to my father was, "It bit me!"
I used to believe that when you made a bonfire, the sparks that came out turned into fireflies. Additionally, the color of said fireflies changed from orange to greenish because they cooled off after they got out of the fire.
The Ant News....."Today in Little Hill Suburbia, 1,795 ants were crushed to their deaths by an unidentified, white object that repeatedly fell from the sky and slammed into the busy downtown area killing 1,795 ants and critically injuring hundreds more. Oh wait, this just in - it appears to be the foot of some colossal creature! Troops were sent in to gang up on it and sting it but they too were laid to waist...." When I was about 4, 5 and 6 years old I would watch nature very closely. I soon discovered that ants were an incredible component of nature because of their strength, numbers, and group effort. I hated them because to me they seemed to capitalize on tragedy, they were ruthlessly mean and incredibly self centered. I came to this conclusion after seeing a group of ants gang up on a half dead horse fly. When the fly was dead they went and told all their greedy friends who came back to the fly, crawled up under it and began carrying it off. I could just imagine the chanting song they must have been singing while carrying the fly to their ant lair - exactly like the flying monkeys in The Wizard of OZ. After that I slaughtered as many ants as I could find. I'd put off coming in for dinner for an hour in order to kill all the ants within my sight. I then imagined my gigantic image being broadcast all over the six o'clock ant news.
I used to think butterflies would sting like bees. One of my earliest memories was getting chased around the yard by a butterfly...