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when i was about 4 i once believed that when i got bitten by a spider i would die because the spider had sucked my soul out through my blood.
When I was about 5 my aunt from arizona came out and visited us. She knew I had a fear of scorpians. So in order to ease my mind she told me that the only time that they come into your home is when it rains really hard. So later that year we went out to visit her. One night around 12 am I woke up and it was raining, very hard. I began to scream bloody murder at the top of my lungs waking the whole house up. Everyone came running to find out what had happened to me only to find out that I was positive that because it was raining hard scorpians would be swarming into the house!
When i was younger I found a bee on the window ledge, it wasn't moving much so I thought it must be dying. I didn't want it to die so I thought I'd try to revive it. I did this by scooping it up onto a leaf and putting it at the top of the garden on a rock with a big spoonful of honey next to it, thinking that it would eat the honey and feel better! When I came back to it later it was gone (probably eaten by a bird or somehitng), oblivious to the fact that I'd left a dying and virtually helpless creature in such an exposed place I was very pleased with myself for being so kind and helpful!
as a child of a 'neat freak' my mother used to stress about crumbs on the counter because 'tomorrow we'll have ants'. i wish she had been more specific, for the longest time i thought crumbs turned into ants.
When I was 4 or 5, I saw my Dad kill a spider in the hallway. I ran off to tell my Mom, and when I got back to show her, the spider was gone. I decided that when you kill a spider, it will clean itself up by the time you get back. I still hope for spiders to be gone by the time I get back with a tissue.
I had seen the movie Cleopatra and got the idea from that that cobras lived in bowls or boxes of berries because in the movie she pulled it from a box of dates and it bit her. I was always very, very careful when I was eating a box of blueberries, because i was scared that I'd be bitten by a snake.
When I worked at a children's camp in France, we told them that they had to tie a piece of string across the bottom of their tent door (about 20 cm above ground). This was to stop the scorpions walking into their tents - they would walk up to the tent, catch the string in their tails and turn around again. Worked well, and every week we got the kids tying string to their tents, until one bright spark asked "but what about the baby scorpions?!"
when i was little, i never liked bugs. my dad once told me that there were a lot of bigger bugs than what i have seen in the house. i started to think about it, and thought there were gigantic grasshoppers 20 feet high that would rampage down the freeway. i never liked going on the freeway.
I used to believe that when I slept, if my ears and nose weren't covered that a spider would crawl into my brain and mess with my brain and kill me. To this day I still can't sleep without my ears and nose being covered, but I'm not that scared of spiders.
I was told a bee couldn't sting you if you held your breath. After being stung three times I figured out that it wasn't true.
my grandpa used to tell me that "eye eating spiders" existed, so for a long time growing up I used to sleep with a pillow or a blanket over my eyes so they couldn't eat my eyes while I was a sleep.
I'm terrified of spiders because when i was about 7 a friend of mine told me that there was a kind of spider that would spit on you and make all your skin fall off.
When I was 8, I grew up in a town where the main road ran through a swamp called "Rattlesnake Gulch". I hated when my father would drive through there because I always thought that rattlesnakes hung from the trees and would drop on the car.
When I was a kid my sister told me butterflies land on your head and lay eggs that turn into worms. I'm in my 40s and I still hate butterflies.
When I was around 7 years old, I believed that if I rolled my blanket in a tight tube and laid it around me in a U-shape, no mosquitoes would be able to bite me
When I was a kid I was really scared of spiders. I had a blanket on my bed that had pictures of rose buds all over it, and every night before I could go to sleep, I would sit up and look at each rose because I thought that a spider might be posing as a rose bud and just waiting until I went to sleep to crawl up onto my face.
I used to believe that if you killed spiders that they would come back to life and get all their dead spider buddies to get you.
As a young child my grandmother told me not to pick up a praying mantis because it would spit in your eye and you would go blind. I am 38 years old and some students of mine brought in a praying mantis one day after recess and I just about lost my mind.
My grandparents lived on a huge farm in Mississippi and my "Nana" told us that dragonflies were actually called "Snake Doctors" because they brought medicine to snakes as they flew over the water in the ponds where we fished. I have of course believed this my entire life.
My brother was 15 when he thought this. I showed him a picture of a giant african land snail. He said "Oh my God! Are they this big?" he held out his arms as far as they would go. I said nothing. Then he said "Oh my God! They're this big!" He went on about how big they were, and that they must be faster than normal snails becasue they were so big too. (He has a phobia of slugs and snails) He beleived this untill after about a minute when he told my parents. They told him how big they really were.