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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.
When I was little I heard things wrong all the time (due to multiple ear infections) and I went through life thinking that snakes that live around the house (like in the garden) were called Gardener Snakes! Now that I'm 18, I finally realized they are garder snakes...
My sister convinced me that sharks lived in my aunt's water bed. As we laid there trying to fall asleep, she'd start humming the Jaws theme under her breath and making waves until I screamed.
When I was little I read a story in my Ranger Rick magazine about this baby worm who was warned not to go to the surface when it rained because he might squiggle onto concrete and then the sun would come out and dry him up. The worm didn't listen and soon he found himself on concrete, drying up quickley. Luckily, along came a little girl who saved him by picking him and up and throwing him into the grass. I believed that I was like that little girl and it was my mission to save all the worms that wiggled their way onto the pavement after a rain storm. I still try to rescue every single stranded, helpless worm to this day and I'm 20 years old. I also have an overwhelming sense of guilt if I can't get to all the worms.
I used to think that worms were baby snakes. My brother did this to me, still to this day I cant touch a worm or get close to a snake~
I used to believe that if you lay in the grass an ant could crawl into your ear and eat your brain. That's what my older brother told me, anyway.
I used to believe that if I killed an ant or other bug, that all his friends and relatives would come back after me. I had the same fear of vengeful vegetables when I had to scrape the plates off into the garbage disposal after dinner.
I used to think that spiders would crawl under my skin and lay their eggs in my body and then the baby spiders would crawl out of my ears. Thanks to my older brother, I still think spiders are creepy.
I used to play with ants. I put them on my little people swingset and spun them around and stuff. I fed them little containers of juice. I actually got jealous that they were having so much fun and I couldn't because I was so big.
My Best friend is 21 and stupidly scared of moths because when she was younger her brother told her if a moth touched you you would turn into a boy...
Someone told me mascara was made from bat feces. To this day, I'm not sure if it's true.
I guess a lot of gnats flew into my eyes when I was a kid, because I eventually came to believe that they were good for your eyes and were suppossed to do that. So I would just kind of rub them in so my eye would benefit from all the nutrients they had to offer.
Where I grew up, we mad massive amounts of yellow jackets in the summer. Every year, around June, my parents would say "The yellow jackets are out!" and I used to believe that yellow jackets were a gang of people who wore jackets that were yellow.
When I was four or five, my brother told me that worms would crawl up my nose. So every time it rained and the worms would come out on the sidewalk, I would stand perfectly still, petrified with fear, and scream bloody murder until my mom came to "rescue" me.