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When I was a kid in New Orleans, at night I would see roaches scatter from the front porch. I would also smell a beautiful smell that wasn't there in the daytime when the roaches weren't around. My science teacher gave a talk about pheronomes and I was convinced that was why the roaches smelled so good. It wasn't until years later that I learned my grandmother had night blooming jasmine growing around the porch and was a little sorry to realize that roaches didn't really have much redeeming social value.
Growing up in San Francisco, at the age of 5 or six I was convinced that when it rained it rained worms. After all, after a rain there were worms all over the sidewalks. Perfectly reasonable.
My preschool grandaughter came running in from the backyard, all excited. Grandma, a SNAKE, a SNAKE! I went out to see a worm (the size of the snake in her picture book).
I would come home every day in the spring after school and catch japanese beetles and go around the yard, feeding them to the spiders! After awhile, they got used to me and would come prancing out in the middle of the webs as soon as I walked up to them, so I felt sure they recognized me and knew they were about to receive a meal! I felt I had established a meaningful relationship with the spiders in my yard!
I used to believe that spiders were mutated rats that were shrunk!
one day at school, we found a huge spider and stabbed it with a stick, making a green and white fluid come out. as such, i believed for quite a while that all spiders were filled with toothpaste
a friend once believed that spiders screamed with pain like humans did. this came from throwing a large (tarantula-like) spider on a fire and the whistling sound that came from air blowing through its burnt body.
I used to believe that crickets were the sound that night made. Needless to say I was very upset when I heard a cricket during the day and then actually saw one. Ugh.
I used to believe that cobwebs had little creatures called cobs. When my mom would go to sweep them out, I would shout "Don't let the cobs get me!"
I was, and still am, deathly afraid of spiders. I wouldn't kill them because I was afraid that they may not have died and they would get their spider buddies and come after me in the middle of the night. I still refuse to kill a spider.
I often saw dragonflys mating in the air while flying when I was young. I assumed that they were giving each other rides. My friends and I often pondered why the dragonflys liked to ride one another. When I asked my mother she said she didn't know why, I can only imagine how hard it was for her not to laugh now.
When I was little sow bugs, the little gray bugs that curled up when poked, were called rolly-polly's. I didn't know when I had first heard them called that, so I figured that I had invented it. I was very impressed that a word I invented was so popular with everybody.
My brother told me that if i slept with my mouth open, spiders would crawl down my throat and spin webs. He said they'd spin so many i wouldn't be able to breath and i'd die. At this time i was very scared of spiders.
When i was a kid until now that i am 26 years old i fear cockroaches. when ever i see one there is some feeling of discomfort from within and i start shouting and jumping
Around the age of about 7 i was told by one of my friends that spiders live inside cherries and from then till present day i have not been able to eat cherries!
I used to believe that a 'Flea Circus' really was a circus with performing feas!
I used to think animals understood everything just like we did, so I was very hurt when I helped a bug out of the swimming pool and it stung me! Didn't it know I was trying to save it from drowning?
i used to believe that catapillars were like toupees, people used them for their moustaches, eyebrows and the fur around the catapillar for eye lashes. well i noticed them one day on me face and i ran around screamning "GET THE CATAPEE-ERS OFF MY FACE, IT'S BURNING IT'S BURNING IT'S BURNING REAL BAD!!!!!!!!!"
My mother believed until very recently, that slugs were snails that had come out of their shells. She used to go around the garden breaking empty shells, so they wouldn't be able to get back in.
that there were no flies in china nd that the Chinese government had soldiers stopping them come over the great wall which went right around china-mum told me that they didnt need fly spray like in NZ