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I used to believe, after being told by a friend my age, that if you buried an ant with a chip of glass, that it would turn into a termite. We'd bury our ants one day, and come back and look for them a day later, and every time the ant and piece of glass were gone (or we couldn't remember where we'd buried them, more likely). One time we found a termite where we thought we'd buried the ant, so that of course proved it was true!
I managed to convince my younger brother when we were driving home one night, that the loose gravel being thrown up by the wheels was really a type of beetle that lived along the roadside, and was attracted to the headlights as we passed.
I thought that big spiders (Huntsman Size) could crack glass. When I was 4 I saw a car with a broken side window with what I thought was a spider masking taped in the center of the crack. I told my parents they swore they did not see it. To this day I dont know what I really saw.
I used to be scared of having any spiders in my room, and coming from a country that has a LOT of spiders, that can sometimes be difficult. I was afraid that even tiny spiders would crawl in my ear or up my nose, and bite me on the brain, killing me. I had to check there were no spiders before I went to sleep, and if I had to kill one, I always said sorry to it first.
I used to be obsessed with this book about insects called "Insect World" and would insist that my mother read parts of it to me every night. About half an hour later, I would run into my parents' room, imagining giant wasps, stagbeetles, and army ants had invaded my bed!
until a few years ago, i still believed that worms were coming out of the ground to play in the rain. it didn't occur to me that they could be drowning down there...
I used to believe that killer bees would take over the world by the time I was an adult.
My eldest brother convinced me that as bees made honey, wasps made jam conserves - I still 30 years later have a sneaking suspicion that it's true
I used to have an obsession with bringing creepy crawlies, especially woodlice into the house. My mother got so annoyed one day that she told me woodlice bit really really hard. When I said I didn't believe her she replied with "How do you think that they bite through wood"
I used to believe that dung beetles were made out of poo!
My mother apparently still believes that those little flies you find on over-ripe fruit "just form there", kind of out of thin air. Apparently the fruit produces them spontaneously. She's 60 this year. Well. On the other hand, until recently my sister (now 34) believed that the muck you get on your windscreens is caused by flies and bugs relieving themselves (yes, sh***ing on them). She used to take it quite personally, too.
when i was 8 or 9 ... 1972 .. new to australia from uk . was told that the huge hairy SCARY lookin huntsman spider(harmless to humans) transmitted a signal by esp ... it registers on the human brain as a scream ... i am now nearing 40 ... you know what ... im still terrified .... i still hear the scream
coming to a new country as an 8 yr old has strange consequences ... hoop snakes ... i was told these animals were so aggressive they would hold their tail in their mouth and roll along chasing you so they could bite
When I was small, I thought there were 3 types of plug. The electrical kind, the ones in the sink or bath, and the slimy kind that crawl along the ground. My family found this amusing and perpetuated my belief - never referring to them with their proper name "slug".
I can still remember how mortified I was when I discovered the truth at an embarassingly mature age, having made an idiot of myself in front of my schoolfriends!
When I was little I was absolutly positive that butter was made by butterflies.
When my daughter was very small, she used to be afraid of spiders. One night when I was putting her to bed, she complained that she couldn't go to sleep because there might be spiders in her bedroom. To reassure her, I said, "There are no spiders in here."
"NOSE SPIDERS?" she cried, leaping up and looking terrified. It took a while to subdue her fears after she imagined an eight-legged creature that would climb up her nose while she slept.
My mom told me when I was about 4 years old that spiders could run faster than humans. One day, while in the basement, I put my finger in a hole in the wall and a spider came out. I almost killed myself running up the stairs, certain that the spider was right behind me!
When I was small I beleived that if a JuneBug landed on your arm it would take the patch of skin it landed on with it when it flew away. This is thanks to my two older brothers. I'm still terrified of this harmless beetle
i used to believe that butterflies could bite.
My brother and I would catch fireflies in old peanut butter jars, punch holes in the lids, and save them for the next day. When we got up the next morning, invariably the bugs would have "escaped", or so my mother told us. It wasn't until recently that my mother admitted letting them go after we went to bed. She has a heart of gold.