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When I was little I use to think all the spiders would gang up on you if you killed a spider so I could never kill a spider.(I still can't kill a spider because one time when I did I had such a nightmare about it I will never forget.)

RJ iowa
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I used to believe that sand was made of ants, because when I stepped on sand for the first time (as I remember)I landed on a trail of ants that bit my toes and legs to numbness. That's why I never knew the joys of sinking your toes in the sand till I was 8 yrs. old, thanks to ants.

joepi
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I believed if you caught enough fireflies (or "lightning bugs" as we called them in the south), you could light the house with them instead of light bulbs.

Dixon
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i get bit by so many moskitos because i'm a sweet child with sugar in my vains.

Ella
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I believed that snails were council house slugs that had bought their own houses. (well that's what i was told)

Scattymare
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i used to think flies were little birds!

unforgiv3n
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As a young girl, I used to believe that, if I fell to the sidewalk on a rainy day on my way to school, worms would crawl into my nose and ears. I was terrified.

What's really weird is that I used to dig for worms at my grandfather's cottage in the summer and fish on the dock.

Anon
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Having read Charlotte's Webb as a kid, I became petrified whenever my parents or brothers killed a spider that had been in my room. I would beg them not to kill them, but just to catch them in a jar and pop them out the window instead. This was because I firmly believed that as spiders have so many hundreds of babies, if one of them were killed in my room, all of their hundreds of brothers and sisters might come and 'get me' and I'd wake up in the middle of the night covered in the things!

I'm 29 now and still can't kill a spider - only chuck them out the house safely!

Sal
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My mom told me that earthworms and even baby lizards love to enter human ears and build a nest inside where they lay eggs...till date I can never sleep with my ears uncovered...to my horror last year i woke up to find a little lizard smashed under my pillow...my fear is doubled now.

shamim
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I used to believe that ants did work thanks to very very tiny batteries. I didn't dare to kill them, but, when I did discover an ants corpse, I tried to open it carefully to try to find the batteries, and show them to mom and dad

Carlos Sicilia
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I'm 16 years old, and I have aracnophobia.
Just about all my life, I've been worried about spiders and other creepy bugs in my room. They occasionally come in too. Rarely spiders, mostly moths. Some times, when a moth or a fly flies around in my room, I have problems sleeping. I try opening my window and make it fly out, but there's no way I'm touching it. If I don't succeed, I leave it be, turn on the lamp in the ceiling, so that it'll at least stay in one place (on the lamp) and not make so scary sounds. It also rids the fear that it'll land on me while I sleep or while I try to sleep.

As late as when I was about 14 years old, I always thought it creepy to place my feet on the floor when getting out of the bed. I did it, and I knew of course it was irrational thinking, and it was just stupid to think something could be hiding under my bed, but it always made me feel uncomfortable.

I think both these fears of mine have to do with the Idiot Box, the TV. Having seen a few scary movies years ago, darkness always has been scary, because you never know what might happen or what might be hiding in the dark. Not necessarily scary things, but also you might hurt yourself if you bump into things. I also saw a documentary about aracnophobia on TV once, and fear for bugs generally. They said maybe the phobia was caused by the bugs' unnatural looks, and then they showed terrifying enlarged pictures of bugs with moving antennas and hairy mouths and legs and so on. Even though I may know more about the reasons for my phobias now, I still feel uncomfortably being in total darkness, and my phantasies still come to me, even though I know perfectly it's just absurd. I kind of like the darkness after all, exploring my own fears. Very fascinating. Good scary movies can make my hair rise all over my body, but I sort of like it too.

Norwegian dude from Kopervik
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When i ws a kid, i taught that ants where nice and spiders where evil, and they where fighting in an endless war

Anon
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When I was 8 I was terrified of huntsman spiders. One day my cousin told me that they could slide right under my bedroom door. I think I blocked under there with clothes to get rid of the space.

Erin Jones
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i used to believe that if a moth flew into your ear you would go deaf, to this day i am terrified of moths

doreen australia
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I was probably around 4 when I had convinced myself that a bug would crawl into my mouth while I was asleep. I would do my best to fall asleep with my hand covering my mouth. My mom told me later she couldn't figure out why she would find me asleep with my hand over my mouth.

anon
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When I asked my dad how bees collect honey he told me that they carry around little tiny buckets.

Shana
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I got word definitions mixed up a lot as a child. I remember mixing up "ancestors" and "maggots". I'd lift rocks in the yards and point at all the little white buggies and tell the neighbor kids they were my ancestors.

Maria
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I used to think that if you pulled the antenna off of ants they could not talk to one another.

Karl
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When I was in the 8th grade we moved into a house that had camel crickets in the basement and my new friend next door told me that they were poisonous. To this day, though I know they aren't something in the back of my mind tells be to "be careful of the dreaded camel criket.

Ken Stanford
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I used to believe, and I think much of the basis of this belief was fed through the media, that the world would end when we were all attacked by killer bees from Mexico and South America. I used to look out the window and worry day and night that we were going to be attacked. It got so bad that I had to throw away a toy stuffed bee I had been given by a relative.

Eric Lindstrom
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