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I believed that as a child you should always sleep with your pets. My mother only let me have pet worms, slugs or snails. I let them out of the jar to sleep with me every night...but sometimes I rolled over them. I would wake up in the morning thinking that they had crawled back home.
When I was younger I found a tic on the back of my leg. Well I knew that tics were blood suckers and I also knew that Vampires were blood suckers. I sreamed at my cousin to pick the tic off but she wouldnt. So I ran screaming through the house that the tic was going to drain my blood and I was going to die. My grandma picked it off and all was well once I learned the truth.
My brother, who was a year ahead of me in school and I thought at the time much smarter, told me when I was in about first or second grade that if you bit your tongue really hard, it would create an electric current through your body and if ants tried to bite you, it would kill them!! I only needed a couple of ant bites to disprove his theory!!
One morning when I was about 6 years old I found a spider in my bed. It had been there all night. From that day until I was about 8 years old, I would have to put pillows around the outside of my bed because I thought that thousands and thousands of spiders would crawl onto my bed and bite me during the night. I got over it though.
I had it in my head that tiny spiders would leave you money. My older sisters used to call them 'money spiders' and pick up twenty pence pieces when they saw one. Shame they always used to find them first!
I was told when I was young that when that when you step on a spider that it will make it rain the next day.
I used to tape my mouth shut at night in case a spider would come along and make a web in my belly.
I used to believe that before the earth was here moths used to fly around the moon, which is why they're attracted to bright lights.
I used to think dragonflies could steal your voice
I used to think that cavemen parents would punish their kids by making them sit on ants. My parents never hit me, and when I misbehaved, they threatened to call out the ants.
I used to believe woodlice were called crawly pigs. I didn't find out they weren't called crawly pigs until I was not young anymore!
I used to beleieve that if you went to close to dragon flies in the summer, they would sow your mouth shut.
I used to believe that molasses were made by grasshoppers rubbing their back legs together.
When I was little, my mom told me that if you litter, then you were a "litter bug." I actually believed that you turned into a giant fly if you littered! Needless to say, I never littered again.
when i was a kid we went camping every summer with our uncla and older nephews. My nephew Danny told us we should sleep with our mouths closed because if you don't, spiders fall/crawl in your mouth at night. every single year i didn't sleep a wink the first two or three nights.
My dad told me once that holes in rocks on the beach were made by 'rock worms'. Years later when I was about 11 I mentioned something about rock worms, and my family found it rather amusing.
One time my family was on vacation and we had gone to the beach, I had brought a bucket and put a lot of snails with pointy shells in it. That night they had started crawling (?) aroung the bucket and my brother told me that while I was sleeping they would escape, crawl up my nose, and eat my brain. My sisters played along too, needless to say I a scary sleepless night. Mean!
When I was little, instead of realizing that anthills were made out on dug up dirt, I thought they were made out of sand. They looked light brown, like sand. Therefore, I actually thought the poor ants had to march down to the beach (which is REALLY far away from my house) and pick up a grain of sand, bring it back and repeat the process until the anthill was finished.
you know the saying "good night, don't let the bed bugs bite" ? well, i thought that every bed had bed bugs, and for some reason, (i have no idea why) i thought that if i laid on the very edge of my bed, the one closest to the wall, that the bed bugs would not get me.
When I was maybe six, I thought that "Sea Monkeys" (the little shrimps you could whip up as pets) really were little people- as depicted on the packages I saw at the store. I remember thinking how horrible it was that you could buy these tiny little people who were then totally at your mercy- what if some stupid kid didn't take good care of them?
Of course, none of that stopped me from wishing I had some of my own. I asked my mom for some and when she told me they weren't really people but were only boring little shrimps I didn't believe her. I thought she was just lying because she was too cheap to buy me some.