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The first time as a child that I became acquainted with the "outbreaks" of 13- or 17- year cicadas, and saw their dead skeletons lying around in considerable numbers, I thought I was hearing these insects called "adas" and I thought that what was happening was that they got sick every 13 to 17 years. That's because I thought I was hearing of the "sick adas" that were dying in big numbers when the 13 to 17 year illness hit.
I was playing in the dirt one day (being the little scraped-up kneed, tomboyish kid I was) And my dad came up to me and said that dirt was actually worm poop. I was so disgusted that I went to the bathroom to wash my hands (like 35 times) and then I ran up the stairs to go and cry on my bed. SERIOUSLY! I cried for about half an hour while my dad was trying to convince me that what he had said wasn't true....which I'm really not sure that it still isn't true...where DOES dirt come from,anyway??
When I was about 5 I accidentally swallowed a roly-poly bug (I was blowing on it with a straw and acidentally sucked in). Months later I was ill and in the hospital and I overheard the doctors saying I had a "bug" in my system. I was convinced the roly-poly was making me sick!
I used to believe that bumblebees were born in pinecones.
When I was a kid, the little "helicopter" leaves would come down from the trees, and they would scare me so much, because I thought they were dead bugs that could still fly.
When I was about 7, I would catch flies and put them in a set of plastic drawers I had. I would put a soda bottle top full of water and a few of my little toys in with them, figuring they would have a party or make a city. Of course, once they died the next day I always wondered what I did wrong. I'd try to give them new toys, but they never lived.
When I was about 7, I would sometimes find what I now would consider a "mutant" ladybug: black with orange spots, opposite to normal coloration, but otherwise just like a ladybug. Clearly, however, it was not a ladybug. It therefore had to be a "manbug".
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.
After many, many "say no to drugs" presentations in elementary schoo, I used to believe that ants could carry drugs into my nose while I slept. I kept the blankets up over my head when I slept to keep the drug-carrying ants away.
My Dad told his little brother when they were kids that Dragon flies were hellocopters for the ants to drive.They were ages 15 and 5 at the time or about that age.Years later like 30 we were at a family reunion and My Uncle said something about the ants driving like they were drunk.He belived that the ants drove dragon flies all those years.I had been born by this time and was about 14 years old so it was something he belived his whole life.
When I was little, I thought that bug spray would make bugs explode and disappear.
I thought a butterfly turns into a caterpillar instead of vice versa, and thought it would be better if they just stayed butterflies..
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.
When I was younger I used to believe that worms had big cartoon hands and would pull you into the ground with them.
I used to think that if you broke a spider's web, that spider would come after you & seek retribution! I still feel a twinge of fear every time I walk into one - and I'm a 27-yr old, 6 ft 1 guy!
When I was little I wouldnt walk in the grass with bare feet because I thought that the bugs in the yard were going to eat my feet off
When I was about 6 or 7 a wasp landed on my arm. I was wearing a coat so he couldn't have stung me but I didn't know that. I froze and didn't even blink. When my dad drove up in the drive way he asked, "What are you doing/" I didn't move a muscle but just replied "There's a wasp on my arm", thinking he would come get it off, but he just said"Well knoock it off!" but I answered him "He's SMILING at me!" I just knew if I moved he was going to sting me and was happy about it!! I never see a wasp that I don't remember "He's SMILING at me!"
i used to think that black widow spiders wher spiders whos husbands died so they were widows and they allways wore black cos they were sad.
I used to believe that, if an insect landed on your food and you ate the food (even if the insect was gone), you would turn into that kind of insect.
I used to think butterflies would sting like bees. One of my earliest memories was getting chased around the yard by a butterfly...