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I am terrified of bug especially roaches. When I was little sometimes i would fall asleep on the couch and wake up in my own bed so when I asked about it my dad said the giant sewer roaches would come out and move me so they could watch tv. I had nightmares for years and I never slept on the couch until I was married and had kids of my own.

Anon
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I used to ask how shoes became untied and my parents explained that it was ants who untied them while I was walking. Well after that I would always be checking my shoes for ants on the laces and I could never find them. I just thought they were very sneaky.

James
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I used to love catching fireflies in jars as a youngster. I thought we could solve the planet's electricity problems by just filling rooms full of jars full of lightning bugs so that we would have constant light without electricity forever.

Jason D
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When I was a kid, I used to believe that if I stepped on a bug, it would step on me in the other world.

Anon
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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!"

Rob
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I used to believe my first grade teacher's husband died because bugs ate him up. It was September and my newly wed teacher said the misquetoes were really bad the night before. Her exact words were, "It was really bad for my husband. They ate him alive."

Bryant
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When I was young I asked my father why people called the small sugar ants 'piss ants'. He explained to me that this is because piss ants cannot urinate. Seeing my confused expression he went on to tell me that when I see a really big ant, I should stay away because they are about to explode! I was always carful to avoid the big ants as a child.

Nicolipoli
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From the age of 2 or 3 I was afraid of fuzz. Lint on a sweater was horrifying, you can only imagine. I was pretty sure fuzz balls were actualy spiders sleeping in little balls of web, and if you touched it, the spider would come out...and it wouldn't be happy. This resulted in me running screaming, "Piece of Fuzzzzz!!!! Ahhhhhhh!!!", on a regular basis until the neighbors asked if I had special needs.

Mrs. Fuzz to you
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Up until age 14, I thought stitches were little black bugs they put in your wound to heal it. This is because when I was five I had stitches placed in the center of my forehead at the hairline. All I could see was a little black through my tears.

Angie C
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I believed that if you saw a praying mantis and it was praying, then it was about to attack you. Don't ask me why I thought they prayed prior to an attack. And don't ask what that "attack" entailed - I have no clue, but I was sure afraid of them!

Susan S.
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When i was little I had a case of headlice when i was 6 as any children do and to make myself feel better about it i used to beleive that we were just all headlice on somebodys big head but when my father brought home lice killing shampoo to kill them off i couldnt sleep that night as i thought i was a mass muderer

Roxanne
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i used to think flies were little birds!

unforgiv3n
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I used to believe that slugs were snails that had lost they're shells or moved out. My younger brother and I always left the shells where they were so another slug could move in!

Imi
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When I was little, I got these hand-me-down spider man pajamas. I was (and still am) terrified of spiders, but for some reason I was really excited about them and put them on to go to bed right away. That night was really really hot, and it was almost unbearabale to be under the covers. But I was convinced that if I didn't all the spiders in the house would be lured to the gigantic spider on my pajamas when they saw it, and when I woke up in the morning, I would be covered in spiders and they would eat me.After practically dieing of the heat, then worrying abut the spiders, and switching back and forth between the two a couple of times, I went downstairs a begged my mom to give me different pajamas so i could go to sleep!

Spider Man.
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My older sister convinced me that snails were the slyest creatures around, although they crawled really slow as soon as someone walked by they would jump up on the leg and stick there. I still have difficulty casually walking past a snail.

Anon
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When I was very small I met some kid who piled stones into a rusty bucket and when he tipped them out there was a ladybird among them. He told me that was how to make ladybirds. I tried several times, over several weeks, in his absence but failed. Was genuinely gutted.

Nick
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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.

Ina, Germany
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I have a mate who still, at nearly 18 believes if a moth flies close to your eyes it will blind you with the powder. I have great fun throwing dead moths at him...:) (by the way, I'm just assuming thi isn't true as it's so stupid, if it is true, i apologise!!)

Jodilye
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One time my brother asked my mom why mosquitoes bite. She said it was because children are bad.

sue
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My mother thought I was brain damaged because I could never see the dragon flies even when other people did. That is because I thought they were miniature dragons flying around who were green with little flames shooting out their nostrils.

bee
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