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When I was little, I thought that cobwebs were made by corncobs. I don't know how a corncob could make a web, though.
As a young child my grandmother told me not to pick up a praying mantis because it would spit in your eye and you would go blind. I am 38 years old and some students of mine brought in a praying mantis one day after recess and I just about lost my mind.
When I was little I asked my mom "what babies were before they were babies". She said ants. For the next few years, whenever i saw people stepping on ants, i'd scream.
When I was a kid I thought that bees could fly around the world in 4 seconds. I was so possitive of this fact that I told everyone I knew, and when told I was wrong I just thought they were ignorant. The sad thing is that I believed this for a really long time, and was quite dissapointed when I discovered the truth.
My mother told me that if you pick up an ant and turn him around he will wander around lost forever. I stopped playing with ants and believed this till well inmy adult life.
i used to believe that bugs came out of canned bug spray
I used to believe that ants in an ant colony wore colonial style clothing because the only other colonies I knew of at the time were the American ones.
when i was younger i thought ants had tongues. i always pictured them sticking their tongues out at me.
When I was little I ALWAYS slept on my side and pressed my ear into my pillow to protect my ear from earwigs crawling in it. On the other ear I placed a stuffed animal or covered my head with the blankets.
When I was a child I used to believe that black ants were from God because they are harmless, and that fire ants were sent by the devil because they sting.
A close friend of mine grew up thinking that crane flies were just male mosquitoes (and that all actual mosquitoes were thus the females). This was apparently a widespread misconception where she grew up!
One day in the front yard when I pointed to the shell of a garden snail and asked my mom what it was, she said it was the snail's house. I imagined that when the snail retreated into his house he had all sorts of tiny furniture inside. I pictured the snail lounging on a couch, watching TV, and there was a little kitchen, and also a bedroom. The logistics of this made complete sense to me, because I believed that when the snail went inside his house he got smaller in the same way as when I saw the character Jeannie shrink down in size when she went into her bottle on the "I Dream of Jeannie" TV show. During the scenes where Jeannie was shown sitting on her pillows inside her bottle, you could see the groovy-looking interior walls of the bottle, and I imagined that same appearance for the interior walls of the snail's house.
I read a book about worms and misread the word tape as tap. I then thought that taps had worms living in them and had to look up the tap before I turned it on.
I used to believe that dung beetles were made out of poo!
When I was about eight I used to think that if you touched bug juice (insect blood), you would turn into a bug. I didn't know what it looked like back then, so I was kinda paranoid about it and avoiding everything that even looked vaguely like it even if it was just spilled drink turned dark from fading into fabric on the furniture or something.
I used to believe that flea markets were a place people sold fleas, or the place was infested with fleas
Just this moment I learned that earwigs do not go into your ears, i'm twenty-four.
I used to think that people were supposed to cover their mouths when they yawned to keep spiders from crawling in. This only applied at night for some reason... and I was always afraid that if I forgot to cover my mouth, a spider would hang down from the ceiling and drop into my mouth.
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!
My brother told me that if i slept with my mouth open, spiders would crawl down my throat and spin webs. He said they'd spin so many i wouldn't be able to breath and i'd die. At this time i was very scared of spiders.