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When visiting my grandparents cabin, I would get bored. To fix this, my grandpa decided to tell me that the squirrel (really just multiple squirrels in the forest) was named Tiny. "Tiny," he said was really a magical little horse (not a pony) that would turn back if I caught it. Wanting to ride it, I'm sure that he and my parents got hours of entertainment watching me chase the squirrels with a bug net.
i used to think ifyou drank out of a glass that any animal had drank out of before washing it you would turn into that animal
My sister and I used to believe that pigs didn't have tails. We tried to remove them from our piggie banks. Later, when we were old enough to work on the farm, we helped cut the tails off young piglets. So then we knew that pigs do indeed come with tails.
when i was about 5, my dad told me that instead of horses defecating out of their rear-ends, they did so out of their hooves. i believed this until 6th grade
For some reason, my father told me when I was very young that they don't have ducks in America. For years I would relay this interesting 'fact' to people as a piece of trivia, until I asked an actual American "is it weird not having ducks over there?" and was promptly laughed at.
When I was 4, my mom told me a story about the time a goat took a bite out of one of her dresses that was hanging out to dry. I took this to mean that goats loved eating clothes, and if I went near them they would surround me and eat all of the clothes I was wearing. I was terrified of petting zoos for years.
i have no idea where this believe came from but as long as i can remember i believed that baboons ate through their bums! i didnt find out the truth until i was 20 and was at my parents house and there was something about baboons on tv, and i said "they eat through their bums dont they?" everyone just looked at me really strangely and laughed, they have never let me live it down!
When I was around the age of 6, I saw cows walking sideways on the slopes of hills (on the drive going from Sacramento to San Francisco). I couldn't understand how they could walk on something so steep without down the hill, so I asked my father. He told me it was because on the "hill" side of their body, their legs were shorter so they could balance AND that they could only go around the hill in a certain direction. I believed him till I was 10.
When I was little, I thought that the baboon from the Lion King was roughly the size of a human. So, because all the lions were so much bigger than him, I thought that lions were HUGE! To this day I still I get a little disappointed when I see lions real lions and they aren't as huge as I thought they were.
When I was young, I believed in Unicorns. I also believed you could only "see" unicorns as unicorns if you were 'pure of heart' . I wanted to see a unicorn so badly I used to put my hand over white horses foreheads to see if I could feel a horn, just in case I couldn't see it because I was bad.
The amusing thing is, I never totally lost this belief until I was ten or eleven. It was worse then knowing there was no santa claus...or is there?
i used to believe that guerilla warfare was actually huge killer gorillas in the jungles of Viet Nam, leaping out of the trees with huge fangs and murderous intent on our troops. Still have problems seeing them at zoos.....
When I was young, about 8 or so we rescued a turtle off the side of the road. I few weeks later my mom came in the house and told him he "ran away." Obviously for some reason I believed her even though turtles are known for how slow they are. I am now 23 and my mom and I were talking about funny stories and she brought up how she ran over my turtle with the lawn mower. She thought I knew.
I used to think there were sharks in the local swimming pool or even in my bath, I always would freak out during swimming lessons.
My brother use to chase me around with a shark book and try to stuff this huge blown up picture of a shark in my face all of the time and I'd always scream and run away. I was terrified of the pool, always thinking that somehow magically a shark would come out and eat me, especially in the night time for some reason. I also thought, i don't know where this even came from, that military helicopters would fly over my pool and drop "testing" sharks in my pool for some reason. And sometimes I would take late night showers, and I could never be in the shower at 12 o clock because I always thought that a shark would bust through the wall at that exact time with tsunami water and get me.
i used to believe that pools had underwater doors that sharks were going to swim out of.
I used to believe that those little coin operated barbecues at the zoo were penguin houses and when you pressed the button, all the penguins would come out, angry.
I used to believe that cows slept underground.
I think my parents must've told me they slept "on the ground," but I didn't heat them correctly...thus the underground belief.
When I was 6 or 7 we had a pet tortoise who had previously belonged to my Aunt. One day my parents told me it was taken to the Zoo because the Zoo didn't have one. Turns out he died during hibernation and was thrown in a rubbish skip. I'm 21 now and believed the Zoo story up until about a month ago!
I used to believe that warehouses had werewolves in them. That made me scared to go to warehouses.
I'm from Wisconsin and knew quite young that milk came from cows--from those things on the bottom of their tummies. Somehow I assumed that our water came from horses! Perhaps I'd seen one "making water" in a field and then drew that conclusion?