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A zoo that I often visited as a child had an African porcupine. Its quills (especially in back) resembled shafts of feathers to such an extent that for a long time i thought a porcupine was a kind of bird!
When I was little my sister told me that if i changed my pets name it would die. so when my dad gave my cat a horrible name I didn't want to change it.
i used to believe if a cow laughed, milk would come out from her nose!
I used to believe that cows give milk because they are cows. I graduated university and I learned that cows give mik because they get pregnanat and need milk to feed their calves
i used to believe that eels were built in the walls of buildings and produced electricity for he place... i had quite an imagination...
When I was young, I thought chickens laid nuggets, just like they lay eggs. I was horrified when my cousin told me the truth.
I used to believe only black & white spotted cows can make milk; therefore, they are all female cows. The sad part is I didn't realize it's not true til I was in college!!
i used to believe i could go back in time so i could see dinosaurs.
My cousin lived near what my Parents, and Aunt and Uncle called a swamp. They told us never to go in the swamp because it had alligators and crocodiles in it. We wouldn't go in and if a ball went in the swamp it was gone forever. They just didn't wan't us getting hurt, but I was scared to death when we brought our dog over when he would travel into the swamp. We live in New England, so when I got a little older I realized it wasn't really true.
When I was about 5 or 6, someone who illegally kept a pet lion in St. Louis had it escape. We lived about an hour south and everytime we went anywhere in the car, I would curl up on the floor if my parents weren't looking (seat belt rules) because I was terrified it was going to come get me. At night I was scared to sleep because I thought it would come crashing thru the window to get me. I don't know why I thought I was such a lion magnet.
Once in a while the news reports showed people getting injured by bulls in Spain. I used to think they didn't have good locks to lock the bulls up and therefore they escaped and hurt people. I didn't know they ran with the bulls on purpose until I was 20!
When I was younger, my dad told me that the cattle the were grown around our hometown (Santa Maria, CA) were a special breed that had longer legs on one side of their body than the other. The reason for this, he stated, was to help them keep their balance with the hills that made the area's landscape; if the legs were the same length the cattle would fall over and roll down the hill every time they stood up!
I used to believe snakes lived in the walls. My dad told me when I was young if I put my finger near a socket one would come out and bite me.
When I was little, my grandpa told me that we could grow worms (using a bucket full of dirt and sprinkle sugar on top). Everytime I went there I would see the worms. Didnt know until later that he would run into the garden before I showed up to dig them up
When I was about 8 or nine years old, my cousin told me that if you screamed at a roach it would die. I can just imagine what everyone thought when I was screaming in the bathroom!
When i was little i used to be TERRIFIED of thunder and lightening. but my grandpa told me it was just penguins bowling in the north pole and every time they got a strike there would be thunder. i believed him for the longest time.
When I was a boy my grandfather told me that I could catch wild rabbits with salt. Needless to say his entire backyard was spotted with paper towels layed out filled with piles of salt. Did come close to catching one one time..LOL
When I was 5 or so, my dad told me that if you caught a squirrel by the tail it would pop off and the squirrel would run away and hide until it grew a new tail.
when my little sis and i were young, my dad told us that she was a monkey we got from the zoo and he and mom had to shave her every night. she hates that story
I used to have a big rock that i thought was a triceratops egg, and i believed that if I sat on it long enough it would hatch.