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I used to believe that black cats had been witches in previous lives. So I therefore believed that black cats could understand what I was saying in the same way a human could and that they had magical powers to make wishes come true. Once I was playing in the street when I spotted a black cat. So I knelt down and whispered wishes in the cat's ear like 'Can you make me have loads of birthday presents?' and 'Can you make the nasty people at school start being nice to me?' I later begged Mum to buy me my own black cat so that I wouldn't have to keep looking for them in the street. (Mum said no).
When I was about six, I was convinced that the quartz crystals I would occasionally find in gravel were actually dinosaur teeth.
You know the movie 'Planet of the Apes'- the one from the 70's? I used to believe that the guard apes, the ones with the ammo wrapped around their bodies, were real-that they really talked,and acted like adults (I was about 5 to 6 yrs old at the time). I wondered if there were really ape 'actors' a special breed that could do what humans do!
I used to believe that older men were bald because squirrels stole their hair... that's also why squirrels had such bushy tails.
I used to believe that deer listened to the radio, an idea that I got from believing that antlers were vaguely the same sort of thing as antennae
I used to believe that horses ate cows and this was why you would never see them in the same field. Not entirely sure where that one came from.
when i was little i used to believe that those little white butterflies ate your clothes so whenever i saw them id run inside and hide
When I was little I used to believe that if you wanted a milkshake that you had to go and get a cow and shake it until a milkshake came out.
I used to believe wolverines made good housepets -- I was wrong.
I used to believe that chipmunks grew up to be squirrels. I don't know where I got the idea from but I lived most of my childhood life believing this!
I didn't know Reindeer existed, I thought they were just christmas animals for stories
my mum used to say to me shut the door or you will let a draught in, but i thought she was saying giraffe, and i was terrified that giraffes must be on the loose and very dangerous!
My brother & I visited the zoo with some friends when we were about 7 and 9. One of our friends was a little boy with a very loud shrill voice. While I'm looking at an exhibit I hear him shouting over and over.
"Come look! This rhinoceros has FIVE legs! Look! It's got five legs!"
Of course I had to see this for myself. I got over there and sure enough it had five legs! I yelled
"Hey! It Does have........."
and then it dawned on me.
"No it doesn't."
I swear it looked like another leg though.
My mum used to dry flowers at home by hanging them from string in the kitchen. One day when i was about 4 I found a box of tampons...I thought she had hung mice out to dry by thier tails! Poor mice.
Of course i thought flea markets sold fleas!!
i always wondered why anyone would bother to go and get contaminated with fleas!
I believed catbunnies did exist just like we have mules etc until I was like 14
When i was young there was a long driveway leading out of our farm onto a road. On the other side of the road was a forest. My Dad used to tell me that giant Bulls and Cows used to live and roam in the forest and that they werent too friendly. I always believed him, and although i have not since looked for them, the myth hasnt been proven(or disproven) since!
I used to believe that the twinkling of the stars made the sounds that crickets made.
I used to believe that horses laid eggs. No one ever corrected me...
When I was younger I really wanted a pet chinchilla. My parents were against the idea so one night after dinner to stop my questioning my dad told me the reason I couldn't have one was because they were vicious. He explained that a friend of his had a chinchilla and when he went out of town his house keeper accidentally left the lid off of its cage. As the house keeper was vacuuming, the chinchilla escaped and ate her leg off.
For years I believed this without questioning. I actually kept up that belief until a friend of mine mentioned wanting one in middle school. I told her that that was a horrible idea and went on to explain the story. It wasn't until after I had finished that I realized how ridiculous that story was.