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When I was really young my dad told me that the bails of hay that cows eat were cow eggs. I didn't believe this until I saw a Cow standing next to one in a field. Lucky I only believed this for about a year.
I used to believe I was a dinosaur when I was younger because I never got sick and was always stronger than everyone else. I Don't know why I associated reptile like creatures to never getting sick but I did!
When I was little, in the 80's, fur coats were still very popular for women, even in the relatively mild climate of central Maryland. My mom badly wanted one, but we couldn't really afford it (and I gave her a very hard time about wearing a dead animal, even at the age of 5).
She would still look every time we were in a coat store, and so I would follow her through the racks, touching each one, because I liked how soft the fur was, even if I didn't approve.
She pulled one floor length coat off the rack, held it up, and said "This one is Australian opposum". Knowing that North American possums are fairly small animals, and not understanding that multiple pelts got sewn together, my eyes got huge and I said "How big do they get there?" She laughed til her face turned red and she had tears streaming down her cheeks.
When driving through Maryland, my Dad and I would see a lot of cows. I was so upset one day because I thought they would all be turned into hamburgers. My Dad told me they only use completely black cows for hamburgers (apparently there is no such thing!). When I saw a black cow, and was upset, he told me he saw some white on it, so it was safe. I believed that one until I was 14!
I cried for a couple of days, throwing terrible tantrums until my parents decided to grill me until they could figure out my problem.
I finally discovered my horse wasn't actually being broken into bits, but would rather come home "broken" to ride.
My Dad was a farmer. To keep me out of the farrowing house and away from the aggressive sows, he told us that the rats would run up our pant legs and bite our knees.
I was terrified of rats for years. Although I'd still sneak into the farrowing house to see the cute piglets - I'd just keep an eye out for rats.
When my husband and I first met he shared with me that he believed all zebra's were extinct. He had never seen one and would not believe me until I took him to the zoo and physically made him look at one.
I used to believe that fossils were really magic, when animals were running in the cave, they suddenly turned into stone.
Growing up in Florida I always saw cows and horses in pastures together. I always thought the cows were boys and the horses were girls. When they had a baby together, if the horse had a cow it was a boy, obviously, and of course a horse baby would be a girl.
I used to believe that when the sun is shinning and the rain is falling at the same time, an elephant is giving birth..
When I was little I thought lions lived in my living room at night after we all went to sleep. I literally would not leave my room unless one of my parents was awake.
I used to believe that the big white ovals on killer whale faces were their eyes, until a year ago. I'm 20 now, and I've been to Sea World twice.
When i was little I had my own theory on how the dinosaurs died out. I figured that the dinosaurs were so big that the herbivores ate all the plants and died out since there was no food for them. Then all the carnivorous dinosaurs died out since they couldn't eat any of the herbivores.
My uncle used to tell me there was a giant clam living in the creek in my back yard.
My brother and I believed that snapping turtles lived in our neighbor's leaf pits in her back yard. We stuck bamboo poles in the leaves and could feel the turtles grabbing on.
I used to belief sloths lived in trees outside my childhood home. My older sister told me so.
when i was young i thought every animal had the ability to regenerate severed parts, it just depended how large the part actually was. i.e. a bear could grow back an ear, a human most certainly could not grow back a leg, but a turtle might, and if i had my own hand cut off, well- if i tried really hard, it might grow back.
I used to believe that if you had an animal listen to classical music, it'd eventually learn how to talk.
I used to believe unicorns were real, horses with horns??
When I was little and my family would go for a drive I used to think that there were dinosaurs alseep buried under the hills. I would imagine how they would look when they woke up and all the dirt started falling off of them.