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When I was small I was told that sausages came from pigs and I thought there was a little hole in their sides where the sausages came out. I even drew it for my teacher for homework
I used to think that there was a chipmunk in my backyard hosting some kind of chipmunk game show. My friend and I used to run around in the hopes that we would be caught on camera and therefore become famous in the rodent world.
When I was a kid I truly used to believe that all cows that were brown were female and the black and white ones were male (bulls). I thought it was great that they and others so easily could see which was which. But I didn't really know what to think about the brown and white ones....
It took a few years before I understood that the colors had nothing to do with their gender.
I used to think that sharks were dolphins who were really mean on steroids and ridiculous stuff like that.
A story told to me by my mom: When I was younger we were in the car and it was raining out. We drove by a field of cows and horses and I asked my mom how the horses and cows took showers? She jokingly told me that the farmer would come out and give them a bar of soap! I apparently believed her, and told my teacher how cows and horses took showers the next day at school!
When I was small we lived near a dairy farm and I loved cows so much that I invented, and nearly convinced myself, of "horse-cows". The idea was that hamburgers weren't made of cows (the horror!) but rather of meat-eating horse-cows that farmers had to kill anyway in order to protect the other cows. Farmers could distinguish horse-cows from the other cows only by virtue of the fact they whinnied like a horse instead of mooing. At some point I also imagined them to wear red bandanas.
I used to believe that there were sharks in the river murray, and if i fell out they would bite my leg off.
I remember eating clams on the half shell in this one restaurant. Every time we went there, I would order the clams. One time my sister whispered to me, while my parents we talking. She said "Norma, did you know that the clam is alive until you pull it off the shell with your fork?".
My sister used to believe that Buffalo wings came from very small, real buffalo’s and men ran about with little, tiny nets, catching these little, tiny buffalo’s. The men would then cut off of their wings to be served and then since they would be grounded, they grew up to be the big buffalo’s we see every day ~
When i was little i used to be afraid of polar bears looking inside my window, so i hated going to sleep. i was such an idiot. =3
As a kid, I was given a book in which I first read of the unusual egg-laying mammal of Australia, the duck-billed platypus. Funny thing was, I was sure I'd heard the word "platyous" before and envisioned that a usual platypus was some kind of much larger animal, and probably a more usual mammal (perhaps a placental mammal, although I didn't know that term at the time). A usual platypus, so I had an idea, was probably close to as big as an elephant, or at least as big as a hippopotamus. So, I assumed that the name "duck-billed platypus" was given to distinguish that small and unusual egg-laying mammal from a more more usual and larger platypus. But gradually I learned that the duck-billed platypus is in fact the only kind of platypus that there is, something I still have to consciously remind myself of on hearing the word "platypus". And it is still quite a mystery just how my mind concocted that belief in a much larger "usual" platypus.
When I was little, my mother use to tell me that Kidney beans came from hamsters. That was why there were so many hamsters- they were being breed so then we could harvest their kidneys. I still cannot get myself to eat kidney beans.
I had heard of (and even eaten a few times) calamari as a kid. Later when I heard of the Kalahari desert, the words "calamari" and "Kalahari" ran together for me until I heard of calamari again as a grown-up. It was only then that I realized that calamari was squid, and not some cretaure from the Kalahari Desert.
When I was younger I used to think that all the white horses were girls and all the black and brown ones were boys.
My cousin's husband lost the tip of one of his fingers in a work accident, but he used to tell all of us kids that a rabbit bit it off.
When I was 5, I really wanted to have a pet mouse. My parents wouldn't buy me one, so I constructed many different kids of 'mouse traps', hoping to catch a mouse and keep it as a pet.
One of the mouse traps involved a circle being drawn on the ground that the mouse had to stay inside until I could come get it in the morning. I wondered how I would get the mouse to stay there. My older brother suggested writing a message on the ground which said "stay here", but I said it wouldn't work - we had to write it in 'mouse language'. I then tried to figure out what "stay here" would be written like in mouse language.
When I was little, my dad would take me fishing. He would always tell me to put my hand over my mouth when I talked because the fish could read lips and understand everything that we said. After that, until I figured out that fish couldn't read lips that is, I was always very careful about what I said while we fished and kept my hand over my mouth at all times.
I used to believe that horse's penis is so big 24/7, not only while in erection, so every time I saw horse without long member hanging under belly, I was convinced it was mare!
That Rabbit shed their tail when the seasons changed.
Growing up, I was never allowed to have an inside pet.. But my stepdad was an avid hunter and we had lots of mounted heads and taxidermied animals in our house.. I believed they were my pets.. I would name them and pet them and talk to them all the time.. Let this be a lesson to all parents... Get your kid a pet..