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My grandma used to have a birdhouse in her front yard, and squirrels would always get to the birdfeed before the birds ever got any and so she'd never have birds flying around like I guess she wanted. She used to stand at the window and get really angry at the squirrels, yelling "Get away from there you little bastards!" and so I grew up assuming that the animals that were after the birdfeed were "bastards". One morning, I noticed them before she did and I could be heard o'er the land screaming "Grandma! Look! I see a bastard already!"
My mom wasn't impressed at the time but we all find it quite amusing now.
I was terrified of squirrels. A neighbor boy told me that squirrels lurked in trees waiting for someone to walk underneath, whereupon they would drop down onto the person's head and chew through the skull into the victim's brain. I literally would not walk under a tree for years.
I used to believe that if you planted feathers, chickens would grow.. and that chips lived under the sea with the fishes...
When I was three years old my parents said we were going to the zoo, a place where lions and bears and other animals lived. I was terrified, I naturally assumed the animals were running around loose and would eat me. My parents eventually caught on and assured me the animals were all in cages and couldn't get me. I felt better until just after we arrived, when an ill-tempered goose (several inches taller than me) walked right up and bit my finger. At that terrible moment I lost all trust in both grown-ups and waterfowl.
From the time I was about two until I was about six my father had me believing that I had been born a monkey with a tail. Because he and my mother thought that I would be embarassed to be the only kid in school with a long tail they had the doctors cut it off. Everytime we went to the zoo, saw monkeys on t.v., or merely heard the word monkey mentioned I would burst into tears for my lost tail and ability to swing from trees.
I used to believe that whenever I heard on the news about a rabid fox or a rabid shunk, that somehow a rabbit and a fox had somehow had babies and they became monsters. Mixing any animal with a rabbit was a dangerous thing.
When I was young I lived near a farm. On Sundays I would go out on my bike. I used to believe that there was an indian reservation in the area and we were going to be attacked only to learn later in life it was actually the cockerals crowing.
I used to lie awake at night afraid to go to sleep because of the dinosaurs. I thought they were coming back to get us.
I used to believe that there no unicorns left in the world as when the great flood came, all the baby unicorns couldnt get their shoes on fast enough and therefore couldnt get on the ark and were dorwned
on the way back from kenya when i was 12, there was a sign at customs saying 'kindly bear with us'.
i honestly thought that there was a good-hearted bear behind the counter that i couldn't see..
my friend actually thought that dinosaurs were not real.
she thought that they were made up like unicorns.
she is 15.
when I was very little, I used to believe that animals could understand what I was saying to them.
I spoke with cats, dogs, birds, fishes and also spiders.
When I was little, I had a bunny, whose name was bun-bun. He was brown. Anyway. I once left a salad next to him and when I came back, it was gone. My mother proceded to point out that the salad was inside of him. Thus, I believed, untill I was in third grade, that salad was evil becuase you had to cut open bunnies to get salad.
I used to believe that golf balls were really animals from Scotland caled "golfs". I even used to talk to them. I thought hitting them was cruel!
Up to this day, (I'm 18), I believed that chickens self-reproduced. Never in my wildest dreams would I assume that roosters and hens did the wild nature dance. Or cows and almost every other animal for that matter. I got schooled by my roomates, who basically laughed in my face. It was like sex education all over again. I was in denial I thought that farmers just had to feed there chickens until they got fat and the chickens didn't have any room left in their tummies so an egg would come out. What has the world come too?
I used to believe that sheep would fall off the hill
i used to believe that there was a creature called a feather legged tree rabbit! We used to live opposite a wood and my father used to call out "Quick, look, can u see it? - oh, u just missed it. i imagined it to be like a squirrel but with huge ears and feathers down its legs.
when i was little my dad told me that cows that were nearly all white were full of milk and ready for milking and cows that were nearly all black had just been milked!
when i was a kid my granddad used to tell me there were wolves in the woods to stop me wandering off during picnics. i got so scared that my mum told me there was no such thing as wolves, and they all became extinct years ago. no-one ever corrected this belief, until i was 26 and my hubby laughed at me for still thinking there was no such thing as wolves.
My great-grandmother taught me that mountain goats had legs shorter on one side than the other. I imagined all of those goats needing to walk forever in the direction in which their particular anatomy allowed them to walk without falling over.