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When I was little my grandparents told me that cows get spots where the water, from their drinking ponds touch them. I actually belived this until about the age of 13. Needless to say I felt really stupid when I tried to tell a friend that and she just laughed at me. Now that I have my own kids I can't wait to pass on this little bit of knowledge to them. Hehe.
When i was little i always thought that if you kissed a frog or a toad it would turn into a really hot guy and you would live happily ever after. i kissed a whole lot af frogs and toads none of them ever turned in to a hot guy :(
When I was younger, my dad put a little barrier (which is here to this day) around a weak widdle tree. I asked dad why he did that. He said "To protect it from weed whackers!". For years I thought a "weed whacker" was a kind of beaver with a chainsaw for a tail, that goes on annual killing rampages angainst widdle trees.
I used to believe that buckeyes (from the tree) were baby porcupines...
A few years ago when my cousin was very young, my uncle read her a bedtime story and the book featured barnyard animals. I heard him say to her "look Katie, that's a cow. Cows make milk. Cows in Alaska make ice cream!" She is 13 now, and she still believes that ice cream comes from cows in Alaska.
when I was little, driving around with my parents, if we smelled skunk, my mom would tell me that the skunks were scared, that's why they sprayed their smell. I believed that for so long, till I was around 12 or 13 and I repeated it to my mom and she laughed at me. little skunks, sitting scared on the side of the road...
Thanks to the song about the old woman who swallowed a fly, I used to think that not only did cows eat dogs, but horses ate cows!
When I was in the 3rd grade. There was a small farm house whose yard bordered my school. They had many animals, including ducks. I believed that I could talk to the ducks and was able to convince others that they were talking to me. I managed to use it this gift to my advantage. I told many of my more gullible classmates that the ducks wanted the desserts they brought in their lunch. they would give them to me and I would feed them to the ducks. Of course daily the ducks watched curiously as I walked up to the fence and emptied my pockets of twinkies and ho ho's and feasted in front of them.
once, my dad took me on a boat ride. there i was leaning over the edge, trailing my hand in the water, then my dad told me to be careful. the 'logfish' would bite my hand if i put it in the water. for the rest of the day we were logfish spotting. years later when we were out on a bout my dad told me the truth. (i fell for it!!)
I used to think all furry animals were made entirely of fur.
I used to believe that when people were saying there was a "draft" in the house, that they were saying there's a "giraffe" in the house. I didn't realize they were talking about cold air, but instead somehow figured there was a small, but long-necked animal in our house.
if you took an animal away from its mother at birth and let it live with you alone, then it would learn to speak your language instead of barking or meowing or something. i figured that no one ever did it because it would be sad for the mother...
When I was young, my parents convinced me that sheep which lived on hills were born with their back two legs longer than the front two so they didn't fall down. The walked down the hill backwards so as not to fall down.
My sister used to believe that a catalogue was something that cattle drank from.
I used to think that all female lions were tigers because they do not have a thick, hairy mane like the males do.
I heard the joke "how do you get down from an elephant? You don't. You get down from a duck"
I didn't know that "down" had two meanings. So, for the longest while, I thought that if someone were sitting on an elephant, that they couldn't dismount directly but had to use a two-step process. First, move from the elephant to a duck. Then get off the duck.
For years and years I believed that tuna must be really little fish because they came in such small cans!!
My grandma told me she used to think pigs came out of tree stumps.
I used to believe that tigers were girls and lions were boys
I used to believe that if you held guinea pigs up by their tails their eyes would drop out. I couldn't test this as I could never find their tails.