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When I was very small, I over-heard an adult conversation. My next door neighbour was crying and told my mum 'it was burglars..they came last night'
I believed for a long time that a burglar (beargular) was a real bear that wore black.
I never read Goldilocks again, didn't want my mum to buy porridge, and I suffered a recurring nightmare for a long time about three bears wearing black coming in to my bedroom looking for porridge.
when i was about 4 years old i saw cows mating and announced, "look! that cow is giving the other cow a piggy-back ride." my uncle calmly said, "no, those cows are playing leap-frog."
I used to believe that fish fingers (fish sticks) actually swam in the sea. When I was 5 at school we had to paint a picture of creatures under the sea and I painted fish fingers. My teacher held up my painting and embarrassed me in f4ront of my whole class. She thought I did it on purpose but I must have actually believed they swam in the sea!
When I was about nine, I saw a TV soap with a man talking about a Haggis on it (I'm British). I asked my mum what a Haggis was and she said it was a small furry creature with three eyes and six feet that lived in Scotland. When I went on holiday to Scotland later in the year, I came back crying because I had seen a sign in a butcher's shop that said "Fresh Haggis Sold Here; The Most Delicious In The UK!".
My brothers kept me from playing with them in the creek near our house by telling me there were creatures called "synthets" there, and that they ate little girls. They proved their existence by showing me a coat of our mother's with a label saying, "Made from synthetic fur."
I always wondered why , if there were electric eels, why didn't everything in the ocean get shocked.
I always thought when I went to the ocean and didn't get shocked, I was just lucky.
from the nursessy rhyme baa baa black sheep i somehow got the idea that as white wool came from white sheep and there were black sheep so black wool came from them that there was sheep of every colour from which we got every colour of wool. When i went to a farm on a school trip i excitedly asked the farmer if he had a pink sheep.
I didn't know Reindeer existed, I thought they were just christmas animals for stories
Turtles can fly. I believed it for ages.
My turtle got lost or probably died and I was told it flew away.
my dad told me that mountain sheep had legs shorter on one side so they could stand on slopes, but this meant if they turned around and tried to walk the other way, they fell over. i believed him
My dad once told me that the giant rolled-up hay bales that we would pass as we drove through the countryside were elephant poop. I believed that until I went on a 7th grade trip to the zoo.
I thought a Monkey was just a baby Gorilla and when they grew up their Tails fell off!
When I was young I was told by my mom that if you blew up a horses nose, it would make friends with it.
When I was a teenager, I tried it. The horse sneezed all over me. I was NOT impressed.
I used to believe rabbits could lay eggs. See what Easter is doing to our children? lies! lie I tell you!
I used to think that there were such things as HOOP SNAKES which bite their tales and roll down hills to catch you
When I was 4, I saw a nature television show about bees. As you may know, bees do a little "dance" so that the other bees can find flowers to acquire nectar for the hive. This impressed me a great deal and I thought about it.
The next day, my mother was reading me a story about a horse, which mentioned that horses like apples. After thinking for a moment, I asked her,
"Do horses do a dance to show other horses where the apples are?"
This is a friends belief. When her mother bought crabs for dinner, she thought that they were pets and stole one, very happy when she realised she had saved her crab from being eaten. A few days later, her mother found the decomposing 'pet' in a see-through pencil case, a load of vegitables there to feed it on.
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.
I used to like to take my shoes off in restaurants when I was a kid so my parents made up creatures called restaurant turtles that blended in with the carpet of the restaurant but would jump up and bite your toes if you weren't wearing shoes. I believed them for a pretty long time.
I used to believe that sharks lived under the pools where the air vents were.