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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.
Not so much a belief, but an assumption. We used to drive the same route to go camping and along one road was a farm with a signpost out front. The top one said RABBITS FOR SALE and the one below it said FRESH EGGS. I always assumed the eggs were rabbit eggs. I was about 14 before it dawned on me that the eggs were chicken eggs.
I thought that rat poison is only poisonous to rats and harmless to humans and other animals (fortunately I never acted on this)
When the first MacDonnalds opened in Athens, Greece I was soooo excited!! I kept nagging my mum to go! She just couldn't understand why...until I asked if they had all the animals the song listed and how they would all fit in a building.....The song was obviously "Old McDonnald had a farm" ...bummer
When my sister was younger we were in Wales and she was chasing sheep. I felt so sorry for them because they were so scared I told her that she would kill them by making them run. She asked why and I told her that sheep don't have knees so when they run their legs snap and they die. Both her and my mum believed it!!!! The sheep were eternally grateful though!!!
When my daughter was little, she was terrified of giraffes and we didn't know why. We finally figured out that every time, she heard someone say to shut a window because a draft was coming in, she thought a giraffe was trying to get into the car or house!
When I was seven my family moved from New Mexico back to Texas and my pet Beta Bubbles apparently didn't make the move. When I asked where he was, my dad said he was still on his way. When I got home from school, I discovered a purple fish (bubbles was yellow) and exclaimed "Wow dad! Bubbles changed colors!!!"
In the U.S., there's a brand of tuna fish called Bumble Bee. So when I was little, I thought honeybees made honey and bumblebees made tuna.
While watching a circus on television at my cousin's house he revealed the secret of the performing elephants to me...
"there are people inside the elephants..."
I used to believe that moose were NOT real, that the cartoon moose was a made-up animal. I also believed that "Jack-A-Lopes" (half rabbit half antelopes) WERE real. I was 21 and in college before I found out MOOSE were real animals.
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!
For some reason, my father told me when I was very young that they don't have ducks in America. For years I would relay this interesting 'fact' to people as a piece of trivia, until I asked an actual American "is it weird not having ducks over there?" and was promptly laughed at.
I used to believe that when people dissected frogs in school, the frogs were just sleeping. Like if they had an operation, the people would put them back together after the dissection and then the frogs would just go back to living their lives.
When I was small, my mother would close my bedroom window to "keep out the draft". I thought she was saying "keep out the giraffe", and since we lived in an apartment block I imagined a giraffe trying to peer in through my window each night, which unnerved me greatly.
A friend believed that they used a tame shark during the filming of "Jaws".
When I was little, I believed that hamburger and steaks and pretty much all meat in general came from a cow. Only, I believed that somehow the cow chose to give it away, kind of like milking a cow, only a lot more friendly and fairytale like. I think that I even had an image in my head of a cow talking to a farmer, saying "Ok, you can take a little off my belly for hamburgers today". I thought cows were so thoughtfull; and I cried when I found out that that's not how it works. Strangely enough, I'm a vegetarian now...
When I was little we had squirrel problems. We would catch them in a trap and drive them a few miles from the house. My mom would say be quiet to the squirrels and she would cover them up so they would naturally be still. Obviously that shuts them up. The I would get her to ask the squirrel a question. She would ask the question, then uncover the cage and it would start chattering. I thought it wsas the squirrel answering my moms question.
i used to think that the hills were all the dead dinosaurs that just decided to lay down somewhere and they eventually died. And after they died i thought that teh grass was their "hair" and i always wondered why "broccli" (( trees )) grew on their backs.
my parents still laugh at me to this day.