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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.
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.
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.
When i was little girls, i thought that the little mouse existed an i absolutaly wanted to see it with my own eyes ! So i put the tooth that i lost under my pillow and i waited for hours....Until i saw my mom enter in my room so i pretented to sleep then she slipped a coin under my pillow. The next morning , i showed the two euros coin to my mom and she said "oh ! the little mouse was go in you room ! " and i answered "the little mouse is very big !" in laughing.
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 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.
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!
I used to believe that chipmunks grew up to be squirrels. I don't know where I got the idea from but I lived most of my childhood life believing this!
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 all sharks were machines. The reason for this is because I had misunderstood my father when he said that the sharks (on Jaws) were machines and I thought that he were saying that ALL sharks in real life are machines as well! So, basically, I thought that sharks were some form of living machines swimming round the oceans lol!