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my older sister once told me that pandas created the universe, legend had it that they were bored of being alone so they drew us on paper and gave us life, angered by their mean ways, the humans revolted and took over, sending pandas to zoos as punishment.
sheep were wooly pigs
I spent a long time grieving for all the baby chimpanzees processed to make canapes. I couldn't believe that anyone could eat them.
I used to believe that porcupines were humongous pine trees that could hurt you.
a friend of mine and I had an argument when we were in the sixth grade because she refused to believe that sharks really existed. she thought they were fistional, like mermaids.
When I was little, my grandpa told me that we could grow worms (using a bucket full of dirt and sprinkle sugar on top). Everytime I went there I would see the worms. Didnt know until later that he would run into the garden before I showed up to dig them up
My dad, who has since passed away, believed up until his 30s that a donkey was just a horse with long ears.
He also believed (because my uncle told him this) that there was a special breed of "hillside cows" with one set of legs (on either the left or right side) shorter than the other, so that they could stand straight on hills.
But if you put them on level ground, they could only go around at a tilt, and in circles.
Not quite a childhood belief, as this comes from my father who is in his 50s.... nonetheless, until about a year ago, he believed Tigers are green.
It came up in conversation about a year ago and we (the whole family) actually had to find a picture of one before he would believe all of us that they are actually orange....
As a small girl my monther and I lived up the hill from my grandparents. At dark I would walk up the hill home from visiting. I knew living in the mountans we had lots of wild animals about. I thought if I told them all I loved them none of them would come eat me
When I was little, I saw a possum in the middle of the road (dead, of course). I asked my mom what it was and she said, "Roadkill, sweetie. That's what happens when you run out in the road."
The next week, we were at the zoo and a woman came out of a room holding a live possum. I screamed at the very top of my lungs, "Look, Mom! Roadkill!!!"
When I was really young my dad told me that the bails of hay that cows eat were cow eggs. I didn't believe this until I saw a Cow standing next to one in a field. Lucky I only believed this for about a year.
My grandmother told me that if I ate my carrots I'd be able to see in the dark. I was afraid of rabbits for awhile because I thought they were lurking in the dark watching me.
My parents once showed me the plastic cows in Milton Keynes (UK) from a train window. They told me it was because Milton Keynes didn't have any cows of its own, and I thought this was really sad, that they had to make cows because they couldn't afford any real ones.
when i was younger, about 4 or 5, my parents bought me some fish for my birthday. but the next morning when i woke up they were dead. i was so devestated that they went out and bought me 2 more fish. That night those 2 fish died but knowing how upste i would get while i was sleeping they got my grandma to go but 2 more fish. the only fish she could find has spots on them. so when i woke up and notice my fish had spots on them my mother told me that they had the chicken pox. and i believed her, until i was like 14. i also told everyone that i knew that my fisg had had chicken pox. when i was telling an elderly neighbour is when my mom finally told me the truth.
My mom used to tell me I could be anything I wanted to be when I grew up. So, I was convinced that when I grew up I could be a lion. I decided that if I could be anything I would want to something really powerful and what was more powerful than the king of the jungle.
my mum used to say to me shut the door or you will let a draught in, but i thought she was saying giraffe, and i was terrified that giraffes must be on the loose and very dangerous!
I used to believe that when the lady on the talking clock said 'At the first stroke', that she was in fact stroking a big white rabbit that she had on her lap.
I used to believe that if you got sprayed by a skunk, you would have to burn ALL your clothes. My mother's friend had gotten sprayed on a picnic once and Mother said she'd had to burn ALL her clothes. I was terrified of skunks because I had some dresses I really liked and I worried I'd have to go home and burn them, too if a skunk ever sprayed me.
I believed that pigs could actually fly. I'm 13 and found out this year that they can't.
When I was about eight, I saw scientists on a TV news show talking about how dinosaurs had evolved into smaller animals. Somehow I missed the part about which animals (birds and whatnot) and I believed for a considerable amount of time that dinosaurs has shrunken down to insect size and lived underground. So I would dig for them under this big pine tree in my yard.