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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.
Growing up in Florida I always saw cows and horses in pastures together. I always thought the cows were boys and the horses were girls. When they had a baby together, if the horse had a cow it was a boy, obviously, and of course a horse baby would be a girl.
When i was little i used to be TERRIFIED of thunder and lightening. but my grandpa told me it was just penguins bowling in the north pole and every time they got a strike there would be thunder. i believed him for the longest time.
When I was a kid my brother told me that elephiants eat their own poop and then poop it out and eat it over and over so if you had a pet elephant you would never have to feed it. I believed this for a while but then I asked "what would it eat the first time it eats" and my brother said you would feed it a poop starter pack and i believed it!
I used to believe that a cow produced different kinds of liquids from every teat. There was light milk, whole milk, cream, and whiskey. Because that's what my dad told me.
I used to believe that sea lions were actual lions that lived in the sea.
Cats go miaow, dogs go woof, rabbits go fuh, fuh, fuh! This is said with the front teeth over the bottom lip. I believed this to be true until I was 13. My little brother used to have to go to speech therepy, and to get him to say his f's, rabbit impressions were used. duh!!!!!
I used to believe that at the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve that all the animals on Earth could speak. (I could have swore I was taught this at Sunday school when I was little). I would stay up every Christmas Eve until midnight watching our cat and then start pestering it at the stroke of midnight to see if it would speak. Obviously, it never did.
I and all of my friends believed that it was important to wear a hat at night when going outside. In the midwest summer nights there were always bats flying around. I as well as all of my friends knew that bats could swoop down and get tangeled up in your hair and possibly even raise their young there.
on the way back from kenya when i was 12, there was a sign at customs saying 'kindly bear with us'.
i honestly thought that there was a good-hearted bear behind the counter that i couldn't see..
when i was young i thought every animal had the ability to regenerate severed parts, it just depended how large the part actually was. i.e. a bear could grow back an ear, a human most certainly could not grow back a leg, but a turtle might, and if i had my own hand cut off, well- if i tried really hard, it might grow back.
I used to think that if you took an egg from the refrigerator and kept it warm for awhile, it would hatch into a baby chicken. I did try this a few times, but each time I would get impatient and return the egg to the carton.
When I was 5 or so, my dad told me that if you caught a squirrel by the tail it would pop off and the squirrel would run away and hide until it grew a new tail.
When I was younger my dad told me polyester cam from furry little creatures that looked like deer. When I asked if they shaved them like they did sheep, he said no, they have to kill the little polyesters. I believed him until I was 14.
Llamas not Lemmings were suicidal!
i used to think that a hypotenuse was some kind of animal related to a hippopotamus, until we learned about them in math in 8th grade.
When my son was about 6 he loved to feel velvet. One day we went to a horse barn and he petted the horse's nose. He said, "it feels like velvet." I admit this is really bad. I told him, "Where do you think that they get velvet from? It comes from horse's noses."
I never really thought any more about it until he was traumatized in second grade by seeing his teacher wearing a black velvet pant suit and all he could think of was all the poor horses that had given their noses to make that dress.
Of course I apologized and feel horrible now. I never ever say things like that around the kids anymore.
Seems like my first acquaintances with the word "rodent" were heavily associated with animals being identified as "rodents" either when they were seen crossing a road, or when they were seen as road kill. So I thought they were called rodents because they were animals likely to be seen in the road.