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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.
My brother and I believed that snapping turtles lived in our neighbor's leaf pits in her back yard. We stuck bamboo poles in the leaves and could feel the turtles grabbing on.
When I was a boy my grandfather told me that I could catch wild rabbits with salt. Needless to say his entire backyard was spotted with paper towels layed out filled with piles of salt. Did come close to catching one one time..LOL
When I was little, I used to be afraid of the deep end of swimming pools because I thought that people kept their pet sharks there.
I used to be that sheep had no knees, and if they feel over they would die because they wouldn't be able to get back up again. I thought it was a sheep farmers job to go check on the sheep and save the sheep that had feel over..
When I was little, my dad told me that if I were to put salt on a deer's tail that I could catch it, and keep it as a pet.
When I was little my dad always used to joke and say "Look! A flock of turtles!" Then he would quickly snatch a chip or a piece of food. I grew up actually thinking that the collective noun for turtles was a 'flock'
When I was little and rabies was just becoming news in our area my mom was talking to someone and said "Rabies is coming" or something like that.
In my 5 or 6 year old imagination that meant that all of the animals that had ever gotten rabies would come through our town like zomies with foaming mouths and red hypnotic-like eyes.
My family always took all our animals, and there were a lot of them, to the vet. They said that the animals would get very sick if we didn't, so I used to believe that wild animals would walk into a vet's office on their own so they wouldn't get sick and die.
I used to think that in order to get fresh milk, every grocery store had a cow or two in it's back room. It wasn't until a nice store employee took me back there one day I learned otherwise.
I used to think that sharks were dolphins who were really mean on steroids and ridiculous stuff like that.
For the longest time I thought that unicorns had simply become extinct...that is until I mentioned it in my freshman year..at university...in a lecture.
When I was younger I really wanted a pet chinchilla. My parents were against the idea so one night after dinner to stop my questioning my dad told me the reason I couldn't have one was because they were vicious. He explained that a friend of his had a chinchilla and when he went out of town his house keeper accidentally left the lid off of its cage. As the house keeper was vacuuming, the chinchilla escaped and ate her leg off.
For years I believed this without questioning. I actually kept up that belief until a friend of mine mentioned wanting one in middle school. I told her that that was a horrible idea and went on to explain the story. It wasn't until after I had finished that I realized how ridiculous that story was.
My Uncle Ernie convinced me that he had a baby elephant in his shed. He always used to tell me it's trunk was poking out of the window until I turned round and "just missed it". I beleived him for years and never actually thought to go and check....
When I was younger, my brother and sister convinced me chenille wool came from clams. I don't know how this came up, but I believed this until I was about 13. I would tell my teachers and friends, who all seemed to be very impressed with my knowledge of this fact. One day, while talking about animal rights, my brother and sister finally broke the truth to me...
I used to believe that guerillas were monkeys with guns.
When I was at a restaurant when I was little, I was told by my sister that if you mix salt and pepper into your water, baby sharks are born. I believed this for a few years, and one day I tried it. I grabbed the salt, pepper, and a glass of water and went outside to my driveway. Needless to say, I had a good laugh.
When i was 5 years old, my brother convinced me that monkeys lived in water tanks. And i always went looking in peoples water tanks to find the monkeys. I soon realised that he was lying.
i used to believe that cows were just grown up sheep! This was due to my mother saying "You'll be old as cows before you realise."!
When I was a kid, I lived kinda close to this really old factory. My mom told me it used to be a candy factory a long time ago. We would go by the factory everytime we'd walk to the park. There were always a bunch of wild rabbits hopping around in the yard next to the factory, and around it. For some reason, I imagined that the factory still made candy - those big chocolate Easter bunnies...and REAL bunnies! The ones outside running around. Yes, I truly believed a factory could make real rabbits. I was about 3 or 4.