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iv no idea where this believe came from but as long as i can remmeber i was convinced that baboons ate through their bottoms! im 20 now and only realised this wasnt true a few months ago when i said in a (rather random) conversation about baboons in front of my entire family " i think its weird how they feed through their bums" and they couldnt stop laughing
i used to believe that pools had underwater doors that sharks were going to swim out of.
When I was young, about 8 or so we rescued a turtle off the side of the road. I few weeks later my mom came in the house and told him he "ran away." Obviously for some reason I believed her even though turtles are known for how slow they are. I am now 23 and my mom and I were talking about funny stories and she brought up how she ran over my turtle with the lawn mower. She thought I knew.
I used to believe that guerillas were monkeys with guns.
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 my mom told me that little animals used to live in the shells we found on the beach. I wanted one of those miniature giraffes and elephants so bad!
I used to think that orangutans were pronounced orange-oo-tins, not o-rang-uh-tangs. I'm embarrassed to say, I was in my 20's, had just taken my kids to the zoo and was telling my niece (using my scholarly attitude) that my favorite was the orange-oo-tins. Never live that one down!
once, when i was like 4, we had a little family gathering at a farm. this cow started peeing, and i yelled, in front of my enitre family, "look mom, the cow is milking itself!" man, i was dumb, and still get made fun of 12 years later!!! urgh...
My grandma always told us that if the window wasn't closed all the way, there'd be a draft in the house. Not knowing what a draft was, I thought she meant that there'd be a "giraffe" in the house. I don't know how many days I cracked the windows hoping I'd have a new pet when I got home from school.
When I was about six, I was convinced that the quartz crystals I would occasionally find in gravel were actually dinosaur teeth.
When we were younger and we were travelling on the motorway, if you look into the fields in the summer you can see piles of grass that was collected when they field was harvisted or cut these were all the same shape, round and covered in a black plasticy looking material. Mum told us they were cow eggs !! haha top one
I used to think that animals pooed out of their tails. The animal that confused me the most was the horse: how did such a big poo come out of all of those little hairs?
I was told as a child that, if I opened the door of our mini van while it was driving, squirrels would get in. This caused me to slide open the door while on the highway. I thought it would be nice to have a squirrel visit.
Always thought until I was 6 that you milked a cow by pumping it's tail up and down. Saw a toy one and that's how it worked.Still remember how hurt I felt by laughter when I mentioned this first time I saw a cow being milked. That was 48 years ago
I used to believe that monkeys were related to fish as they both have mouths!
I used to think that if you hit a cow with your car, milk (and only milk) would fly all over the place!
When i was little, i used to believe that animals weren't killed to make fur coats. That the animals were just running around naked having either been shaved or gave it up, you know like in the cartoons. That was until my brother decide to tell me otherwise and show me proof.
A few years ago when my cousin was very young, my uncle read her a bedtime story and the book featured barnyard animals. I heard him say to her "look Katie, that's a cow. Cows make milk. Cows in Alaska make ice cream!" She is 13 now, and she still believes that ice cream comes from cows in Alaska.
When I was 4, my mom told me a story about the time a goat took a bite out of one of her dresses that was hanging out to dry. I took this to mean that goats loved eating clothes, and if I went near them they would surround me and eat all of the clothes I was wearing. I was terrified of petting zoos for years.
There was a pretty serious drought when I was young, in the 80's and my mom and dad used to have to go get our water from the "Water Buffalo" which is a Bulk Potable Drinking Water company. I thought they had brought in actual water buffalo, the animal and people were getting water from them, like milk from cows.
I thought this until I was in COLLEGE and got into an argument with my roommate about it because she didn't believe me, I called my mom to prove my point and was of course laughed at.