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I used to believe that the illuminated light on our doorbell would light up when the movie started at the local drive-in. I don't know why.
I used to believe that there was an actual monster in my dryer stealing all the mismatched socks. It was a front-loading dryer, and I reasoned that there must be some kind of door at the back. It actually gave me nightmares for a while! The weirdest part is, I don't remeber anyone ever telling me that there was a monster that stole socks, although I heard people joke about it later on in life.
I used to be scared of the dark after playing a Nancy Drew computer game, and I have an active imagination, also. I usually go to bed late and have to turn all the lights off. One time, it was completely dark and I looked down the hallway to my parent's room. I could've sworn I saw a figure wearing a black cape with a hood, creeping down the hallway. I ran to my room and locked my door and haven't looked down that hallway at night since.
I used to believe that if i turned the light off or touched the floor at night i would fall into a bottomless pit in the floor....
I grew up in an area with no gardens. I thought that everyone who had a garden was very rich. I also thought that people kept chickens and lambs and other farmyard animals. I thought all back gardens would be the size of farms.
when i was younger, my mom used to run her finger under the water coming out of the faucet to see how hot/cold it was. since she was usually trying to get it hot, i thought that the water could only get hot if you ran your fingers under it. my mom and friend thought it was hilarious when i started running my fingers under the water one day when we were cooking, and i said something like, "im going to make it hotter for you, mom." they laughed, to say the least.
When I was younger I saw the movie "Jaws" and for a time believed that there was a shark living behind the couches in our living room, and so on Saturday morning during cartoons I'd have to jump from couch to couch to the doorway to leave. I also have a fear of leaving my feet uncovered while I sleep, at least in my own bed, no matter where I live and no matter how hot it is, my feet have to be covered. I can't think of any basis for this "habit" of mine.
In order to make me more careful when using the kettle, my mum told me that if the water didn't cover the pipes in the bottom, or went over the 'full' mark, or the outside was wet - the kettle would explode
I was terrified of boiling the kettle and used to spend half an hour double checking all these things, then flick the switch and run out of the kitchen with my hands over my head just in case
I believed my brother was the smartest person in the world for some unknown reason. Once he told me, when i was 4, that if i jumped on my mother's prized glass coffee table long enough that in would turn into a magic trampolene. I convinced my cousin (same age) to jump with me. We jumped, but sadly did not bounce. The table shattered into pieces, but strangely enough we didnt get hurt. My brother was nowhere to be found and who ever believes a 4 year old....
When I was younger my brother would chase me around with the vacuum cleaner, threatening me that it could eat me whole.
To this day, I still believe him.
i used to believe that i would get eaten by a shark if i stood on my bedroom carpet because it was blue like the sea!
I used to believe there was a little man in the fridge who turned the light on when you opened the door
When i was about 6 my mom used to tell me and my sis that the carpet fresh she would put on the carpet before she would vaccum would burn our feet if we walked on it. so we woudl have to sit on the couch for a hr untill she vaccumed.
when i was young i thought that when they would liquidate a house, they would take a giant magnifying glass and melt the house. then they would put the house juice in a jar and put it on a shelf somewhere.
My mom went back to work when I was in grade 5 and it was scary for us kids back then. We had to come into an empty house every day after school. If I was the first one home, I'd check all the closets, under the beds, and even behind the shower curtain to make sure strangers weren't lurking there. Why I thought people would hide in the tub is beyond me!
I was 7 when the Oklahoma city bombing happened and I saw it on the news alot. For about a month I was afraid to leave the house because I thought someone would bomb it when I was gone. Also, I think it was around the same time, after watching Jurassic Park I kept expecting a dinosaur to bite the roof off of my bedroom whie I was asleep (After all, the movie proved that we could clone dinosaurs now - or so I thought - It was only a matter of time till they escaped and found my house!)
I used to believe that Children's Aid was watching our house would come take me from my parents because I had to mow the HUGE lawn. It was a riding mower and I wanted to do it so I made sure I always smiled while driving the mower so "those people watching me" would know I was happy and not being forced.
When I was younger my mom used to tell me a little man named Ed lived under our sink and that we were feeding him whenever we pour food down the drain and to never put our hands down there because he would mistake it for food. It wasn't until I was 10/11 I realized it was just the garbage disposal.
When I was little I used to think that they nails in my grandparents deck were slivers so whenever we would eat outside or sit around on their deck I refused to and I would sit inside.
I used to believe that the electrical socket in the basement could be used like a lock, and using a key you could open a secret passage. Needless to say that was one of my near death experiences.