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My mom use to tell me when I was younger if your Listening to music to loud you'll go deaf
Sitting to close to the TV you'll go blind
I used to think that in the hallways, some black creature would come and chase me if I didn't run to my next destination.
One time when I was little my dad put my Mickey Mouse ears and I was totally convinced he was Mickey Mouse. I got my mom to take a picture of us. He took the ears off, and I told him how exciting it was when I met Mickey Mouse.
When I was young, I used to believe that my life was a show on television. When I go to sleep I used to think that the show would put an ending theme (like who is the actor's real name and the producer etc.) I tried explaining to my mother that we are all in the show and someone is watching us so she would get really frustrated after a lot of explanations.
I somehow got the idea that if I boiled a rock, it would come to life. My dad disproved that...
I used to think rust stains on the concrete outside our house were marks caused by mini meteorites falling from the night sky. Turns out, no mini meteorites ever fell onto our driveway. I always worried one would hit me on the head.
When i was around 5 or 6, i use to think that spiders went up my bum when i was on the toilet so, everytime i needed a poo, i would look inside and around the toilet to make sure there was no spiders.
I used to believe that the people who appear on TV were inside of it and I tried to see them and I didn't understand what was happening.
I used to believe that when you were watching TV and someone said "don't change that channel" or "don't touch that dial" and you did, someone would appear on the screen and start yelling at you for changing it.
I remember myself being around 5 years old when this happened. Sometimes at night, while sleeping in my little crib, I would hear a chain dragged on the hallway outside my room, in the middle of the night. You can imagine the sound, a metalic sound. This kept happening until I was 8 or 9 years old, and I was always horrified by it so I never told anybody about it. I always thought there was an evil ghost there and if i get out of my room it would take me with it. sometimes i would even cry. It all stopped when I became old enough to face it, just to discover it was actually the refrigerator warming up or cooling down, and the sound was made by it's pump.
My mom used to tell us that if we didn't clean up our toys, the vacuum cleaner would suck them up forever. This strategy was a little too effective, because I thought it even applied to large objects like my playsets, and I was even afraid it would suck me up if I got in the way, so I would always run away and hide whenever my mom was vacuuming
I used to believe that the dishwasher filled all the way up with water when it was used, like an oldschool washing machine, and if you opened it mid-cycle it would flood the house.
I used to think the people who appeared on television lived in it and if I broke it they would escape.
In 2nd grade, my friend Jessica told me if I called 1800-HEAVEN, I could talk to anybody who has went to heaven. This also meant I could call 1800-Santa/Tooth-Fairy/Easter Bunny. I immediately rushed home and began to call all these numbers, only to find out the reality of it was, there was no such thing
This goes back to the early 50's. I remember asking my mother how the radio worked (before we had a TV). She said it worked with tubes. I puzzled with that and I imagined a room with walls of tiny hoses or tubes that the announcers spoke into. The tubes must have carried their voices to each person's radio. I had to believe it - my mother told me it was so!
This is sort of a double belief, since one misbelief led to the other.
When I was little, I believed that whenever you plug something in (to an electrical outlet) it would do something special - turn on, make noise, light up, etc. So I would plug random things in to "see what they did". And not just plugs... but l would literally stick random small objects into outlets. Unfortunately, this exploration ended abruptly when I wanted to see what mom's car keys did when I plugged them into the wall. It was some pretty epic fail.
After explaining why "electric" just shocked me and that it travels by metal, and that there were metal wires in our walls carrying electric everywhere, I became deathly afraid of taking baths and showers. I believed that while I was in the shower one of these wires might tough a metal pipe and zap me again. I would bathe as quickly as possible in fear the whole time and sometimes I would just turn the water on and let it run for awhile so my mom could hear and think I was bathing.
My sister told me that telephone poles got medals for being the best telephone poles. I believed her for years. Turns out, they were serial numbers.
I, to this day, believe that when I can't sleep at night it means I'm awake in someone else's dreams...
when i was a kid, i used to believe that when i came down in my living room to drink at night, the TV and computer lights were robots and when i had my back turned they would jump on me. I sometimes still catch myself turning on the light so as not to be scared anymore.