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I used to believe that if I slept close enough to the wall, it would somehow hide me in case someone tried to kidnap me.

Sarah
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I could never figure out how my mother could find me when I hid under the kitchen table. Also, when I was 3 or 4, I thought I could hide behind a pole like cartoon characters...if I couldn't see them, then they coudn't see me. The key was to make sure that I couldn't see beyond the pole.

hidden in plain view
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I used to think that miscellaneous was a person. You know, Miss Alleanous. My mother would always have a miscellaneous drawer in the kitchen and we gave a lot of stuff away to Goodwill, so I thought that everything that went into that drawer was sent to Miss Alleanous.

Miss Confused
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when I was a child I used to believe fly on the second floor

Anon
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When I was younger and wanted to pik out outfits for myself that included, for example, sweatpants and a Rainbow Bright nightgown, my parents told me I couldn't go out dressed like that because I "would look like a Joad." I used to believe that a Joad was a regular noun and that it meant someone whose clothes didn't match. I didn't realize until 10th grade English that it was the family from the Grapes of Wrath.

Meg
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When i was very little, I lived on the 2nd floor, which had a clothesline attached from my neighbors house to ours. Our neighbors would hang clothes to dry on this rather frequently, and the pulley that was connected to my house was right on the wall outside my room. So, when I was a kid, I would hear my neighbor pulling the clothesline so she could hang more clothes... and it sounded like a moan.

So naturally, I thought that my walls were Sad. I would stand near my walls, looking up, saying "It's Ok, It's Ok. until they stopped!"

Tanin'iver
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When I was little I thought grocery-bought eggs were dinosaur eggs. In an effort to save the dinosaurs, I would steal eggs from the fridge and hide them under a bed and take care of them.

Anon
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I used to believe that when I turned off the light in my room, my floor would fill with what I'd call "gremlins" that would suddenly zip off and hide whenever I turned on the light. I used to step carefully towards my bed and was fairly convinced all the gremlins were watching me and avoiding my feet. There were hundreds of them, all with huge eyes and grinning faces, all knowing they were tricking me.

I used to try and trick them by spinning and suddenly putting my foot down, or flipping the light back on suddenly.

I never saw them.

Matthew McMahon
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I used to believe that if I wasn't on a rug in the kitchen while the microphone rang, the I would sink into the floor.

got that sinking feeling.
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When I was 5, my Mum's ex told me when I misbehaved that my Grandmother had set up microphones in every room in the house and could hear everything that I said. I believed this until I was about 9 or 10 and until then was constantly paranoid about what I said even when I wasn't misbehaving.

OK
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i used to believe that there was a shadow monster lurking in every dark room so id run really fast whenever i had to go through the dark. im pretty sure i started believing this after i watched a particularly creepy scooby doo episode when i was about four. i believed this for the majority of my childhood and have been weirded out by the dark ever since.

mollie
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I used to feel sorry for inanimate object like floors and couches for always being stepped/sat on. When I told my aunt, she asked me if they talked to me. I never told anyone ever again, and eventually it went away. I grew up to be an extraordinarily empathetic person, and sometimes, I might still wonder how the walls feel. :)

Mandy
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When I was younger I confused the word close, and the word clothes. I would constantly re-read the backs of fireworks wondering why they told me to light fireworks under my shirt.

"Use only under close supervision."
I read it as:
"Use only under clothes supervision."

Mikah
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When I was younger, I'd go to my grandparent's place to swim in their pool. Sometimes my Grandpa would forget to take the pool cleaner (like an underwater vacuum) out of the water when we went in (our family calls it the creepy crawler). I would become so distressed, and start crying because I thought the creepy crawler was going to suck me up and eat me alive!

Sally
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I used to believe that those little metal balls they sometimes put inside bottles of nail polish were just dried polish.

I was a smart kid.

The Nail Polisher
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I used to believe that a person could fix ANYTHING with Scotch tape.

Felix
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When I was about 11, my mom & dad bought me an Avril Lavigne poster and a Justin Timberlake poster. Both of them were in black and white, and Justin and Avril were both frowning in the posters.

Everytime I got ready to go to bed, I stared at the posters and they looked so evil. I was afraid to go to bed, because I thought that their eyes would start darting across the room randomly. Creepy...

kirchie
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once when i was about 4 or 5, my sister who is 3 yrs older than me told me that there were crocodiles under our inside deck. i believed her and bawled my eyes out, and i didn't like walking down the steps in there or look inbetween the steps because you could see under the floor and over to the dark hole where the cross-space was. you can only imagine how confused my mom was when i told her that there were crocs under our house.

socko
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I used to be, well, till kind of am, terrified of revolving fans! I always thought they were robots and they were out to kill me at night. I would duck under my blanket whenever the front {its big "eye"} you look at me! It was very creepy.

Anon
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when i was about 4 or 5, my family told me that opening the door to the coal cellar it would cause an explosion... i believed it and stayed away, although i'd have LOVED to go in. Later on I realised they only said that to keep me from playing in there and making a huge black mess.

doudou
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