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For about the first 7 years of my life, I thought that only boys could take showers, and girls could only take baths or else it was against the law for a girl to take a shower and a guy to take a bath... One time my father took a bath and I ran to my mom saying: "Mom, dad's taking a bath... Shhh don't call the cops."
When I was little my mother told me that if I stayed in the tub too long I would turn into a prune, and I believed her entirely, I thought that the purpleish wrinkled skin would continue to progress and that I would spend the rest of my life in the pantry. This also made me think that eating prunes was cannabalism, which I knew about from my grandfather's tall tales (that I didn't know were tall tales).
I didn't know what a toilet plunger was used for. But I remembered seeing in a cartoon once that a character ran around with one stuck to his face. So that's exactly what I did.
You can imagine my reaction when my dad told me what a toilet plunger was actually used for!
When I was around 4 or 5, I had just learned how to take a shower. To help me feel more comfortable doing it on my own, my parents got a plastic cover for the shower head in the shape of a clown's face. He was smiling widely, and the water came through his open mouth.
It terrified me. I was convinced that it was alive and watching me, and if I took my eyes off of it for one second, it would seize the opportunity to attack. I remember groping blindly for shampoo and soap because I knew I could not look away if I wanted to escape the shower.
Our bathtub drain didn't have the little metal strainer in it, it was just a hole. It made this horrible sound when draining, it got worse as the water level dropped.
When I was 4 or 5, my older brother came into the bathroom just as I pulled the plug. He told me that sharks could come up into the tub since we didn't have the strainer in there. I remember telling him he was full of it, but I never pulled the plug again until I was out of the tub.
Now I tell my kids that the strainer is there to prevent shark attacks.
When I was 5, I thought the "restroom" was actually a place you went to take a nap.
Whenever I would take a bath, I believed there was a family of skeletons watching me through a window near the cieling. The window was only there when my back was turned and I say "family" as in there was a mother, father and little boy skeleton.
My Dad made my brother and I believe that he could eat the bubbles from our bubble bath. He used to scoop up huge armfuls and turn his back on us and make gobbling noises, and then turn back and they would be gone. We used to make him do it over and over - until we finally realised that he was just squishing them into his shirt...
When I was 4 I had the misconception that hair grew in water, which is why when I cut all my hair off and my mother wailed for my extraordinary explanation, I cheerfully replied, "don't worry mommy. It will grow back when I take a bath."
When I was about 3, I believed that the water that went down the bath drain would go to God and Mary, having gone to a Catholic school. So, every time I had a bath, I'd deliberately force the water into the drain and say, "Here, God and Mary.." What a freak.
when i was little, i used to think that the water coming out of your faucet was comin from the ocean, and if u ran the water too long, then little fishies and stuff would come out, and if your bathtub was clogged, i thought that meant a shark was trying to come through.
After watching the movies Volcano and Dante's Peak when I was WAY too young, I was afraid to take a shower or bath for a week because I used to believe lava would come out of the taps.
I used to believe that when you pooped in the toilet it went down to a witches kitchen and she made cookies out of it and tries to make people eat them
I used to believe that all bathrooms had a 'good light' and a 'bad light'. That is becauese in my home, there are 2 lights, a noisy, dim light, and a quiet, bright light. For some reason, I could not grasp the concept of a FAN!!! I also had to pee with the door open, so if a killer popped out of the shower, i could make a clean getaway.
I used to believe that if you took a shower and kept your eyes closed for too long blood would come from the shower head like in this old horror movie i saw. I still get a little freaked out when I wash my hair.
When I was little (and this only happened in my own house) if I went into the bathroom and the shower curtain was closed, I would yank it back to make sure there wasn't anyone there, waiting to kill me while I was peeing. Sad thing is, I'm 16 and I still do it.
when i was a kid i used to think that when someone flushed a toilet while you were in the shower, the dirty toilet water would pour on you.
When I was younger, I used to believe that sharks could get into the bathtub and eat me. My dad used to add the soap before I went to take my bath. I was scared that if the water was cloudy, a shark could be hiding in there and I wouldn't know it until it was too late. I seriously wouldn't take a bath unless the soap was added after I got in so I could check for sharks. To this day whenever I take a bath, I still have the habit of adding soap after I get in. :)
I used to believe I could put my hand under the hot tap and hold it there - of course I ran the water for a long time, dipping my hand quickly in and out till my hand 'got used to the heat' then I could hold my hand under.... I actually was running the hot water out- found that out early on when dad busted me doing my little experiment.
When I was in junior high school I thought that shampoos "for dry hair" gave you dry hair and shampoos "for oily hair" gave you oily hair. I always bought the shampoo for dry hair and didn't understand why anyone would ever buy the shampoo for oily hair... I mean, who would want oily hair?