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In the early 60's, when I was a toddler, my mom tried in vain to get me to stop sucking my thumb. Eventually she must of gotten pretty desperate because she told me that if I kept it up, that I would turn black! Well I truly believe in "what goes around comes around" because some time after kicking the habit at about age 3, this came back around to my unsuspecting mom....I'm told that while standing in line at a store, I stood staring at another child about my age, who happened to be black, and said to my mom's horror: "ah ha! you've been sucking your thumb!" Thankfully, this fear tactic my mom thought to be innocent taught my mom a tough lesson, so from then on, all jokes aside, I was taught to honor the truth about all of the different cultures in our world!

Anon
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My Great Nan told me of a girl who sucked her thumb until there was only a bone left - I quickly switched preferred thumb from my right to left, so that I would still be able to write even if my left thumb was sucked to the bone!

S
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My dad was at a ballpark and he had a little girl sitting beside him (not me). The little girl was sucking her thumb and asked where his thumb was (he had recently chopped it off with a saw). My dad replied, "I sucked it off." The litle girl immediatly took her thumb out of her mouth. Her father was sitting behind her, and said, "Thank you!" Later that month my father ran into the man at the grocery store. He said that his daughter hadn't sucked her thumb since.

MaBl
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I used to believe that while I was sucking my thumb I could make it taste like anything that I could imagine, if I just thought hard enough. I remember sitting in front of the TV watching Saturday morning cartoons, with my blanket in my lap, sucking my thumb and how it made my spit taste wonderfully like orange juice and chocolate and black cherry jello and all the other nice things I could think of. It was an incredible epiphany and I felt very powerful. I started to wonder if I could do other things that way too, like flying or turning invisible.

I could hardly wait for my parents to wake up so that I could astonish them with my discovery. It would change the world -- if everyone realized this was possible, no one would have to starve to death ever again. They could just be perfectly happy by sucking their own thumb.

Liz Henry
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when i was little my mom couldnt stop me from sucking my thumb so she told me that if i sucked my thumb my stomach would blow up like a balloon. this scared me so much i stopped. then one day i was in the park and i saw this lady with a huge stomach (not knowing she was just pregnant) and said to her see what happens when you suck your thumb. she just gave me a dirty look and walked off.

~*i luv shawn*~
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I was a thumb sucker, my mum tried everything to make me stop. She told me that if i carried on my tummy would blow up like a balloon. We were on the bus oneday when a preganant woman got on.... i shouted out at the top of my voice " LOOK MUMMY SHES BEEN REALLY NAUGHTY, WE ALL KNOW WHAT SHES BEEN DOING!"..... ooops!

TT
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I met a train driver who was really concerned when he saw me sucking my thumb, he showed me his and it was missing and he said he sucked it till it fell off. I never sucked my thumb again and always felt so sad for that man.

Jaymie
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I sucked on my thumb untill I was 6 years old. A uncle of mine lost three fingers. He told me he lost them from sucking his thumb. So I stopped sucking mine after that!!

Rick
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I used to suck my thumb and my friend told me if I keep doing that then my thumb would disappaer. Didnt stop me sucking it though, I always thought of how cool it would be to see your own thumb disappear. I was a weird kid.

Rosie
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Once when I was about 5, my friend told me that if you sucked your thumb it was like watering a plant, and it would grow really big.

Anonymous
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When I was around 3 my dad took away my pacifier because he said that it would ruin my teeth. I got so mad I started sucking my thumb in public to embarrass him and ruin my teeth and told him I'd never stop until he gave me back my binky. It became a habit, and he was stubborn, so soon I was 10 and still sucking my thumb. He'd put pepper on my thumb, and I'd start loving spicy food, he'd tell my friends and I wouldn't care. Then I was 15, and I didn't even know why I did it, and kept trying to stop, but I'd wake up with my thumb in my mouth. Now I'm 32, and sometimes my wife wakes up giggling because I'm sucking my thumb...

Thumbaddict...
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I used to believe that your thumb would come off if you sucked your thumb too much

Anonymous
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When I was about 3 or 4 my mom told me if I suck my thumb I will wake up one day and it will taste really bad since it will start rotting and will soon fall off if I keep sucking it. I awoke one morning with an awful burning. Drinking water only made it hotter. Mom told me it was starting to rot. I never sucked it again. I now know it hot pepper she put on me.

justme
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I was five and I thought that by sucking my thumb I was invisible, I never minded going outside naked sucking my thumb because no one could see me. Mum stopped me when I was four because the neighbours were freaking out

Anon
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When I was about 6 or 7, I still sucked my thumb. Everyone in the family tried to get me to stop, but I wouldn't. I thought sucking my thumb was a good way to get my Daddy to come see me before he went to bed because he would alway remove my thumb from my mouth. Sometimes I still stick it in my mouth; I guess I still want my Daddy to come in and take it out.

occational thumbsucker at 52
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When my sister was little she used to suck her thumb. Well when she was about six my mom tried everything, nail polish, bandades, and mittens. Nothing worked. Then one night my sister was sucking her thumb and my mom told her that one day her thumb would start smoking and fall off. Well the next day wa really cold and my sister was outside and sucking her thumb, when she took it out it was steaming and she got scared... Well she never sucked her thumb again...

LiLi
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When I was about five I asked my older sister who was nine why she always sucked her thumb. She said that when she sucked her thumb she would get juice out of it. I was so in awe that I stood there and tried it but I didn't get any juice. She said I should keep trying and I did. But then I went to her again and told her I still wasn't getting any juice and she shrugged and said yours must be out before walking away. I remember standing there wanting to cry because of how unfair it was.

Mercedes
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When i was little i used to suck my thumb so to scare me my parents told me if you suck your thumb you will blow up like a balloon...so one time on a bus i went up to a very pregnant lady and said "I KNOW WHAT YOU"VE BEEN DOING!!" my mother was mortified!

Cat
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In an attempt to get me to stop sucking my thumb, my parents told me that they passed a new law, and it was now illegal to suck your thumb. They went as far as inviting a cop friend over to the house to scare me. I was so terrified of being arrested and taken to jail, that i quit the next day. I didnt find out until a few years later that it was all a joke.

Anon
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When my daughter was 3 I told her that when kids got to big for pacifiers they started tasting bad. About 1 week later I painted every one of her pacifiers with that horrible tasting thumb sucking stuff. She walked around holding a pacifier for about two weeks, but didn't suck it. She believed she had become a big girl when they all tasted bad. She believed this until she was about nine.

Evie
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