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So I'm male, when i was around 7/8 my older sister(13) convinces me i was going to start having periods when i was 18. I had no idea what they were but ran to my mum crying all the same

Chris
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When I was a little girl, my father told me that odd pains and twinges in your legs or other places were caused by random cosmic rays from outer space passing through your body...
I believed this solidly, and convinced others, until I was 17 years old... When I told my father how well he'd fooled me, he thought it was pretty funny...!

Alison
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my best friend's older brother told us that snot was actually dead brain cells, and so when you had a cold, and your nose was runny, your brain was dying at a faster rate, and all running out of your nose.

i became terrified of blowing my nose, and was scared if you blew it too much, your brains would all come out.

to this day, i really don't like to blow my nose...

mandi
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I used to think that when someone said to use elbow grease to clean something that it was actually a product you bought that was mad from cows joints!

Carolineke
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My Aunt used to tell me that if I cried too much, I would run out of tears.

Peter
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I used to believe that I had a little old lady living in my mouth who's job it was to keep my spit flowing properly. She would haul buckets of spit up from my stomach and sloosh it around my mouth, then it would flow back down to my stomach and she had to haul it up again. I was frightened of her because I thought she would be cross with me for making her work so hard.

Anon
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My dad always told me to never hold my sneeze and if I did, then my head will explode.

anon.
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You know how, when rub your eyes really hard, you can sort of see swirls of color? I used to be convinced that when I was rubbing my eyes I was making fireworks go off inside my head. I would rub my eyes just for fun.

Joy
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When I was about 3 years old I was playing outside in the summer and started sweating. I had no idea what was happening so I ran inside to my mom screaming "I'm watering! I'm watering!" It took me years before I learned that every sweats.

Amanda
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My dad always used to tell me to cover my mouth when I yawned. When I asked him why, he said, "Because people can see what you had for breakfast if you don't cover your mouth." I believed that for a long time!

Anon
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When i was a kid i used to believe that if i farted and sneezed at the same time i would explode. My friend told me it happened to his cousin.

Dr. O
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My mother once told someone she couldn't take a breath without me being right there! I interpreted that to mean she really couldn't breathe unless I was with her so I stuck by her all of the time. I thought if I went out to play, she wouldn't breathe!

Anon
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I used to believe, after my uncle told me when I was about five, that if you ever happened to fart, burp, hiccup, cough, and sneeze at the same time, you'd blow up and die.

Now I know better cause I have common sense.

~anonymous
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When I was little, my grandmother told me that if someone sneezed and you did not say "bless you", that their soul would leave their body. This haunted me and I would put my hands above my head whenever I sneezed to "catch my soul". Even as a superstitious teenager, whenever I sneezed and no one "blessed" me, I would raise my hands above my head non-chalantly!

kaila
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When I was 5 or 6, our 12 year old neighbor made a big show of always spitting on the ground like a pro baseball player. For months I was terrified my saliva was something unnatural and horrible. I was scared I was the only person who was too stupid to spit it out before it killed me.

si
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I used to believe that if you held your nose to hold back a sneeze for a certain amount of times over and over again, your brain would pop.

Lauren
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When I was 6, my 16-year-old cousin came to live with us. I am an only child so I looked up to her like a big sister. One time, I saw that her nails were clear and shiny. So I thought she let the water run over her nails and dried. I tried to do that many times but the water always ran off my nails. I was so upset!

Anon
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i used to believe that there was a whole village of tiny people living inside of people. they carried the food around, moved the blood (they also caused heahaches w/ their tiny hammers) and when i went to sleep, they went to sleep and so on. one day i saw a skeleton that was marked with little numbers and that convinced me i was right and they wrote those numbers on the bones from the inside!

Jamie
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I used to believe that snot was actually waste from your brain ("brain-poop") and that when you had a cold and your sinuses got stuffed up, it was your brain suffering constipation.

Matt
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when i was little i thought that my hic-ups were caused by little man on the back of my tounge, yodeling

anon
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