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When I was younger my mum told me I was 'double-jointed' like a lot of my family, I took this as being some sort of special power where I could bend my fingers or elbows or knees the other way, I always tried really hard and couldn't do it so I thought my mum was a liar!
As a teenager I read way too many books about ESP. For years I thought there were actually people walking around who could read my mind, every thought, just as I was thinking it. I was extremely paranoid.
My Dad used to tell me to go outside the room where he couldn't see me and to hold one hand in the air and another one down by my side. After a few minutes he'd tell me to come back in the room. He would look at my hands, then look at my elbows and tell me which one I had held up! I thought he could see through walls!!! I finally figured out that the hand being held up was paler than the one by my side.
I used to think that if I tried hard enough I would be able to see around corners. I tried especially hard when I was practicing piano in the hope that I'd be able to see around the corner and be able to watch tv!
Someone else had a VERY similar belief.
My favourite book series of all time is Animorphs. In the first book, five kids go through an abbandonned construction site and encounter an alien called an Andalite who gives them the power to become any animal they touch.
Me and a friend thought that we could do that if we believe Animorphs was real. We tried to "Aquire" the DNA of different animals and then morph into them.
When that did'nt work, we thoguth we had to find an abbandoned constuction site and go there in the middle of the night to come in contact with the "Andalite".
Also, in the book series, there were evil aliens called yeerks that took over people's bodies. Every time someone acter weird, we thought they were being controlled by yeerks.
One more thing, we were afraid to squash bugs, because we thought they were animorphs.
When i was younger i believed, one day i'm gonna fly, all i have to do, is get a whole bunch of feathers, and glue them to cardboard, and then stick it to my arms, and then i'd somehow fly.
I believed for quite a while that if you couldn't see, you couldn't be seen. Also, everything (to this day) is less scary if watched through a small space. read: a tiny crack in the blanket thats wrapped tightly around your head. :D
When I would shower, the water would run down my arm and appear to come out of my fingers. For the longest time I thought I had special water powers and that as I got older, I would be able to control them outside of the shower lol
Once I read a Goosebumps book (by R.L. Stine) in which a girl finds some secret ingrediant as well as the recipe and spell for a dough which you eat for flying powers. After I read it, I was convinced that if I got the ingrediants/recipe correct (dough ingrediants except the secret powder which came with the book) then I could make the dough and get to fly.
Of course, I spent months wishing I had that powder. Unfortunately I never found it, but I'm secretly still waiting for MY copy of that book. lol.
I Use to believe that if i concentrated enough i would be able to move things with my mind, like in that Movie Matilda, and that one day if i kept at it would happen
You know how when you buy new clothes, the sales tag is attached by this plastic thing, with one side that looks like a T? Well I used to cut that plastic thing in half and touch my sister's arm with it while making a "sssssssssssss" sound because I thought I was sucking out her juice. I called it a "general expexpius".
I used to believe that if I could kiss my elbow that I would turn into a girl (the opposite sex).
I used to beleve that everybody except for me had the power to read my mind, so every time i was in a large crowd, i would focus my thoughts on things that would scare them so much, they would never want to read my mind again.
I thought I had X-ray vision and could talk to animals and they could understand me.
I believed I could fly if I ran around fast enough and flapped my arms hard enough and jumped high enough eventually I would be able to soar into the skies.
When I was ten, I started to notice the little bits of dust in the air floating everywhere. I was completly convinced I could see air.
My dad had this way of whistling that I never could master. He said he was whistling 'through his teeth.' I pictured him having these tiny holes in his teeth that I didn't have, and that's why he could whistle through his teeth and I could not.
When I was little my stepfather and I used to play karate but without actually knowing any karate. I thought I was so good because I could beat him up that I then went around telling the other kids I knew karate and could fight grown ups. So one day one of the kids decided to test my skills. He kicked my ass and I was shocked to learn that I didn't actually know karate.
When I was about 4, I had a dream that I was flying all over the house. The next day when I woke up, I kept jumping off of all the furniture trying to fly. I eventually concluded that the furniture was too low to jump off of, so i managed to climb onto the roof. We can all guess what happened next...the neighbors still think I'm tottally and completely nuts...i hang out on my roof now with my friends...they all peer out their windows just to make sure I don't have another trip to the hospital...oopsies
I used to believe that when I squinted at a light these light beams (think light sabers) were shooting out toward me and that I was the only person in history able to do that.