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I thought that when I was born my Mum had selected the style of my belly button out of a catalogue that nurses could do. I was a bit cross coz with her because it was a sticky outy one.

SillySally
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When i was 5 my dad told me that if i played with my belly-button it would get bigger and bigger and i would have a big hole in the front of me. i Never touched it again.

Holly
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My Parents told my little sister that they would put a special screwdriver into her belly button and unscrew it, causing her butt to fall off. I was 8, and had an outie (I was the only one in the family who had one), and asked how my mum would fit a screwdriver into by belly button. She said she would use a bottle opener. I went and try to pull it off when she wasn't looking, but I never succeeded. My sister is still trying to unscrew hers though...

Anon
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When my mom was pregnant with my sister (I was about 3 1/2 or 4) I noticed that her normally innie belly button got flatter and more shallow as her belly grew. I assumed this was the purpose of a belly button- it was just twisted up extra skin that would unfurl to make room when the woman's belly grew when she was pregnant. I assumed men had them for the same reason they had nipples- decoration.

Squigs
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When I was little, I noticed the little black spots inside your bellybutton. I thought these were flies so everytime I visited my grandmas house I would go into the pantry and grab the fly swater and then start swatting my belly button!!

Amelia
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When my sister was little, my step dad tried to convince her that his belly button was a special cave for fairies. When she didn't believe him, he pulled a bit of fluff out of his belly button and blew it into the air, saying 'look, there's a fairy'. After that I would often find her staring at her belly button, waiting for the fairy.

Lou
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My mother was once tickling her newborn grandsons belly button when the babys father walked in and threw a fit telling her to stop because if she didnt his insides would unravel. My mother just looked at him and then busted out laughing.

Unraveld Aunt
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My step-dad used to tell my little sister that if you un-screwed your belly button that your arms and legs would fall off.

Tess
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I used to believe that I really could have "all I could eat", but if I got too full, my belly button would pop out!

Secret
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iwas told by an uncle that if you played with your belly button, that worms would come out. to this day it makes me nauseated to touch my belly button.

mintpatty57
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I used to (ok, the habit stuck, I still do) stick my finger in my belly button. My parents told me that if I took my finger out, all the air would come out. I was terrified that I would die if "all the air came out."

Ruth
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my uncle told me that when my belly button was where an indian shot me when i was born. i believed that for a few years.

cassi
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when I was little I was obsessed with my belly button (as every child is) and it used to grate on my grandmother's nerves to see me with my finger in my belly button. One day we were watching the news and those starving children in Africa were on it. They all had swollen bellies. That mean old woman told me that if I kept playing with my belly button, my belly would swell up like theirs and then blow up. I still cringe when I wash it.

eebie-jeebies
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I used to believe my grandfather's belly button was a bullet hole. I knew he had been shot by accident but he was a Doctor so how was I to know different.

Montie
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when i was younger i used to believe that the however deep your belly button was was how much extra fat you had on your stomach. i thought that if you were the weight you were supposed to be that your belly button would be completely flat with your body instead of sunken in. also if you had an outie then that meant you were too skinny. basically fat people had innies and anorexics had outies. get it? weird huh

charity
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I thought your ova were in your belly button ( the little knots you get from having your umbilical cord tied,) for a long time, I used to try and pick them out and my belly button ended up all red and sore and my mom would yell at me, "get your fingers out of you belly button!" I never told her it was because I didn't want to have a baby.

Julia
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i have an innie, and my granpa told me that if you push your bellybutton it will make your belly all wrinkled like his and your belly button will close up, he had his removed after surgery and i did not know that. i thought it would be cool to be wrinkly so i was sat there, trying to do it but it just became sore.

Ben
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I used to believe when I was younger that there was a seed in ppl's belly buttons, and when they died the person would push it and a tree would come out of their belly button and their body would go in the ground so every time I looked like a tree I always thought of my dead relatives or something. I always cried when I saw that baby tree because I thought a baby died.

Kitty Kat
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my sister told me once when catching me playing with my belly button that if i poked it too much i would turn inside out. I was so scared i started crying thinking that i might of done it too much already when i asked her about this she just said "all we can do is wait and see" i was absolutely terrified that i was going to die and to this day i dont like touching my belly button, im 22.

kirsty
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I was once told that you made babies by touching belly buttons - my mum, not wanting to have to explain the real method wsa quite happy to confirm the tale.

Anon
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