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When I was very young, my mother told me that if I didn't clean my belly-button in the bath, dirt would collect and potatoes would start growing out of it. I made sure it keep it nice and clean.

Marti
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i used 2 belive that ur belly button was sort of like a easy acces hole to ur belly and i used to try n put food in there if i didnt like the taste of something just so i didnt have 2 taste it lol what a fool i was no wounder it never went in

laurasmith
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When I was being horrible as a little girl my mom use to tell me she had a tool and she was going to unscrew my belly button and my legs would fall off.
I looked for that tool for years.

Jeni
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my dad used to tell me when i was little that if he unscrewed my belly button my legs would fall off. i still dont let anyone mess with my belly button!! haha

melissa
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My older brother used to tell me that if I "untied" it, I'd fly around the room like a balloon.

Gullible youth
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My friend once said that she had too much to drink, which caused her belly button to come undone and all the liquid to pour out. I believed her.

Anon
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I was told as a child that if I didn't clean out my bellybutton well enough, that potatoes would grow in it... It's a shame they never did, that could have made me a bit more pocket money...

Emma B
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This one is actually my sister's. When she was about 4 she asked my mom what the belly button was for. My mom told her it was connected to your butt and it held it up by a string.

Well, years went by and my sister was in middle school. She had to take the requisite sex-ed class and the teacher asked if anyone knew what the belly button was for. My sister's hand shot up and she said, "I know, I know. It holds your butt up!" Everyone in the class started laughing at her and she was mortified, and to this day (she is now 38) I think she is still upset with my mom about it.

Anon
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Until i was about 4, I used to beleive that everything i ate in my entire life was still in my stomach, whole, and if i ate too much my belly button would pop off like a cork and all the food would come pouring out!

Danielle
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I was told that when women were pregnant they would get so fat their belly buttons would pop out. What it actually meant was that their innies would turn into outies, but I thought they would literally pop off their stomachs and land on the floor. When my mom was pregnant with my younger sister, I would follow her around, looking for any belly buttons that landed on the floor. I also figured that the woman would give it to the baby and then grow a new one after the pregnancy ended. I figured that a mother only had a certain number to give to her children, since I am the fourth of five children and my mom never got pregnant (or showed her belly button) after my younger sister was born.

athena
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When I was little, I asked my dad why I had a belly button. He said that it was how mommy fed me when I was really little. Not realizing that this was before I was born (and that it was from my umbilical cord), I was confused. Then I noticed that my mom had one too, and so I thought that before I learned to eat real food, my mom lied on her back, and put me on her tummy, being sure to line up our belly buttons, and put the food from her tummy straight into mine!

Idiot child from an idiot father
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When I was about 7, I used to believe that if somebody was to put their finger in my belly button that I couldn't breathe. My best friend thought it was hilarious holding me down and putting her finger in my belly button and me gasping for breath. Hmmmm.

caz
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When I was little, about 7, (I'm 15 now) my brother who was 13 at the time, (20 now) told me that if I ever went into his room he'd poke my belly button and I'd deflate like a balloon on the spot. I had been brave and poked it myself, but after going to him and telling him he was lying he said "only big brothers can do it".

Anon
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When I was little, I used to believe that you could unbutton your bellybutton, and that if that happened, all of your skin would fall off. I fiercely protected my bellybutton from the approach of strangers.

Olivia
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When I was a kid I used to believe that if I stuck my finger too far in my belly button ,like really far in, it would unravel and all my insides would come out..I'm living proof it never happened.

Anon
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when i was little, i was depressed and worried for days, cuz i thought my belly button was going to disappear. i thought it was just getting smaller and smaller...

little miss from norway
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I thought liposuction was squeezing the fat out of your bellybutton. Too bad it's not that easy...

Angela
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my friend was told by her mum that if she played with her belly button it would come undone and she'd have a hole for the rest of her life. She's turning 20 now and she will not, and i mean WILL NOT touch her belly button..

reggie
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To add to the belly button thing. I was also told by my mom that if you messed with your belly button it would come undone and that my guts would come out. I honestly believed this until I had my first child at 18. I was observing my belly button and it was quite dirty. I called my grandma to see how I should clean it and she told me with a q tip and some rubbing alcohol. I then told her I was scared that I was going to untie my belly button. After she gathered herself from laughter, I told her it was her daughter that told me this would happen. That made it that much funnier to her. Don't worry, I clean my belly button all the time now, but this is still a family joke and usually gets brought up around the holidays. Good to know I can be the one for laughter.

K.C.
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I used to believe that if you got to much water in your bellybutton when you were taking a bath, it would shrivel up and fall off of your belly.

emily
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