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In Urdu language there is a phrase that translates into English as two and a half hair which is said for someone with short thin hair.My mom used to tell me I had two and a half hair and I thought she meant literally.Once I asked my aunt how many hairs she had and she gave me a really confused look.I told ger since I had two and a half hairs she should know how many she had.My aunt burst out laughing.
Figured out the truth later on
My mom used to tell me that if I didn't wash my hair, geckos would start to appear in it, and only she could help me get them out. If I still didn't wash my hair, crabs would appear as well and only my dad could help get them out. If I still didn't wash my hair, spiders would appear along with the geckos and crabs, and only my sister could get them out. Since I had arachnophobia, I didn't want the last one to happen, so I always remembered to wash my hair.
I use to believe that your hair grew because you wash i.e like watering a plant
my brother used to tell me that if i didn't eat a lot of butter, my hair would fall out. i would eat butter by itself.
I used to believe that each strand of hair was connected to a "brain noodle". The prinicpal of my elementary school (Mr. Scott) was bald. I puzzled over this for awhile and finally went up to Mr. Scott and asked how he could be a principal if he didn't have a brain.
my sister was 3 yrs younger than me and beleived that there was a secret to stop your hair ever going white (our mum was completely gray at age 35). i pretended to read the whole dictionary and Pears cyclopaedia until i found it.
i said it was to have 6 eggs cracked on your head by a blood relative, (ie me, of course) and let them dribble down all over your face and hair and neck without cringing, crying or complaining.
i sat her in a chair with the towel over her shoulders like at the hairdresser, and got as far as 2 eggs until my mum walked in and went ballistic
She didnt even see the funny side
When my mum was brushing my hair at night, I used to have lots of tangles and she would say that I had knots in my hair, I understoud nuts and would be very confused.
One time, I watched a video about puberty & growing up. It talked about how both male and female grow pubic hair and whatnot. Yet, the arrow wasn't that specific, and I thought pubic hair referred to ALL hair on the body, except eyebrows, eyelashes, and head hair. So, when my older sister made me massage her feet, I cringed and said,
"I just can't stand your pubic hair."
My sister and her friend died, and I was really confused. I later on found out that pubic hair refers to the PUBIC AREA ONLY, not the entire body.
up until the age of 21 I didn't understand what a "five o'clock shadow," was. When I was little, at some point having learned a bit about sun dials, I figured that that must have meant men's shadows always "pointed," towards five o'clock.
I used to think that shaving cream made your hair fall out. I was terrified of touching it, afraid that if I did, some of it might accidentally get on my head and make me go bald.
When I was younger I believed a man's moustache was grown from the hair in his nose and not from the skin on his upper lip.
In order to get me to stop whistling, my grandmother told me that if I whistle, I will grow a mustache. I totally believed her up until the 5th grade.
I used to believe that when I got old my red hair would turn pink before it went white.
When i was around five, there was a photo in the newspaper of a small boy whose entire body was covered in hair. When I asked my mom why he was like that, she told me that it was because he whined too much! I spent the next few years terrified of whining!! I would burst into tears after every time i whined and would be afraid of turning into some kind of hairy monster!
I used to believe that if you went to bed with wet hair, your head would shrink in the night. Due to my Dad telling me that shrunken tribal heads happened that way.
When I was very young I had a habit of tossing my head to get my hair out of my eyes. My grandmother told me she knew a boy who did this and his head came off. I stopped immediately .
I am bald now and quite safe.
My parents said that gnomes tied knots in my hair while I was sleeping. I had insomnia for years.
When I was a kid, my father told me that his thinning hairline was caused by flying fish that used to leap out of the ocean and bite out a few strands as he caught the ferry to work every day. I was 23 when I realised that this couldn't possibly be true!
When I was 3 I belived that if you pulled your hair you would deflate and you could crawl under the covers of your bed and nobody would know you where their.
when I was small, I lived with my grandparents and cousins. I often wondered how my grandpa became bald, and when I asked him he told me that it all just fell out in a heap one day, and explained that this happens to all males. I utterly belived him and until i was about 12, I followed my oldest cousin ray around with a camera, hoping to get a picture of that moment since he always picked on me.