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When I was little I asked my mom why there were so many dead animals by the side of the road. She responded that they had been waiting to cross and had become mesmerized by all the passing traffic, and had simply died of dizziness and confusion. Not only did I believe this, I was convinced that I might die while crossing the street if I looked too long at the cars. When I found out that they had actually been run-over I was devistated.
I thought that oil was the remains of dead dinosaurs. Actually, since I have never really found out where oil comes from, I remain unconvinced that this is not so.
When I was little I believed by dead pet turtle was hibernating. We alwyas wanted a dog and our Dad bought us a turtle instead. We named him Flash after the basset hound on Dukes Of Hazzard. Anyhoo-Flash ate ground beef. Flash stayed still once for over 2 weeks. We kept feeding him. My folks said he was hibernating. The cage smelled pretty foul, my parents blamed in on the old ground beef. Turns out Flash was deceased and rapidly decaying.
When I was younger, my sister won a golfish at a fair. It only lasted a few days because 3 days later, my little brother put dishwashing liquid soap in the container because he thought the fish needed to take a bath!
When I was a kid, and for a long time, I believed that if you put a dead fish back in the water, it would just ressuscitate, and swim away..
A neighbour's cat, Tabitha, got run over when I was about 4. While I was visiting them with my family, I said: "Poor Tabitha. She's probably spinning round on someone's wheel by now."
When I was 3 my parents bought me a kitten called Sooty unfortunately it turned out to be a particularly nasty cat; always scratching without provocation so my parents had it put down. They told me it went 'back to the farm'. It wasn't until I was 18 and telling my parents about my silly friend who believed her pet lamb went 'back to the farm' that I clicked. I was devastated!
When their old dog were taken to the vet, her parents told my friend that he was sent to a nice, greek island by ship.
I used to think that muesli was the same as hamster food. So I fed it to my hamster. For three weeks. It died. Something about condensed milk?
I used to believe that meat came from animals who had naturally died (of old age, or whatever). When my dad told me that they actually got killed, I was so upset that I ran up to my room and cried myself to sleep!
The nature of bats intrigued me so much: "How could an animal that is not a bird fly?" Until the day I realized that when mice died they became bats.
My co-worker's daughter had this belief.
Once, when 'Brenda' went on a trip with her dad, she informed her mother that the kitty was to remain indoors, or else, without Brenda to watch it, Kitty would get run over. Of course, while Brenda was away, the cat got out and was killed by a car. Brenda's mom told her that the kitty had seen the neighbor's dog playing in the road, and, before anyone could stop her, Kitty rushed outdoors to push the dog out of harm's way, thus dying a hero's death. Brenda was so awed she was speechless, and believed the story for years.
When I was little, I had a fish named Jerôme and when it died, my father put it in the toilet to flush it down. Somehow, he forgot to flush and my mom ended up peeing on it. O_o I thought for a long time that she did that to punish the fish for dying...
this is not my own belief
When I was babysitting for a catholic family, their 4-year-old boy once strated talking about a rat in the garage. He said: "We had a big rat in the garage, and then Daddy shot the rat with his shotgun, and then the rat died and went up to Heaven." We (his older siblings and me) tried to convince him that rats can´t go to heaven, but he insisted on it. Finally he said: "OK, but cats and dogs always go to heaven, because they are good."
When I was little I had a pet gerbil, and gerbils don't seem to live that long........so my gerbil would die then somehow it would be back a few days later. This went on for years. I thought it was the damnedest thing that these animals died and then returned to life after a couple days, and that only I seemed to know this. One time my friend's hamster died and she was heartbroken, so I told her to get a gerbil cuz they're just like hamsters, except they come back from the dead. It wasn't till much later that I relized my dad had just been replacing the gerbils before he thought I'd notice it was gone.
We used to have a pair of water turtles. One night we left the window open and my little cousin found them the next day. Since the water was so cold, he thought they were freezing and decided that a couple of seconds in the microwave would warm them up.
Well, you should guess the result...
When one of my pets would die my mother would tell me it ran away so I wouldn't feel bad. I actually believed that all my pets ran away until I was about 19 when she told me the truth about all the pets I ever had.
my little sister had a pet mouse when we were young and when it died she dressed it in a modified doll dress and matching hat and buried in the front yard in a tupperware container. we still about the dead mouse's lovely ball gown!
I used to believe that if you squeezed your fist very,very tightly you could not be stung by bees. Worked! Didn't work for wasps and hornets.
when my little sister was about 7 she refused to let us eat the whole rainbow trout that had been brought to the restaurant table as she was convinced that it would wake up any minute.