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When I was young and folks or animals passed away at very old age my mother would say they "died of old age". I remember believing this was an actual cause of death, like there wasn't some disease or ailment caused by age that did it, but that an old thing literally just died with no traceable reason aside from the fact that they were old, as if there was no exact explanation and at a certain age all the organs just collectively shut down at once and the person just died. I believed this until I was 17 and can even remember the conversation that led to my realization that I was wrong.
"Great grandma passed on a month ago", I said.
"Oh no! What caused it?" The lady asked.
"Old age"
"Right but how did she die?"
"She died of old age"
My mother then pulled me aside to explain that just being old doesn't kill people, it's other real problems that come with it. I was so frustrated with my own cluelessness

A very confused person
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when I was child I used to belive that the deads appears in the nigth when the lights turn off. I grew up thinking that was real.

Anon
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When I saw Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, I became convinced it was possible to die by loosing the will to live. This was pretty vague though, so one day when I accidentally let go of a balloon I was holding, I thought I was going to loose the will to live.

Danny
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My cousin convinced me that if you had a headache for an hour or more that you would die.

Anon
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I used to believe that people were buried in "grates".

Grate Job
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I used to believe that just touching bug-killing poison would result in you dying in an hour. I once was at my village, and I accidentally touched a plant which was all sprinkled in said poison. I spent a lot of time worrying that I was going to die at any moment - I didn't know how much time an hour was!

The girl who didn't quite understand how bug poison worked
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I thought that when you died, you had 2 weeks to be dead then you would magically wake up again, but as a baby

Anon
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I used to believe my parents would die if I didn't say "I love you" to them every time I left the house or went to bed. It was an odd belief and I held it until I was about twelve. I don't know if it I believed it was just that I would regret not having "I love you" be my last words to them or whether I actually believed that they would die if I didn't, but it was an odd view nonetheless.

Anon
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I used to think they did an autopsy every time someone died regardless of how they actually died.

Marideth
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Until i was twelve i thought when all people died they closed their eyes because that's what you see and funerals and on tv

Molly
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when I was a kid I used to believe that the sausage factory used children

lucas
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when I was a kid I used to believe if I left the shoe facing the person would die

milena
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The stars are the souls of your dead friends and family. The first ones you see are them.

Sierra
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When I was a child,I used to believe the people would die on their birthday and when it was my birthday I was scared to die ...happy birthday!!

Vanessa
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I used to think that euthanasia was a charity for little Indian kids. I would always hear people go "down with euthanasia" and wonder what people had against little Indian kids

Q-Daddy
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I used to think that memorial sites on the side of roads were graves, and their family buried them there because that's where they were run over and died

Marissa
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I used to believe that when people were knocked out, they were dead.

Anon
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I used to think that all people closed their eyes and stuck their tongue out when they died.

Anon
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when i was little i used to think that when you died you turned into a doll. i had lots of dolls back then so i thought if you loved the doll enough it would come back to life and be your friend.

Anon
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When I was 9 years old, I thought a Serial Killer was when someone put poison in cereal boxes. For the longest time, I avoided eating cereal in the mornings and never brought it up to my parents because I didn't want to make them upset.

Melissa
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