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My grandma told me that when people I knew died they went and lived behind the tall trees in our garden. "They're watching you."

Ruth
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I used to believe that when people died, they would burp.

Anon
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I used to believe that if I fell asleep on my back with my hands interlaced on my stomach (the way corpses are buried) I would die.

I still do...

Anon
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I was told as a kid that people and animals 'went to be an angel' rather than 'died', so I naturally believed that all the representations of angels that I saw were actually a type of ghost.

This stayed with me as a sort of superstition, so that anyone calling a beautiful child a 'little angel' around me would be told 'No! He's not! He's NOTHING LIKE an angel!', to their great bewilderment.

Also, the sight of children in Nativity plays in angel costumes even now fills me with dread. Don't their mothers KNOW they're tempting fate!

Carla Randle
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My great grandmother died several years ago. I was quite young. I asked why she died and everyone said "heart attack" and I thought that meant her heart attacked her. Then I thought (from watching a lot of TV) that the only way to get hurt from a heart attack was to clutch your heart. Back to my great grandmother. Then I heard my cousin and aunt talking about my great grannie, and the were saying "Now she'll meet Elvis and other famous people of her time" and I said "I thought Elvis was a chef! I didn't know he died!!!" (I got Elvis and Emril mixed up). To this day I still think Elvis and Emril were the same person.

Anon
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when i was about six years old my grandparents told me that when you die, you will soon be born again in a diferrent family...
but the sad part is you will forget about your former family...
hehehe....
can i die now??......

edward
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I used to think funerals were just some weird kind of party for grown ups and that they didn't really die because there was 'awake' afterwards and they would just open their eyes again and go back to normal!

Kel
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My dad told me a funeral home was a place where they put dead people on display. I misinterpereted it an thought that they put them up as museum exhibits. They would say things like "And this is Vinny Jackson, died in 1990 of a gunshot"

Anon
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We used to go to a flea market when I was younger. There was always a man there that sold old cowboy boots. My dad told me old cowboy boots came from "dead" cowboys. And that the "boot" man had a deal with the funeral homes. I am still not real sure where old cowboy boots do actually come from

Anon
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I used to believe that when you died that you would have to fall over to be considered "dead
' so i thought if i just held onto something like a pole when i was about to die i would never fall over therefore live forever.

silly mortal
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We used to walk to gradeschool, even in bad weather. It was firmly believed, however, that if you wore galoshes and kept them on all day, you would DIE!

GINNIEMAC
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i used to think that every dead person had a cloud for a home and if all the clouds joined up someone was having a party

party in the sky
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When I was about 6 years old I got up early one morning to draw. I was using the pens in my stepdads office and found some white-out (the white liquid that you use to coverup any mistakes). I used HEAPS of the white-out on my drawings until I saw that the warning on pen which said 'Excessive inhalation of white-out fumes may cause death'. This warning stopped me in my tracks because the whole room smelt of the white-out. I began to cry hysterically because I thought that once you inhale the fumes it takes a couple of hours to kill you. I ran into my parents bedroom to tell them that I was going to die only to find my stepdad on top of my mum 'doing the deed'. They both looked over at me and yelled that I need to knock and for me to get out. I ran out and lay down on my bed feeling extremely depressed that I was going to die and that my parents didn't care. Eventually my mum came in (dressed in a bathrobe) and after I explained my iminent death she told what the warning label actually meant.

Quite a way to catch your parents having sex, isn't it?

Chirko
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I used to believe that every one was born with a set amount of sentances and once you got to your last sentance you died. The amount varried from person to person, and that's why people died at different ages. This is also why people spoke about 'last words'

Fewer Sentances Than I Thought
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I always believed at 12am, all the dead people would come alive and eat anyone that was still awake. I can only imagine which parent told me that one.

Organick
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My grandmother died when I was 9. I asked my mother what had happened and she told me grandma had went to sleep and never woke up. I ended up being the only insomniac in my 4th grade class. It was years before I could sleep normal.

theresa
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This on we must put half the blame on Stephen King. My mom was watching Carrie and at the end, when Carrie's hand pops out of the grave, my mom looked at me and said "that is what happens when you step on a grave." I still walk carefully in a grave yard.

Theresa
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I used to believe that when people died and were buried, the bottoms of their coffins would open, the dead person would fall out and join the underground party that all the other dead people were at. It's like I thought there was this huge party six and a half feet under the cemetary.

J.L.S.
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When I was a child , I use to believe that I will live forever , but now I am not sure.

Anon
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When I was little, I would play the old NES-SNES kirby games, in the games, kirby's mode of transport was a flying star. I thought when I died, an angel would come down, and send me to heaven on a flying star.

I think i'll take the stairs!
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