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I convinced my friend's little brother that if he ate too many Luna Bars (advertised for women), he'd turn into a woman himself.
When I was a child, I found out that opium was derived from poppy seeds. When our neighbor invited us over for lunch and served sandwiches on poppy seed rolls, I was horrified that she would be so blatantly attempting to drug us. I carefully brushed every one of those poppy seeds off my roll before eating it.
I used to wonder why fortune cookies never predicted something bad like "you will fall off a cliff"
I thought that mustard gas was made from mustard (like the food) I also thought there was a such thing as ketchup gas which was even worse!
When I was younger my parents told me there was a type of cheese that cut your tongue when you ate it. It took me years before I realized they were talking about "sharp" cheddar!
My brother's friend told me when I was little that he had once found a snail in the crust of his pizza, in one of those crust bubbles. For years after that, I carefully dissected every crust bubble before eating my pizza.
I used to believe that jelly (jello, your American I'm British but I come from America) was alive and I wouldn't eat Jelly until my sister was born and she started eating it
when my bro was 5 he came up to me and said "Is a serial killer someone that makes a knife out of serial boxes?" at that time i didnt even know so i said yeah i think so
When I was very little, these were probably gone before I even had my own bedroom tv with cable. There were Trix Yogurt commercials(I think this was for the yogurt only,) that IIRC had some kids in a black and white world and the rabbit came and GAVE them the yogurt and the ate it and made the world fill with color. This made me scared to eat the fun sounding yogurt because the world was in color, and I was scared something bad was waiting to happen if they were ate in a full color world.
The only commercials I saw for Cocoa Puffs when I had cable in my first bedroom(age 4 to 6) had Sonny hanging out with kids and saying that if you ate Cocoa Puffs you can be coocoo too! I took this to mean that if you ate it you would go crazy. So I was terrified when my dad brought a box of the name brand home thinking I would like them. Even though I did have store brand before then, but thought these were completely different.
I've always loved to eat boiled shrimp, and when I was little, I believed that all shrimp were pink like the ones my parents game me to eat.
My granddaddy told me he was going to make shrimp one day, and i caught sight of the uncooked, gray shrimp in the cooler he brought home and told him that I only ate the pink shrimp and not gray shrimp.
I used to belief that a serial killer popped out of a cereal box.
When I was little my uncle told me that if I swallowed my gum i'd get worms in my stomach.
After that whenever I accidentally swallowed a piece of gum I imagined garden worms wriggling around inside my stomach.
I didn't eat Gushers for years, because I didn't want my head to turn into an oversized fruit. Apparently no one explained the concept of special effects to me as a kid.
When I was a kid my teacher told my class a story about how a woman had a bananasnake living in her intestines because she ate the bottompart of a banana where the bananasnake lay their eggs. I believed it was true for years, and though I now know it's not true I still can't make myself eat the last half-inch of a banana.
When I was little I used to think that sugar cones were poisonous, and my dad could eat them because he had super powers and was immune to poison.
When I was growing up, my grandmother drilled the idea into my head that if I didn't rinse off the lid of a can of pop, I would get rat urine in my mouth and fall over dead.
I used to believe Gatorade was made from alligator pee.
After finishing dinner, I heard my mother say green beans and onions help prevent cancer but I didn't know what "prevent" actually meant .. thus I assumed she meant these vegetables CAUSED cancer. I cried in my room for hours thinking I was surely going to die.
My Papa convinced me that the ridges under the cap of a mushroom would pinch you if you touched them. I didn't eat mushrooms until high school. I'm still a bit weirded out by them.