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I misheard something my parents said and for years I believed that if you accidentally ate a mussel without removing its "beard" (the fibre it uses to attach itself to rocks) you'd be paralysed from the waist down!!
I didn't dare eat mussels for many years - and I'm still a little wary...
This is not my finest moment, but when I was 9, my best friend and I told her little sister that the seeds inside a banana were actually eggs from a banana spider. She was only 6 at the time and completely believed us. She didn't eat bananas for 3 years. Totally cruel!
When I was little (I can't remember what age) I was told by my parents to "never ever put grapes in the microwave because they'll explode." When I asked if it would be a 'little explosion' (meaning the grape would pop or something) or a 'real explosion' (meaning an enourmous fireball) I was told "a REAL explosion".
Although I know better now, I'm still wary of putting grapes in the microwave :)
My mother raised us with healthy attitudes toward food, and by the time I was five I knew that you should only eat things such as candy once in a while, but I had never ever heard a food called "bad." However, there were these TV commericals for so-called healthy cookies that said "all the flavor, none of the guilt." I could not figure out why someone would feel guilty for eating, so I concluded there was an entire class of bad (as in evil, not as in unhealthy) foods that it was sinful to eat. But because I'd never heard of any foods in my house being "bad", I also believed that those sinful foods weren't available at the store where we shopped. So every time I saw a store painted a color I didn't like, or kept in a bad state of repair, I thought that was a "bad food store."
i think that when you put pop rocks in your mouth and drink soda,you blow up,is that true?or is it just stupidity?i think you just get sick or something,i dunno.
When I was maybe 4, I jumped off the high diving board at the pool. When I surfaced, my grandpa told me I "must've gotten butterflies from the jump." I was absolutely terrified that I had actually swallowed butterflies, and they were trapped in my stomach. I later whispered to him, completely humiliated, if I would have to poop them out...
up until a few days ago i thought eating the seeds of fruit was good for you. I swallowed sixteen highley poisenouis cherry pits and had to go thruogh a stomach pump
I vaguely remember in nursery during lunchtime one kid told me that most foods go down a tube into your stomach but sausages get stuck in your throat.
When I was in 6th grade, my friends and I always threw and flicked stuff at each other while eating. My friend threw an orange and a kid was walking by (nice kid)anyways, he stepped on the orange and slipped!!It was so funny! He got back up like nothing happened and walked away!XD
When I was a child I wasn't allowed white bread, only brown bread. My mum was always going on about white bread being full of sugar and that I wouldn't grow properly if I continuously ate "rubbish like that." At the time, I took that to mean that if you ate white bread you'd never grow, at all, and that you'd be a child for the rest of your life; stay small for ever.
i used to beleive the moon was actually made out of cheese and that the clouds were cotton candy!
.......man did i want to go up into the clouds
I loved bananas as a child (and still do). My mother told me that if I ate more than one banana a day I would turn into a monkey. I believed her for a long time!
I used to think that adults turned into worms at nigt and ate all of the spinach,which was actually candy,and threw it back up and that is how it got how it looked and tasted.Now i know that this doesnt happen.The people in the factory do it to cut some slack on the parents.
when i was younger my mom and i would eat crabs together, I was told that the white spongy looking meat that was on the inner shell before you could get to the real meat was called the dead man, i actually thought a man got inside all crabs and died there, i guess she just didnt want me to eat that part of the crab!!
Two summers ago, 2006, a girl from Belarus came for six weeks through a charity (chernobylkidslondon.com). Anyways, we went to a belarussian store and she bouht a bag of - can you geuss?- whole dried fish. With the eyes and everything. I was terribly disgusted, just by the fact that she was eating dried fish like candy, and the fact that I thought she was going to choke and die from the bones and skull. Probably from when I choked on a fish bone, and the fact that I could hear her crunching on them. Needless to say, I always kept an eye out for her choking when she ate the stuff.
In an effort to break bad habits, my mother told me that eating spoonfuls of sugar would give me worms. I pretty much accepted this as fact until I was about 13.
This was also the case with uncooked hotdogs.
when I was little, and my mum was sick, always asleep,
my brother hogged all the food, such as grapes and lettuce
saying that if i ate the grapes I would grow grape vines in my stomach. he said if I ate really green lettuce, (witch i later found was HIS favorite) I would turn into a giant grassshopper
and he would crush me I later told my mum when she got better,
and she told me differently oh well
Well, this isn't my belief but when my littler brother was about 6, i told him that if he ate Broad Beans they would take over his brain! Pretty cruel i know, but i was only 8 at the time and found it quite funny when he didnt eat them. He stopped eating them for 2 years! Before asking my mum if it was true that they did that.
I used to believe that if I put a banana peel on the floor and I stepped on it like in cartoons, that I would turn into a cartoon.
a girl at kindergarden told me whilst eating a carrot, if i ate the core i would die. i ate around the outside and threw away the core