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I used to think that if you ate cat food you would die. I found out it wasn't true
I used to think that boysenberry was poisonberry and couldn't understand whay anyone would want to eat it.
My cousin once told me when I was 7 that broccoli stems were poisonous and that you'd die if you ate them.
I am quite happy to have been told this by my mother, that they are indeed, not poisonous.
When I was very little I distinctly recall Mom telling me to watch out for fish bones when eating fish, becuase if you accidently ate one, it would travel through your bloodstream and pierce your heart and then you'd die. I confronted the family with this a few years ago, and they denied it, of course.
When I was in grade school, the latest craze in candy was Pop Rocks, a candy that fizzed and popped when you put it in your mouth. I was always told that if you ate Pop Rocks and drank soda that your stomach would explode. This comment was always preceded by "I head about this kid who...." One time I ate Pop Rocks and a minute later had a drink of Pepsi, only realizing after what I had done. For weeks I thought the food was just falling down inside me instead of going in my stomach. I kept waiting for the pain to start. :)
When I was little, my big brother told me that eating eggs will make me ugly like the witch from Little Mermaid. Needless to say, I stopped eating eggs all together...
When I was little, I used to have a weird habit of opening and closing the fridge all the time when I was bored, and my mom got mad at me for doing this. She told me that if you open the fridge way too many times, then the butter would get mad and turn into a monster and eat me.
When I was younger, my mother and I got some fish and chips. I then saw a sign on the wall that said there might be some bones in the fish. My mother told me that it was extremely unlikely and they have to put that up so they don't get sued, but ever since then I hardly ever ate fish and when I did, I cut it up in to tiny pieces and ate it a small amount at a time because I was so scared of choking on a bone. It's hard to enjoy a meal, though, when you can barely taste it because the pieces are so small.
When i was little my mom used to take me to dennys to get pancakes. I always used to wonder what happened to all the syrup i poured on my pancakes because it seemed to dissapear. Well my grandma came to eat with us one day and i asked her what happened to my syrup and she told me that pancakes were really sponges that suck everything up and when i ate them eventually they would suck everything in my tummy up and make me fatten up untill i blew up!!!! Lets just say i quit eating pancakes for a while!
We used to go to this Italian Deli on road trips when I was a kid, if we were passing through Dallas. They had the most awesome looking desserts, but my parents would never let us have any because they said it was so high in cholesterol and so unhealthy it was illegal for children to eat!!! I believed that for years!
I thought that if you ate paw-paw (papaya) you had to get a needle in your spine. I think I must have seen two stories on the news, one about pawpaw and one about epidurals - somehow they melded in my brain. I still can't make myself eat pawpaw - even though I like the taste
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...
I used to believe that you would explode if you drank cola and ate pop rocks at the same time.
My best friend in the second grade told me that her grandpa had a heart attack because he ate too much mustard. For years I avoided mustard.
Remember the advert for Special K ?
It had the tag line "For grown up people who don't want to grow any more."
My Mum offered me a bowl once. I freaked out. I thought I would stop growing if I ate it.
When AIDS was first announced to the public, there was a diet candy called Aids. I used to think that if you ate Aids candy you would get AIDS.
my cousin told my sister and i that he had a friend that ate too many tomatoes and turned into one. and then his friends killed him with weed killer. after that i passionately tried to stop anybody i liked form eating tomatoes. i believed this for a very long time
I used to believe that if you ate a grape upside down it would come out your nose.
My grandma told me when I was about 2 or 3 that if I ate the holes on a donut I would be sick because our stomach cannot handle "nothing". I still eat de outside of the donut first.
My mum used to tell me that black fruit pastilles were poisonous to children so every time I ate fruit pastilles she would eat the black ones for me. I believed she was doing me a favour!