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when i was little my sister told me that if you pushed down the little buttons on the lid of a cup of soda that say "diet", "root beer", etc, then the next day you would turn into a boy (or if you were a boy, you would turn into a girl).
That you had to be a male to drink beer.
When I was a kid my Uncle use to come stay at our place alot in the winter as he was homeless and an alcoholic. Well I loved him to death so anything he said I believed! One night Mom asked him what he wanted to drink for supper and asked if he wanted water. Well he said"no" Of couse I asked WHY? To which he said"water will rust your pipes." I said "no sir we ain't got pipes" Well we went back and forth till he had me convienced that water truely would rust your pipes !!! I believed that till I was bout 12 yrs. old !!!!! Never mind what Mom or Dad would tell me !!!!!!!!
Several years ago, Burger King's kids meals had Ghostbusters theme. My nanny (in an attempt to get me to wait 'til we had say down to open my fizzy drink) told me that if I opened the can, Slimer would come out. I envisaged the huge holographic Slimer from the Ghostbusters film, and never, EVER opened that can.
While out at a restraunt as a kid... every time my grandfather would finish his glass of iced tea, he would tell the waitress that "it seemed his glass had a hole in the bottom of it" and they would always chuckle and the waitress would re-fill it. I always tried and tried to spot the hole or to find out where all the ice tea went to when it came out of the glass... but I never did... until one day when I finally got it.
When I had scrapes and cuts, my mom would sometimes clean them with rubbing alcohol. When I got into elementary school, they'd tell us that alcohol is bad and that you shouldn't drink it. So I sniffed the bottle of rubbing alcohol one day and I couldn't imagine anyone actually drinking that stuff.
Only until recently (aged 48) did my friend think that cafe au lait was actually cafe ole, as in what a bull fighter might say!
I used to believe that if you swallowed wine or beer in two sips then you would get drunk
I thought all soda pop and my dad's beer came in bottles. When soda and beer became commonly found in cans, that seemed real strange to me...tasted different, too. The soda anyway, I'm not a beer drinker.
I thought that Dr Pepper contained actual Pepper. Even now just thinking about Dr Pepper makes me want to sneeze, and I could swear that if you smell it you can get a hint of pepper in there.
I used to think that beverage was a word for alcholic drinks. I woudn't go to the beverage section of a gas station, because all those drinks were bad. I also thought that ginger ale was alcholoic, and almost had a fit when my grandmother offered me some.
When i was about nine, i used to go around my best friend's house nearly everyday. Occasionally her dad would drink alcohol, but her mum always told him off because they had a 'young guest' (me). Consequently, he would hide his liquor in old Detox bottles, and my friend and i would sometimes see him drinking from them. For several years after that, i believed that bleach was a refreshing drink- thank god i never tried it!
When I was younger (about 6 or so) I used to believe that "concentrate" (you know, written on orange juice labels) was an actual place (as in a 3rd world country) where they just grew bad fruit. I used to think that the fruits were grown dried-out because the soil didn't have enough water (because they couldn't afford it of course), so they had to add water to the juice when it came to America.
That's why I never liked juice from concentrate.
I believed this up until I was 11.
When I was a kid and our family would go to fast food restaurants, my sister would often get up from the table with her cup and say, “I’m going to get Dr. Pepper.” When she came back alone I assumed that Dr. Pepper (a doctor, of course) was busy taking children’s temperatures. After this happened a few times, I began to wonder if Dr. Pepper would ever come by to meet us. He didn’t.
I used to believe that drinking Nestle's Quick would somehow trigger a response in my body that made me chug it really fast. The first time I drank it, I proclaimed, "Hey! This is just chocolate milk!" and was sorely disappointed.
When I was little, my mom smoked. She, not having an ash tray, used a Snapple bottle filled with water. She never drank anything but Coke, so I thought Snapple bottles were made just for this purpose.
Fast forward a few years... My mom's friend drank a Snapple in front of me one day, I blurted out (in public), "Mommy, she's drinking CIGARETTE JUICE!"
I used to believe my mom when she told me that if I would get terribly sick if I drank milk and then soda, one after the other. I now believe she told me this because she didn't want us kids drinking a large amount of expensive milk and soda rather than ordinary water.
I believed my mother and my grandmother would spit in my drink, to help me grow and be like them. I am strange, I know. After i poured my drink in the cup I would always keep an eye on it.
When i was young and my parents invited people over for dinner, they would always ask them if they wanted an aperitif - up until a year ago i thought they were asking them if they wanted 'a pair of teeth' - who knew !
I used to believe that Dr. Pepper actually tastes like Black pepper. I'm still afraid to try it.