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As teenagers, back in the 1950s, we were told that taking aspirin with Coke would make us drunk. An awful lot of kids believed that, but (as an adult) I used to take aspirin with Coke all the time...with NO effects!
When I was about 10, I was drinking the last can of Coke. I wanted some more, so I took a Pepsi that was in the refrigerator since it's pretty much the same. My dad, not wanting me to drink anymore, told me that if I drank Coke and Pepsi together, it would bubble up into my lungs and I'd suffocate and most likely die. She told me that the reason they had the Coke and Pepsi at opposite ends of the isle in the store was so if they were to spill it wouldn't explode. I believed this for about three years. My friends all thought I was nuts when I would ever so daringly get a cup of each, spill them on top of each other while outside, and run like a mad woman.
When I was a small child I lived in New Jersey, but travled two to three times a year to visit family in West Virginia.
Well if you know anything about regional words, you might know that some areas call soft drinks pop and others soda. New Jersey it's Soda, West Virginia it's Pop.
Until I was about five I believed that soda was brown (Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Etc.) and pop was "colored" (Orange, Grape, Peach, etc). All because at home I was given dark pop's and while visiting family I was given light pop.
I've since overcome my confusion and now everything is pop.
My brother and I use to drink orange squash which was said to contain 5% orange juice. We figured that if we drank 20 glasses of orange squash, it would be as good as eating one orange and therefor very healthy for you. If an apple a day kept the doctor away, why wouldn't the same apply to an orange? Therefor 20 glasses of orange squash would also keep the doctor away! It's obvious, isn't it?!
When I was 5 or 6 my grandparents had some friend of theirs drop in during the afternoon. He was stumbling around the kitchen and fell into the frying pan, and my grandparents told me he was blind and couldn't see. Years later I asked my gramma who that blind guy was. She figured out a while later this was some neighbour who had gotten really drunk and been kicked out of his house by his wife. They told me he was blind so I wouldn't know he was so drunk. I never even guessed.
I used to believe that all men drank thier coffee black and all women used cream in their coffee. This is how my parents drank theirs and I just made the assumption it was universal. I was 19 and working as a waitress the first time I saw a male use cream in his coffee. I was as shocked as if I had witnessed any other "unnatural" act!
until I was about 7 or 8 I thought that when my grandma would ask or say "soada water" that she would accualy add water to my soada to keep me form being hyper!
I used to think that drinking coffee would make you taller. My dad's parents were both short, and pretty much all he drinks is coffee. So when I was four, I started making coffee for him and myself. It's not working...I'm 5'3" and done growing...
I use to believe that if you left a glass of water next to your bed while you were sleeping it would get warm because flies peed in it.
When I was a kid, my dad told me that Dr. Pepper was really nasty and it would make me sick, for some reason. I guess he just didn't like it when he was a kid, so he assumed I wouldn't either, but for YEARS, I wouldn't go near the stuff, because I'd never tried it, but I just somehow *knew* that it was nasty, lol. Now it's like, my favourite pop ever, and I drink it all the time. You know, the diet kind actually tastes *almost* as good as the regular?
When I was 5 my grandma and I drove past a restraunt and their sign said "Half price cocktails". I asked my grandma what a cock was and she said a rooster. And I had a fit because I thought they were eating cock's tails.
I thought that little people worked inside can machines and that a wee light came on inside when you pushed the button so they knew what can to give you.
when i was growing up, my dad always told me to watch my glass as I drank, because a bug could be in there and I would accidentally drink the bug. The way my young ears heard it was if I didn't watch my glass, a bug would somehow grow out of the liquid! I thought I knew what it would look like and everything :)
I used to believe that if I shook a bottle of water as fast as I could I would be able to carbonate it like soda.
When me and my 2 brothers were young we were told that we couldn't drink 'Coca Cola' because it would make us really ill, we'd be sick and might die because we were allergic to it. One day round at my Aunties she was trying to get us to drink coke. We were convinced she was trying to kill us and we were all screaming and crying. It turned out the our mum wouldn't buy coke because it was the most expensive.
That by drinking a daily dose of buttermilk one would clean the blood thereby avoiding ACNE
I used do believe beer was only produced in Germany and then exported to all other contries.
When I was little, I believed that most alcahol tasted wonderfully sweet. I was dying to try it and I thought it was unfair that grown-ups wouldn't let me drink it.
I used to manage restaurants. One of my hostesses, still in high school, was just back from spring break in Mexico and was singing the praises of Tequila. Being young she was kind of one of the junior animal activists. You know the type…sort of the conscious of convenience. Not the brightest bulb on Broadway either.
For about a day I had her convinced that Agave was Spanish for seal. She believed, if only for a day, that Tequila was made from baby seals.
She cried and I felt kind of bad.
When I was young, I thought that rubbing alcohol was the same thing as regular, drinking alcohol. So when I saw in the liquor store with my dad that a bottle of wine was so expensive I turned to him and said " Dad, why don't you just buy the kind at the drug store?"