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I was about 16 years old before I saw a real live tuna fish. Until then I believed they were about the size of bait fish, and that they were peeled with tweezers. Hence, the small can!!
One summer while on a long road trip (Minnesota to Florida) with my family, my Dad bought a bunch of beef jerky as snacks. I was really bored and 14 years old, and I convinced my 6 year old sister that jerky was tree bark. My then 13 year old brother continued the joke, and my little sister spent the better part of 2 weeks trying to rip bark off of trees in florida. She stopped eventually after we (my parents included) told her that it was only certain kinds of trees that had the right bark. It took another 2 or 3 years for her to figure out the truth.
My aunty Julie told me when I was young that Tartare sauce was made out of turtles, My Sister , Brother and I all believed this till we were in our late teens, not finding out till I mentioned it at a resturant to my boyfriend who was having on fish! I got upset with him and said he shouldn't eat it because they killed baby turtles............obviously he preceded to laugh at me and explain they were Gherkins!
When I was younger, I used to think that Original flavored chips were Onion flavored. I was such a good reader.
Aswell as believeing that my toys came to life when I wasn't looking, I also thought the fruit and veg in the fridge did too so I always used to yank the door open quickly to catch them, or I'd spend ages looking in the fridge with the door only slightly open hoping to trick them into coming alive.
I used to believe that chocolate chips were ships dipped in chocolate. But now I don't.
Remember "I can't believe it's not butter?" I used to believe it was this big scam done by the CIA just to trick people into thinking that this stuff WASN'T butter - but really, they were all just being tricked into eating more butter.
I thought the tapioca bits in tapioca pudding were fish eyes until I was twelve.
My mom encouraged this belief so I wouldn't eat her pudding.
I never called the Chef Boyardee pasta things by the actual names. Beefaroni were tubes, lasagna was twists, spaghetti was squigglys, and the Ravioli was squares.
I always thought that "grilled" cheese sandwiches were called "girl" cheese sandwiches. I once asked my Mom (I was about 6 years old) why they weren't called "boy" cheese sandwiches. I'm in my 30's now and I think my Mom is still laughing about "boy" cheese sandwiches!
I used to think Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima were a married couple.
My roommate who recently turned 23 admitted to me that she used to think capers were animals... you know, like anchovies...
somehow this conversation popped up about how senor citizens get discounts at restaurants. well I asked my mom what a senor discount was and she told me that "older people" get food for cheaper because they're retired. So I thought the older you are the cheaper food was at a restaurant.
Well when I went to a buffet my mom told me them I was 4 so I would get in cheaper. I really was 4, but I told them I was 7. She asked me why I would lie about my age, and I replied "dont i get a discount because im retarded?"
I used to think Rice Crispies cereal was made by taking all the marshmallows out of a rice crispie treat instead of the other way around.
When I was three I once said to my parents during dinner "You know what's weird? Chicken the animal and chicken the food have the same name." My mom just said "You're right sweetie, that is weird." I don't know when I finally realized the truth, but I've been a vegetarian for ten years now.
I am the only girl (now a woman) between two brothers. I was once told by my older brother that flies were raisins with wings. Believing him, I would chase flies whenever I saw them, try to catch them, and eat them! Fortunately, I was too young to be coordinated enough to actually catch flies.
Stupidly, up until tonight, I believed that caramelized onions were actually cooked in caramel, or something sweet and candy-like similar to that. (keep in mind, I am soon to be 21!) I always thought it sounded so gross, and that the different flavors would not mix at all, wondering why on earth anyone would want to eat something like that. It just didn't sound right to me.
Mom said she was going to make herself some caramelized onions, and something else. It was then that I finally decided to ask, and found out that they are actually onions that are fried very slowly, until they are nearly transparent.
i used to think when you ate, the food just sat in your stomach untill little rats ran in and ate it up. weird i know!
I used to believe that fried chicken was good for you. My dad told me that so I wouldn't tell mom that he was cheating on his diet.
With five kids, my family frequented Furr's, a cheap, buffet-style chain restaurant. To keep us from overindulging, they told us that the desserts cost extra, and since there were so many of us, we couldn't have any.
I believed that until the day I went to a Furr's with my husband and asked if it was alright if I got a slice of pie. He looked at me as if I were insane, asking what he'd done to give me the impression that he was the sort to control every little thing that went into my mouth. I explained that I knew we were a little tight on cash and didn't want to seem frivolous.
Needless to say, after a fit of laughter, he told me that the desserts were included... since it was, after all, a buffet. I was convinced that he was trying to make me feel better, to the point of asking the cashier. After that, I was convinced the franchise had changed their policy (after all, I'd never questioned it in all the years since), and I just hadn't realized.
Surely, my parents wouldn't have lied to me! :)