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When I was a child, my friend told me that if I ate pickles regularly, I would't get the hiccups. I tried one while I had the hiccups, and it worked. Used to think that was the reason.

Linda, Los Angeles
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Until very recently, I believed that pickles were cucumbers that had gone bad. I'm 22. A few years before that, I thought they were a separate veggie that grew on their own, until a family member corrected me otherwise. My friends and fiance has not let me live it down since!

~Kitten~
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i used to think these were snakes that u put on your thumb, then i went to my dads office party and there was picking the gerkin out of the jar. i later got told that when i was about 1 i had eaten a huige gerkin, i used to think that i had a huge snake swimming around in my tummy.

Ruth
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I used to believe (until I was 14, actually) that a gherkin was a type of shaggy goat.

Mellin
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Up untill about a year ago I thought that pickles grew on a pickle tree or something!! I had no idea they were actually cucumbers, untill my mother told me.

Anon
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One day as a child, my mother and I were sitting down to eat in a small diner. I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich which came with a pickle. I picked up the pickle and asked my mother, "Mommy, what animal do pickles come from?"

True Carnivore
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i thought gherkins were chinese mens brains with fish in them? i dont know? i was i phyco child

death bunny
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until 5 mins ago i didnt no gerkins and pickles were the same thing i thought they were completley different..........

x[k][t]x
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I was in the car reading a book out loud and one of the words in it was gherkin. I pronounced it "jerkin".

entertainer
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Further to Debbie's misbelief about wally (gherkin) I can confirm that she was right. In certain parts of the country a gherkin is indeed a "wally",as the article below mentions briefly.

http://www.quinion.com/words/articles/nellie.htm

And also here

http://www.peevish.co.uk/slang/w.htm

Hope that helps.

Ade
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A wally really is a name for a pickled gherkin! That girl wasn't lying and is indeed wiser than you!!

Simon
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