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Up until I was about 25, I had always assumed lily pads were just freely floating leaves. I could never figure out why on earth the frogs didn't sink when they jumped on them! of course, I eventually found out that they grow on stems, but to this day, I get laughed at about this belief!
When I was little the family was driving in the country when my mother said "Look at the beautiful daffodils!". I looked out the window and saw a row of power line towers and for the next few years I believed that's what a daffodil was.
When I was little, I used to believe that the blooms of the wysteria plant were bundles of grapes.
My sister used to beleive that Christmas trees grew in rows naturally because she never saw them being planted.
My nana used to have a plant in her which for some reason or another, she said would punch us if we got too close to it. For years I believed that if I went near a this kind of plant (a leucodendron) the flower head would jump out and take a swing at me.
Just to be safe I kept a respectable distance!
I used to believe that the tall red plants known as 'hot pokers' were actually burning hot and used to be too scared to touch them in case I got burnt!
I used to think that the giant sprinklers in farmers feilds "made" strawberries...not sure how that would work, but I was convinced of it!
I used to believe that in the spring all the leaves would fall "up" from the ground and re-attached themselves to the tree, then they would turn green.
My childhood best friend confessed several years ago that she had never realized as a kid that sticks came from trees. She thought they were just something you find on the ground, like rocks.
I used to believe that sunflowers would try to kill people by shooting poisonous seeds at people.
My dad told me that when he was little, he thought the trees waved back and forth to make the wind blow.
After learning in school that trees and plants were actually ALIVE, I used to imagine that the smoke coming from the burning wood in the fireplace was the tree's soul escaping.
In elementary school, there was this tree that on one side looked like the backside of a woman. I tried to sneak into my school at night once because I thought that a naked lady would step out of the tree.
i used to believe that if i planted some sesemi seeds form a burger i would actualy grow bread!
my sister and I used to tell our younger brother that the weeds by the fence were actually spinach and that if he ate them he would become strong like Popeye. He did. And he went back for more when he felt he needed more strength.
Up until I was in the 7th Grade, I used to believe that corn grew in the ground, not on the corn stalks.
The first time I ever saw yucca plants, my mother told me they were pineapple plants and that the pineapples themselves grew underground. I believed that for quite some time. I still don't know if my mother ever thought it was really true.
i used to believe that if I got near poison ivy, my arms and legs would fall off. I spent years scared to death to go out in the woods.
I used to believe in "burr magnets". I had a winter coat that was one. Every time I played in the ravine, I would come home with burrs on my coat, even though I didn't go anywhere near a burdock bush!
I use to believe that if you planted sugar beets with corn on the cob, that it would make the corn a lot sweeter