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My friend believed for years that cheeseplants ate people. There was one at our school which she would run past every day, terrified. She is still bitter about this.
I used to believe that sea anemones could reach out and grab people.
i used to belief that if i will be brave enough to go out at midnight under a full moon and to stand and wait in front of a banana tree, it's bunch's heart(flower) will open up and it's sap will give me power of invisibility =)
I used to believe that leaves had feelings , and whenever I was making "soup" in our backyard with crunched up leaves, I'd always say sorry to the leaves that I couldnt crunch up and make into stew.
When I was little, my mother told me that if you held a buttercup (flower) under your chin and your chin turned yellow, it meant that you liked butter. I remember my friends and I always holding up buttercups to our chins and saying, "Do you like butter?" Little did I know it was just the "reflection" of the yellow flower making your chin yellow!
When I was young playing in the garden in the summer, I heard my mum say that the lettuces had gone to seed. For quite a few years I thought that lettuces ran away to sea when they got big.
Me and my mates used to believe that you could make perfume by cramming rose petals into jars of malt vinegar and washing up liquid.
We would go out on night time petal-raids of all the rose bushes in the estate. Residents would wake up to a forest of balding shrubs in their front gardens. Putting them into a washing up bowl we would then mash up the fragrant mixture with lashings of sarsons and fairy liquid. If we were feeling particularly adventurous we would do it 'wine making' style and get our bare feet in on the action. We would then wash out all my mums jam jars - anything that was just over half empty would do - and ladle the fragrant mash into the jars, where it would lay forgotten and festering until the next summer. We even designed labels and talked to our school teacher about having a stall in the school fete.
My mother used to prevent me from eating types of berries that were inedible to humans by telling me that they were "bird-berries, not people-berries." I beleived until the age of fifteen that "bird-berry" was the proper name of the plant.
I'm not sure why I thought this but I remember realizing that all dafodil flowers spoke Chinese to me and all I had to do was put my ear up to them and listen carefully. I remeber once I did this in the car on my way to my grandparents house for Easter and hearing the dafodil tell me secrets of the world in "Chinese" and I understood everything the dafodil told me. FYI- I am not Chinese, nor have I even spoken/learned Chinese.
when i was about four, i remember being at my grandparent's house eating a hamburger. and i got the brillant idea that if i planted the seseame seeds from the bun in the ground, that i would have a hamburger tree!!! however, a hanburger tree never grew....
It was common "knowledge" where I lived that if you picked dandelions then you would wet the bed.
Once when I was about seven, my older sister told me that people would come out at night and,color our leaves on our trees and then drop them all on the ground.
When I was 4 or 5 I was startled by a white spider that somehow resembled the white "cap" of a dandelion. (Not the seeds or the petals, but the part it all rests on.)
After that, I viewed all of these plants with suspicion. Obviously, they played some part in this spider's life cycle. I inspected every plant cautiously before making my wish, then smashed the rest of the dandelion just to be safe.
This continued for a few weeks until I decided that spiders in fact do not come from flowers.
When I was little I believed that if you wished on a dandelion and blew all the seeds off with one breath your wish would come true. I hopped all around the yard picking dandelion-fuzzy-seeds things and taking a deep breath and wish for a unicorn...consequently our yard had a alot of dandelions the next year and no unicorns were around to eat them
When i was little, we took a trip to the desert, and my grandma told me that while we werent watching, the cacti would move and dance. my sister and i would look away from the car window, then back really quickly to try to catch them. we never did though
When I was younger I used to believe that walnuts, acorns, and all other nuts that fell on the ground, had little tiny serving sets in them. I don't know why, but I can tell you, I spent MANY hours cracking open nuts looking for mini forks, spoons, and knives, and never found 1! Imagine my disappointment!
I used to believe that sunflowers were big dandy lions. That in its self is harmless and silly. The catch was that when I saw Bees compared to the size of a dandy lion, I assumed the bees that would chill out with Sunflowers would be of the same proportion...
When I was about 5 and my cousin was about 6, my grandpa had convinced us that the hollow tree near our house was actually the secret entrance to a leprechaun's hideout. My cousin and I would spend hours near the tree opening looking for a leprechaun passing through.
When I used to go round my friends old house she always used to tell me that her neighbours garden grass was blue. I totally believed her and I always asked her to show me it.(she never did!)
She said that you can get blue grass die from B & Q, i believed her until her mum told me it wasn't true!
I always thought that pineapples grew on trees, untill i saw a pineapple field in a movie when i was 15. I jus couldn't bleave they grew in the ground.