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I used to call poinsettias "pinseltoe" because I could never remember the correct word. And "pinseltoe" sounds like "mistletoe", so that helped at Christmas!
when i was small i used to believe that if u burry ur fallen teeth then only teeth will grow again & that's not all. i also used to believe that a plant will grow there giving teeth instead of fruits!!
i used to think that moss was actually hibernating moths. this was until the age of 10, when my mum finally asked why i refused to touch it (moths scare me). it still freaks me out.
I was convinced that blowing bubbles on flowers helped them grow. Naturally, why not dump an entire bottle of bubbles in the flower bed?
if you swallowed grape seeds, then, after you died, your next life would be like a vine plant growing into vineyards with grapes.
When I was little my sister and I, and everyone we hung around with, believed that common sumac (the kind with the big red conelike flowers) was something horribly deadly called "Poison Sycamoe." If you touched it, you would die. Imagine my surprise when I read in a nature book that you could brew the red flowers into a lemony flavored tea!
I beleived that the reason Birch trees were white was because they saw Casper the Freindly Ghost.
I used to believe that you could be arrested for picking a Golden Poppy in California because that was the state flower. My friends and I firmly believed this and once in a while we would pick a poppy from our own yards to show how "bad" we could be.
One day my dad was picking at the bark of a tree while waiting outside somewhere and told him he should stop and he said it was good for the tree. So I peeled all the bark of a tree in out front yard thinking I was making it healthy. I got spanked for it.
I used to believe that if a rose was black it was satanic. If you held one it would fly up and cut that hand off.
Ice cream was only available in summer time.
Bullets were made from the dried bark of Sycamore trees.
Lead came from the center of trees.
My brother, after seeing a field of just planted tomato vines (nothing visible but rows of 20inch high wooden steaks) believed it was a farm that grew wood sticks.
When we were very young, me and some other girls from my building used to believe that popsicles grew on trees. So, after a summer afternoon, we would go to the garden and plant all the wooden sticks in the dirt so next year we wouldn`t have to buy more. And we would also plant watermellon seeds in small pots. It never grew, unfortunely.
Embarrassingly enough, when I was young I thought leaves would fall off the trees only during the day (because that is when I saw them fall). When I was fifteen this belief had crept into my subconscious and I was out one night during the fall and my friends were startled when I saw a leaf fall and I started laughing hysterically at my self for such a simple misconception.
When I was younger I saw this advert on tv for the Eastern Electrical company. In it there was a woman picking money off a 'money tree.' I believed for years that money grew on trees. I even tried planting coins. Sadly, nothing ever became of them...
I used to believe that wild flowers were really "wild". I was terrified at the thought of going into the countryside incase I was attacked by any "wild" flowers.
When I was about 7, I was so naive. My Brownie leader gave me a huge cockleburr & told me it was a porcupine egg. I kept that thing warm for days before my bubble was burst when someone told me it was just a weed.
when i was little i used to love watching doctor who, but found it really scary. there is an episode where strange daffodils sprayed suffocating plastic on to peoples faces. to this day i cannot small them or have daffodils next to my face!
I remember hearing a series of newscasts about a dangerous power plant, some trouble with a power plant, and I thought that it was a big green angry plant (you know, the kind of plant that grows in soil) and that it was throwing a tantrum of some sort and everyone was afraid of this powerful angry plant. I can still see the image I had in my mind of this big plant thrashing its leaves, with people running in fear or else trying desperately to placate it.
I used to believe that marigolds would spit at you if you walked by them because my mother told me that they were in her garden to keep away bugs. You had to take a walkway through her garden in order to get to our driveway and every summer I would run as fast as I could past the marigolds and jump into the car or into the house. My mother didn't find out why until I was 18 years old. :)