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I was always told not to stand by a tree in a thunder storm. When there was a thunder stom I'd hide under the bed instead until my older sister told me that beds were made of wood. I spent the whole time running all over the house terrified trying to get away from anything made of wood.

Anon
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My mum always told me that during a storm, when there was thunder and lightening, that it was the angels cleaning up. The rumbles were when they were moving the tables and chairs to clean underneath - nice thought really!

Claire Bleasdale
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My father used to tell me that lightning was attracted to noise, so I should be quite when there was a storm.

I think he just wanted me to shut up.

Nicholas Hutchind
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I used to beleive that the lightning, thunder, and rain would scare away all the monsters and ghosts around me. So I was never afraid of thunderstorms.

BOO!
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Whenever there was a storm I was terrified that lightning would jump through the windows and kill me. I believed drawing the curtains was the only thing to stop this, and i made my mum close all the curtains in the house.

Anon
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I used to believe that thunder was the clouds crashing together. I imagined the clouds were like bumper cars, and that ghosts were driving them.

Holly
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I used to believe that lighting and thunder in the sky meant God was angry. I thought the rain falling was God crying. I also believed that the moon was God's eye watching us and the stars were all the people in heaven and a shooting star was someone going to heaven. My mom always told me that when it thundered, the angels were moving furniture around and that's why it is so loud.

Anon
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When I was little I thought that thunder was the bricks of our house banging together for some reason.

Ncik
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I was convinced that thunder and lightning could wake up volcanos.

leticia
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It wasnt mine, but as a child my great grandmother had a fear of thunderstorms. She believed that every metal object in the house was a risk, she would put the cutlery drawer down the end of the garden and hide herself under the table with her apron over her head!....

TT
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My brother once told me that lightning was the headlights of the 'batmobile' and thunder was those afterburner thingy also on the 'batmobile'.

Holy smokes Batman, it's raining out here...

AJ
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i used to believe that when there was lightning, i would smile up to the sky because god was taking pictures of me.

ember
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I used to believe as a child that t-storms (aka thunderstorms) where actually tea bags falling from the sky.

Samantha
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I used to be really afraid of thunder, so when ever there was a thunder storm I'd climb into my 'thunder box' (the box our dishwasher came in) with some cookies and juice. I was convinced my box was lightning proof, but just in case I'd make sure none of my clothes or toes stuck out.

K
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When I was a child, I believed that thunder was God playing on the computer.

Gabriela
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When i was younger, me and my little cousin got scared of the thunder and lightning. So my older cousin said that it was God taking pictures so we should always smile.. Haha, every time there is thunder and lighting i still smile, not because i think god is taking my picture but because i suddenly get flashbacks of those happy times! Suddenly remembered due to the awful weather...

Ra...
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I was led to believe that thunder came from Jimmy Thunder who was a builder. The sound produced was Jimmy emptying his huge wheelbarrow which was full of bricks. There were so many bricks that the noise could be heard for miles. My Grandfather (God bless his soul) was a great storyteller.

Alex
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When heavy thunderstorms would come around and there would be lots of lightning, I thought that it was God taking pictures of people who did bad things. I told my little sister to never stand near the window when there's lightning, or else God might take her picture and get her in trouble. She was really scared about it and we'd both hide under the covers of our beds until the storms would go away. I eventually realized why I thought this--because an adult friend of my parents who was visiting during a heavy thunderstorm said that lightning was God just taking pictures with his camera in heaven. And then not too long after I saw on a TV show some criminals getting their pictures taken after being arrested for some bad crimes. They were black & white pictures. The lightning from storms would appear against a gray cloudy background. So naturally, I put all this together in my nutty little head. ;-)

Gary in NY
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When I was young, I used to believe that thunder and lightning was when huge boulders fell out of the sky. That's why there were so many pot holes in the ground apparently.

Lavinia
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I was told when very small that on any day if there was a thunderstorm lightening would strike you dead if you had told a lie or been naughty the day of the storm.

Ann Willers
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